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Olivia Munn: I test myself

Olivia Munn used to love to "create" with her brothers as a child.

The 34-year-old actress can next be seen in quirky comedy Mortdecai, where she displays some impressive stunts alongside the likes of Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow. She had the option of letting someone else do the hard work but Olivia was keen to jump straight in herself, embracing her inner strength.

“I did do my own stunts on Mortdecai. I learned how to ride a horse. They told me I had to jump out of a storey-and-a-half window. They said, ‘We've got a stunt double, but why don't you just see if you can do it?’” she recalled to Popular Mechanics magazine.

“I grew up doing karate and gymnastics and everything, so there's a part of me that likes the challenge. Later I had to ride in on this horse at full gallop through a very narrow path and trees coming up over us and land literally on a dime and jump off the horse.”

Her siblings played a big part in Olivia’s determination to test herself. Rather than pick up feminine habits and hobbies like her sisters the brunette beauty found herself more drawn to her brothers, with one making motorcycles for a living and the other an engineer.

“My sisters were always doing make-up and curlers, and I wasn't interested in that. As early as I can remember, when we'd all be kicked outside for the summer, my brothers and I would make a huge fort and string out the electricity from inside and build an air-conditioning unit,” she smiled. “In the winter we built igloos. We made them so perfect that we'd be sweating inside. For fun, occasionally we'd decide to do something like make our own batteries out of pennies. We'd just create.”

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