In a telling interview for Good Housekeeping's August cover, Munn let her family's fierce secret slip. "I'm the fourth of five children. All of us started karate at around age 5 and studied it until we were about 16 — and we weren't allowed to stop practicing until we had achieved black belts." Mental note: Do not mess with Olivia Munn.
When we say a hypnotist made Munn start sweating, we mean it in the most literal sense — upon learning she didn't work out, the hypnotist who helps with her anxiety said Munn had to start. "So during one of our sessions, he hypnotized me. I'm not exaggerating: That was on a Friday, and by Monday I was working out every day at 6 a.m. If I missed a session, I'd double up and do it the next day. Now I feel so much stronger."
You would never know by looking at Munn, who always seems so put together, but the actress suffers from both OCD and trichotillomania — a condition characterized by compulsive pulling of eyelashes and hair. "It's the same thing as people who bite their nails," Munn told People last year. In fact, they are largely the reason her hypnotist suggested she start working out, as exercise combats anxiety.
"About four years ago, I was almost in a plane crash. Everybody on the plan thought we were going to die... even the flight attendants were crying and screaming," she revealed to Good Housekeeping. "It made me question everything." That's when she found solace in an unlikely source. "Theresa helped me open up. Now I believe in God, or whatever you call it. I believe that our souls exist past this — and that as long as we're good to each other, that's all that really matters."
When Munn and her X-Men: Apocalypse costars stopped by Conan earlier this week, she divulged some, ahem, juicy intel about her Psylocke costume. "I did a whole latex fitting — they lubricate the costume and they lubricate me," Munn said of the tight fit. "The first day I put on the latex suit and I was out there, I was really excited to be with these guys and I'd met Michael and James and all of these guys and was just so excited, and then I went to stretch, like, 'I want to do a really good job,' and then I just popped the crotch. The latex just broke."
That workout hypnotism must really be paying off, because Munn is a major binge-eater. "Sometimes I wish I had more self-control. I'll give myself a bunch of excuses, like I'm tired, I'm shooting or I need this cookie. There was a tray of Rice Krispies Treats [at the shoot]. I've had two bags of sour-cream-and-onion chips. Last night, I had creamed corn and mac 'n' cheese and two and half pretzel breadsticks before my meal came!" Ah, a woman after our own hearts.
During a sit-down at Comic-Con 2015 with her X-Men: Apocalypse costars Oscar Isaac and Michael Fassbender, Munn (a) totally geeked out and (b) got outed by the guys for her trademark bluntness. "I say accurately horrible things to Oscar and Michael," she said, admitting that she once said to Isaac, "You're losing your hair." Joking of the worst thing she'd say to Fassbender, "I said to Michael, 'If I could change one thing about you, it's that you're too awesome.' He didn't like that. He wanted to be a regular amount of awesome." Not surprisingly, it's clear they both still adore her.
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