Megan Fox is back on the small screen … in a Travel Channel series about archaeology.
Yes, you read that correctly: The “Transformers” actress, whose last role was filling in for Zooey Deschanel on Fox’s sitcom “New Girl,” is taking her love of ancient history to “Legends of the Lost,” premiering Tuesday (8 EST/PST). In the four-episode docuseries, Fox travels the globe to explore centuries-old mysteries, attempting to learn whether the Trojan War really happened, if Stonehenge has supernatural powers and what role women played in the Vikings’ rise to power.
Although she has previously expressed a desire to shift away from acting and pursue her passion for antiquities, many people are still surprised by Fox’s involvement in “Legends,” to her slight annoyance.
“It’s interesting, because I’ve been talking about it for so long, but none of those things are the things people bother reading or retaining,” she says. “It’s always whatever salacious, scandalous, negative thing that people are attracted to. But it’s not a new thing for me: I’ve been in love with it for a long time.”
Fox, 32, chats with USA TODAY about the show, traveling with her kids and how shooting “Transformers” sparked her interest in archaeology.
Question: How long have you been interested in ancient history?
Megan Fox: My favorite class in school was Greek mythology. That’s the only class I had of that nature and the only one I ever did really well in. I came from the South, where I was raised Pentecostal Christian, and we did a lot of revivals and exorcisms in my church. So I was also always really interested in other religions and just ancient people in general. I didn’t go to college, so it’s not like I specifically studied archaeology, but I was always in love with the idea of getting to actually be Indiana Jones, and travel around and really explore some of these mysteries. Everybody has something that they’re passionate about and for me, just being near some of this stuff is really special.
Q: Aside from the discovery that there were many female Viking warriors, what was the most interesting thing you learned shooting the first episode in Norway?
Fox: Learning that women were also merchants was totally new to me, because women haven’t been represented that way in our history books. You think of being a merchant as a male vocation but it absolutely was full of females. Also, just the fact that they were burying these enormous long ships underground … as part of a personal grave, and that was really striking for me.
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