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

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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

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