Actress Megan Fox explained in an interview Monday how she raises her three young sons gender-neutral and vegan, saying it’s “really easy.”
Fox, 33, known for her starring role in the “Transformers” movie franchise, discussed her parenting philosophy with People magazine at PUBG Mobile’s #Fight4TheAmazon event in Hollywood, California. She said she simply lets her three boys — ages 3, 5 and 7 — be who “they were born to be.”
“It’s about releasing control, right? That’s all it is,” she said. “It’s allowing them to be who they are and relinquishing control, because they were born to be who they are, and it’s my job to support that process, not to get involved and micromanage and mold them into what I think they should be.”
Fox said that she and her husband, Brian Austin Green of “Beverly Hill, 90210” fame, see their role as keeping their children from dying. Otherwise, she said, it’s the children who teach them about life.
“It’s being of that mindset of realizing that they come as the teachers to us,” she said. “We’re here to keep them alive, but we’re learning all the lessons from them.”
Green agreed, telling People: “I know for me, [the more time passes,] the more I really realize and am okay with the fact that they are people.”
However, Fox does advocate certain values to her children. In a September appearance on CBS’s “The Talk,” Fox said she encouraged her 7-year-old son, Noah, to keep wearing dresses to his “really liberal, like hippie school” after teasing from the other boys convinced him to stop.
When she asked Noah how her advice worked out, she proudly recalled, “He was like, ‘Well, all the boys laughed when I came in, but I don’t care, I love dresses too much.”
“The Talk” cohosts applauded along with the studio audience.
Last November, Fox told “Today Parents”: “I thought it was illegal, honestly, to shame a child or shame a mom for what a child wears… in 2018.”
She also revealed that she for some reason tells her sons she is an “explorer” or an “adventurer” rather than acknowledging she is an actress.
Megan Fox does more than just send her boys to a vegan school
In her latest interview with People, Fox clarified that she sends all her sons to the same “organic, sustainable, vegan school.” And at home, she said, she goes further, teaching the boys that plants are conscious.
“I’m very specific about never harming animals,” she added. “We don’t step on ants; we don’t do things like that. We don’t rip flowers out of the ground, because we think they’re beautiful. I teach them that plants are sentient beings — they have feelings, thoughts and emotions — so that’s what we’re doing.”
Fox recalled how she responded when one of her boys recently stepped on a bug.
“My son accidentally stepped on a roly-poly once and he was devastated, and we had a full funeral for it,” Fox said. “We did a ceremony, we buried it, we lit sage, we released him back. So they’re very involved.”
Fox is just one of many celebrities who are raising them children in non-traditional ways, including when it comes to gender.
Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron in April explained why her 7-year-old child, who was born a boy, has been seen wearing dresses and braided hair. She told the Daily Mail that Jackson announced a female gender identity at age 3.
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” Theron said. “Until she looked at me when she was 3 years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!’”