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Olivia Munn has opened up about her violent stepfather to Ocean Drive Magazine. Olivia’s mother married a career military officer in the Air Force and then the family moved to Japan for 14 years. Olivia calls her stepfather “the Devil,” and says he was abusive, dictatorial, and demeaning. Olivia would turn to doing impressions and scenes from movies to distract herself and her siblings from her violent stepfather. Her mother eventually divorced him.
“He would always say, ‘You’re not smart enough, pretty enough, you have no talent,’ and it would knock me down, but it wouldn’t keep me down,” says Munn. “My mom was blunt. ‘Don’t get pregnant.’ ‘Don’t do drugs.’ But she also said just as often, ‘Always make a name for yourself, don’t just become someone’s wife.’ That’s how she influenced me. I work really hard to come up on my own merits.”
It was also during this period that Munn learned to channel her anger at the same time that she was able to offer a respite to her four siblings from the increasingly ugly encounters at home. She discovered a burgeoning talent. “When [my stepfather] 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 recalls. “And that would take their minds off of the hell that was happening down the hall.”
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