Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the Soviet Union to Los Angeles with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role prior to her 15th birthday, playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That '70s Show. In September 1999, she began voicing Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy. Her breakout film role came in 2008, playing Rachel Jansen in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Subsequent film roles included Mona Sax in Max Payne, Solara in The Book of Eli, Jamie in Friends with Benefits, Lori in the comedy Ted, and Theodora in Oz the Great and Powerful. Her performance as Lily in Black Swan gained her worldwide accolades, including receiving the Premio Marcello Mastroianni for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, and nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
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Hi, I'm Mila (no middle name) Kunis.
Hope everyone's having a great day.
Victoria will be helping me out with this AMA today over the phone.
Let's get started!
Update: Well, thank you SO much for participating in this Q&A! I had a blast, I've always wanted to do one. And I can't wait to do another! I look forward to it. Everybody, go look at the /r/SerialPodcast subreddit, and then let's reconvene. OH, and go see JUPITER ASCENDING this weekend.
I know you got that thing with Ashton or whatever but...Will you go out with me? I have a coupon for the Olive Garden.
Mmm. I'm more of an Outback Steakhouse gal.
Is Channing Tatum as dreamy in real life as he is on screen?
As a straight guy, I'm asking for a friend...
JUST AS DREAMY.
Just as dreamy, ladies. Just as dreamy.
Do you plan on raising your children to speak Russian as well as English?
Yes! Absolutely. I speak Russian to the baby all the time. My parents speak Russian to the baby all the time. And Ashton's taking Russian lessons.
A friend of mine told me you were credited on Robot Chicken for being Seth Green's hair stylist. What's the story behind that?
Um, Sarah Michelle Gellar and myself are credited in ROBOT CHICKEN many, many times for doing things that do not exist. Seth is our best friend, and we made him do it.
Has anyone ever recognized you as Jill the party guest from Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves?
Hahah that's funny.
If you could make your own college course and teach it, what would the title of your course be?
That's a good question! WOW!
I would teach a course... nobody should take any class from me, let's prefix it with that, but if you're forced to take any class from me... I could teach a class on "How to be an awesome, badass chick who knows how to take apart & put together a gun blindfolded, make a four-course meal, and parallel park the shit out of a car."
I mean, don't you think?
That would be my course.
Hi Mila, thanks for doing this AMA;
So, you've worked with some notable directors: Darren Aronofksy, Sam Raimi, Paul Haggis, and now the Wachowskis. Is there any other directors you admire and/or would like to work with?
Also, what was like kissing Natalie Portman?
Oh my goodness, oh you!
Chris Nolan, I would love to work with... let me think... I would love to work with Alejandro González Iñárritu... I think those I would love to work with, right off the top of my head.
And how was it making out with Natalie? I mean... when you have a kissing scene in a film it's not something you think about as a kissing thing. You have all these crew around. But she's a lovely kisser, very polite.
But here's a little-known fact: there's one person in the world that both Ashton and I have kissed, and that's Natalie Portman.
Maybe Zoe Saldana too? Though I can't quite recall when I played Zoe's girlfriend in a movie...but that could also be it.
Who's the person that's made you laugh the hardest while working together?
Wilmer Valderrama, on that 70's Show.
Excuse me, Ms. Kunis, on the "The Color of Time" CD-ROM, is there a way to get out of the dungeon without a wizard's key?
What?!?! Come again?
I'm going to say no, you cannot get out without a wizard's key.
Hi Mila! Is it true that Keanu Reeves is immortal?
As far as I'm concerned, yes.
Hi Mila, why no Ted 2? You were the best part of that movie.
Aw thank you so much. A little thing called "a pregnancy" got in the way of me and production. But I wish them all the best, and I'm sure the movie will be hysterical.
Do you ever think in russian? What about dreams?
I dream in english. That actually happened, later in life, but now I dream in english. When I learned to speak english fluently, my dreams changed to english.
