Our may cover personality, Olivia Munn, brings the kind of credentials to the table that mark her out as genuinely multitalented. Born in Oklahoma, raised mostly in Japan and with a Chinese-Vietnamese mother, Munn had already gained an unusually cosmopolitan outlook on the world by the time she reached her teens, when she was taking on modelling assignments in Tokyo and occasionally acting on stage. After completing university in the US, she pursued a career in drama while also making various TV appearances, including a stint on The Daily Show that offered an opportunity to show off her comedic chops, and a leading role in the series The Newsroom, while a brief but nonetheless impressive turn in Iron Man 2 confirmed her thespian talents to an international cinema audience.
Although now landing roles in major movie productions, Munn has also found time to write the autobiographical Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, and appear in TV documentaries – and was recently asked by CBS to develop future shows, which surely presages a new career behind the camera as well as in front of it. She’s clearly a busy woman, who we suspect is only just beginning to explore her full potential, though fortunately for Prestige readers Munn was still able to fit a photo shoot and interview with us into her increasingly packed schedule. Refreshingly self-deprecating, she laughed about her eating habits on set – “On The Newsroom,” she admitted, “they had two different sizes of jeans for me all the time.” You can read about that, and much more, on page 142.
Another inspirational figure from American cinema, the actress and activist Susan Sarandon, also features in these pages, with an interview conducted while she attended this year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong. At the same event, we also met Isaac Julien, who took this city by storm with his multi-screen video installation, and explained to us why he so far hasn’t succumbed to the lure of Hollywood. We talk to designer Jonathan Anderson, now creative director at the Spanish house of Loewe, and we learn from Christina Zeller, who occupies a similar role at the long-established leather-goods label Delvaux, why the Belgian capital Brussels deserves to be taken seriously as a centre for luxurious accessories.
And if that weren’t enough to usher in the merry month of May, we also present our usual supersized helpings of fashion, high society, culture, food and travel – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living. Happy reading!