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Biography for Olivia MunnOlivia Munn (born Jul. 2, 1982 (33 years ago), as Lisa Olivia Munn) is an American actress, model and TV personality.
She began her career being credited as Lisa Munn. However, since 2006 (9 years ago), she has been using the name Olivia Munn personally and professionally. Also since 2006 (9 years ago), Munn has been one of the faces of the cable network G4, hosting a number of shows for the network, the most prominent being Attack of the Show! (4 walls), with co-host Kevin Pereira.
Early yearsLisa Olivia Munn was born in Oklahoma. She is of Chinese descent on her mother's side and of Caucasian descent on her father's. When Munn was two, her mother re-married to a man in the Air Force. Although the family relocated many times, Munn was predominantly raised in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan, where the military assigned 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. She also attended the University of Oklahoma, majoring in journalism and minoring in Japanese and dramatic arts.
Munn moved back to the United States, settling in Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career. In 2004 (11 years ago), 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."
ActressSoon after her move to Los Angeles, Munn gained a small role in the straight to video horror movie 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.
In late 2005 (10 years ago), Munn began her portrayal of Mily Acuna, a teen surfer, over two seasons of the TV drama Beyond the Break on The N network. She enjoys surfing and continues to practice the sport. She originally auditioned for the part of Kai, but the producers wanted a "local girl." She also appeared in the movie The Road to Canyon Lake.
Munn made her movie debut in the Rob Schneider movie Big Stan. She plays Schneider's character's receptionist Maria. Munn also has a significant role in the 2008 (7 years ago) horror movie Insanitarium, in which she plays a nurse at an insane asylum. In Jun. 2009 (6 years ago), it was announced that she had joined the cast of Iron Man (17 walls) 2, playing Melina Vostokoff (her role was announced via a interview with Jon Favreau at Comic-Con and on her IMDB page). She will also have a role in the 2010 (5 years ago) movie Date Night.
Munn hosted Microsoft's Bing-a-thon, an advertisement on Hulu for the Microsoft search-engine Bing on Jun. 8, 2009 (6 years ago) alongside Jason Sudeikis.
Attack of the Show! (4 walls) with Kevin Pereira on Apr. 10. She was the replacement for host Sarah Lane, who left the show along with Brendan Moran to get married. The network, devoted to the world of games and the video game lifestyle, was at first hesitant to hire Munn. Although she admits games were her "weak point," she was confident in her technical knowledge. On the show, Munn is featured with journalist Anna David in a segment called "In Your Pants," which deals with sex and relationship questions from viewers. She has also appeared in several skits on the show to include her parodies of Wonder Woman, Princess Leia, and the Baroness. While working on Attack of the Show! (4 walls), 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.
Other mediaMunn is a very successful model and has booked campaigns for Nike, Pepsi and Neutrogena. She appeared on the Fall 2006 (9 years ago) cover of Foam magazine in September, in Men's Edge magazine in August, and was featured in a pictorial in Complex in Nov. 2006 (9 years ago). In Feb. 2007 (8 years ago), she appeared as "Babe of the Month" in a non-nude pictorial in Playboy magazine. Munn also appeared in the July/August 2007 (8 years ago) issue of Men's Health. In sep. 2007 (8 years ago), she was featured in the Italian Vanity Fair for their "Hot Young Hollywood" Issue. Munn was featured as the cover girl for the July/August 2009 (6 years ago) issue of Playboy, and is one of the few cover girls not to pose nude for the magazine.
She is a columnist for Complex.
She also appeared in the Winter/Spring 2009 (6 years ago) issue of Men's Health Living.
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