Not all interviews go how you expect them to. When I found out that I was going to have the opportunity to speak with Olivia Munn, it was an exciting proposition. After all, I’ve enjoyed her work for years, and in particular, found her performance in Violet to be nomination worthy. So, it seemed like it would be any other film-related chat. However, once I hopped on the phone with her about two weeks ago, it quickly became apparent that this would be a little bit different. As you’ll find out below, we certainly talk about the movie, but our chat is as much about a shared struggle as the project. For some of you, it may be a topic you’re not very interested in. If that’s the case, my apologies. However, as you’ll hear, it seemed to actually brighten her day, and mine as well. For others, this could actually a helpful back and forth about something we all should be more open with. Either way, I present a very honest discussion to you all now today.
Below, you can hear my conversation with Munn. In no way did I plan for this to a half hour long, and full disclosure, we even trimmed some of the more superfluous topics she and I got into towards the end, but it just happened. She was open and honest, as well as genuinely curious about me. For whatever reason, we just were on the same wavelength, almost trying to figure something out together. So, it won’t necessarily sound like a traditional interview, but there’s a lot there to mull over. Plus, just on a regular note, she really is phenomenal in Violet. Her work is easily among the best of the year and truly deserves consideration for an Academy Award nomination.
In case you missed my SXSW review of Violet, this is some of my rave:
Olivia Munn delivers a stand out performance, easily the best of her career. Justin Theroux is exactly what’s needed for the voice, but Munn is who pulls you in. She does so much with her face here, contorting ever so slightly as she allows one small insult after the next go unanswered. The complexity of the performance is what effectively depicts what the flick is trying to say.
Here now is my interview with Violet star Olivia Munn. Hopefully you connect with it in some way:
Violet is available to watch right now!