Olivia Munn Covers Popular Mechanics
Written by Danny P Ocean on December 31, 2014
Olivia Munn takes her Fresh over to Popular Mechanics February issue. Munn who will star with Johnny Depp “Mortdecai” talks about the movie, her family, and her love for mechanics.
POPULAR MECHANICS: This is a weird-looking movie.
OLIVIA MUNN: It’s a comedy heist movie. Johnny Depp, who plays Charles Mortdecai, is a British man who’s running out of money and selling off his possessions to keep up his lifestyle. I play a spoiled rich girl who hears about a special painting that could be worth a lot of money, so she goes out to steal it.
PM: Why would she steal it?
OM: Everyone’s trying to get this painting. My character has a very strange mustache fetish, so that can derail things sometimes. There’s definitely a scene with a horse.
PM: So this is slapstick.
OM: Grounded in reality.
PM: I read that you used to build things with your brothers. How many brothers do you have?
OM: Two. My older brother makes motorcycles, and my younger brother is an engineer. He recently went back to school for his master’s in physics.
PM: Is this an affinity that you share? Are you mechanical?
OM: Yeah. My sisters were always doing makeup and curlers, and I wasn’t interested in that. As early as I can remember, when we’d all be kicked outside for the summer, my brothers and I would make a huge fort and string out the electricity from inside and build an air-conditioning unit. In the winter we built igloos. We made them so perfect that we’d be sweating inside. For fun, occasionally we’d decide to do something like make our own batteries out of pennies. We’d just create.
PM: A battery made out of pennies?
OM: It’s just a battery. You can charge like—we did something that lit up. Obviously it’s easier to go buy a battery, but it was more the idea of it. A Survivorman kind of thing.
PM: Since you’re hosting our movie technology awards, I should ask if you’ve done any green-screen work.
OM: The biggest thing I ever did was for G4: “Avatar Thelma & Louise.” In our skit, they actually survive, somewhat, and get turned into avatars. We had to do full blue makeup. I was blue for a long time. Blue in my ears, blue everywhere. You’re probably thinking, wait, wait—why do we have her on the cover? But I did do my own stunts on Mortdecai.
PM: What kind of stunts?
OM: I learned how to ride a horse. They told me I had to jump out of a story-and-a-half window. They said, we’ve got a stunt double, but why don’t you just see if you can do it?
PM: Did you like doing that?
OM: I grew up doing karate and gymnastics and everything, so there’s a part of me that likes the challenge. Later I had to ride in on this horse at full gallop through a very narrow path and trees coming up over us and land literally on a dime and jump off the horse.
PM: Good enough for us.