Olivia Munn is used to the haters.
The 35-year-old star once got slammed from some outlets, including Jezebel, for being the pretty comedian during her stint on the “The Daily Show.” She now gets heat from sports journalists, who blame her for every fumble boyfriend Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers makes on the field.
“People can say really nice things, and people can say really horrible things. The key is I don’t believe any of the bad stuff, and I don’t believe any of the good stuff,” says Munn. “If I believe the good stuff, I have to believe the bad.”
Another coping mechanism: hitting the gym hard.
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In the comedy “Ride Along 2,” she plays a detective working with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. And although that’s a part-time action film, it set her up for her role as Psylocke in the forthcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
Munn talks to us about life in the Green Bay and doing push ups mid air.
You studied journalism and used to be a reporter before you became an entertainer. Do you miss it?
I love storytelling. Journalism is great because it’s not about you. I love asking questions, and when I meet people I just want to sit and ask them a million things. It comes in handy. I’ve called some journalists out on social media, and it brought back my own feelings of being a journalist. I would end up doing more research than the people who are actually working for media, who are supposed to be highly respected and trusted. I can’t help but have that kind of brain, where I want to ask questions, want to find something out.
How have you taken to life among sports culture?
I live in Green Bay a lot of the time, and I love my life there. It’s such a great community, with the teammates and their wives. I get such great support there. It’s a family.
You’ve spent the last handful of years all over the map. This is at least part action, as is “X-Men: Apocalypse.” How was it picking up new skills?
For “Ride Along 2” I was able to practice holding and feeling comfortable with a gun, and how to be safe with a gun. But when it came to “X-Men,” that was completely different. Everything stepped up. I started working out six, seven hours a day when I wasn’t working, and doing tae kwon do, doing swords. That was my choice, to work out that much. For the character to be lethal I had to feel that capable and strong. It’s something that’s stayed with me. I want to keep it up, because when you feel strong and capable it’s an addictive feeling — to have this strength you didn’t have before.
There were actually photos of you exercising on a plane.
That was taken by a friend of mine — not my trainer, but a trainer. We had been running around everywhere and hadn’t had a chance to work out. So she was like, “We’re gonna do it on a plane!” It’s hard on a plane.
It can’t be easy keeping your balance.
Balance wasn’t that hard. It was the altitude. [Chuckles] I was like, “I’m getting winded really fast!”
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