A PRETTY FACE

PREY FOR HER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - The Preda­tor is in cin­e­mas on Thurs­day.

it.’ So that helps ex­cuse the be­hav­iour. And we look like ar­se­holes if we call them out be­cause these are big stars. We need to stop, take a breath and make room for the next gen­er­a­tion of di­rec­tors and pro­duc­ers, who aren’t go­ing to be abus­ing women and abus­ing their power along the way. Be­cause we may miss the next Tarantino that comes up – who isn’t ac­tu­ally like that.”

Munn’s re­fusal to play nice is per­haps in part due to her itin­er­ant child­hood. The sec­ond youngest of five chil­dren born to an Amer­i­can fa­ther and a Viet­nam-born Chi­nese mother, she spent much of her youth in Ja­pan, where her Air Force step­fa­ther was sta­tioned. Af­ter her mother and step­fa­ther’s di­vorce, she re­lo­cated to Ok­la­homa while still a teenager, where she ap­peared in school plays and de­vel­oped a love for me­dia. She went on to study jour­nal­ism at the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa and fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion de­cided to head to LA and pur­sue act­ing. She landed a gig as one of the hosts of gam­ing tele­vi­sion se­ries At­tack Of The Show!, an ap­pro­pri­ate train­ing ground for a self-pro­fessed “geek” who had years ear­lier “got to the top 30 in the World Cham­pi­onships of the Rock, Paper, Scis­sors tour­na­ment”.

Right from the start, Munn was choosy about the roles she took, cit­ing con­cerns about how women were be­ing por­trayed. Even still, her at­trac­tive­ness was some­thing of a stick­ing point for those who didn’t trust that she had earned her keep. When she was added to the line-up of satir­i­cal news pro­gram The Daily Show in 2010, her crit­ics were quick to point out that her min­i­mal ex­pe­ri­ence and lack of act­ing cre­den­tials, ar­gu­ing that it was ul­ti­mately her good od looks that helped se­cure the role. She was met with the same ame de­ri­sion when she was cast in Aaron aron Sorkin’s Em­myaward win­ning se­ries ries The News­room in 2012. (As to that top­less pless scene in Magic Mike the same year, r, she main­tains it was any­thing but gra­tu­itous.)

For her lat­est role ole in The Preda­tor, a se­quel of sorts to the he hit 1987 Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger thriller hriller Preda­tor, Munn worked with di­rec­tor Shane Black to en­sure her char­ac­ter was por­trayed as a strong woman. “Why are guys al­ways shown as know­ing now­ing what to do [ with weapons], s], and women aren’t?” Munn won­ders. on­ders. “I didn’t want her to be like ke Lara Croft, but when she needs to sur­vive, like any­one, she knows how to step tep up and bring it.” It helped that Munn n could back her­self up phys­i­cally – she earned a black belt in karate as a child, ld, and is a rare ex­am­ple of an ac­tor r who does most of her own stunts. Al­though she does ad­mit she was s re­luc­tant to learn karate at the he start, she now tells Stel­lar, “It’s It’s ended up be­ing such a hugely use­ful l skill.” kill ”

But back to Munn’s looks, which re­main a hot topic and are, de­spite a grow­ing CV and a proud run of ac­tivism un­der her belt, still the key fo­cus of one too many crit­ics. At this point, Munn is done try­ing to pla­cate them. In­stead, she points to the fact there is no short­age of at­trac­tive women kick­ing goals in her in­dus­try. “Cate Blanchett is gor­geous, Natalie Port­man is gor­geous, Meryl Streep is gor­geous, Kerry Washington

is gor­geous,” she says. “Those women are n not just gor­geous, b but we’re ’ talk­ing lki i iconic. So when I hear ac­tresses say that they don’t get some­thing be­cause they’re too pretty or their boobs are too big, it just doesn’t make sense. Be­cause then you have to dis­count all the beau­ti­ful women, and it’s a dis­ser­vice to what we re­ally want to hap­pen. Of course if some­body hurt you along the way and de­railed your ca­reer, speak up, call them out.and we’ll be there to sup­port you.”

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