Olivia Munn: My family wasn’t supportive of my dreams


When it comes to pursuing your dreams, family support can make everything a whole lot easier, but Olivia Munn never had that.

She always wanted to become an actress but her parents used to tell her it was a ”silly dream” and that she wasn’t good enough.

”I grew up with a lot of, ‘You’re not good enough, you’re not smart enough, that’s a silly dream, that’s a stupid dream’, so I learned at a young age to keep my dream inside,” Munn told The Hollywood Reporter.

Wanting to please her mother, Olivia even studied for a degree in journalism, but soon realized that working as a reporter wasn’t a job for her.

oliviaShe said: ”The fear is that if I go there [Hollywood] and try, and I don’t make it, then I know that I tried and couldn’t do it. I said that to my mom, and she goes, ‘Well, you can always come back and answer doctor phones’. So if my mom’s not going to be disappointed in me, then why not?”

However, Olivia claims you need to be prepared to fail if you want to be an actor.

”Just because you want it, just because you have a dream, just because you work really hard, it doesn’t mean that it works out, so you just have to work as hard as you can, keep your head down, say thank you as much as possible,” she explained.

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3 responses to “Olivia Munn: My family wasn’t supportive of my dreams”

  1. Loretta says:

    I think it is just awful to grow up and hear from your parents that you are not good enough for this or for that! Eventually one day you will start to believe that, and when it will happen there will not be any way back to the beginning of childhood. My parents were always telling me that i am the best daughter, the best student, how proud they are of me, and how good i am in everything i am doing. So even when o was trying something and was failing in it they were still able to find the words to encourage me and make me believe that it doesn’t mean anything but experience i need to accumulate in order to become even better than i already am, this way i really did become succesful in my job, and today i can yell out loud that i am very thankful to my parents for that, wihtout them i wouldn’t become the person i am today!!

  2. Kaley says:

    I am wondering what kind of parent you should be in order to tell your kid that you cannot do better than answering phone calls at the doctor’s office?! I mean seriously?! How come that people have become so rude to the people they are supposed to love most of all in the entire universe!? No wonder Olivia Munn is not supporting her parents very much, i read in one article that they sued her for a big amount of money for making them poor as they kept investing in her talent, while Olivia in the same article claimed that they never give her even one dollar for her studying of performing arts, as well as they never helped her financially when she worked on a few jobs in order to have enough money to pay the rent and for the classes.

  3. Rosie says:

    I think it is very important to believe in your child, as this way you are able to make anything you want from this child. The power of belief and support is a huge one, i got convinced with this fact for multiple times! So inspiring your child that he can sing, perform or be a ballerine or even cosmonaut means passing fifty percent of the road with your child to the accomplishment of this dream! What can be better than that?! And the other fifty are supposed to be passed by the child who will work hard to develop this or that talent in which he eventually will succeed one day! This is a famous psichological theory which really works, i think everyone should try it, and will be amazed how easy it works!