Mila Kunis (born Milena Markovna Kunis) is an American model and actress of Ukrainian descent. She is famous for playing in «Forgetting Sarah Marshall», «Max Payne», «The Book of Eli», «Friends with Benefits», «Third Person», «Oz the Great and Powerful», «Black Swan», a nominee of «Golden Globe Awards» and Screen Actors Guild award for «Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role».
Actress Mila Kunis
Childhood and first roles
Milena Kunis, a native from the Ukrainian city Chernivtsi was born on 14 August 1983. Her mother Elvira was a Physics teacher and ran a pharmacy after moving to the USA. Her father Mark Borisovich was a mechanical engineer at the «Legmash» factory and started driving a cab in the USA. Mila has an elder brother named Michael.
Mila Kunis in childhood
Despite the decent income by Soviet standards and the lack of acute material problems, the parents saw no future for their children in the USSR. In addition, the family with Jewish roots suffered greatly from anti-Semitism and therefore the Kunis’ moved to America having settled in Los Angeles in 1991. Mila stated that her parents raised her Jewish as much as possible, although religion was suppressed in the USSR.
Little Mila Kunis with her brother Michael
On her second day in America, Kunis was enrolled at Rosewood Elementary School, not knowing a word of English. It was at first very hard for the girl and she returned home in tears everyday. «I didn't understand the culture. I didn't understand the people. I didn't understand the language» – Kunis later recalled.
Her story about herself written a few years later for entering college began with the words: «Imagine being blind and deaf at age seven».
In order to help their daughter adapt as sooner as possible and start communicating with coevals, Mark and Elvira enrolled her in Children’s acting classes at the Beverly Hills Studios where she was noticed by manager Susan Curtis who brought the child to commercial filming for TV, particularly for a Barbie commercial.
Mila Kunis in a Barbie commercial (1994)
The commercials were followed by invitations to different TV shows and series including «The John Larroquette Show», «Days of Our Lives», «7th Heaven» etc., works on which had to be combined by education at the Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School.
A shot from the «7th heaven» series
Ukrainian descent Mila Kunis
In 1998 when Mila was 14 she was approved for the first big role in a youth TV series «That '70s Show» sitcom. Curiously she met Ashton Kutcher while working on the serial, who became her spouse many years later.
Mila Kunis became famous thanks to «That '70s Show»
Their first kiss took place on the filming stage though they were just friends. «I was 19 and she was 14. Yes, I even did her homework on chemistry. That kiss at the filming was maybe the first for her. Imagine our first kiss was documented on TV!»- told Kutcher in one of his interviews.
Mila Kunis’s and Ashton Kutcher’s first kiss («That '70s Show»)
Thanks to the series, where the girl performed eight seasons in a row, she received her first prize, the Young Star Award when she was just 16, then she was again awarded the following year. Besides she was repeatedly nominated for the Teen Choice Awards.
Mila Kunis playing Jackie Burkhart
In 1999 Mila began voicing Meg in the «Family Guy» animated series. The voice of the 15 year old actress was noticed by the director for its naturalness and how Mila managed to accurately reflect the character features of the hero by intonation.
Mila Kunis voicing Meg Griffin
Mila Kunis graduated from the Fairfax High School in 2001, attended the UCLA then transferred to the Loyola Marymount University, where she didn’t study long.
Without interrupting the TV career in 2001 grown up Kunis played the friend of the main heroine in the «Get Over It» romantic comedy film, where Kirsten Dunst played the main character.
How Mila Kunis changed
The following year the actress played her first main role in cinema in the «American Psycho II: All American Girl» (2002) comedy horror film alongside William Shatner. The film turned out to be unsuccessful according to the general opinion.
Even Mila Kunis disliked the «American Psycho» sequel
Mila’s breakthrough in cinematography was the partaking in the «Forgetting Sarah Marshall» (2008) romantic comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller. The film had a cashing success and gained the approval of critics. «There are many funny and acute situations in the film and for a comedy a perfect balance of romantics and dirtiness is kept», «… it’s on the peak of the latest and most actual trend: Romantic comedy for boys». And though Mila’s role wasn’t the main in the picture, her work was highly evaluated – the young actress was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards.
A shot from the «Forgetting Sarah Marshall»
Mila Kunis without make-up
In 2009 Mila played the main role in the «Extract» comedy film by Mike Judge and a more significant picture for her- the «The Book of Eli» post-apocalyptic drama by the Hughes brothers was released the following year, where Mila’s partners were Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman. And though critics generally classified the film as not the most outstanding, it had great success in public and Mila’s job was claimed as very hard work.