What was the best thing about working on "That 70s Show?" Did you ever imagine it would be as successful as it was?
You know, at 14 years old, you don't really contemplate success and that aspect of work, you kinda do things because it's fun to do. We had an amazing crew and cast, and I had the best 8 years of my life on the show. It's not something you can force, it's either something that happens or doesn't. Yeah!
Who is more misunderstood- Meg Griffin or Jackie Burkhart?
Oh, Meg Griffin. Hands down.
Jackie was fine. Jackie got around. Meg? Not so much.
I found out recently that you have played/play World of Warcraft. Are you excited for the WOW movie and do you still enjoy playing WOW?
I have not played WOW in probably 5 years! Yes, I used to play. I played a LOT. I was in a guild, I led raids, I was a pretty badass mage. I had multiple characters. I was a frostmage, I think, by the time I stopped playing? But no, I stopped playing when everyone started having children. I was level 70, I quit at level 70, before the expansion pack.
Thank you for doing this AMA.
How has becoming a mother changed you the most?
It is the most life-changing experience you can have, in my opinion.
I am proud to be a stay-at-home mom. I have no desire to be in front of the camera. I find her to be the most challenging job I've had. The amount of love that you have, the type of love that you have, changes, the way you look at the world changes... everything has changed, because of her. I want an eco-friendly car, I want to compost everything, because I want the world to be better for her. And you have the opportunity to make a really great child for the world. Or a really great human being.
Miss Kunis it's my birthday today. What do you like doing on your birthday? I need ideas haha
Oh, well HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY!
What do I like to do on my birthday? I like to have a very small family dinner with friends. Family & friends, that's it. And amazing food. I'm ALL about the food!
Hi Mila. Thanks for having this AMA. I have several questions that I like you to answer:
How often do people come up to you and say “Shut up Meg” and how do you usually respond to it?
Are there any directors you want to work with in future films?
What was it like preparing for your role in “Black Swan?”
1.) A LOT. People often - I guess - comment more online than in person from what I understand? And how I normally respond to it is - I laugh!
2.) Already answered :)
3.) BLACK SWAN used to be the most physically demanding part I'd ever done, until JUPITER ASCENDING. We trained for 3 months before production, and I learned how to be in en pointe, and how to be a ballerina. And then for JUPITER, you do maximum amounts of wirework training every day. So for BLACK SWAN, I trained by dancing every day for 3 months, and learning how to get en pointe in 3 months. Ultimately, it was all about learning how to pretend to be a ballerina. And I mimicked my ballet instructor more than anything.
Mila, my favorite movie with you is extract... Also you're hilarious, my question... What's your favorite pizza topping?
My favorite pizza topping - this is a really boring answer for you - all veggie.
I'm sorry, I genuinely love an all-veggie pizza. I don't love pepperoni, not a fan, and I don't like all-cheese. So for me, veggie or a short-rib pizza that a place near has that I love.
But yea, sorry guys, that's my favorite.
OH Wait, that's not true! I really like BBQ Chicken, but i know that's sacrilege. And I really like super-thin, burnt-burnt-burnt crust. Like extra crispy.
What is your favorite kind of salsa?
The one that Ashton's mother makes.
It is VERY delicious.
How was it like working with Sean bean and are you a fan of game of thrones?
Sean Bean was great! Huge fan of Game of Thrones! So bummed Ned Stark got murdered! So happy to work with Ned Stark! He's the chillest person ever. He's like... just a normal British guy whom you can just shoot the shit with.
Mila Kunis! Can you just reply with "yes" so that I can brag to all my friends that Mila Kunis responded to me on reddit?
Also if you could turn into food, what food would you be?
I don't want to be eaten. But I guess if I have to be? I'd be a bowl of ice cream. I might as well go down in glory in deliciousness. Nobody hates on ice cream!
What is your favorite cereal?
