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This feature originally appeared in Complex's February/March 2008 issue.
Olivia Munn has a serious jones for laughter. The 25-year-old actress, model, and host of G4 TV’s Attack of the Show! will say or do just about anything to elicit a guffaw. Though she’s been percolating for a minute—as everything from a Fox Sports sideline reporter1 to a Hawaiian surfer2—she was never the type of fame hound3 to sniff out celebrity by acting scandalous. In fact, it wasn’t until she became the face of G4 in April 2006 that her sex appeal and formidable comic gift were fully unleashed. And with a role in Rob Schneider’s April comedy Big Stan, a lead in the upcoming thriller Insanitarium, and a burgeoning relationship with the guys from the Broken Lizard comedy crew,4 even more of you will know her, love her, and bust a…gut over her.
Did you ever think you’d reach the heady heights of doing a photo shoot with fake, um, ejaculate in your wig?
I’ve always aspired to it, but I didn’t know if it would ever come true. I wanted it in my eye for one of the [There’s Something About Mary homage] shots, but they said it was too much.
Complex is classy like that. This issue focuses on classic Hollywood comedies. What are your favorites?
Office Space is probably my top. When I grew up, everybody had New Kids on the Block posters; I had a poster of Chevy Chase. I kissed him every night. I loved Fletch. Everything that he did, I was like head over heels for.
Well, it did make me go head over heels. [Laughs.] I follow Chevy. If that’s what he wants to do, and if he wants me to do that, then I will. No, actually, it’s kind of depressing. I loved Chevy so much, and there was a definite fall from grace.
We read you hate shopping “with a passion.” What does that mean?
I don’t have the discipline to become anorexic or bulimic, and when you go shopping all the time, there’s this need to fit into trendy clothes, like skinny jeans. The constant focus on what you look like—I just can’t take it.
I gave out my Gmail address on TV once, like “whatever”—and then I got 6,000 emails in one day.
You’re aware that you’re absurdly fit, right?
I’m a surfer and I’m OK with being called “athletic-looking,” but when people say you look “healthy,” they mean you’re a fatty.
Thank you, but I think that’s a guy’s thing. Girls are always like, “You’ve got strong calves! Don’t eat potato salad because they might get stronger—and by stronger, I mean fatter.”
What do you think about hardcore guys camping outside stores to buy sneakers and video game consoles?
My favorite thing on a guy is a cool shirt, sneakers, and a watch, so if a guy’s camping out to get sneakers, that’s cool. I think you can really tell a guy by the kind of shoes he puts on his feet.
What do guys wear that turns you off completely?
Anything that looks like an outfit he put more time into than I put into my outfit, matchy-matchy, pink shoes with a pink shirt.