By Jeanne Wolf, Parade.com
Fox attends the Toronto International Film Festival premiere screening of "Jennifer's Body"
The laughs in this bloody horrorfest come as Fox, a high school sex queen, ends up literally chowing down on some hunky guys in her class after being sacrificed in a satanic ritual.
The uber sexy star told Parade.com's Jeanne Wolf why she got a kick out of wreaking a little havoc.
Lolita meets a maneater.
"I personally always find something really scary about watching little girls learning to manipulate their dads by baby talking. Then they grow up and use the same technique on their boyfriends or husbands. That scares me because it's just so sick on so many levels. I used that because Jennifer needs to be both manipulative and intimidating. I was trying to mix aggression with that psychotic Lolita quality."
And let's not leave out sexuality.
"I think that sexuality is power for women. I think that God or the universe, or whatever you believe in, gave men brute physical strength and gave women their sexuality. It's so easy to control men with it, so I don't know why I wouldn't embrace it and allow myself to be empowered by it."
The laughs you won't see in her bloody sacrifice.
"I'm basically being stabbed to death by this evil rocker played by Adam Brody. I didn't want to bullsh** my way through it because I would have been really embarrassed, so I had to allow myself to be humiliated and toyed with. But there were some jokes in that scene that the studio wasn't comfortable with because they felt that it was playing too real and they weren't comfortable going for laughs. I personally disagree with them because I thought the humor worked really well and made it really original and unique."
Well, if you really want an example...
"Like, when he's about to kill me and I'm begging him not to, I was sort of bartering with him. In the middle of this hysteric crying, I'm saying, 'Don't do this. I can be a member of your street team and we can make T-shirts for you.'"
Then there was the wardrobe.
"There was something so cheese-tastic about my dresses, so gross and so cheap. It was so, like, how I used to dress when I was in high school because I had no money. It made me feel like that small-town character."
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Exploring the occult.
"I find it as fascinating as religion. Getting into it is like taking a religion course in college. But I would not say that the occult has guided or influenced me in any sense of the word. I was raised Catholic. I went to Catholic school for 12 years."
Getting ready for her hosting debut on SNL.
"When you're doing a film, you're on a set and you have retakes and you have time to get it right. And on SNL it's just go, go, go. If you can't read the cue cards or miss your mark, you're just left to sort of screw up. So there's a lot more pressure doing a live TV show."
Why she's sometimes misunderstood.
"This business is so much about image and it is, in some ways, a game you have to play because you're a product and you have to be sold to people. My sense of humor doesn't translate well into print--like, some of the things I say can be offensive or found offensive even though I don't mean them that way. So I have been told to try and censor myself here and there. I'm trying, but I'm not really succeeding at it."
"I have no idea about my future career. I just hope that I can still be working in 10 years. When you're in something as successful as Transformers, you can't use it as a sales piece for your ability as an actress because it's all about the special effects. So you do sort of feel pressure to try and prove yourself. I have no idea what I'm capable of. I'm sort of finding that out now and testing my boundaries. I'm blessed with the opportunities that people are giving me--ones that I don't maybe even deserve. But I'm not complaining."
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