Shia LaBeouf has seen things, and he’s not afraid to talk about them. Sometimes, the truth hurts like a fight on moonshine or three flip car accident, but that doesn’t worry the young “Transformers” star. He’s been through a lot worse than a few Hollywood rivalries.
Featured on the cover of the new issue of Details Magazine, LaBeouf opens up about many things, including his rough childhood, which involved living in a poor neighborhood with an ice shavings-selling clown mom and heroin-addicted dad who accosted executives on the set of his Disney Channel breakout show, “Even Stevens.”
It wasn’t the typical crazy Hollywood parent relationship, though; LaBeouf went out of his way to make his own breaks, hitting open mics from an early age and calling agents and casting directors in hops of breaking out of his troubled home. He immediately stuck out at his audition for his Disney Channel show; LaBeouf performed an old Lenny Bruce comedy monologue.
Finding his way from child star to number one choice for major franchise films, old and new, LaBeouf admits that he bristles at fame — and also enjoys its benefits. On the set of “Transformers,” he reveals in the interview, he had a fling with his now former co-star Megan Fox.
“Look, you’re on the set for six months, with someone who’s rooting to be attracted to you, and you’re rooting to be attracted to them,” he tells the magazine. “I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. But the time I spent with Megan was our own thing, and I think you can see the chemistry onscreen.”