The email from her publicist came late the night before our July cover shoot: “Olivia wants burgers and fries!” Let’s just say this lettuce-free lunch request was a FLARE first, a sign that The Newsroom star Olivia Munn is just as down-to-earth as her sunny reputation would have you believe.
Munn arrived on set in yoga pants and sneakers with her hair in a bun, and spent her time between shots joking with the crew and sharing photos on her iPad, including snaps of her adorable niece and a recent editorial starring her strapping Swedish actor boyfriend, The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman.
Our easygoing cover girl kept her cool in the sweltering 34-degree heat, modelling high-fashion ruffles and pleats with ease alongside photographer Autumn de Wilde. The setting also had a Zen effect; the 1963 property (as seen in movies like The Big Lebowski and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle) boasted an indoor koi pond that provided a soothing backdrop for hair and makeup. (Noting the clash between such Asian-inspired natural elements and lauded architect John Lautner’s trademark glass walls and sharp angles, Munn laughed, “That’s not very feng shui!”) Even when the shoot ran long, she clambered up the house’s slanted roof and later jumped into the pool, gown and all, game to the end.
On the cover: Olivia Munn is wearing a Michael Kors dress and an Eddie Borgo earpiece. Photography, Autumn De Wilde; hair, Laini Reeves; makeup, Jenn Streicher, both StarworksArtists.com; nails, Carla Kay, Cloutier Remix, Essie; fashion editor, Fiona Green.
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