Parents caught up with Megan Fox, who’s busy promoting the upcoming summer blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In the interview, the 28-year-old actress discusses how she approaches balancing a career with being a mom to sons Noah (almost 2) and Bodhi (4 months).
Megan on limiting her workload since Bodhi’s arrival:
I’ve never been an extraordinarily ambitious girl or career-oriented, but especially once I got pregnant with my first son and now [having] my second, it’s so hard to be a working mom especially when your heart is not in your work, when your heart is with your family. 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. 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.
On why she doesn’t let her boys watch TV:
I do let them watch movies, I just don’t let them watch TV. 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. I don’t watch television because it’s just too much it overwhelms me. I just can’t deal with it… My goal is no computers, no cell phones until at least 8th grade.
On the challenges of having 2 kids under the age of 2:
As a mom it’s hard because I don’t feel like I’m ever giving either one of them 100% of my attention or 100% 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.
Here’s the most recent trailer for TMNT (released today actually):
Check out the rest of Megan’s interview with Parents here.