Megan Fox Opens Up On Accusations of Being 'Narcissistic' — 'My Life is Not About Seeking Other People's Approval'

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Megan Fox is apparently comfortable in her own skin and doesn't let criticism thrown her way get to her.

"I would say most people assume that I'm not very smart or educated or earnest, because I have this image that I'm sort of narcissistic, chasing attention, and wanting people to like me. It makes me laugh because I've done plenty of interviews and when you read the article from beginning to end you can see that I'm not your typical music video model," she told Harper's Bazaar Arabia, via E!Online.

Megan Fox, who starred in Eminem and Rihanna's Love the Way You Lie music video in 2010, said she will complete projects that interest her and not to be loved.

"My life is not about seeking other people's approval because I know it isn't going to come," she conceded.

Megan Fox, who began her career in her early 20s opposite Shia LaBeouf in Transformers, says she had a lot of growing up to do to become the wife, mom, model and actress she is today.

"I think there's a lot of growing personally that I needed to do, to control my passion. I really wanted to be a mom, and I wasn't yet, and I really struggled with that," she says. "I was just too young to see where I wanted to go."

As to critics who panned her acting ability she said, "In Transformers I was a kid. I had no idea what I was doing. There was nothing for me to do [in the film], but then I did nothing and that was my own call," she recalls. "I don't take it personally because in some ways I acknowledge and agree. But at the same time, both established comedians and Quentin Tarantino have come up to me and said, 'I really liked Jennifer's Body. You were really good in that'. The people whose opinions matter liked it, so I'm OK with that."

Her most important role is that of being mother to sons Noah, two, and Bodhi, 13 months, and stepmother to husband Brian Austin Green's 13-year-old son Kassius.

"I don't think I need to teach my children with harsh words or with punishment. I believe that if I love them the right way, there's no need for that," Megan Fox of her parenting philosophy. "I'm a free-spirit mother," adding that she regrets not being "a better influence" on Kassius when she began dating Green.

"I don't talk to Bodhi like he's an adult, obviously, but I listen to everything he says to me and I believe in him: I believe that he sees things I don't see, I believe he has things to teach me, and so I don't act as a disciplinarian or an authority figure per se. I don't ever want to be a restrictive force on him; I want to be an expansive force...I want him to be inspired by me because he constantly inspires me as well. Motherhood has really deepened me and has given me so much perspective. I'm very dedicated."

Pam Wright