September 20th, 2011
03:13 PM ET
"They said, 'Oh, she's the Maxim cover girl,' which I get. But I'm just like, I'm sorry - you can put yourself in a box, I just refuse to let you put me in one, too," Munn says. "They're trying to reduce it to, 'You can't be on the cover of Maxim and you can't be pretty and also be smart and funny. You're only getting by on your looks.'"
The 31-year-old actress, who stars alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in this month's "I Don't Know How She Does It," concurs with Tina Fey, who said that if Munn were "heavier...with a Le Tigre mustache posing in her underpants, people would be like, 'Good for you.'"
"I am who I am and I'm embracing everything that I am," Munn continues to Movieline. "I'm not going to put on a turtleneck and hide away if I want to be smart and funny. You can be all those things."
Her real question, Munn goes on, is whether the critics are insinuating that they're "smart, funny and ugly...Because clearly you can't be pretty, right?"
"People can not like me, that's fine. People can not think I'm funny, that's fine," she says. "But when you're trying to make a statement for women in general, I'm like, you know what? You don't speak for a lot of women I know, and you don't speak for me. It's just you and your narrow-minded friends that can all have this opinion. At least preface it with that. Like, 'Hi, me and my friends are really narrow-minded and we don't like Olivia.' Great. But don't speak on behalf of all women."
Thankfully, the actress says, "people like Scott Rudin, Aaron Sorkin, Jon Stewart, Steven Soderbergh" haven't held that viewpoint.
"I'm really lucky...that they are the ones who are casting these projects and making the things that I'm in," Munn tells Movieline. " I'm thankful that they believe women can be funny and also pretty."
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