Good Housekeeping: On a sunny spring day at Chicago's Morton Arboretum, Olivia Munn is gamely acting the part of a girl on a Hawaiian vacation, mugging for the camera with a pineapple and dancing around vintage suitcases. After her GH cover shoot wraps, she plops down on the couch and says she's feeling kind of hungry, though not for anything remotely resembling her fruity prop: "Right now I really want a corn dog."
What's awesome is that she isn't kidding. Anyway, Olivia, 35, can handle the extra calories. For months, the former Daily Show correspondent and Newsroom star has been logging grueling two-hour workouts to get herself into superhero shape for Marvel's X-Men: Apocalypse. In the movie, which comes out next year, she plays the telepathic, telekinetic blade-wielding mutant Psylocke. "She's a little scary. She has no problem battling and killing," Olivia says. "I love how strong she is."
It's been well documented that Munn practised sword-fighting for X-Men Apocalypse, but few know that she is a certified black belt in karate. "I'm the fourth of five children," she explained. "All of us started karate at around age 5 and studied it until we were about 16 - and we weren't allowed to stop practising until we had achieved black belts."
"The things that stayed with me the most from that training were the discipline not to give up when something feels too hard and the confidence that comes from knowing that if I keep working hard, I'll achieve my goal, even if it feels impossible."
Her movie X-Men: Apocalypse opens on May 19, 2016 in the UK and May 27, 2016 in the US.