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Megan Fox, it’s time we had a little chat. I hate to be the one to break this to you, but iVillage readers kinda don’t like you. Right, right, you’re probably thinking, it’s because of the way you look. But no, we don’t hate you because you’re beautiful. I mean, if anything, you look like Angelina Jolie, who we would canonize for sainthood if the Pope was cool with it. And it’s not because we think your acting is bad, necessarily -- there are plenty of mediocre actresses who make good movies, and vice versa. No, it’s because of the roles you choose.
Here’s what we’re talking about, Megan: In the iVillage Entertainment Awards, readers gave you the Character Who Gave Women a Bad Rap prize for your Transformers 2 role. And you had some stiff competition! (Like Katherine Heigl in The Ugly Truth, the most unapologetically sexist movie of the year.) Readers also gave you the honor of Actress Who Played Evil So Well, for your Jennifer’s Body performance. Now, before you take that as a compliment, look at the actresses you were up against: Jane Lynch, who plays Glee's borderline-psychotic cheerleading coach; Vanessa Williams, who plays Ugly Betty's cold, scheming editrix; and Mo’Nique, Oscar-nominated as the nightmarish, abusive mom in Precious. You beat all these women for Most Evil, which means that our readers found them more likable than you.
So what’s our problem, you ask? Well, here’s how we see it: You remind us of the girls we hated in high school. In the Transformers movies, you were a kinda-slutty, kinda-dumb damsel in distress. In the supernatural horror flick Jennifer’s Body, you were a kinda-slutty, kinda-dumb man-eating demon. Even in 2004's Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen -- okay, well, you get the idea. We want to enjoy your performances, we really do, but we can’t get over the feeling that you’re about to make fun of our clothes and steal our boyfriends.
Choosing more woman-friendly roles would be a big asset to your resumé at this juncture, especially if you want a career with longevity. Let’s face it, you’re not going to be in your early 20's forever, and Maxim readers will move on to other fantasies. You need to expand your audience into the other half of the population. Pick a film where you save the day or play a lovable geek in glasses. Show some vulnerability and a sense of humor, and we may just vote you off the villains list next year.
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