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Olivia Munn says she moved a lot as a kid, often ate lunch alone at school

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Karen Butler
Cast member Olivia Munn, the voice of Koko in the animated comedy The Lego Ninjago Movie, attends the premiere of the film in Los Angeles on September 16. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Cast member Olivia Munn, the voice of Koko in the animated comedy "The Lego Ninjago Movie," attends the premiere of the film in Los Angeles on September 16. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The Newsroom and X-Men: Apocalypse actress Olivia Munn says she learned to run her "own race" as a young girl and not worry so much about what other people are doing.

"I moved around a lot as a kid. I was in a military family and I was always the new kid and, so, one of the hardest things as a kid, I think, is finding a group to hang out with and have lunch with and that starts pretty early on," the 37-year-old star said at a recent California press conference for her new animated adventure, The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

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She went on to say that, in her experience, social cliques begin when children are about 5 or 6, and it can be difficult for those who want to be popular or covet the stuff other kids have.

"You want to just be liked by people, then you want to be liked by the popular kids and then, 'I want that really cool pencil case.' And, 'I want that backpack.' And we didn't grow up with a lot of money," she explained. "I was becoming envious and feeling very alone and then I had this realization ... that, no matter what, there is always going to be someone prettier, taller, nicer, smarter, richer and then there are always going to be people on the other side, as well. And I just have to do my best at being me and, hopefully, it will all work out because I can't worry about people ahead of me. I can't worry about people behind me. I've just got to run my own race. I just kept eating lunch by myself, but that was my choice. It was just more realizing that I shouldn't care about what other people are doing and work on myself. "

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