Olivia Munn

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Lisa Olivia Munn (born July 3, 1980) is an American comedic actress, model, television personality and author. She began her career being credited as Lisa Munn. Since 2006, she has been using the name Olivia Munn personally and professionally.[1]

Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
2004Scarecrow Gone WildGirl Number #1
2005The Road to Canyon LakeSukiyaki
2007Big StanMaria
2008InsanitariumNancy
2009The Slammin' SalmonSamara Dubois
FreeloadersAmy
2010
Date NightClaw Hostess
Iron Man 2Chess Roberts
The Touch
2011I don't know how she does itMomo Hahn
2012Magic MikeJoanna
The Baby MakersAudrey
2014Beware the Night
Re-named to :
Deliver Us from Evil
Jen
Tumbledown
MortdecaiGeorgina Krampf
Ride Along 2Maya Cruz

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005Girls of National Lampoon's Strip PokerHerself
Lisa Munn
Segments
2006Beyond the BreakMily Acuna
Beyond the BreakMily AcunaUnder Pressure
Beyond the BreakMily AcunaThe First Test
Beyond the BreakMily AcunaWing Chicks
Beyond the BreakMily AcunaParty Wave
Beyond the BreakMily AcunaThe Big Hit
Beyond the BreakMily AcunaNo Guts, No Glory
Beyond the BreakMily AcunaBird and the Bees
Attack of the ShowHerselfCo-host (2006–2010)
374 episodes
2007Beyond the BreakMily AcunaThe Sweaty Party
Beyond the BreakMily AcunaOceans Eleven
X-Play (Scariest Games)HerselfScariest Games
X-Play Top Video Game MonstersHerselfTop Video Game Monsters
2008Byte Me: 20 Hottest Women of the WebHerself
SasukeHerselfCompetitor – episode #21.1
2009SasukeHerselfCompetitor – episode #22.1
Operation Olivia: The Star Wars Fan Film Challenge Episode OneHerself
GreekLanaFour episodes
2010Accidentally on PurposeNicoleOne episode
ChuckGretaOne episode
The Daily ShowHerself
Perfect CouplesLeighThirteen episodes, eleven episodes aired.
2011Robot ChickenDr. Liz Wilson Kramer vs. Showgirls
One episode
2012The NewsroomSloan Sabbith
New GirlAngieBathtub
December 4, 2012
New GirlAngieSanta
December 11, 2012
2013New GirlAngieCabin
January 8, 2013
The NewsroomSloan Sabbith
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying OrangeFudgieOrange Say Knock You Out
October 2, 2013
2014Years Living Dangerously

Guest appearances

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Spike FerestenHerself"Olivia Munn and Hanson"
The Jace Hall Show (Star Trek & Duke Nukem Forever )Herself
2009Spike FerestenHerselfTwo episodes
The Jace Hall ShowHerself"Olivia Munn & Batman: Arkham Asylum"
LovelineHerselfMay 25–28
Entertainment TonightHerselfJune 18
Late Night with Jimmy FallonHerselfOctober 28
Lopez TonightHerselfDecember 3
2010Late Night with Jimmy_FallonHerselfApril 9
Last Call with Carson DalyHerselfApril 13
Adam Carolla PodcastHerself April 22
Diesel Only the BraveHerselfOctober 12 Co Host with Common
2011Late Show with David LettermanHerselfJanuary 12
Live with Regis and KellyHerselfJanuary 20
The Today ShowHerselfJanuary 20
MTV's The SevenHerselfJanuary 20
When I was 17HerselfMarch 5
The Today ShowHerselfMarch 17 (Co-Host)
ConanHerselfMarch 29
Late Night with Jimmy_FallonHerselfSeptember 6
AndersonHerselfSeptember 15
The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonHerselfSeptember 15
Rove LAHerselfOctober 10
2012The Ellen DeGeneres ShowHerselfMay 25
Attack of the ShowHerselfMay 30 Olivia Munn Says Goodbye To AOTS… And Kevin Pereira (Pre-recorded)
The Bethenny ShowHerselfJune 28
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoHerselfJuly 12
Access Hollywood LiveHerselfJuly 17
Jimmy Kimmel Live!HerselfJuly 17
NY Live on NBCHerselfJuly 26
ConanHerselfJuly 26
Late Night with Jimmy FallonHerselfJuly 27
Late Show with David LettermanHerselfAugust 20
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoHerselfDecember 3
2013The Ellen DeGeneres ShowHerselfJune 4
Late Night with Jimmy FallonHerselfJune 19
Live with Kelly and MichaelHerselfJuly 8
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoJuly 10
ConanHerselfJuly 18
Late Show with David LettermanHerselfAugust 27
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoHerselfSeptember 5
The Ellen DeGeneres ShowHerselfSeptember 10

Early life

Lisa Olivia Munn was born in Oklahoma. She is of Chinese descent on her mother’s side (though her mother was raised in Vietnam)[2] and of German and Irish descent on her father’s.[3] When Munn was two, her mother re-married, this time to a man in the United States Air Force. Although the family relocated many times, Munn was predominantly raised in Tokyo, Japan,[1][4] where the military stationed her stepfather. During this time, she had appeared in a number of local theater productions, and later became a model within the Japanese fashion industry.[5] Her parents divorced and she moved back to Oklahoma, where she attended Putnam City North High School for her junior and senior years.[6] She also attended the University of Oklahoma, majoring in journalism and minoring in Japanese and dramatic arts.[1]

