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Lisa Olivia Munn Biography: The Multifaceted Actor

Lisa Olivia Munn Biography
Real Name: Lisa Olivia Munn
Profession: Actress
Nationality: U.S.
Age: 43

Lisa Olivia Munn (born July 3, 1980) is an American actress. After an internship at a news station in Tulsa, she moved to Los Angeles where she began her professional career as a television host for the gaming network G4, primarily on the series Attack of the Show! from 2006 until 2010. Munn appeared as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 2010 to 2011. She is known for her three-season-long portrayal of Sloan Sabbith in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO political drama series The Newsroom (2012–2014).

Munn’s other acting roles include a recurring role on the television series Beyond the Break (2006—2009) and supporting roles in comedy films Big Stan (2007) and Date Night (2010), and Steven Soderbergh’s comedy-drama Magic Mike (2012). She starred in the supernatural horror film Deliver Us from Evil (2014), the comedy Mortdecai (2015), and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) as Psylocke. In 2017, Munn provided the voice of Koko in The Lego Ninjago Movie, and had appeared in the History Channel series Six (2017). In 2018, she had a leading role in the science fiction film The Predator, the fourth film in the Predator franchise.

Lisa Olivia Munn Biography
Lisa Olivia Munn Biography
Lisa Olivia Munn Biography
Born Lisa Olivia Munn
July 3, 1980 (age 43)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Alma mater
University of Oklahoma (BA)
Nationality U.S.
Years active 1999–present
Partner John Mulaney (2021–present)
Children 1

Early life (Lisa Olivia Munn Biography)

Lisa Olivia Munn was born on July 3, 1980, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Kimberly Schmid and Winston Munn. Her father is of German, Irish, and English ancestry. Her mother, who is a Vietnamese woman of Chinese ancestry, arrived as a refugee in the United States in 1975 following the Vietnam War and settled in Oklahoma, where she met Munn’s father. Munn has two brothers and two sisters.

When Munn was two years old, her parents divorced and her mother married a member of the United States Air Force. The family relocated to Utah, where they resided until 1986. Munn’s stepfather was then transferred to Yokota Air Base near Tachikawa in Tokyo, Japan, where she spent her formative years. She has said that her stepfather was “verbally abusive” and demeaning. “When [he] would be screaming his head off in the living room, I would hustle everybody into my room and launch into imitations of teachers or do scenes from movies,” she recalled. “And that would take their minds off of the hell that was happening down the hall.”

When Munn was 16, her mother divorced her stepfather and moved with the children back to Oklahoma City. Munn attended Putnam City North High School for her junior and senior years, then attended the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a B.A. in journalism with a minor in Japanese and dramatic arts.

Lisa Olivia Munn Biography
Lisa Olivia Munn Biography

Career (Lisa Olivia Munn Biography)

2004–2009: Career beginnings and acting

Munn worked as an intern at the NBC affiliate in Tulsa before relocating to Los Angeles. In 2004, she interned at Fox Sports Networks and worked as a sideline reporter for college football and women’s basketball. She said that she disliked the experience: “I was trying to be something I wasn’t, and that made me really uncomfortable on live TV.” She soon moved to Los Angeles, where she was cast in a small role in the direct-to-video horror film Scarecrow Gone Wild. She appeared in rock band Zebrahead’s music video for their song “Hello Tomorrow” as the love interest of lead singer Justin Mauriello. She also appeared in National Lampoon’s Strip Poker, filmed at Hedonism II, a naturist resort in Negril, Jamaica, with Kato Kaelin. The films aired on DirecTV and In Demand pay-per-view.

In late 2005, Munn began her role as teen surfer Mily Acuna over two seasons of the television drama Beyond the Break, which aired during Noggin’s teen block, The N. She enjoys surfing and continues to practice the sport. She originally auditioned for the role of Kai Kealoha, but the producers wanted a “local girl“. She also appeared in the film The Road to Canyon Lake.

In 2006, Munn won a contest put out to the public to find a replacement for departing co-host Kevin Rose on the popular G4 network program Attack of the Show! She then began co-hosting with Kevin Pereira on April 10. She replaced temporary co-host Sarah Lane. The network, devoted to the world of video games and the video games lifestyle, was at first hesitant to hire Munn.

Although she admits video games were her “weak point”, she was confident in her technical knowledge. On the show, she was featured with journalist Anna David in a segment called “In Your Pants”, which deals with sex and relationship questions from viewers. While working on Attack of the Show!, she hosted Formula D, a now defunct program about American drift racing, and an online podcast called Around the Net, formerly known as The Daily Nut, for G4. She left Attack of the Show! in December 2010 and was replaced by Candace Bailey. She appeared in the Rob Schneider film Big Stan (2007), where she played Schneider’s character’s receptionist Maria. She had a significant role in the horror film Insanitarium, where she played a nurse at an asylum.

