Mila Kunis: ‘I’ve Worked My Butt Off For 20 Years’
Considering Mila Kunis has just turned 33, 20 years of work is pretty impressive. But she tells us itõs her husband, not her career, that really makes her happy nowé
It’s been a while since Mila Kunis appeared on our screens. Following a movie career that saw her take on leading roles in the Oscar-nominated Black Swan and the hilarious Ted, she’s been taking more time off between flicks to be a mum – something the 33-year-old’s pretty damn proud of. And why not?
After first meeting Ashton Kutcher, 38, on set of That ’70s Show when she was just 14, the pair reunited romantically in 2012 and married a year ago in a quiet, intimate ceremony with family and friends in California. Seriously, these guys are the least showbiz couple ever. Mila now has a two-year-old daughter Wyatt (who’s super-cute, FYI. Ashton’s the one to follow on Twitter for baby updates) and is pregnant with their second child. She’s also about to star in Bad Moms, a movie about, well, mums trying to do everything, failing and embracing it – we can get on board with that. Funny, unafraid and unflinching, Mila Kunis doesn’t hold back…
Hi Mila! Your Bad Moms character Amy starts off as a really stressed-out mum. Do you ever feel like her? I only have one little human so it’s not too bad. I mean, I’m very lucky. And I do have Ashton, who’s an amazing husband. My parents also live in the same town that I do. So I’m very lucky when it comes to all those things. Wyatt’s rambunctious, but she’s not there yet where she’s two and a half, and I’m like: ‘Holy shit, there’s this demon baby coming out!’ We haven’t quite hit the demon stage yet.
Did you take inspiration from any of your celeb mum friends? My friends have always been very open about their horrible days. I think we all have. So I don’t think this movie necessarily prompted my friends to be like: ‘Oh wait, me too!’
Do you sit around and share stories? It mostly happens that every day they’re like: ‘Holy shit, let me tell you what happened today.’ So I think it’s an everyday occurrence to me.
There’s been lots of hype about this movie. Why do you think that is? I think people like to know they’re not alone. Before, when my parents were raising my brother and me, everything had to look perfect. Whether it was or not, you just didn’t air your dirty laundry, so to speak. And I think nowadays if it’s going wrong, I call my best friend and I’m like: ‘I don’t know... there’s this colour coming out of her nose and I’m pretty sure she’s dying.’ It’s OK to do that now, and I don’t think it was necessarily OK before. So I think this movie kind of brings light to that.
You’ve played so many different types of character, from girl next door to romcom star. Has Bad Moms been the most fun? Yeah, I loved it... and being with these amazing other women.
What’s the best part of being in a strong, female-led movie like this? Alcohol. Lots of alcohol!
We like you, Mila! How do you keep your energy levels up on set? I eat healthy naturally, but if I said I don’t watch what I eat that would be a lie. I do. I’ll indulge in something but I won’t indulge every day. I try to stay as active as I possibly can, whether that be the gym or hiking or going for long walks. I like to stay active.
Your character in the film gets a lot of heat from ‘perfect mums’. How do you deal with that in real life? I’m not there yet. But I’m like: ‘F**k you, mothers!’ It’s projection, that’s all it is.
Is it true you guys mostly did improv? It’s been the fastest shoot I’ve ever been on in my life. I think at one point I was like: ‘Wait, we have five days left?’ Like, I’m actually sad about it. I very rarely get actually sad when ending a movie and I am genuinely sad. The crew are lovely. The cast are alright!
What was the best bit for you? Destroying a grocery store is pretty awesome.
You’re always on the best-dressed lists and are known as one of the most glamorous women in the industry. Is that difficult? Yes [laughs].
Is it a fun part of your job? Totally. Playing dress-up is fantasy – it’s a whole other world. It’s wonderful. There’s a lot of work that goes into it and a lot of people involved. I have an amazing stylist, an amazing make-up team. On a daily basis, no, nothing. But if I have to go for work or a premiere, yes.
Who’s your favourite designer? I love Elie Saab. I love Alexander Mcqueen, Lanvin... anybody who designs a dress – anything that kind of moves with you and lets you feel like you’re wearing something instead of it wearing you.
What keeps you grounded as a celebrity? I don’t know! I’m honest and I speak my mind at all times. I think that, if anything, helps me stay grounded. Because I will say what I think but I don’t expect the ‘yes’ in return. I’m thrilled to say that I have an amazing family. And I have a truly incredible group of friends that I can count on one hand. So I’m blessed and lucky to be in a position to work with people that I respect, look up to and admire... and that I actually want to show up to work with. I think a lot of that speaks for itself.
How do you view your career? I work hard. I work my butt off. And I’ve worked that way for 20 years. But I don’t have to show you how hard I work. As long as I know how hard I work, that’s all that matters. I think people get so caught up in trying to prove to everybody else how hard they work, so much so that they lose all sense of what they do and why they do it. As long as I do my homework, and I know I did, and I show up and do my job, at the end of the day that’s all that matters. And then I can have a life!
Are you happy? Yes. Definitely. I’m able to do the job I love and surround myself with the people I like to go to work with and work for. And people whose opinion I trust, and whose outlook I respect. But I do believe that it all depends on who you surround yourself with.
Bad Moms is in cinemas now
the best bit about being in bad moms? being with all these amazing other women
Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn also star
Mila plays rebellious Amy in Bad Moms