Megan Fox on Ninja Turtles' new April O'Neil: 'She's more of a leader'

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Apr 11, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT

Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn't the one you grew up with. After seeing the first trailer, it's clear that he and director Jonathan Liebesman have taken some creative liberties. For example, Megan Fox is nowhere near the plucky redhead we're used to seeing as April O'Neil. But in this film, she's not meant to be that.

Fox recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly, where she explained her take on the character. “She’s more of a leader when she explores her relationship with the turtles instead of just the human companion that gets dragged along on the adventure. It’s more representative of a modern woman.”

The actress also states that unlike some of her previous roles, O'Neil isn't just eye candy. “I’m completely clothed for the entire movie,” says Fox. “There’s no gratuitous skin or sexual anything. Jonathan was really insistent on not wanting her to be sexualized or to take that sort of typical role we’ve seen women take in movies thus far, and that I’ve taken in particular.”

She won't be sporting her iconic yellow jumpsuit, so skinny jeans and a jacket will have to do. Can you handle that?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens in theaters Aug. 8.

What do you think of the revamped April O'Neil?

(via Entertainment Weekly)