Article by Tony Sokol
Olivia Munn has been very open about going to a hypnotist for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) issues. The actress recently revealed that the hypnotherapy sessions led her to find a way to get into shape to get into the superheroine Psylocke’s outfit in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
Munn was a television journalist before she made her acting debut as Mily Acuna in the 2006 series “Beyond the Break.” Munn co-hosted “Attack of the Show!” from 2006 to 2010 and was a correspondent on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” from 2010 to 2011. Irin Carmon of Jezebel magazine criticized Munn’s hiring as a sexist move and labeled the comic actress as a sex symbol. Thirty-two female Daily Show production staff members defended Munn, who filmed her last appearance on September 2, 2011.
After roles on NBC’s “Chuck” and the comedy film “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” Munn got her first leading role in “The Babymakers.” Munn may be best known as the neurotic financial news reporter Sloan Sabbith on HBO’s “The Newsroom.” Olivia Munn will star with Michael Fassbender in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which is scheduled to open May 27, 2016.
When Munn was 26 years old, she developed trichotillomania, an OCD disorder that affects about 1-3 % of the U.S. population. Trichotillomania is commonly known as compulsive hair-pulling. The condition gave Munn a compulsion to yank at her eyelashes.
In November 2014, Munn told Self magazine she sought out a therapist who specialized in hypnosis treatments.
Trichotillomania and OCD are clinically different disorders but often share symptoms.
“OCD comes from a place of needing to feel safe,” Munn told Self. “I had it growing up, having had a little bit of a tumultuous upbringing, moving around a lot with a mixed family with five kids.”
Munn was interviewed for the August issue of Good Housekeeping. The 35-year-old actress spoke openly about seeing a hypnotist to help her deal with OCD issues.
“With my anxiety, if I’m not in the mood to go out to dinner, I can’t. I almost feel paralyzed,” Olivia Munn told the magazine.
At one point her condition got so bad, the only comfort she could find was with her dog.
“I was having a tough time earlier this year; one day I broke down on the floor, crying,” Olivia revealed. “Chance came up and snuggled with me. He’s so smart, so kind … he’s got my heart.”
Munn said a traumatic travel scare further changed her for life.
“About four years ago, I was almost in a plane crash,” Munn said. “Everybody on the plane thought we were going to die … even the flight attendants were crying and screaming. It made me question everything.”
Olivia Munn first turned to the spirit medium Theresa Caputo, who she met on a talk show.
While dealing with mental health issues, Munn’s hypnotherapist also inspired her to work on her physical health.
“[My hypnotist] said, ‘You have to [work out]! It’s good for your anxiety and depression,” Munn told Good Housekeeping. “So during one of our sessions, he hypnotized me. I’m not exaggerating: That was on a Friday, and by Monday I was working out every day at 6 a.m. … Now I feel so much stronger.”
Munn has been dating 31-year-old Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers since May 2014. Munn told the magazine that her athletic boyfriend inspires her to live a healthier life.
“My boyfriend’s healthiness inspires me,” Olivia told Good Housekeeping. “Aaron is different than every other man I’ve ever met… there’s so much I could say. Everything a good person can be, he is. He’s in such great shape, and especially lately, he’s been eating so well and working out. Having somebody in your life like that is so motivating.”
Munn needed a little extra motivation to get to the gym to prepare for her superhero role in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse” movie.
Munn said her hypnotist also helped her curb her desire to eat junk food.
“Sometimes I wish I had more self-control. I’ll give myself a bunch of excuses, like I’m tired, I’m shooting or I need this cookie,” Munn said.
“I’m not someone who can eat whatever she wants and have it not affect her. [After I splurge] I think to myself, I’m going to regret this — not because I’m going to put on weight, but because I can actually feel a difference when I’m eating poorly. When you’re trying to be healthy, you can feel the difference if you eat something bad.”
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