“It comes from a lot of places,” she told People in an article published Nov. 6. “Some of it is literal, while other parts are allegorical. Some poems contain a Grimm’s-fairy-tale-type element, and others serve the same purpose as memes in online culture.”
She added of the inter-personal dynamics displayed in many of the poems, “Relationships are complicated. For most of us it’s not a fairy tale. Relationships are not pretty. They are ugly. Sometimes they are a war. But through a wound enters an opportunity to grow and become a stronger more whole version of yourself.”
And the actress—who is currently engaged to musician Machine Gun Kelly and shares kids Noah, 10, Bodhi, 9, and Journey, 7, with ex Brian Austin Green—noted the ways writing poetry has been an important outlet for her.
“Acting doesn’t really allow me to express myself fully in the way writing does because I’m reading someone else’s words under someone else’s direction,” the Expend4bles star explained. “Poetry gives me a space to experience some catharsis through art.”