Olivia Munn Sizzles in Esquire June/July 2013 Issue
The “Attack of the Show” starlet discussed the apparent paradox between her centerfold beauty and her second-to-none sense of humor.
Olivia explained, “I believe it was [Zach] Galifianakis who was saying something like, “People who are attractive can't be funny, because funny comes from pain.” And it's interesting, because in my life, I moved around a lot, and I had a really abusive stepfather. I have a great stepfather now, but my first stepfather was, for fourteen years, really horrible.”
“And you move around a lot and you're constantly the new kid, because you're a military family. Oklahoma, Utah, Japan, different parts of Japan — and humor and being self-deprecating and sarcastic was the thing that could break ice in every situation. And so it's a very antiquated idea to think that you can't be pretty and smart and funny.”
As for the balance between sex symbol and bona fide thespian, Munn noted, “It's interesting, because different people will tell me, ‘Well, you're not, you shouldn't, you don't have to do this anymore.’ But I don't think that there is anything wrong with it, and it actually bothers me, like when I was on ‘The Daily Show’ and there was this website that wanted to criticize me, saying, ‘How could she be on the cover of Maxim and be on this smart show?’ So I did the cover of Maxim again. Because, you know what? Don't you want for your own daughters to grow up and be smart and funny and beautiful and embrace their sexuality?”
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