Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 3: Actress, author, comedian (& “singer”) Olivia Munn is 33-years-old today.

Lisa Olivia Munn was born July 3, 1980 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Munn was raised mostly in Tokyo, Japan, when her stepfather was in the military. During this time, she appeared in a number of local theater productions, and later became a model within the Japanese fashion industry.

She attended the University of Oklahoma, majoring in journalism and minoring in Japanese and dramatic arts, then moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. In 2004, she interned at Fox Sports Net and worked as a sideline reporter for college football and women's basketball. 

Around this time, she appeared in the straight to video film Scarecrow Gone Wild. She also appeared in rock band Zebrahead's video for their song "Hello Tomorrow" as the love interest of singer Justin Mauriello.

In late 2005, Munn began her portrayal of Mily Acuna, a teen surfer, over two seasons of the TV drama Beyond the Break on The N network. She also appeared in the film The Road to Canyon Lake.

In 2006, Munn moved on to the G4 network, where she began co-hosting Attack of the Show! with Kevin Pereira.  On the show, Munn was featured with journalist Anna David in a segment called "In Your Pants," which deals with sex and relationship questions from viewers.

Munn also hosted Formula D, a now defunct program about American drift racing, and an online podcast called Around the Net. Munn appeared in the Rob Schneider movie Big Stan, and also had a significant role in the 2008 horror film Insanitarium, in which she played a nurse at an insane asylum.

She had roles in the 2010 movies Date Night and Iron Man 2. Munn also appeared in ABC Family's Greek. Munn also starred in the short-lived television series Perfect Couples.

On June 3, 2010, Munn debuted in her new role as a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show. In 2010, Munn guest-starred in NBC's Chuck as a CIA agent. In 2011, Munn appeared in the comedy film I Don't Know How She Does It. In 2012, Munn had a leading role in The Babymakers and appeared in Magic Mike.

Olivia stars as Sloan Sabbith on HBO's The Newsroom. She also appeared as Angie, Nick's stripper girlfriend in three episodes of FOX's New Girl.

Munn posed for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign in April 2010, and again in January 2012. 

Munn appeared in the Winter/Spring 2009 issue of Men's Health Living. In February 2007, she appeared as "Babe of the Month" in a non-nude pictorial in Playboy magazine.

Munn also appeared in the July/August 2007 issue of Men's Health. In September 2007, she was featured in the Italian Vanity Fair for their "Hot Young Hollywood" Issue, and later on the cover of the January 2010 and February 2011 U.S. Maxim.

Munn appears on the cover of FHM Magazine's January 2012 issue. She was voted #2 by readers on Maxim's list of their 2012 Hot 100.

Munn's book, Suck It, Wonder Woman: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek was released on July 6, 2010.


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