Tribune News Service
Megan Fox has always had a passion for wanting to know more about the world, but her curiosity was never satisfied when she was young because of strict religious upbringing. Now, she’s getting a huge opportunity to see and explore some of the world’s biggest mysteries through her new Travel Channel series, “Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox.”
Fox travels the globe to look at the stories behind some of the world’s most enduring legends and historical events. The series begins with Fox in Scandinavia and England to look into the new hypothesis that women warriors were a part of helping the Vikings in their conquests. The belief for centuries was the Viking men led the charge, but that’s changing with each new discovery.
“I was a pretty deep kid and was always concerned about things like ‘Why am I here? Why do I have a family? Is this really my family? Where do I come from?’ So being a seeker doesn’t mean that I want to gather as much knowledge as possible. It’s really about seeking to understand the disconnect from the source,” Fox says. “That’s the best way I can put it.
“All across the world, our ancient ancestors left behind towering mysteries and enchanting myths. As an actress, I’ve been lucky enough to peek behind the curtain at some of these ancient sites and it has ignited an insatiable curiosity in me to learn more about these lost worlds that are deep in our distant past.”
Fox has spent the biggest part of her life seeking acting roles with TV appearances on “Hope & Faith,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Ocean Ave.,” plus parts in feature films like “Confessions of a Teenage Drama.” The rocket to stardom for the Tennessee native launched with the 2007 action film “Transformers” and got bigger with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Two years ago, Fox decided she wanted to be part of a program that would feed her curiosity and started shopping “Legends of the Lost,” where she not only hosts but is also an executive producer. All the attention the 32-year-old Fox has gotten for her film and TV work helped open doors when she started traveling the world to investigate the stories. Fox laughs and says people have told her things for reasons she can’t explain.
Because she created the series, Fox has had input on every element, including the topics for the four episodes in the first season. There were times when her curiosity got the better of her.
“Some of my ideas were a little too lofty for the series at this time. But, I do hope to pursue those in the future,” Fox says. “There are some ideas that are too big even for a second season. There is a Lost City of Giants in Mexico. Who doesn’t want to find the Ark of the Covenant?
“I would love to reinvestigate the Shroud of Turin that was tested in the ‘80s. I am not happy with how that was tested so I would like to explore that some more. It’s about what we can do with this budget or what can we do with these resources. And, it’s about what would be digestible for an audience.”
Along with the look at the Vikings in the opener, the other episodes in the first season of “Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox” include:
“Stonehenge: The Healing Stones” (Dec. 11): Fox travels to the United Kingdom to search for answers to why our ancestors built the monument.
“America’s Lost Civilization” (Dec. 18): New archaeological findings along the Savannah River in the southeastern United States show that a great migration to North America could have happened as far back as 48,000 B.C.
“The Trojan War: Myth or Truth?” (Dec. 25): Fox travels to Turkey to look into whether the Trojan War actually happened.
Fox was able to get the production off the ground and filmed while still juggling an active acting career that includes multiple films to be released in the near future, including “Zeroville.” Despite all the projects, Fox is quick to point out she has never been accused of being a workaholic.
“I don’t think in my whole life I have not done more than two movies in a year and I have always thought that felt like more than enough for me,” Fox says. “But, I am really passionate about this.
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“I didn’t go to college so I don’t have the education to really do these things as a vocation because I haven’t earned it. But, I am so passionate about it that I wanted to be a part of it somehow and this was my way of resolving that for myself. I have gotten my feet wet and made friends so now I can continue to explore this stuff in the future even if it isn’t for a television show.”
It’s all just part of Fox trying to feed her massive curiosity about the mysteries of life.