Mila Ku­nis on her new film and be­ing a mother in real life

Life & Style Weekend - - WELCOME | INSIDE TODAY - With Seanna Cronin

MILA Ku­nis didn’t have to look far for in­spi­ra­tion for her lat­est film role in the raunchy parental com­edy Bad Moms. The mother of tod­dler Wy­att Is­abelle and now ex­pect­ing her sec­ond child with her hus­band Ash­ton Kutcher, Ku­nis plays an over-com­mit­ted work­ing mother on the verge of a melt­down.

Join­ing forces with fel­low stressed mums Kiki (Kris­ten Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn), they set off on a quest to lib­er­ate them­selves from con­ven­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and em­bark on a binge of self-in­dul­gence, which puts them on a col­li­sion course with PTA queen bee Gwen­dolyn (Christina Ap­ple­gate) and her devo­tees, Vicky (An­nie Mu­molo) and Stacy (Jada Pin­kett Smith).

Q: You’re a mum in real life; is there such a thing as a bad mum?

A: I think (the ti­tle) Bad Moms isn’t about mums that put their kids’ lives in dan­ger or any­thing… It’s not like, “I’m a bad mum!

I for­got I had a child!” It’s not that dra­matic. It’s (about) be­ing able to al­low your­self to make mis­takes. To know that it’s okay to ask for help and not put so much pres­sure on your­self – the an­tithe­sis of the per­fec­tion that so­ci­ety puts on us and that we put on our­selves.

Q: When you see your child, do you see your­self in their per­son­al­i­ties and be­hav­iour?

A: Mine is a lit­tle too young to tell. She’s only 21 months. But I hope that she’s bet­ter than I am in ev­ery sin­gle way (laughs)… She’s funny, I’ll tell you that much. She’s a very funny kid.

Q: What’s the best piece of ad­vice on moth­er­ing you re­ceived from your mum?

A: My mum was never big on ad­vice. She’s one of those peo­ple that are like, “Learn from my ac­tions not from my words”. My whole life she’s never been like, “Let me tell you how to live your life”. She would live her life in a re­ally beau­ti­ful way and hope­fully I em­u­late it. But she’s just not one of those peo­ple that would ever tell some­one else “Let me tell you how to do it”. She’s just not that type of per­son. She’s just al­ways been a won­der­ful, giv­ing hu­man be­ing. She al­ways comes over and she al­ways just helps out, but it’s never through her words. It’s al­ways through ac­tions.

Q: Were you sur­prised when you read the Bad Moms script that it was writ­ten by two men?

A: When I read it the first time I didn’t pay at­ten­tion to who wrote it. And then at the very end I was like, “Huh?” They had writ­ten ‘To our wives’. To our wives? I flipped to the front page and I was like: “No sh*t, it was writ­ten by two guys.” And it kind of did make sense. It was writ­ten very much like a homage, like a love let­ter to their wives.

Q: Has be­ing a mum changed you as an ac­tor?

A: I think it gave me a re­ally in­ter­est­ing sense of con­fi­dence… and my pri­or­i­ties also shifted when I de­cided to start a fam­ily. I think I be­came in­cred­i­bly self­less. Know­ing that I was go­ing to have a baby made me be like “I know that I have to give up so much of my­self and I’m happy to do that.” It wasn’t like, “I’ll sac­ri­fice.” It was more like, “I want to do this.” Ul­ti­mately you see the char­ac­ters (you’re play­ing) in a dif­fer­ent way too and you can sym­pa­thise with char­ac­ters in a dif­fer­ent man­ner. It also makes you pick projects dif­fer­ently. “Is this worth me go­ing out of town for? Is this worth me be­ing away from child?” In my 20s, I had noth­ing to lose. I was trav­el­ling the world, work­ing non-stop. And then all of a sud­den I had a hus­band and a child.

Q: Has your hus­band seen it and what did he think?

A: He loved it, gen­uinely loved it. He laughed a lot and he got teary eyed. All you need to do is give an ex­cuse to a guy to go see it and they’ll see it, be­cause it’s worth it. The hu­mour is not just fe­male based hu­mour. It is uni­ver­sal.

Bad Moms opens na­tion­ally on Thurs­day.


Mila Ku­nis, Kris­ten Bell and Kathryn Hahn in a scene from Bad Moms.

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