Olivia Munn on The Newsroom
Has anyone been watching The Newsroom on HBO? It's a new show from Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, about the goings-on behind the scenes at a cable news program. In this week's episode, Season 1-Episode 6: Bullies, Sloan Sabbith (played by Olivia Munn) was interviewing a Japanese company spokesman, when she suddenly broke out into Japanese herself on the air when she was frustrated with the mis-translation of the appointed Japanese translator. I got a kick out of it.
I didn't even realize that the actor was half-Asian until she started speaking Japanese. Turns out, Olivia Munn is half-Chinese and half-German/Irish, but was raised in Tokyo, so she's fluent in Japanese. I liked how the writers incorporated the actor's language skills into her character for the storyline. Great show!