ON THE COVER ACTRESS MILA KUNIS
Movie star, Wife, Mother,
role model and more!
Milena Markovna “Mila” Kunis was born August 14, 1983, in 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the USSR to the United States with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role prior to her 15th birthday, playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That ’70s Show (1998–2006). Since 1999, she has voiced Meg Griffin on the animated seriesFamily Guy.
Kunis’ breakout film role came in 2008, playing Rachel in the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. She gained further critical acclaim and accolades for her performance in the psychological thriller Black Swan(2010), for which she received the Premio Marcello Mastroianni for Best Young Actor or Actress, and nominations for the SAG Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other major films include the neo-noir action film Max Payne (2008), the post-apocalyptic action film The Book of Eli (2010), the romantic comedy film Friends with Benefits (2011), the comedy film Ted (2012), the fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful(2013) as the Wicked Witch of the West, and the comedy film Bad Moms (2016).
Kunis comes from a Jewish family and has cited antisemitism in the former Soviet Union as one of several reasons for her family’s move to the United States.
At the age of 10, Kunis auditioned for but failed to get the role of a Russian Jewish girl who moves to America in the film Make a Wish, Molly. Instead, she was cast in the secondary role of a Mexican girl. In 1998, Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say when.
In January 2011, she revealed her struggle with chronic iritis that had caused temporary blindness in one eye. Some months earlier she had surgery that had corrected the problem.
In 2009, she appeared in the comedy film Extract with Ben Affleck and Jason Bateman. The film received mostly positive reviews, and grossed $10.8 million at the box office, Roger Ebert, while critical of the film itself, wrote that Kunis “brings her role to within shouting distance of credibility.”
Kunis co-starred with Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate in the comedy Bad Moms, which was released July 29, 2016. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the cast and humor, though did not feel it could “take full advantage of its assets”. Following the financial success of Bad Moms, STX Entertainment reunited Kunis with her co-stars Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn for a sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas, which was released on November 1, 2017
Kunis began dating her former That ’70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher in April 2012, and they became engaged in February 2014. She gave birth to their daughter Wyatt Isabelle in October 2014. Kunis and Kutcher married during the first weekend of July 2015 in Oak Glen, California, and their son Dimitri Portwood Kutcher was born in November 2016.
Kunis starred as Rachel Jansen in the 2008 comedy film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, co-produced by Judd Apatow. The role, which she won after unsuccessfully auditioning for Knocked Up entailed improvisation on her part.
Kunis has signed on to co-star with Kate McKinnon in the comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me. The film is set to be released July 6, 2018.