Olivia Munn hates it when you give her presents for her home

I don’t know much about Olivia Munn, except for the fact that she hooked up with Justin Timberlake back when he was with Jessica Biel, then seemed to go running to the tabloids about it. (US Weekly to be exact, and it sounded like they got it straight from her.) Plus Kaiser and some of you are telling me she’s annoying, can’t act and is messing up The Daily Show. Anyway she has her “25 Things You Don’t Know About” in this week’s US Weekly. It’s not particularly braggy, like Joe Manganiello’s obnoxious list, but it’s not at all funny or self deprecating like Anderson Cooper’s either. It’s just kind of there. She does say one thing that I found really off putting. She said she hates to get gifts for her home because they might not be to her taste. Is that really something you would put in your “25 Things” list? That’s so bothersome to you that you want everyone to know about it? Ok, just put the offending item in the attic and put it out when the person who gave it to you comes over. It’s not that hard! Here’s more:

. My favorite board game is Taboo.

2. I love “day drinks” — special drinks to make hard days better and good days awesome.

3. One of my pet peeves is when people give you gifts for your home. Are you really forcing me to display this “Footprints” framed poem every day for the rest of my life?

4. I’m the second youngest of five kids.

5. I’m half Chinese, but I was born in Oklahoma and raised in Japan.

6. My full name is Lisa Olivia Munn.

7. If I weren’t an actress, I’d be a molecular biologist astronaut because I love when people answer that question with a crazy-hard profession as if it were a real possibility, hoping you’ll think they’re smart.

8. I surf on a 7-foot-4 board.

9. I believe in rescuing your pets, not buying them.

10. I once kept an orchid alive for five months.

11. I hope to have lots of babies.

12. I’m excited to adopt one day.

13. My mom has a pool in her front yard.

14. Biggest turnoff: entitlement without work behind it.

15. I’ve never smoked a cigarette.

16. La Rochefoucauld is my favorite poet.

17. I’ve never permed or colored my hair.

18. Close talkers give me anxiety.

19. Y: The Last Man is my favorite comic book.

20. I competed in the World Championship Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament in Toronto.

21. I’m designing a Narnia wardrobe in my house.

22. I can beatbox.

23. I credit everything I have to my fans, the OMFG (Olivia Munn Fan Group).

24. It was my idea to cut off my hair for my character in I Don’t Know How She Does It.

25. I just got my motorcycle license but I haven’t ridden yet. I’m not scared; it’s just really fun to sit on it in my garage, that’s all.

[From US Weekly]

Well Y: The Last Man is one of my favorite comic books too. (It’s awesome and I mentioned that here.) Other than that, and that snotty thing about giving her gifts, this list is kind of meh. Anderson Cooper set the bar really high for me with his “25 Things” last week though.

Olivia is also on the cover of Shape this month. I don’t see how she’s getting magazine covers, but I guess they were hard up. They promise to tell you how she “lost 16 pounds and kept them off!” but she just gives some vague response about only eating naturally according to some plan she made up, since she’s so clever and makes up stuff like that all the time. Later they do give you an at-home workout planwith a balance ball and resistance bands, but it sounds like Shape made it up and just had Olivia pose to look like she was doing it. Here’s my favorite part of Munn’s interview with Shape, which did not change my mind about her at all.

Shape: Were you ever afraid you’d be pigeonholed as just a pretty face with a smokin’ bod?
Munn: Not at all. The idea that women can’t be sexy and smart is so antiquated. Don’t get me wrong – I’m proud of those other covers. But doing Shape… I’m going to get a little emotional here… is a huge deal because it speaks to so many women.

Shape: So you really are female-friendly, huh?
Munn: Yes, it may surprise you to know that most of my close friends are women. I don’t trust a girl who says she has a hard time being friends with other women. She’s the person who will steal your boyfriend.

Shape: So if you’re not hatching plans to steal one another’s boyfriends, what are you and your besties doing together?
Munn: We make up funny dances about guys. I came up with dance aerobic routines that we do a few times a week to a 45-minute playlist. They have funny names like the One-Night-Stand and the Ex-Boyfriend. We all have that ex with the stupid dance who we love to hate, right? Mine did the jumping- up- and- down- fist- pumping- in- the- air- with- an- overexcited- smile- plastered- on- his- face dance. It’s so much more fun than the alternative workouts my friends plan. They always ask me if I want to go for a hike. And I’m like, “No, why would I do that when I’ve got Tivo?”

Shape: Obviously, your TV habit isn’t making you pack on weight. In fact, we hear you lost 16 pounds in two months a couple of years ago. How did you do it?
Munn: First, I made up a diet I called, “If I can’t see it, I don’t buy it.” For example, if you buy a roasted chicken at the store, it sounds healthy, right? But those brown juices in the pan are made of what? Sugar? Soy sauce? If I don’t know for sure, it’s not going in my mouth.

