Olivia Munn, who plays a badass mutant with serious martial-arts skills in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” says there’s no need to label someone a nerd or geek because tech is everywhere.
Olivia Munn plays first-person shooter games, loves her smart home and says she’ll be the first to invest in flying hoverboards.
But don’t call the actress, who grew up tinkering with PCs, a nerd or a geek.
“Before, we had to learn how to type on the computer without looking at your fingers. Now, [kids] learn to code. The world has changed,” says Munn, 35. “We’ve moved past whether you’re a geek or a nerd. It’s just part of our life.”
Munn’s attitude might be a surprise given she’s starring in “X-Men: Apocalypse” (out this May), based on the Marvel comics that many associate with geek culture. Munn was keen to play Psylocke, a telepathic mutant and martial-arts master whose weapon of choice is a telekinetic katana. “She’s a really, really strong badass female character in this comic book world where a lot of times the women don’t get to be strong and badass.”
Munn spoke with Connie Guglielmo, editor in chief of CNET News, about preferring PCs over Macs and why she’s waiting for someone to invent a Tesla-like hoverboard. Here’s an edited transcript of their conversations.
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