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