Shape:Do you use a scale?
Munn: Absolutely. I need to see the hard numbers in order to stay on track. I don’t believe in the “jeans” test because it’s easy to cheat – I have a pair that fits like sweatpants because I haven’t washed them since 1998! God forbid I’d have to go through the pain of stretching them out again.

[From Shape Magazine, print edition]

Don’t you love the part at the beginning when she gets choked up doing Shape as if it’s this groundbreaking moment for women? (Remember her Maxim cover?) It’s not as obnoxious as it sounds, she had just talked about how her grandmother was a breast cancer survivor up until she passed. Olivia also said she does an monthly self exam.

Oh, Munn is in I Don’t Know How She Does It, which stars Sarah Jessica Parker and is out in the US tomorrow. I think it’s going to tank at the box office, but we’ll see.

Here’s Olivia at the I Don’t Know How She Does It premiere and at Fashion Week this past week. She’s been sticking to the same style lately. Credit: WENN and Fame





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  1. Samigirl says:

    Well, I agree that her body is great, but…I just have never been one on her face. And, yes she is a nerd, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s smart. Also, I like how the interviewer very subtly threw in the part about snatching up other girls boyfriends. I see what they did there….

  2. sassenach says:

    I liked her 25′ list and her Shape interview. She seems pretty cool and has personality.

  3. Franny says:

    attack of the booties!!!!!!!!

  4. danielle says:

    On a good day she is cute, but that is all.

  5. The Original Ashley says:

    I still don’t know who this person is (she dated the cute guy from How to Make it in America?) and why Hollywood is trying to make her happen.

  6. Bad Fairy says:

    That movie is screaming dollar rental.

  7. ladybert62 says:

    I dont like it when other people buy things for my house either!

    She has a motorcycle which she just sits on in the garage? Strange.

  8. S says:

    I agree with her about the house gifts – at least things that are substantial, because it could go totally against the style you’ve decorated in!

  9. podzol says:

    Eh, Munn’s reps are trying to maker her happen. So hard.

  10. Skinnybetch says:

    She seems like she tries to hard to be “one of the guys.” And why does having very few female friends make you a boyfriend or husband thief?

  11. lola says:

    don’t find her funny or charismatic or anything. But I don’t know why people rip on her face all the time, she’s a very pretty and natural girl.

  12. Erinn says:

    I can’t stand Olivia Munn. Yes, she’s a pretty face. But that’s about it. She’s just not as funny as people make her out to be.

    On every message board that I have seen people talking about her, as soon as someone says that they don’t like her someone attacks them saying they’re jealous. It’s the whole ‘you must not like her because you’re fat and ugly and want to be just like her’. It’s ridiculous. Then they go on to say that her being ‘hot’ has nothing to do with why they like her. It’s insane.

    The thing that annoys me the most is that she tries so hard to come off as a hot nerd kind of girl, whether it’s politics, Star Wars, comics, or whathaveyou. To achieve this persona she parades around in slutty costumes, and tries to ramble off some facts about video games, or whatever, and then manages to get these die hard followers who haven’t clued in that she’s doing it for the money.

    Girl is an evil genius when it comes to marketing herself, but even she knows it’s because she’s hot.

  13. Zay says:

    And so does anyone that owns a house. meh!

  14. AlaskaJoey says:

    I see we’re suffering from the Kirstie Alley math system here!

    She lost more than 16 lbs., I think. I saw a picture of her from a few years ago when she started on “Attack of the Show”, and I’d guess more like 20-30. A vast difference.

    Also she has no talent.

  15. itstrue says:

    I can totally relate. I think it is extremely presumptuous to purchase something decorative for someones home. My mother in law just tried to buy me some hideous “LOVE, LIVE, LAUGH” patriotic thing for my walls, so I may be a little sore on the subject right now.

  16. Celebitchy says:

    To me, when someone gives you a gift like a little tchotchke or something, you say “thank you” and smile and act like it’s cute. Then when they are gone, you put it away and try to remember where it is for when they come back. You don’t act like it’s the most awful thing ever. It’s just nice to get gifts, even if they aren’t to your taste. But a huge thing like furniture or a big decorative object I understand might be annoying.

  17. gee says:

    I think she came off well here.

  18. Embee says:

    I find her a little above-average pretty but the body’s only so-so. She’s thin, but there’s nothing extraordinary going on there, and she does not wear clothes well. The red dress is close but it’s wearing her.

    Her aspirations for being taken seriously (molecular biologist) cause me to disbelieve that “La Rochefoucauld is my favorite poet.” She’s rude, or at the very least insensitive/clueless (sort of the same thing) re: the comment about the framed Footprints poem, and she’s very involved with her hair (at least 2 of her 25 things to know involve her…hair?).


