Olivia Munn had to pay her own way for Ocean’s Eight cameo: ‘It cost me money’

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Well, you can add another actress to the star-studded list of women gracing the screen in the upcoming Oceans Eight. In this spin-off of the Oceans series, Sandra Bullock stars as the ex-con sister of George Clooney’s character, Danny Ocean. She organizes a team of thieves to pull off the heist of a necklace from the Met Gala. Sandra’s co-stars include Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Sarah Paulson. You can now add Olivia Munn’s name to the cast list. Well, sort of.

During an interview on XM radio’s Entertainment Weekly channel, Olivia clarified that she was “asked to be a part of” the new movie. Confused? Don’t be. She explained, “I was so excited to get the call from Ocean’s Eight…and I did not anticipate having to tell so many people that I’m not really in Ocean’s Eight, I have a cameo in Ocean’s Eight.” To her credit, she’s got a good sense of humor about the whole thing, joking, “Now, a lot of my interviews have been about (how) I’m NOT in Oceans Eight. So, I’ve spent a lot of money to basically spread the word that I’m not in Oceans Eight.”

In addition to cameo status, the 37-year-old actress, whose voice you will hear in the upcoming animated flick, Ninjago, explained that she didn’t take on the part for the money. She admitted that she had to pay for her own wardrobe for her appearance as a guest during the pivotal Met Gala scene. “It actually cost me money to be part of Ocean’s Eight”  she said, explaining, “They’re like ‘do your own glam’ and I got the dress and all that and then you submit the bills for it because ‘I’m part of your movie.’ And then [the producers are] like, ‘Oh no, the bills come right back to you.’”

It’s not like she’s not in good company. Some of the other stars making cameos in the movie include the Kardashian/Jenner ladies, Anna Wintour, Adriana Lima, Hailey Baldwin, Zayn Malik, Dakota Fanning and James Corden. Olivia confessed that she’s “just as excited about it as everybody else” about the movie, especially because her “good friend” Mindy is in it (I am jealous of this factoid. I want to be friends with Mindy Kaling.)

When she was asked how she thought the female-fronted action caper would fare after the lukewarm reception the recent Ghostbusters reboot got, she asserted, “the movie is going to be amazing, that’s just a given” and pointed out that “You keep seeing guys falling up. They keep doing crappy movie after crappy movie. It’s really obnoxious that if there’s a female lead or female director, it’s like, you’ve got one shot.” She, unfortunately, has a good point there.

As for her cameo, I know Olivia’s really not complaining, but she’s technically just a glorified extra. During my “unintentional vacation” last year, I did some extra work here in Atlanta to pay the bills and we had to haul three or four changes of our own clothes to the set. That being said, I would gladly pay for my own wardrobe in a movie where you could actually see my face (or hobnob with that amazing cast).

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  1. Clare says:

    Eh, I don’t mind it. I get what she is saying and kind of appreciate that she has a sense of humor about it.

    Also agree with her point about men making fail after fail (King Arthur, anyone?) and that not being a huge issue.

  2. Crowdhood says:

    She used to be my husband’s all time crush when she was on that video game show? He pays zero attention to anything so I showed him a picture the other day and he was so sad. He said “now she just looks like everybody else in Hollywood”. I have a hard time with my self image and I can’t imagine what it would be like to be those women but there has got to be a way to convince them that getting all the same work doesn’t make them look younger, just makes them look like everybody else.

  3. Meadowlarky says:

    IS she saying she didn’t get paid at all for her appearance in the film? If so, that seems a little unfair. She’s not an unknown w/ no film credits. They asked her because she actually has gone to the Met Gala.

    • Karen says:

      I think she’s saying it’s a misunderstanding. See agreed to do a cameo and they told her to do her own glam. She didn’t register that and submitted her bills and they came back to her.

      In the end, the cost of her bills was higher than what was her pay “it ended up costing me money”.

      Anna W, Kardashians, etc. all have glam teams already payroll and could have asked designers to borrow and have their dress featured in film. So in theory it should not cost money if they used their connections.

  4. D says:

    She looks so much like Megan Fox these days, I have to read the caption on photos to tell them apart.

  5. Nicole says:

    lol I kinda laughed at this. I seriously cannot name a movie that’s she’s done that I liked. I remember her in X-Men but that movie was terrible and the stars in that one also eclipses her

  6. Karen says:

    Her face in the first picture looks painful. Why??

    • Carol says:

      I honestly don’t see the changes or surgery everyone says she had done. She looks the same to me.

    • prettylights says:


      Does this convince you?


      I see some eye work (she now has visible lid space where before she did not), lip fillers and definitely something with her jaw/chin area which used to be much wider. In some photos, like the first and last ones in this article, her cheeks/cheekbones also look a lot bigger than they used to.

      I don’t care much about her either way but it annoys me that she won’t just admit she got work done. It’s so obvious. I have the same squarish face shape as her original one and when I lose 12 pounds (which she attributed her thinner face to) I don’t suddenly have an oval face shape.

  7. hey-ya says:

    …its the same at the bottom…wow..I have somthing in common with a movie star…

  8. Erinn says:

    I love that dark sequined dress on her. I always thought she was pretty – but was never really a fan. I’ve warmed up to her in the last year or so. Still not really sure what she’s done to her face. I think a small amount of it is weight loss / makeup, but there’s something beyond that. Which is a shame, because she was already so pretty.

  9. CharlieBouquet says:

    Yes to that dress!

  10. Vaya says:

    I don’t believe I can watch a movie knowing a Kardashian or Jenner is going to show up. They creep me out.

  11. lucy2 says:

    I saw a video clip of her the other day, holy moly, what she has done to her face.

    I could see asking people doing cameos to show up in something fancy with their hair done, but you’d think the production would at least do their makeup for the film.
    I’m kind of looking forward to this for the cast, but not thrilled with the list of cameos. Mostly ugh.

  12. ArchieGoodwin says:

    The Met Gala?

    how girlie. seriously, fashion, because of course women would only rob a fashion event.
    not a casino, that’s for the men folk to handle.

    might be I am in a bad place this morning, but this just rubs me the wrong way. typical hollywood trying to be “you go girl!” and fucking it up by making the plot itself sexist.

    • CuriousCole says:

      It’s not just you, I’m in a fairly content place this morning and I had the exact same thought about the plot being sexist! That being said, I am excited to see it. And we’re finally getting more and more all-women casts in big budget films, I’m going to keep being happy about that. Before you know it we’ll have taken over 🙂

    • Hazel says:

      I had the same thoughts. I’d’ve preferred a bank heist. I read a book in which five women rob a bank in Italy. Fun read! I’ll see if I can find the title.

  13. Erica_V says:

    I’m surprised she didn’t either own anything or have any designer/stylist friends that could’ve helped her borrow something to wear.

    After giving this interview I bet her cameo only gets rave reviews from the cutting room floor.

    • Jessica says:

      Aren’t cameos usually for people who are actually widely recognizable? I wasn’t really looking forward to seeing this because of Woody Allen apologist Cate Blanchett, but now knowing who have “cameos” in this, I will definitely skip it. And is Mindy Kaling really friends with her? Uh, why? I’ve been wondering if any stars or sort of stars have ever admitted to actually liking Munn, or if Munn herself has just said it. Anyone know?