Megan Fox worried she wouldn't be seen as 'sympathetic victim' in #MeToo movement

Megan Fox didn’t join other Hollywood stars in speaking out about the #MeToo movement, but the Transformers actress recently explained that’s because the public has never viewed her as “relatable or likable.”

I just didn’t think based on how I’d been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim,” Fox told The New York Times in an interview published Friday. “And I thought if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it’s appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story.”

The 32-year-old said she has “quite a few stories” that she could have been spoken out about as women around the country shed light on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment.

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Megan Fox during Cosmopolitan's 40th Anniversary at Skylight Studio in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Rabbani Solimene/WireImage)
David Gallagher and Megan Fox during 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Premiere - Arrivals at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Meghan Fox in the Gap Body booth on day 4 of Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2006 at Bryant Park September 12, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Katy Winn/Getty Images)
Megan Fox during 2005/2006 ABC UpFront - Arrivals at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Megan Fox attends GQ 2008 'Men Of The Year' Party at Chateau Marmont Hotel on November 18, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 1: Megan Fox attends The 2008 MTV Movie Awards - Inside at Universal City on June 1, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 9: Megan Fox attends 7th Annual Hollywood Life Breakthrough of the Year Awards at Music Box on December 9, 2007 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Megan Fox arrives at the 7th Annual Breakthrough Of The Year Awards at the Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theater on December 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
Actress Megan Fox arrives at the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 22, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 9: Megan Fox attends 2007 MTV VMA'S - ARRIVALS at The Palms Hotel and Casino on September 9, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Megan Fox arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in the Palms Casino Resort on September 9, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 27: Actress Megan Fox arrives to Paramount Pictures' premiere of 'Transformers' held at Mann's Village Theater on June 27, 2007 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Actress Megan Fox at the Sanderson Hotel in London, England on June 22nd, 2007. (PHOTO BY MUNAWAR HOSAIN / FOTOS INTERNATIONAL / GETTY IMAGES) Reproduction by American tabloids is absolutely forbidden by our contracts with all agencies.
CULVER CITY, CA - DECEMBER 14: Megan Fox backstage during Spike TV's 2008 'Video Game Awards' at Sony Studios in Culver City, CA on December 14, 2008. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Megan Fox' Episode 1554 -- Airdate 09/26/2009 -- Pictured: Megan Fox (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Photo © 2009 The Grosby Group NO SPAIN/ NO ITALY/ NO RUSSIA Los Angeles, Sep 17 2009 Continuing along with promotional efforts MEGAN FOX appeared at the 'Jennifer's Body' Hot Topic Fan Event at Hollywood and Highland. PGpg68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Megan Fox and Jonah Hill on stage to present during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4374 -- Pictured: Actress Megan Fox during an interview on December 17 2012 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 15: Megan Fox attends the Vertu launch party of the world's most exquisite touch at Volkhonka Art Center on November 15, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images for Vertu)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Megan Fox in New York City where she helped the Avon Foundation launch the #SeeTheSigns of Domestic Violence global social media campaign. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Avon)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 05: Actors Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green attend the 6th Annual Night of Generosity Gala presented by generosity.org at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 5, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage)
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 26: (CHINA OUT) Actress Megan Fox attends 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' press conference at the Shangri-La Hotel on October 26, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actress Megan Fox attends Ferrari's 60th Anniversary In The USA Gala at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Jake Johnson and guest star Megan Fox in the 'Goosebumps Walkaway' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, March 8 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Guest star Megan Fox in the The Decision episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Feb. 23 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Megan Fox on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Megan Fox -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 28: Actress/model Megan Fox visits 'Extra' on November 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 16: Megan Fox visits 'The IMDb Show' on November 16, 2018 in Studio City, California. This episode of 'The IMDb Show' airs on December 3, 2018. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
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In 2009, Fox described her frustrations with director Michael Bay giving her directions on set to “be hot” or “be sexy” in an interview with Wonderland magazine. But she also said Bay “wants to be like Hitler on his sets,” which garnered a lot of outrage and inevitably became the main takeaway from the article. The same year, she told Jimmy Kimmel that on the set of Bad Boys II, when she was 15, Bay directed her to dance under a waterfall in a bikini and six-inch heels.

As The Mary Sue noted in an article published last year, Fox was largely criticized and ostracized for feminist comments that would be applauded today. “Fox was too outspoken for the era,” author Princess Weekes wrote. 

But based on her silence about the #MeToo movement, it seems she decided to stop speaking out because her remarks weren’t being received well.

“I don’t want to say this about myself, but let’s say that I was ahead of my time and so people weren’t able to understand. Instead, I was rejected because of qualities that are now being praised in other women coming forward,” she told The Times. Fox added that, because of her experience, she feel like she’ll “always be just out of the collective understanding.”

“I don’t know if there will ever be a time where I’m considered normal or relatable or likable,” she told The Times.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 22: (L-R) Actor Shia LaBeouf and actress Megan Fox arrive on the red carpet of the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival's premiere of 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' held at the Mann Village Theatre on June 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 22: Actor Shia LaBeouf (L) and actress Megan Fox arrive at the premiere of Dreamworks' 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen' held at Mann Village Theatre on June 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox arriving for the UK premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at the Odeon Leicester Square, London. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox arriving for the UK premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at the Odeon Leicester Square, London. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 10: (L-R) Actress Megan Fox and actor Shia LaBeouf attends 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' press conference at Kring on June 10, 2009 in Seoul, South Korea. The film will open on June 24 in South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 09: (L-R) Actor Shia LaBeouf and actress Megan Fox attend the 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' South Korea Premiere at Yongsan CGV on June 9, 2009 in Seoul, South Korea. The film will open on June 24 in South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
16/09/2008 - Hollywood - Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Eagle Eye' held at the Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. Christian Jentz/Gamma/Gamma Rapho. (Photo by Christian JENTZ/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Eagle Eye' at the Mann's Grauman Chinese Theatre on September 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Megan Fox and Shia Labeouf is seen at a special advance screening of new film Transformers at the Empire Cinema, in central London. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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