IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST.
MILA KUNIS HAS A REPUTATION FOR BEING
Just ask … well, pretty much anyone who has worked with her, from her Black Swan co-lead Natalie Portman (they bonded watching Top Chef in sweatpants) to her After Sex cast-mate Zoe Saldana (Mila was front and centre when Zoe’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star was unveiled) and her Bad Moms bud Kristen Bell (the supertight pair got matching ‘friendship haircuts’ last year). Even her marriage to long-time That ’70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher (the stu of fangirl dreams) was born out of a years-long – you guessed it! – friendship.
Mila can’t kick her habit of turning colleagues into ride-or-dies. Read on as the 35-year-old dishes to her latest, Kate McKinnon, about secret fantasies and career superpowers. You’re very close to your family. How did they in luence who you are today? My parents allowed me to be very independent and a free thinker, whether they agreed with my choices or not. I never had a curfew, and I didn’t break many rules. I was in bed by 9pm. I think my parents were like, ‘Well, she’s not an idiot.’ To me, you are one of the most normal people in the world. You told me about how you’d hang out at a store after shooting That ’70s Show. Do you think that’s why? My mom used to work at a store. When I was 14 and 15, she would pick me up on her lunch break. She didn’t have time to drop me at home, so I’d go back to work with her until she finished. I’d walk around the aisles, and sometimes my mom would be like, ‘There’s somebody at the ice-cream counter, go serve them’; and then, ‘Will you go to the photo counter?’ I was free labour, totally illegal. She’s retired, so I guess she can’t get fired now!
It never fails to amaze and amuse – that image of you leaving the TV lot and then going to scoop ice cream… An image? This was years of my life! Neither of us participates in social media. What’s that about for you? I was so late to that train. I remember at some point my roommate was like, ‘You know, there’s a thing called Facebook’, and I was like, ‘What is this Facebook? Who’s gonna poke each other? That’s just weird.’ Then Ashton and I reconnected and started talking. He used to be incredibly forward-thinking with social media, when the intent was to connect with people. But it took an ugly turn and became all about who can be the loudest, who can be the angriest and the most negative. Then it’s just not a fun game to play. Do you feel like you’re missing out? Not at all. I get my news online; I can tell you which Kardashian is dating whom. I wish I didn’t know … but I do. So when you have a cute picture of your children, do you send it to anyone? There’s an app that my family and I are all on; it’s only for our closest friends and family. We all post photos to it, but it’s on an incredibly private server.
That’s the best idea I’ve ever heard. I think the idea of sharing personal moments with loved ones is beautiful. It’s all that other stuff that’s gross.
If you had a month when you were not allowed to work, what would you do? I’d kidnap my family, go to Italy and rent a house in the middle of a village that specialises in cheesemaking. I’d have naked babies running around Italian sunflower fields. I’d make delicious food with my husband, and we’d frolic and just be in love. That’s all I would do.
Do you think I could stop by the house…? Yes. With my naked family running around.
Will Ashton be as well? For sure.
Good. Just curious. What is the greatest misadventure you ever had in the kitchen? I’m a horrible baker. I’m an amazing cook and a horrible baker. I don’t like measuring.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you’d be a bad engineer. Probably the worst. But I married an engineer, so talk about a good balance, right? I didn’t realise that. Yeah, he was an engineering major. He loves science and numbers and spreadsheets and all things to be organised, like all the water in the fridge facing in the same direction. We balance each other out.
Were you guys similar people when you were teenagers? God no. I wouldn’t necessarily be friends with the person I was when I was 16, 17, 18. Not to say that my 16-year-old self was an asshole… I wasn’t. But I’m so much more present in life today than I was then. And so is Ashton. I think the reason we fell in love is because we had both gone through life a little bit and went, wait, wait, wait, let’s ground ourselves. Let’s just come back down to earth. I think those are the people who fall in love.
Do you ever feel like people put you guys on a pedestal? I don’t know. I was listening to Dax Shepard’s podcast, and the conversation turned to him and his wife [Kristen Bell] and how people have them as #RelationshipGoals and how they have this self-imposed pressure. Ashton and I don’t have that because we don’t do social media in that way. So we don’t feel pressured to be something we’re not. I think all relationships require work – we just don’t post photos about it. And I don’t read anything about myself. I genuinely don’t know what’s written about me – other than the fact that I’m pregnant about once a year, and my husband and I are getting a divorce once a year. I know this because I go down the grocery store aisle, and I see it on the cover of magazines and I’m like, oh, okay!
It doesn’t faze you at all? The only thing that’s upsetting is my parents and my grandparents sometimes get confused. My 96year-old grandmother assumes that everything written in the newspaper has to be true.
‘THE REASON WE FELL IN LOVE IS BECAUSE WE HAD BOTH GONE THROUGH LIFE A LITTLE BIT, AND WENT … LET’S JUST COME BACK DOWN TO EARTH’
At one point when I was pregnant, [the tabloids] said I’d had an emergency and been rushed to the hospital, and my face was on the cover. The amount of stress that caused my family, nobody will understand. Although my dad is always very hopeful the pregnancies are true. He’s always like, ‘Is there really another?’ Did you always want to be a producer? I realised that I had no other skills in life! I got knocked up and I was like, ‘While I’m pregnant, I’m not gonna work.’ Then, three months into being pregnant, I learnt that I’m physically incapable of not working. I’ve been [acting] for 20 years, and I thought, ‘I know how to put a f*cking project together. I know how to find good material. That’s my superpower.’ More than three years later, [my company has] developed about 60 shows. What started off as ‘Can I do it?’ became ‘Oh, I’m doing it.’ What’s your ultimate dream as a producer and an actor now? You know what’s funny? I just sat down three days ago to write down my dream in five years, and I realised very quickly that I didn’t dream big enough. So I’ve been thinking about it – like, ‘What is my grand f*cking dream for myself?’ I just want to be happy. I know that sounds incredibly lame, but I never want to stop learning or being challenged, and I never want to stop challenging my partner. I think those things will always lead to some form of success. And your greatest professional achievement? When I’m on SNL, Kate. The day I get over my fear and succumb to hosting SNL, that’s the day.
It’s gonna be the best episode we’ve ever done. One day! ■
‘I look at you and think, “This is one of the greatest people alive”.’ -Kate on Mila