Bobbi's First Interview: Olivia Munn
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I was pumped to interview Olivia Munn for the launch of this magazine. She’s a beautiful woman with a firm grasp on reality. You can read her inspiring thoughts on beauty and being a girl below. And make sure you read through to the end—you’ll never believe what happened.
Bobbi Brown: I’m a big fan and what’s so awesome about you is you just seem like someone that everyone wants to be friends with.
Olivia Munn: Really? That’s nice!
BB: You just seem like someone who’s really funny and down to earth and really approachable and I think that people want to know what you do to always look so good? Were you just born this way?
OM: First of all, that’s very very, very sweet. Thank you. I think the great normalizer is the Internet, because if you ever have a day where you feel like, “Hey this is not such a bad day,” you’re like oh right, there are all these flaws.
BB: But don’t you get that those flaws are what everyone else thinks are so awesome? They’re not really flaws.
OM: I do embrace that, and I had to teach myself that a long time ago. I think having self awareness is very important and I think that when you are comfortable with your imperfections no one can make you feel bad about them. I’m at a point where I know that there will always be people who are taller, thinner, more attractive, sexier, more beloved and adored than I and there will be people on the other side of that and once you realize that everybody has that in life you just realize that you can’t go through life wishing I had this or that, and you just have to embrace it.Related content: Misty Copeland, prima ballerina, is changing the dance game.
BB: That is the healthiest attitude to have toward life.
OM: I think back to the 8-year-old me a lot. I have a niece right now who is six and we took her to Disneyland to see all the princesses and she said to Cinderella, “Your Prince Charming is the most handsome,” and go up to Jasmine and say, “Your Prince Charming is Aladdin,” and then she went up to Mulan and said, “You’re my favorite princess, you’re Chinese too.” And that just melted my heart. When I was younger, what I saw as the face of beauty was very standard all-American white blonde hair blue eyes. So anytime I feel uncomfortable, or I wish something was different, I just have to wash it away because I have to be a role model for my niece, and if I have daughters be role models for them and be comfortable with myself. Also, sometimes I fluctuate in my weight a lot, I don’t know why.
BB: Because you’re human! I have to tell you, I’m 57-years-old, grew up in Chicago, and the only ideal out there at the time was Barbie or skinny blonde models and what changed it for me was seeing Ali MacGraw in Love Story. I thought oh my god I could be very simple with big eyebrows and dark hair, so listening to your story and how you’ve come to accept your differences as true beauty is really empowering.
OM: Sometimes I tell myself that it’s great that I’m not a model, I’m an actress, so being a little bit bigger is great because I want to be relatable as an actress, but then sometimes I tell myself that that’s just something I tell myself…
BB: Dude, you’re not bigger. And the times that we decide to eat bread and have a drink and have a normal life and wear bigger clothes, all the other women in the world deal with that and all we do is see these perfect actresses and models and say why aren’t we like that? And I don’t think that’s the norm.