New York Film Locations

One Week With Megan Fox: Day One

10 August 2020

This week, otsoNY is running a special feature on actress Megan Fox. Today's focus is the film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", which was shot in New York City.

Megan Fox is an American actress and model. She made her acting debut in the 2001 family film “Holiday in the Sun”. This was followed by numerous supporting roles in film and television, as well as a starring role in the ABC sitcom “Hope & Faith” between the years 2004 and 2006. Fox went on to make her feature film debut in the teen musical comedy “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” in 2004.

Fox received worldwide recognition for her breakout role as Mikaela Banes in the 2007 blockbuster action film “Transformers”. She reprised her role in the 2009 sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and portrayed the titular character in the horror comedy “Jennifer's Body”. She starred as April O'Neil in the 2014 superhero action film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and its sequel “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”. Fox also starred as Regan Lucas in the fifth and sixth seasons of the Fox sitcom “New Girl”.

Megan Fox was born on 16th May 1986 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to parents Gloria Darlene (Cisson) and Franklin Thomas Fox. She spent her early childhood in nearby Rockwood. Fox's father, a parole officer, and her mother divorced when Fox was three years old. Her mother later remarried, and Fox and her sister were raised by her mother and her stepfather, Tony Tonachio. She was raised very strictly Pentecostal, but later attended Catholic school for 12 years.

Fox began her training in dance and drama at age five, in Kingston, Tennessee. She attended a dance class at the community center there and was involved in Kingston Elementary School's chorus and the Kingston Clippers swim team. At age 10, after moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, Fox continued her training. When she was 13 years old, Fox began modelling after winning several awards at the 1999 American Modelling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina. At age 17, she tested out of school via correspondence in order to move to Los Angeles, California.

Fox spoke freely about her time in school, stating that in middle school she was bullied and had to eat lunch in the bathroom to avoid being pelted with ketchup packets. She said that the problem was not her looks, but that she had always gotten along better with boys and that rubbed some people the wrong way. Fox also said that she was never popular in high school, and that everyone hated her, and that she was a total outcast.

Day Two: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows


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