Munn moved back to the United States, settling in Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. In 2004, she interned at Fox Sports Net and worked as a sideline reporter for college football and women’s basketball. She has gone on to say that she disliked the experience, explaining “I was trying to be something I wasn’t, and that made me really uncomfortable on live TV.”[4]

 

Career

Soon after her move to Los Angeles, Munn was cast in a small role in the straight to video horror film Scarecrow Gone Wild. She appeared in rock band Zebrahead‘s video for their song “Hello Tomorrow” as the love interest of the lead singer Justin Mauriello.[7]

In late 2005, Munn began her portrayal of Mily Acuna, a teen surfer, over two seasons of the TV drama Beyond the Break[8] on The N network. She enjoys surfing and continues to practice the sport.[9] She originally auditioned for the part of Kai, but the producers wanted a “local girl.”[10] She also appeared in the film The Road to Canyon Lake.

In 2006, Munn moved on to the G4 network, where she began co-hosting Attack of the Show! with Kevin Pereira on April 10. She replaced departing host Sarah Lane. The network, devoted to the world of video games and the video game lifestyle, was at first hesitant to hire Munn. Although she admits video games were her “weak point,” she was confident in her technical knowledge.[11] On the show, Munn was featured with journalist Anna David in a segment called “In Your Pants,” which deals with sex and relationship questions from viewers. While working on Attack of the Show!, Munn hosted Formula D, a now defunct program about American drift racing, and an online podcast called Around the Net (formerly known as The Daily Nut), for G4. Munn left Attack of the Show! in December 2010 and was replaced by Candace Bailey.

Munn made her film debut in the Rob Schneider movie Big Stan. She played Schneider’s character’s receptionist Maria.[4] Munn also had a significant role in the 2008 horror film Insanitarium, in which she played a nurse at an insane asylum. She had roles in the 2010 movies Date Night and Iron Man 2. Robert Downey, Jr. praised Munn for her improvisation skills and led the crew in a round of applause.[12]

Munn hosted Microsoft‘s Bing-a-thon, an advertisement on Hulu for the Microsoft search-engine Bing[13] on June 8, 2009, alongside Jason Sudeikis.

Munn appeared in ABC Family‘s Greek, portraying Cappie’s love interest, Lana.

In May 2010, NBC announced that Munn would star in the upcoming television series Perfect Couples. The half-hour romantic comedy premiered at on January 20, 2011.[14] The show was cancelled before it completed its first season run.[15]

On June 3, 2010, Munn premiered in her new role as a correspondent on Comedy Central‘s The Daily Show.[16] Her hiring prompted criticism from Irin Carmon of Jezebel, who questioned Munn’s credentials and accused the show’s production of sexism in hiring Munn, whom Carmon characterized as a sex symbol.[17] Carmon saw Munn’s hiring as a perpetuation of the show production office’s history as a male-dominated atmosphere marginalizing and alienating to women.[18] A group of 32 female Daily Show production staff members condemned Carmon’s piece as inaccurate and misinformed, as did Munn herself in an interview, in which she stated that Carmon’s assertion was an insult both to her and to the rest of the Daily Show staff.[19][20]

In July 2010 it was announced that Munn would guest-star in NBC‘s Chuck as a CIA agent.[21]

In Print

Olivia  has booked modeling campaigns for Nike, Pepsi and Neutrogena. She appeared on the Fall 2006 cover of Foam magazine in September, in Men’s Edge magazine in August, and was featured in a pictorial in Complex in November 2006, where she later became a columnist.[25] In February 2007, she appeared as “Babe of the Month” in a non-nude pictorial in Playboy magazine.[26] She discusses this shoot in her book, Suck it, Wonder Woman.[27]

Munn also appeared in the July/August 2007 issue of Men’s Health. In September 2007, she was featured in the Italian Vanity Fair for their “Hot Young Hollywood” Issue. Munn appeared in the Winter/Spring 2009 issue of Men’s Health Living.[28] She was featured as the cover girl for the July/August 2009 issue of Playboy, and later on the cover of the January 2010 and February 2011 U.S.Maxim. Munn appears on the cover of FHM Magazine’s January 2012 issue. [29]

Munn’s book, Suck It, Wonder Woman: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek (ISBN 0-312-59105-5), was released on July 6, 2010. Olivia Giovetti of Time Out New York opined that while it would appeal to Munn’s fans, it offered tantalizing glimpses into Munn’s life on which she failed to follow through with any depth, particularly in comparison to books by other Daily Show comedians, like Munn’s colleague Samantha Bee.[30]

Olivia  is working on her own magazine, Hey Olivia, scheduled to be published by MYMAG. It will include a 20-page spread of Munn and a fan-picked poster.[31]

Charity work

In 2011, Olivia teamed up with Dosomething.org’s Green Your School Challenge. She was a spokesperson for the campaign by filming a PSA regarding the challenge, and sat on the panel of judges that evaluated the entries.[32]

Olivia helped PETA with a campaign that ultimately freed a sick elephant from a touring circus. Her blog for The Huffington Post[33] was credited with encouraging fans to contact the USDA on the elephant’s behalf.[34]

Olivia posed for PETA‘s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign in April 2010[35][36] and again in January 2012.[37]