I changed name to Megan Fox but it has nothing to do with the actress
I’m trans, so when I was around 20 years old I legally changed my name.
I don’t remember the exact year, to be honest, but it was around 2000 or 2001 when Transformers was just a gleam in Michael Bay’s eye.
At that point, I’d never heard of Megan Fox – according to her filmography, she hadn’t been in much by then – so my decision had nothing to do with a desire to share a name with the famous actress.
I chose Megan because I knew someone from way back in elementary school with the name and it always stuck with me. Fox came about simply because I liked foxes and it sounded cool.
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Put together, Megan Fox felt like a strong name, so I chose it.
I don’t really notice celebrities’ names much, so when I went to see Transformers in the cinema it didn’t register that I had the same name as the lead actress. The first time it clicked for me was when I started getting comments soon after the movie came out.
They’ve never really stopped.
You get a silly little reply to your name like ‘Hehe Megan Fox’ just about every time you hand someone your card, a cheque or anything with your name on it. It’s mainly grocery store clerks.
I don’t begrudge people who make the comments though, they’re just trying to be nice, after all. I generally respond with an awkward ‘oh, yeah’ and leave it at that.
At the beginning it was funny, but it’s got a bit annoying. Quite early on I made it my goal to somehow become cool enough that people thought the famous Megan Fox was me – instead of the other way around.
I’m a game developer and we’re working on a game called SkateBIRD, which is getting pretty popular.
With the Megan Fox keeping her life quite private and appearing in less box office hits, I think I’m in with a chance. In game playing circles at least, no one ever seems to confuse us.
Early on in my career, I definitely think having the same name as her helped. I would cold-call press people about game launches we’d done and I remember a few people responding with ‘really?’
More than a few people let me know they did a double take when they saw my name in their inbox. It got me a reply, instead of being ignored.
Although it’s a striking moniker, it’s not exactly rare. There’s a ton of Megan Foxs on IMDB (even I’m on there – Megan Fox number VI, due to a LEGO Universe credit).
I’m lucky I’m not an actress. I imagine it’s hard to break into the industry when there’s already someone with your name, more successful than you are.
Whenever people ask me if I changed my name to match hers – which kids sometimes do – I remind them that name collisions are pretty common and that I know a Michael Bolton and a Michael Jordan. It’s just a coincidence and I can’t be annoyed at that really!
I’m still happy that I chose the name that I did – I definitely wouldn’t change it.
I think the funniest part of me sharing a name with a famous actress is that I’m not really interested in celebrities. I have no desire to meet her, I don’t really know a lot about Megan Fox and there is no other famous person that I would be interested in sharing a name with.
I think people know that about me, so I never really have to engage in conversation about whether she and I have a lot in common, whether we look alike, or what kind of person Megan is.
Famous people are temporary illusions, after all. I’d rather just be me.
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