Actress Megan Fox spoke about speaking in tongues and her faith in God in an interview for Esquire's February issue.
Fox, known for breakout role in Transformers, said she was raised attending a Pentecostal church in Tennessee. She started speaking in tongues at eight years old.
"The energy is so intense in the room that you feel like anything can happen," the actress told the men's magazine Esquire. "They're going to hate that I compare it to this, but have you ever watched footage of a Santeria gathering or someone doing voodoo? You know how palpable the energy is? Whatever's going on there, it's for real."
According to the magazine, Fox finds her release in church instead of alcohol and drugs like other actresses in her situation.
"I have seen magical, crazy things happen," said Fox. "I've seen people be healed. Even now, in the church I go to, during Praise and Worship I could feel that I was maybe getting ready to speak in tongues, and I'd have to shut it off because I don't know what that church would do if I started screaming out in tongues in the back."
Speaking in tongues is considered by many Christians as a gift of the Holy Spirit, where a person speaks in a language they cannot understand while praying. Pentecostalism is a movement within Christianity that emphasizes baptism and the gift of speaking in tongues as an experience that enables the believer to live a Holy Spirit-filled life.
In the Bible, the Book of Acts said disciples of Jesus began speaking in tongues following Pentecost, which marks fifty days following Easter.
For Fox, the experience of speaking in tongues feels like "a lot of energy coming through the top of your head" and her whole body being filled with "electric current."
"And you just start speaking, but you're not thinking because you have no idea what you're saying," she described. "Words are coming out of your mouth, and you can't control it. The idea is that it's a language that only God understands. It's the language that's spoken in heaven. It's called 'getting the Holy Ghost.' "
In the interview, accompanied by racy photos of Fox, the actress said she doesn't like drinking or taking pills.
"I don't like feeling out of control," she explained to Esquire. "You have to understand, there I feel safe. I was raised to believe that you're safe in God's hands. But I don't feel safe with myself."
In a past interview with Parade, Fox said she was also raised Catholic and went to Catholic school for 12 years.