The actress was applauded by officials at the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up initiative at its first ever prizegiving in Los Angeles, five weeks after going public with the ill-advised casting of Steven Wilder Striegel, who served time behind bars for trying to coax a 14-year-old relative into a sexual relationship back in 2010.
Striegel landed a role in Munn's sci-fi thriller, but after learning about his past, she brought the information to Twentieth Century Fox studio bosses' attention, and they agreed to cut his lone scene with her from the finished film.
On Sunday, Munn admitted it was "obvious" which option she had to take as she weighed up either keeping quiet about the sex crime or taking action at the risk of her own career, insisting, "Even if no one else would know, I couldn't walk around knowing that I knew something and did nothing."
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Incredibly humbled to be receiving the #GirlHero award from @girlupcampaign + @unitednations. Especially when it’s for doing something that is just so obvious. Over the last month, people have asked a lot if I was afraid. The answer, quite simply is, no. I’m not a very scared person in the traditional sense. I’m far more afraid of continuing to be trapped in a world where I can’t speak up, where my voice doesn’t matter, where I can’t help make a difference. Not speaking up just enables that world and the people who succeed within that frame work. Each time, I’ve asked myself what would I be protecting by not speaking up. Instead of doing the right thing, what’s the value of the thing I’m protecting? I have my family, dogs, friends, my health, the ability to work... So when I weigh those values against not speaking out, there’s no contest. Is it worth losing a little bit of my soul, my integrity, compromising my own self identity. Even if no one else would know, I couldn’t walk around knowing that I knew something and did nothing. If you wait to only say something when your reputation is in question, instead of when it really matters, nothing changes. I truly believe sometimes certain things happen to individuals, not simply to survive them or make it through without causing any waves, but to face the rain, walk straight into it and change the course of the storm. Be the person you hoped you would be. Together, we can create enough positive energy to cover the world, touch every corner of it and help to change it for the better. 💖💕 #dreambigprincess
"There is no contest. You have to speak out," she continued. "If they want to take my career, that's OK, because my self worth is something so much bigger."
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“You don’t speak up because you’re getting awards or because the press might talk about it or because you’re on a talk show… you do it when no one sees. That’s how we change the world.” @oliviamunn at the #GirlHero Awards Luncheon #girlheroawards #girlup #girlupcampaign #girlpower #oliviamunn #feminist
The actress also revealed that she had vowed to herself to spread positivity throughout 2018, because that's what she wants to be remembered for.
"It's so important to me to always be the person I hoped I would be," she shared. "When I sit with myself at night, will my mum be proud of me? Those things matter to me."