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Olivia Munn talks healthy weightloss

Published 05/06/2016

Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn

Actress Olivia Munn has opened up about her battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and why it sometimes triggers her to rip out her own eyelashes.

Olivia Munn puts her lithe new figure down to fight scene training for her role in film X-Men: Apocalypse.

The American actress stars as Psylocke in the new superhero action film and reveals losing weight during the making of the movie was an "unintentional" side effect of preparing for the role.

Spending seven hours a day in training, including the likes of sword fighting, Taekwondo and general stunt work caused the slim brunette to lose 12 pounds.

But while the 35-year-old's changing figure garnered lots of attention on social media websites, she asserts that she follows a healthy lifestyle.

"The weight loss was unintentional and happened in a healthy way," Olivia told America's Women's Health magazine. "All I wanted to do was learn how to fight."

The star's NFL quarterback boyfriend Aaron Rodgers, 32, is on board with her plan for mindful living and the pair like to devour organic smoothies and low carb Mexican taco salads, with lean ground turkey. The Green Bay Packers sports star even likes to drink her homemade almond milk.

"He's thoughtful about it, but he's not precious about it," she explained.

Even with her burgeoning career and happy relationship, Olivia admits criticism of her looks still takes its toll and sometimes manifests in serious diagnosed anxiety, triggering her obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in the form of trichotillomania - a condition where a person feels compelled to pull their hair out. And when things get bad, Olivia feels compelled to pull out her eyelashes.

In her cover shoot with Women's Heath, Olivia explained her make-up artist had to fill a gap in her lashes with temporary ones.

"It's gotten bad at times - whenever my body is overstimulated, from both good and bad things," she sighed. "And since OCD is coming from a place where you need to feel safe, it's harder to break the habit in somebody.

"The biggest misconception is that I can control it. It's like telling somebody to go through a haunted house and not be scared."

X-Men: Apocalypse is now showing in theatres.

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