Now that she’s the mother of two children—Noah, 2, and Bodhi, 4 months—Megan Fox’s priorities have dramatically shifted. Rather than appear in two to three movies per year (as she did between 2007 and 2010), the 28-year-old Ninja Turtles star now only appears in one movie per year and prefers supporting roles in ensemble dramas to lead roles.
“I have to make one movie a year because I have to invest in their future and I have to be able to pay their way through college and be able to provide for them,”; she tells Parents. “I’m looking for movies that will shoot in Los Angeles, for projects where I’m part of an ensemble so I can shoot in and out in 10-20 days. It’s all about trying to spend as little time away from my kids as possible.”;
Despite her relaxed working schedule, Fox says that parenting still presents a surprising number of difficulties. “Their needs are so different because Noah is nearing 2 and then my newborn is 4 months,”; she says. “It’s really hard to manage because I also don’t let them watch TV. It’s not like I’m going to sit Noah in front of the television so I can take care of Bodhi. I have to figure out how to incorporate Noah into the process and have him help me take care of Bodhi and make sure he doesn’t get jealous and make sure nobody’s neglected and everybody’s needs are being met.”;
Fox continues: “As a mom it’s hard because I don’t feel like I’m ever giving either one of them 100 per cent of my attention or 100 per cent of myself, so I carry a lot of guilt. Do they each understand how special they are and how much I love them? And are they understanding that they’re unique? It’s hard to make each one feel like an individual when you have to raise them together and manage them together all of the time. So that’s the most difficult part.”;
Elsewhere in the interview, Fox explains why she doesn’t let her children watch TV. Unlike movies (which she does allow her children to watch), TV is an attention span-destroyer. “With movies I feel like there’s a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s linear. There’s a clear story. I think that it’s different than just putting a kid in front of the television, because it’s just nonstop. They’re just being bombarded with all of this sort of live media and it’s very overwhelming and it’s too stimulating, I think, for anyone. Movies are so nostalgic and they can remind us of these amazing times in our childhood. I remember going to the theatre to see movies with my dad or my mom and those are special moments for me.”;
Fox, of course, realizes that there will come a time where her children watch TV, she just hopes to delay that moment for as long as possible: “One day they’re gonna watch television. I can’t keep it from them forever. My intention is to keep it away as long as possible or to introduce it through Apple TV so they’re not being exposed to the commercials constantly. My goal is no computers, no cell phones until at least eighth grade.”;