The Book of Eli:Mila Kunis as Solara
The same 2010 brought the actress another interesting job – the «Black Swan» psychological horror film by Darren Aronofsky, where she played the supporting role – ballerina and rival of the main character by Natalie Portman. Interestingly Mila Kunis and Natalie portman are not rivals at all in real life, but quite close friends.
Mila Kunis about «Black Swan»
In order to earnestly become a ballerina Mila had to train ballet 5 hours daily and drop 9 kilos of weight before the start of the filming, what for the actress did a tough diet and cardio trainings.
Mila Kunis dropped 9 kilos for the «Black Swan»
Of course, all these sacrifices and efforts were not lost in vain – the picture had grandiose success collecting the record 329 million dollars with the budget of 13 million and received several prestigious prizes and nominations including five nominations at the «Oscar». Neither was Mila’s job left unnoticed: She received the Saturn award for the best supporting actress and was also nominated at the «Golden Globe» and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Mila Kunis is 163 centimeters high
After that serious dramatic work the next film with Mila again was a romantic comedy film directed by Will Gluck - the «Friends with Benefits», where Mila played the main heroine in a duet with Justin Timberlake alongside Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone. The picture was warmly welcomed by critics and the public: «The film is good for its energetic dialogs and love «chemistry» between the main characters as well as for that the misunderstanding underlying the conflict looks believable».
A shot from the «Third Person»
In 2013 Mila played in a fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi «Oz the Great and Powerful», a prequel of the «Wizard of Oz» film from 1939. Here she played one of the main characters witch Theodora. By the scenario Theodora appears in the scene in two different forms and for one of the transformations into the witch of the West the actress was toughly made-up. The process of reincarnation lasted four hours and the make-up removal took an hour. According to Mila it took her two months to bring back her skin to normal condition after the end of the filming.
Mila Kunis speaking Russian
The next «cash» film she played in was the main role in the «Jupiter Ascending»(2015) space opera directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, played alongside Channing Tatum and Sean Bean. Critics met the film indifferently calling it «another confused narrative on a science fiction topic» and highlighting the absurd trend of imaging women’s forms in fictions and actions incredibly powerful like «Arnold Schwarzenegger with bust».
The stars of the «Jupiter Ascending»
In 2016 the «Bad Moms» comedy film directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore was released, where Mila appeared along with Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. The film had success and soon after it was released the same team started working on the «Bad Moms 2» sequel.
The personal life of Mila Kunis
In 2002 19 year-old Mila began dating 22 year-old actor Macaulay Culkin, who then was still a quite famous personality. The fame for his children’s roles in «Home Alone» and «Richie Rich» hadn’t faded away yet. According to the actress «it was even impossible to just walk down the street» with Culkin because fans started rushing on him with yelp.
Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin dated for 8 years
The couple’s relationship was stable and went on for eight years, but the actors didn’t rush marrying. In January 2011 the couple separated, whereupon Culkin fell into depression and started using heavy drugs.
In April 2012 Mila started a relationship with actor Ashton Kutcher, her long-ago partner from the «That '70s Show» series. They became engaged in February 2014 and their daughter Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher was born on 1 October 2014.
In the photo: Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
On 4 July 2015 Kunis and Kutcher officially got married and the second child - son Dmitri Portwood Kutcher was born on 30 November 2016.
The children in the family did not suspect for a long time that their parents are famous actors. Wyatt was sure that her mother was a barber. The legend collapsed because of the huge billboards with Mila’s portraits for the advertisement of the «Bad Moms 2».
Mila’s son is called Dmitri
Wyatt and Dmitri learn three languages at once – English, Russian and Spanish. Ashton also had to learn speaking Russian to communicate with Mila’s relatives as her grandparents don’t speak English.
Mila Kunis ihn her parents' house
In January 2011 Kunis told the press that she had suffered chronic iritis (inflammation of the pigmented layer of the eye), because of which she developed heterochromia: her right eye is green and the left eye is light brown. At some moment the disease even brought to one-eye blindness, but the eye recovered after a successful surgery.
Mila has a non-highly expressed heterochromia
Mila Kunis Nowadays
In 2017 Mila worked on the sequel of the comedy by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore «Bad Moms 2», where she again played for the previous women team with Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. For the filming the previous range of actresses was powered by bright actresses, particularly Susan Sarandon.
Mila Kunis in the «Bad Moms»
In 2018 the «The Spy Who Dumped Me» comedy film directed by Susanna Fogel will be released, where Kunis also plays the main role along with Kate McKinnon and Sam Heughan. The filming of the picture particularly took place in Budapest.