Olivia Munn is one of those rare and exotic Hollywood creatures that is a mesmerizing combination of beauty and, well, weirdness. We love her — we do. But Munn herself has always been quick to point out that while she may look like a glamorous star, deep down she’s just a big geek. Couple that with the fact that she is famously publicist-free, and you wind up with some super-candid (and impossibly interesting) insight into the actor.
Munn, who rose to fame as co-host of Attack of the Show, isn’t one to mince words. In fact, in an industry where everyone seems to say just the right thing all the time, it’s refreshing to find a star who’s unapologetically forthcoming.
Her candor seems to be serving her well, too. Munn is currently starring in the History Channel series Six, she’s starring in the Predator remake out this fall and she’s set to play Psylocke in next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. One can only hope that as Munn’s star continues to rise, we’ll be treated to more interviews from the Oklahoma City native. Until then, here are our favorite wise and, in some cases, wacky words from Munn.
1. Eat your potatoes, people
She may very well have discovered the fountain of youth — but instead of drinking it, you eat it. “I’m really big on hyaluronic acid, it’s so important,” she told InStyle, explaining that it carries water to the parts of your body that need it most. When the pill form didn’t work for her, Munn turned to Japanese potatoes, which are chock-full of the stuff. “I bake them every day with olive oil and cinnamon,” she said.
2. Train yourself not to care about others’ opinions
https://www.instagram.com/p/BjsK7pDlkLu/?taken-by=oliviamunnIf there’s one struggle that seems universal, it’s worrying too much about what other people think of you (especially haters). Munn admits she’s just as guilty as the next person in obsessing over this, so she literally started training herself not to care.
“It’s really hard not to care, so make a deal with yourself. Every hour that you spend caring about those people, you have to spend an hour learning another language, learning an instrument, or do something to give back to yourself,” she shared with Bustle.
3. When you’re tired, put concealer on your…
You’re probably thinking the inside corner of your eyes, right? Or maybe underneath your eyes, where some of us (including me) have circles so dark it looks like we haven’t slept in a century. Nope! According to Munn, the trick to looking perkier has nothing to do with your eyes. Rather, as she revealed to Allure, “Concealer under your nose instantly lifts and makes you look more refreshed.”
4. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it
In Munn’s family, there are five children and they are all karate masters. They started practicing the sport at around 5 years old and couldn’t stop until they got their black belts, which translated to 16 years old for most of them. “The things that stayed with me the most from that training were the discipline not to give up when something feels too hard and the confidence that comes from knowing that if I keep working hard, I’ll achieve my goal, even if it feels impossible,” she told Good Housekeeping.
5. Two words: jean shirts
When in doubt, break that denim out! We all fall into a style rut from time to time, or we simply can’t possibly find one acceptable thing to wear in our closet. But if you ask Munn, she’d tell you that perhaps you’ve simply overlooked the best fashion staple out there.
“Jean shirts,” she revealed to Good Housekeeping. “I have at least 50 of them. Every time I find a new one, I’m like, ‘Yes, I need this. The one I have doesn’t have this wash, or this length, or this button!’ It’s so silly, but I love them.”
6. You should always say yes to bright lips
To be clear, Munn always starts her face by defining her brows and cheeks. However, the Asian American actor admitted to InStyle that her next step in the process is always playing around with her lips and eyes. While she loves a soft pink lip, she says, she swears by something much bolder. “My go-to is usually a bright lip. Some people feel like a red lip is more of a night thing, but I completely disagree. It can be really fun and funky and make any outfit look interesting,” she told InStyle.
7. Being funny is all about knowing your body
Raise your hand if one of your favorite things about Munn is that she’s so damn funny. Yeah, us too. According to Munn, making people laugh is just a matter of being self-aware in an oddly specific way.
“It’s all about knowing your body and knowing what’s funny,” she told Elle. “Like Chris Farley, who made his career on being the big guy that comes in wearing something really small. You learn to play off what you have and turn it into a joke.”