Also Credited As:Lisa Olivia Munn
|Lisa Olivia Munn on July 3, 1980 in Oklahoma, USA|
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Lisa Olivia Munn was born on July 3, 1980 in Oklahoma. Her mother, Kim, was of Chinese descent while her father, Sam, was German-Irish. Munn grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her stepfather was assigned. As a teen, she appeared in various local theater productions and tried incessantly to convince her mother to move to California so she could pursue acting as a career. In 2004, Munn moved to Los Angeles and began landing various commercial and print work based on her exotic looks. Around that time, she worked as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports, covering college football and women's basketball. Munn also had a minor role in the straight-to-DVD horror film "Scarecrow Gone Wild" (2004). In 2006, she became a series regular on the drama "Beyond the Break," playing a tough-as-nails teen surfer; a role that came naturally to Munn, who practiced the sport in real life. Munn's feature film debut arrived in the form of a nurse in the comedy "Big Stan" (2007) starring Rob Schneider.
In 2006, Munn started co-hosting the series "Attack of the Show!," where she reviewed video games, gadgets, the most popular viral videos, and movies. "AOTS," as the show was commonly known, made Munn an "It Girl" among sci-fi and video game fanatics who could not get enough of her flirty-yet-brainy appeal. Munn's segment titled "In Your Pants" - where she answered sex and relationship questions from viewers - made "AOTS" one of the G4 Network's highest-ranking series. One of those fans was actor Pine, lead star of the action-packed sci-fi film "Star Trek" (2009), whom Munn briefly dated. Like most Hollywood relationships, the couple tried to keep maintain their privacy, but their romance - albeit short-lived - was still photographed obsessively by the paparazzi and the couple found themselves fodder for tabloid gossip. In 2010, Munn made headlines for posing nude in a billboard ad for PETA. The actress, who also modeled for Nike, Pepsi, and Neutrogena, shed her clothes for the attention-grabbing campaign to protest circuses that mistreat elephants.
Munn's career kicked into high gear in 2010 with a featured role in the big-budgeted action adventure flick, "Iron Man 2," starring Downey, Jr. as billionaire inventor Tony Stark who also saves the world as an armored super hero. Munn was initially cast to play one-half of the crime-fighting duo The Avengers, but the role was reconceived and reshot. She ultimately appeared as an on-air TV correspondent reporting from an event that Stark attends. That same year, Munn starred in the comedy "Freeloaders," about a group of loafers whose lavish, freewheeling lifestyle is threatened when their rock star friend sells the mansion they all live in.