  19. DetRiotgirl says:

    @Errin in spite of her obviously nice body, I find her position as “hot” dubious at best. She’s a cute girl, to be sure. But, she’s definitely not “ZOMG! LOOK AT HER!” hot. If you attend any comic book convention, you will inevitably see a princess Leia or two who looks just as good as her, if not better (trust me folks, I’m a nerd. I would know!). So, I too fail to grasp her particular appeal. She seems so boring to me.

  20. Jam says:

    I completely agree with her about the women who have a hard time being friends with other women. I don’t necessarily think that they’re boyfriend/husband stealers (well not all of them at least), but I don’t care to get to know them. I find it hilarious when women say “I only really have guy friends! Women are such bitches! They’re so catty!” Um, no, sweetheart. They’re not the problem here. YOU ARE. Some women are bitches, yes, but a woman who has no female friends is like that for a reason, and the reason is not other women.

  21. serena says:

    Didn’t know she was half chinese..

  22. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I think Olivia is a very attractive women, I don’t understand why everyone thinks her face is ugly, that is the most attractive part of her body to me, but all in all. I think she should stick to modeling because she’s not going to be this big time star.

  23. Jenni says:

    If the only thing I knew about her was her saying she didn’t like gifts for her home, I’d maybe wonder if she were jerky but she’s just going for the joke with that. And anyway I’ve seen her in interviews and she’s funny and smart. Very not-Hollywood vibe kind of girl. Her military-brat normalcy totally shows. I don’t get people thinking she’s just average or just cute in looks? I think she’s gorgeous. The Timberlake thing is the only thing that makes me go hmmm. But if I’m honest I’ve hooked up with a cad or two in my day as well….

  24. Incredulous says:

    If the purpose of the 25 things article is to avoid her coming off as a self-absorbed, self-entitled kinda arseholey person, I must point out I think it has failed quite badly.

  25. DetRiotgirl says:

    @Jam I tend to be better friends with guys than girls. But, I think that has a lot to do with me being raised mostly by my father. Most of my interests are in things that society usually thinks of as “guy stuff”, like comic books, video games, Sci-Fi shows, baseball, etc.

    That’s not to say that I don’t meet girls who are equally as Tom-boy-ish and nerdy as I am. I definitely do have girl friends who are into comic book conventions and alike, and I love them for that. I wish there were more of us out there! But, I don’t meet a lot of girls like that. So, I make friends with guys so that I’ll have someone to discuss Battlestar Gallactica with.

    Some people enjoy shoe shopping and manicures, other people enjoy batting cages and collecting Star Trek action figures. I can definitely enjoy a day of being girly from time to time, but my heart is really more with the action figures. It’s not about gender for me, just about pastime preferences.

  26. jover says:

    I agree podzol and why another d-lister on a cover – this girl isn’t going to happen hell put a model brooklyn decker, miranda kerr, joan smalls, etc. on the cover, if this girl had as much talent as pr wouldn’t she have happended already? Just saying.

  27. tvcon says:

    She’s always going to be the supportive role in a movie. She will never play a lead in anything significant, she just doesn’t have the talent. Well that and the fact that she is trying to start her career at the age of 31 when most people start at the age of 20 to 21. She should have taken some acting classes when she got to Hollywood. In her words, she’s Youtube trained and not classical theatre trained.

    Lately she has gotten on the schtick of saying that she doesn’t care if people like her. Umm, yes she does. That’s why she tries so hard. She wants people to like her. Alot of nerds will never forgive her for screwing G4. She auditioned for The Daily Show when she was still under contract with that network. Everyone that is in this business knows YOU DON’T DO THAT.

  28. Erinn says:

    Yeah, I don’t personally think she’s hot either. She’s got a pretty face, and an alright body, but you’re right about ever comic con, or whatnot having just as attractive women there who probably ACTUALLY give a shit about comics.

  29. blc says:

    i hate to sound like everyone else with the “she ruined the daily show!” but it’s true. She is awful. I watch TDS religiously and she has never been good on it. She isn’t funny, she tries way too hard, and she really is not hot enough to get by just on being the hot girl. Leave it to Samantha Bee. She is terrific on the show. And she doesn’t need to demean herself with skimpy outfits to get attention.

  30. Erinn says:


    I totally agree with you there. I change the channel every time I see her on it. I watched it once and she was so boring. She did not have her facts straight at all- but not in a funny way. She was serious. She was just really trying to be funny and she came off as an unintelligent woman who can only sell sex.

  31. corny says:

    cmon people she’s cute and funny and seems like there is a lot of meows out there.

  32. wunderkindt says:

    Who cares? Still dont know who this chick is. She’s obviously not pretty enough for big time Hollywood.

  33. pj25 says:

    I would mention it too, I hate getting gifts for my home as guaranteed, it won’t be right.

  34. AB says:

    At certain angles her face seems attractive but dunno she sometimes gives off a bitchy/backstabber vibe…not sure i like her!

  35. lucy2 says:

    I just can’t stand her, she’s a try too hard and annoying. She’s awful on TDS, and that sitcom she tried was downright painful.