Lisa Olivia Munn Biography
Lisa Olivia Munn Biography

2010–2014: The Newsroom and breakthrough

She had roles in the films Date Night (2010) and Iron Man 2 (2010). Robert Downey, Jr. praised Munn for her improvisation skills and led the crew in a round of applause. Munn hosted Microsoft’s Bing-a-thon, an advertisement on Hulu for the Microsoft search-engine Bing, on June 8, 2009, alongside Jason Sudeikis. Munn appeared in ABC Family’s Greek, portraying Cappie’s love interest, Lana. In May 2010, NBC announced that Munn would star on the television series Perfect Couples. The half-hour romantic comedy premiered on January 20, 2011. The series was canceled before it completed its first season run.

On June 3, 2010, Munn debuted in her new role as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. She went on to appear in 16 more episodes as a correspondent, with TV Guide naming her signature segment “Tiger Mothering,” in which she mocked the high expectations of Chinese mothers, in part by interviewing her own mother. Her last episode as a correspondent aired September 2, 2011. She returned for a brief segment in host Jon Stewart’s final show on August 6, 2015.

In 2010, Munn guest-starred on NBC’s comedy-drama Chuck as a CIA agent. In 2011, Munn appeared in the comedy film I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011) as Momo. In 2012, Munn had a leading role in The Babymakers, a minor role in Freeloaders, and appeared in Magic Mike, directed by Steven Soderbergh. She also appeared as Angie, Nick’s stripper girlfriend, in three episodes in season two of FOX’s sitcom New Girl.

Munn gained prominence in a lead role in Aaron Sorkin’s drama series The Newsroom on HBO. In the series, she played Sloan Sabbith, an economist who worked on the show’s fictional news network, ACN, alongside lead anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels). The series ran for three seasons from 2012 to 2015. Since then, Munn and her costar Thomas Sadoski have discussed with Sorkin their desire for the show to return.

Munn played a correspondent in “True Colors,” the May 12, 2014 episode of the Showtime documentary series Years of Living Dangerously in which she interviewed Washington State Governor Jay Inslee about his efforts to reduce CO2 emissions in his home state. As of June 2014, Munn has been hired as the main promoter of Proactiv acne cleanser products starring in several commercials and one infomercial for the product. The commercials show Munn experiencing acne herself.


Beginning in January 2015, Munn voiced the character Phoebe Callisto on the Disney Junior animated series Miles from Tomorrowland. In 2016, Munn was cast as Elizabeth Braddock / Psylocke (one of Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen) in X-Men: Apocalypse. Though the film received mixed reviews, it was a financial success, grossing over $500 million worldwide. The same year, Munn had a leading role portraying a technical supervisor in the comedy film Office Christmas Party.

She also had a starring role in the television series Six as a CIA operative and appeared on Season 13 of America’s Got Talent as a guest judge in the season’s second Judge Cuts episode. Munn also starred as a biologist in the 2018 science fiction horror film The Predator, the fourth installment in the Predator franchise. Following the film’s release, it was revealed that Munn’s co-star, Steven Wilder Striegel, with whom she shared a scene, was a registered sex offender who had preyed on a 14-year-old girl. Upon learning of this, Munn informed her fellow cast members, and requested that the scene (Striegel’s sole appearance in the film) be cut from the film, which 20th Century Fox agreed to.

Munn subsequently had a lead role in the Netflix-released romantic comedy film Love Wedding Repeat (2020), a remake of the French feature Plan de Table.

She starred in The Gateway (2021) as “Dahlia,” a movie about a social worker assigned to the care of the daughter of a single mother (Olivia) who intervenes when the dad returns from prison and lures them into a life of crime.

Lisa Olivia Munn Biography
Lisa Olivia Munn Biography

In print (Lisa Olivia Munn Biography)

Munn has appeared in advertising campaigns for Nike, Pepsi and Neutrogena. She appeared on the Fall 2006 cover of Foam magazine in September, in Men’s Edge magazine in August, and was featured in a pictorial in Complex in November 2006, where she later became a columnist. In February 2007, she appeared as “Babe of the Month” in a non-nude pictorial in Playboy magazine. She discusses this shoot in her book Suck it, Wonder Woman: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek.

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. Munn appeared in the Winter/Spring 2009 issue of Men’s Health Living. She was featured as the cover girl for the July/August 2009 issue of Playboy, and later on the cover of the January 2010 and February 2011 issues of Maxim. Munn appears on the cover of the January 2012 issue of FHM magazine. She was voted #2 by readers on Maxims list of their Hot 100 Women of 2012.

Munn’s book Suck It, Wonder Woman was released on July 6, 2010. In a review for Time Out New York, Olivia Giovetti said that the book offers glimpses into Munn’s life, but does not go into depth.

Lisa Olivia Munn Biography
Lisa Olivia Munn Biography

Activism and charity work

In 2011, Munn teamed up with Dosomething.org’s Green Your School Challenge. She was a spokesperson for the campaign by filming a PSA regarding the challenge, and sat on the panel of judges that evaluated the entries.

