Why Olivia Munn's Ocean's 8 Cameo Actually Cost Her Money

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Usually when an actor or actress pops up in a movie, he or she expects to be paid--even for a minor cameo. Sometimes this is a daily minimum and sometimes more, but Olivia Munn recently revealed she actually lost money on a cameo experience for Ocean's Eight, thanks to what the scene required. She said that when she signed on for a scene that required her to be dressed up for the Met Gala that she thought the production would cover. It didn't. According to what Munn said during a recent radio appearance,

I was so excited when I got the call to be in Ocean's Eight. I thought, 'It's going to be so cool.' They're like do your own glam and I got the dress and all that and then you submit the bills for it because I'm part of your movie. And then they're [the producers] like, 'Oh no, the bills come right back to you.'

While that whole experience sounds kind-of like a nightmare, Olivia Munn is mostly upbeat about her little cameo role, noting during the EW Radio program that she got to act around some amazing ladies, including Sarah Paulson, Cate Blanchett and more. Although, she's probably not the only one who got the raw deal. We've known for months that the Kardashians will also be in Ocean's 8 as part of the Met Gala sequence, and a jewelry heist will also be a part of that sequence, which recalls the drama Kim K. went through last year. Now, we're certainly wondering now if they also basically paid to doll themselves up for the cameo in the new movie.

Apparently, despite all of the work--and cash--she put into the faux Met Gala wardrobe, Olivia Munn won't actually be in the film all that much. She said of getting the role:

It was a call from the producers and the director. I was super excited. It actually cost me money to be in Ocean's Eight. And now a lot of my interviews have been about how I'm not [really] in Ocean's Eight. I had to pay a lot of money to basically spread the word that I'm not in Ocean's Eight.

Still, there aren't a slew of ensemble female movies being made every year, and Ocean's 8 should be a doozy. So, even if the whole getting paid situation didn't work out for Olivia Munn, we're hoping the exposure was great for the actress, who has mostly been known for projects like HBO's The Newsroom and comedies like Office Christmas Party. The flick stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, and Nora Lum, which should be an interesting line-up. We'll have to wait a bit longer to see if the all-female Ocean's franchise entry is a box office winner, as the flick hits theaters on June 8, 2018. You can check out what else is heading to theaters in 2018 with our full schedule.

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