06/15/2010 AT 2:40 PM ET
Megan Fox learned a thing or two about shooting long before playing gun-wielding beauty Leila in Jonah Hex.
“When I was 5 and 6 years old, [my dad and I] went target shooting with shotguns,” she tells MTV News. “So I’ve handled a gun before – an enormous shotgun – when I was a little kid.”
Guns were a way of life. “I grew up in Tennessee, and my dad, as a hobby, is a duck hunter,” Fox explains. “He used to go kill ducks and bring them home, and we would eat them for the dinner … We would barbeque them.”
But the interest in guns didn’t last. “As a grown adult, I don’t mess around with guns at all,” she says. “I have a fear of them.”