Olivia Munn: Humour made me popular

Olivia Munn developed a sense of humour to fit in at school.

Olivia Munn learnt to be funny to avoid “eating with the old librarians” at school.

The actress discussed the idea that a woman can’t be attractive, funny and clever.

Olivia says this is an outdated notion, using her own life story as an example of how it can be done.

“I believe it was [Zach] Galifianakis who was saying something like people who are attractive can’t be funny, because funny comes from pain. And it’s interesting, because in my life, I moved around a lot, and I had a really abusive stepfather. I have a great stepfather now, but my first stepfather was, for fourteen years, really horrible. When you move around a lot and you’re constantly the new kid, because you’re a military family. Oklahoma, Utah, Japan, different parts of Japan — and humour and being self-deprecating and sarcastic was the thing that could break ice in every situation,” Olivia told Esquire.com. “All the kids were cliqued up. I would end up eating with the old librarians. And so it’s a very antiquated idea to think that you can’t be pretty and smart and funny.”

Olivia is best known for her role in TV series The Newsroom. She has also appeared in the male stripper movie Magic Mike and featured as a scantily clad model for a men’s magazine. She believes it is important to continue utilising all her assets as an example to other women that you can be many different things.

“It’s interesting, because different people will tell me, ‘Well, you’re not, you shouldn’t, you don’t have to do this anymore.’ But I don’t think that there is anything wrong with it, and it actually bothers me, like when I was on The Daily Show and there was this website that wanted to criticise me, saying, How could she be on the cover of Maxim and be on this smart show?” she explained. “So I did the cover of Maxim again. Because, you know what? Don’t you want for your own daughters to grow up and be smart and funny and beautiful and embrace their sexuality?”
Copyright: Cover Media 2013

Monday, 20. May 2013