When Olivia Munn scanned the script for her latest film, Purple – about a filmmaker who was paralyzed by insecurity – she recognized someone.
A scary sound in your head? “I’ve struggled with this all my life, and it was very interesting to see it on the page and to know that someone has experienced similar thoughts and feelings,” Mann said by phone from Los Angeles.
“Violet” (now in New York and Los Angeles, in cinemas across the country on Friday and on November 9 on demand) shows what happens when you resist fear and make a better choice for yourself. The film was previously screened at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
In the film, film director Violet Calder (Munn) hears a constant, critical voice at the beginning – a ruthless and courageous baritone spoken by Justin Teru.
Theroux – For 41-year-old Munn, it has been an encouraging voice since they first met on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
“He always came and gave me such great advice and was always very clear about things,” she says. His fatalistic inner monologue for Violet in the film, which he recorded separately from Munn, was “the exact opposite of the real (Theroux).”
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His self-doubts arose from childhood. Munn was born in Oklahoma, although his mother and a member of the U.S. Air Force moved frequently with his stepfather. He spent most of his childhood in Tokyo. “Every time you go to a new school and make new friends, you encounter an inner dialogue that makes you doubt yourself,” she says.
This skepticism led him to the 2006 G4’s “Show Attack!” took to the public’s attention when he ran a pop-cultural program. This was his first time in the spotlight and people were posting what they wanted on the channel’s internet forums under the guise of anonymity.
“I have my own thoughts, my own insecurities, my own criticisms, my own hatreds, and then all of a sudden this door opens, a lot of people out there are saying what you feel and … It’s selfish. “Self-doubt, self-loathing and self-criticism become the surrounding voices,” he says.
In the film, Violet overcomes her fear by speaking for herself and doing the opposite of what scares her, including telling her manipulative, wrong boss. The scene was horrible, but in every line of the script, fear swept through him.
Like his character, Munn, whose career has been marked by starring in HBO series The Newsroom and X-Men: Apocalypse and The Predator, has reached a point where he realizes he has to stop. Living in a way that doesn’t make him feel good.
Of course, self-doubt comes back anyway. “You walk on the wave to feel a little better, you have everything under control, you control the sound, you can deal with external pressure and external dialogue,” he says. “And then it comes up again. Where I am now, where I have very good friends, I talk about them.”
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Like most of us, Munn’s appearance sometimes doesn’t match his inner world.
“Once upon a time my panic attacks weren’t on schedule and I had some very difficult times,” he says. “I took pictures, then I had a meeting I had to go to and I just had to gather myself and smile, and then I had to go back to do my job. things seem to be in place. ”
He would skip dinners, events, and banquets and lie in bed instead. “The image you put in can be very tiring,” he adds.
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His support for Asians in general made him optimistic. “It gave me great hope, we will see the end of the era of hatred,” he says.
Today, she’s excitedly talking about her upcoming motherhood – Munn is expecting a baby with comedian John Mulani.
Best advice for parentsgiven to himso far Don’t overdo baby items and just pack basic items like “rocking chair, baby sleeping area, changing table”. Still, Munn can’t figure out how many shoes, soles, and bottles he needs.
She also looked for moms for decorations on Instagram and Facebook because “I look at an empty room and I say,‘ I don’t know, I think my baby is sleeping in the dining room or something. “,” he jokes.
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