Lisa Olivia Munn (born July 3, 1980 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American actor and TV personality. She is better known as the former co-host of G4TV's Attack of the Show! with Kevin Pereira, where much of the show was dedicated to her comedic antics, not to mention her Ms. Fanservice moments. She left G4 in 2010, for a correspondent position at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which was her breakout into the mainstream and started garnering more prominent acting roles.
It's also worth noting opinions on her are highly divisive in regard to her image and "authenticity," mainly due to her sexy image and whether or not she's a geek. But she does have an awareness of the controversy and plays to it occasionally.
After leaving G4 in 2010, she was a The Daily Show correspondent and was also cast as financial analyst Sloan Sabbith in The Newsroom, the HBO series written and produced by Aaron Sorkin. In 2016, she portrayed Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse.
In 2021, she was romantically linked with comedian John Mulaney and gave birth to their first child.
- The Slammin' Salmon (2009) - Samara Dubois
- Date Night (2010) - Claw Hostess
- Iron Man 2 (2010) - Chess Roberts
- I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) - Momo Hahn
- Magic Mike (2012) - Joanna
- Deliver Us from Evil (2014) - Jen Sarchie
- Mortdecai (2015) - Georgina Krampf
- Ride Along 2 (2016) - Maya Cruz
- X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) - Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke
- Office Christmas Party (2016) - Tracey Hughes
- The LEGO Ninjago Movie (2017) - Koko, voice role
- The Predator (2018) - Casey Brackett
- America: The Motion Picture (2021) - Thomas Edison, voice role
- Attack of the Show! (2006-2010) - Co-Host
- Greek (2009) - Lana, 4 episodes
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (2010-2011) - Correspondent
- Perfect Couples (2010) - Leigh
- The Newsroom (2012-2014) - Sloan Sabbith
- New Girl (2012-2013) - Angie, 3 episodes
- Miles from Tomorrowland (2015) - Captain Phoebe Liang Callisto
- Six (2018) - Gina Cline
- The Rook (2019) - Monica Reed
Tropes associated with Munn's work include:
- Ambiguously Brown: She is of Chinese-Vietnamese and northern European (English, Irish, German) heritage, although in her roles frequently it's not elaborated on what her ethnicity is.
- And Starring: Got this credit when she appeared in the G4 Holiday Reunion special in 2020.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her preferred comic style.
- Gamer Chick: People will debate this until they're blue in the face, but yes, Olivia Munn does have geek/gamer cred. Her biography Suck It, Wonder Woman! details that she played video games as a kid, she can assemble PCs, and likes Star Wars. Also, in her biography she says she always felt a kinship towards geeks since she was a socially awkward child.
- Gasshole: (0:37)
- Hiccup Hijinks: She occasionally gets hiccups when getting too nervous, which is usually remedied with deep breathing.
- Malaproper: "McHammer."
- Ms. Fanservice: And how. This actually led to a mini-controversy when she was hired on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since she doesn't have a background in comedy and it was perceived she was only hired for eye candy.
- She Really Can Act: Between the hot dog swallowing, pie-jumping and sexy cosplay, people forget that Olivia Munn is first and foremost, an actor. Her role as Sloan Sabbith in The Newsroom has made critics sit up and take notice.
- She's Got Legs:
- It goes along with the rest of the Fanservice. Notably, the introduction of her character on Chuck was a long, slooooooow pan up her legs as she strutted in slow-mo across the Buy More while wearing a short skirt.
- Also notably, she played Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse, who is considered Marvel's poster child for this trope, to the point that her backside gets more Male Gaze than her chest. And yes, she DID wear Psylocke's iconic purple leotard in the film, with Munn directly commenting on the strappy thigh-highs in interviews about the costume. She actually insisted on wearing that outfit, because it was more accurate to the comics.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's afraid of balloons.