Olivia Munn's stepdad was the devil

May 9, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. ET

Olivia Munn has revealed it was her troubled childhood that led to her current career success -- and protecting her siblings from her stepfather helped shape her talent.

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn's life might be pretty awesome now, but the Magic Mike star said it wasn't always that way. In an interview with Ocean Drive, the actress explained that after her biological father left the family when she was just a toddler, her mother married a man she not-so-affectionately calls "the Devil" -- and for good reason.

"He would always say, 'You're not smart enough, pretty enough, you have no talent,' and it would knock me down, but it wouldn't keep me down," Munn explained. "My mom was blunt. 'Don't get pregnant.' 'Don't do drugs.' But she also said just as often, 'Always make a name for yourself, don't just become someone's wife.' That's how she influenced me. I work really hard to come up on my own merits."

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"When [my stepfather] would be screaming his head off in the living room, I would hustle everybody into my room and launch into imitations of teachers or do scenes from movies," she recalled. "And that would take their minds off of the hell that was happening down the hall."

"Chevy Chase was an enormous influence. I loved every single movie he did."

Credit Chase with saving her sanity then, and giving her the cojones to stand up to bullies now. When she was criticized by feminist bloggers for posing for the cover of Playboy, Munn fought back.

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"That was just malicious," Munn said. "I'm not posing [for covers] for some man. I'm poking fun at the idea that a woman would embrace her sexuality in order to be liked. I trust the audience is smart enough to get that. So my only question to these bloggers is, 'Don't you want your daughters to grow up strong, smart, beautiful and confident about their sexuality?' Are you saying that you can only be funny and smart if you're ugly? If the embrace of my sexuality makes you mad, it's your problem, not mine."

So what's your problem?

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