Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to mother Kim and father Sam, Lisa Olivia Munn grew up in a family of five children.
She is a mix of Chinese, German and Irish ancestry. At the age of 2, her mother remarried a man in the Air Force, and moved frequently, spending most of their time in Tokyo, Japan. Olivia Munn was professionally credited at "Lisa Munn" until 2006.
Olivia Munn appeared in local productions and a model in the Japanese fashion industry. Her parents divorced and she moved back to Oklahoma. She attended Putnam City North High School and majored in journalism at the University of Oklahoma.
Olivia Munn moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. She appeared in small roles until she landed at the G4 network and co-hosted "Attack of the Show!" Parts followed in the films "Big Stan," "Insanitarium," "Date Night," Iron Man 2," and ABC Family's "Greek."
But it was her role as a correspond on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" that put her firmly in the public eye. Olivia Munn later guest-starred on "Chuck," and films "I Don't Know How She Does It," and "Magic Mike." As of 2012, Olivia Munn was a regular on "The Newsroom."
When asked by salon.com if she's comfortable in a bikini, she said, "I'm someone who knows how to look comfortable. But I know what my angles are, because that's part of the job." Salon also noted she cussed a lot. "It sounds better. Nothing says 'bitch' like 'bitch.' 'Cu*t' is a great word. Underused and overanalyzed."
Olivia Munn modeled for Nike, Pepsi and Neutrogena. She also wrote a book, "Suck It, Wonder Woman: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek."
Olivia Munn's cellphone was allegedly hacked and pictures leaked onto the Internet. It was never confirmed if the photos were Olivia or not.
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Olivia went naked for an ad for PETA to boycott the circus. "When you look at something like the circus and everyone's laughing and there's color and there's music and everything seems so great, but when you go right behind the door and they're in crates all day long and then they're getting shocked and beat up so they can get up and dance around on a ball.it was just so sickening" (peta.org).
In an interview with Vanity Fair, when asked that people were talking to her about her hotness rather an her ability to tell a joke, she said, "I think it's just the reality of the world we live in..you learn early on, people are just more interested in you if you're aesthetically pleasing."
Olivia Munn is single and dating and lives in Los Angeles.
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