Live With Kelly: Olivia Munn “The Newsroom” Interview


Olivia Munn: Joel McHale Wine Store

Actress and television host Olivia Munn joined Kelly and Joel on “Live with Kelly” July 27. Joel and Olivia actually know each other very well; Olivia said they are “besties.” They actually had just recently ran into each other at a wine store, where Joel helped Olivia pick out some great wines. Olivia likes red, but she also likes white, if it’s chilled. Joel is a red wine aficionado.

Olivia Munn: “Magic Mike”

Olivia Munn The Newsroom: Live With Kelly

Olivia Munn discussed her role on the new HBO series "The Newsroom" on "Live With Kelly." (Helga Esteb /


Speaking of wine, Joel wondered, was there a lot of drinking on the set of Magic Mike? Olivia co-starred in the recent male stripper movie with Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, and Matthew McConaughey.  Olivia said that, no, there actually was not a lot of drinking, because the guys had to be pretty serious. They went to what Olivia referred to as “stripper bootcamp.”

Olivia would go see the boys practice at stripper bootcamp on her days off. She said that she had never seen a room full of Extras so happy to be on set! Kelly wanted to know: if there are any extras from Magic Mike that have seen “the full McConaughey,” please write in to the show!

Olivia Munn: “The Newsroom”

Olivia’s latest role is on the new HBO series “The Newsroom.” The show centers around a newsroom at the fictional Atlantis Cable News channel, and lead anchor Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels. Created by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, the show features an amazing cast that includes Emily Mortimer, Allison Pill, Dev Patel, John Gallagher, Jr, and Sam Waterston.


Olivia explained that to create the show, Aaron Sorkin researched a lot of different real-life newsrooms. Olivia’s character, Sloan Sabbith, is a financial analyst. Kelly wanted to know if it was difficult to learn all of the economic lingo that Olivia has to discuss while playing Sloan. Olivia said that learning her dialogue is like “history class,” but she thinks learning about the economy and being able to discuss it is very important.

Olivia, Kelly and Joel watched a clip of Olivia and Sam Waterston from The Newsroom, in which Sloan is reprimanded for a mistake she’s made. You can catch Olivia and the rest of the incredible cast of The Newsroom Sunday nights at 10 PM.


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