Munn helped PETA with a campaign that ultimately freed an ill elephant from a touring circus. Her blog for The Huffington Post was credited with encouraging fans to contact the USDA on the elephant’s behalf. Munn posed for PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign in April 2010, and again in January 2012. In February 2013, Munn fronted a PETA release of new footage showing cruelty to animals in Chinese fur farms. She appears in the 2021 short film Save Ralph, a film by Humane Society International about animal testing.

Munn has used her platform to speak out against anti-Asian sentiments, harassment, and assaults following the COVID-19 pandemic. Munn was part of a roundtable discussion alongside Stop AAPI Hate co-founder Russell Jeung, RISE founder and CEO Amanda Nguyen with CBS News entitled “Asian Americans Battling Bias: Continuing Crisis.”

Personal life (Lisa Olivia Munn Biography)

In regard to the subject matter in Deliver Us from Evil, Munn has said that “I didn’t believe in the supernatural before this movie.” However, after viewing footage from the New York City Police Department of alleged real-life exorcisms, she said “I’m a full believer [now].”

She is a black belt in taekwondo.

In November 2017, Munn accused film director Brett Ratner of repeated instances of sexual harassment, as well as an instance of sexual assault. She has supported the Me Too and Time’s Up movements with both personal efforts and public statements.

From 2014 to 2017, Munn was in a relationship with NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In 2021, she began dating comedian John Mulaney, and in September of that year, the pair announced that Munn was pregnant. Their son, Malcolm Hiệp Mulaney, was born on November 24, 2021. Their son’s middle name is in honor of Munn’s Chinese-Vietnamese cultural background.

In March 2024, Munn revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer the previous year. Munn announced that she had four surgeries in the previous ten months, including a double mastectomy. Munn described the cancer as “aggressive” and “fast moving“, but was caught with “enough time that I had options”.

Lisa Olivia Munn Biography
Lisa Olivia Munn Biography

Filmography (Lisa Olivia Munn Biography)


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Scarecrow Gone Wild Girl #1 as Lisa Munn
National Lampoon’s Strip Poker Herself as Lisa Munn
2005 The Road to Canyon Lake Asian mob girl as Lisa Munn
2007 Big Stan Maria
2008 Insanitarium Nancy
2009 The Slammin’ Salmon Samara Dubois
2010 Date Night Claw Hostess
Iron Man 2 Chess Roberts
Jedi Junkies Herself
2011 I Don’t Know How She Does It Momo Hahn
2012 Magic Mike Joanna
The Babymakers Audrey Macklin
Freeloaders Madeline
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary
Deliver Us from Evil Jen Sarchie
2015 Mortdecai Georgina Krampf
2016 Ride Along 2 Maya Cruz
Zoolander 2 Herself
X-Men: Apocalypse Elizabeth Braddock / Psylocke
Office Christmas Party Tracey Hughes
2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie Koko Voice
2018 Ocean’s 8 Herself Uncredited
The Predator Casey Brackett
2019 Buddy Games Tiffany
Dick Move Agatha
2020 Love Wedding Repeat Dina
2021 Violet Violet
2021 Save Ralph A rabbit Short film[58][77]
America: The Motion Picture Thomas Edison Voice
The Gateway Dhalia Jode
Lisa Olivia Munn Biography
Lisa Olivia Munn Biography

Television (Lisa Olivia Munn Biography)

Year Title Role Notes
2006–2010 Attack of the Show! Herself Co-host
2006–2007 Beyond the Break Mily Acuna Recurring role (seasons 1–2); 9 episodes
2008–2009 Sasuke Herself Competitor; 2 episodes
2009 Greek Lana 4 episodes
2009 Dave Knoll Finds His Soul Girl #1 Television film
2010 Accidentally on Purpose Nicole Episode: “Face Off”
2010–2011 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Herself Correspondent
2010 Chuck Greta Episode: “Chuck Versus the Anniversary”
2010–2011 Perfect Couples Leigh Main role
2011 Robot Chicken Dr. Liz Wilson Voice, episode: “Kramer vs. Showgirls”
2012–2014 The Newsroom Sloan Sabbith Main role
2012 Paulilu Mixtape Katie Episode: “Ghost Tits”
2012–2013 New Girl Angie 3 episodes
2013 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Fudgie Voice, episode: “Orange Say Knock You Out”
2015–2018 Miles from Tomorrowland Captain Phoebe Liang Callisto Main voice role
2018 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards Herself TV special host
2018 Six Gina Cline Main role
2019 The Rook Monica Reed Main role
2021 The Demi Lovato Show Herself Episode: “Olivia Munn Speaks Up & Fights Back”
2021–present Hit-Monkey Akiko Yokohama / Lady Bullseye II Main voice role
2022 Tales of the Walking Dead Evie Episode: “Evie / Joe”
TBA Your Friends and Neighbors Upcoming series

Music videos (Lisa Olivia Munn)

Year Title Artist(s) Role
2004 “Hello Tomorrow” Zebrahead Girlfriend
2016 “Where’s the Love?” The Black Eyed Peas featuring The World Herself
2019 Graduation Benny Blanco and Juice Wrld Greta
2021 “Cutthroat” Imagine Dragons Herself

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