CHEX. Chex Rice cereal. Yes, the most blandest cereal possible. I love cereal that tastes like cardboard. Yes, I know it's weird. My morning cereal is Chex, Almond Milk, and then I put in a bunch of berries - without fail!
If you got offered a role as a super hero, would you do it and what character would you like to play?
Just wanted to let you know that my SO and I have been joking with each other for a couple of years about who our hollywood crushes are, you are mine, and Channing Tatum is hers. Thought it was pretty funny you guys are starring in a movie together, okay so question time, besides you two being in the movie what is the best reason we should drag our asses to the theater to see Jupiter Ascending?
Oh! Well, because Channing has his shirt off for part of the film. And because I wear really tight clothes. So for you and your SO, there you have it!
Plus it's kickass, and brilliant, and smart. But for you and your SO... you can go and see Channing half-naked. Yay!
What's you're favorite sandwich?
My favorite sandwich... maybe like a fried egg sandwich.
Hi, Mila. What are the cons/pros of having one brown eye and one green eye?
You know what? After my surgery, I have a glass lens that was put in my eye, I now have the same color eyes!
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Right now, I kinda really want to go to Cuba. Before it gets Westernized. I would want to go to Cuba very quickly.
What made you choose Jupiter Ascending for your next movie?
I've always been a fan of sci-fi. And so when the opportunity to work with the Wachowskis on a sci-fi film that is a fully original concept, that was really intriguing to both Channing and myself. And it's one of the first times you get to see the female be a heroine, versus a damsel in distress. She kicks ass, which is always a rarity in the industry. In sci-fi films, it's uncommon for the woman to be the badass. But the Lara Croft movies, Aliens... the fact you can count it is a problem versus all the action films where the heroes are always men.
Hey Mila! (:
What is your favorite gas-station snack?
It's a place called Casey's, and they're all over Iowa, and they do a delicious breakfast pizza.
Yeah, you heard me!
What was it like working with Robin Williams? I've heard he was one of the nicest guys in the industry.
Yes, Robin was a great guy, a great human being.
What is your favorite music genre?
Oh, I'm not a music snob. I honestly will listen to anything.
How's Seth McFarland in real life?
Very very smart.
What's it like having one of the most recognized and most scorned voice in television?
What's your favorite video game genre?
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized Marky Marks or 1 Marky Mark-sized duck?
Oh, haha, it's great! Often I forget that I get recognized, so when I call places, I never say my real name, but they always say "Oh my god, you sound like Meg!" and I'll say "Oh my gosh, that's so crazy..."
MMORPG? But when you get a group of people together - to me, MARIO PARTY is the perfect game. It's fun, it's simple, and everybody could play it. You didn't have to be a great video game aficionado to play MARIO PARTY.
Hahahah! 100 Marky-Mark ducks. The first one.
You have some pull out there in Hollywood! Anyway you can make a Quantum Leap movie happen? If not it's cool! Just thought I would ask. :) Anyways, you are awesome! Thanks for doing this and have an awesome day!
Whoever that is, I am right there with you. I hope they make a Quantum Leap movie! No, I have no pull in Hollywood, but I'm right there with you kiddo.
Mila, what's the most attractive personality trait a man can have?
I guess a sense of humor. Sense of humor is the most attractive quality.
What does ashton Kutcher smell like?
What does Ashton Kutcher smell like?
He smells like a man.
A real man! But he smells like a man. He does not wear cologne. But he makes sure he showers. Never offending. He has a very good natural smell about him, yeah.
What tv shows are you into at the moment? :)
At the moment... I watch... well... it would be... WALKING DEAD, HOMELAND, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, and currently, I guess the only thing I have to watch is The Bachelor? But that's so depressing. It's the first season I'm ever watching it. But it's so addictive. I mean, it's unbelievably addicting. In all 15 seasons or so they've done this, I've never sat down to watch it. But now - oh my god, these women are crazy!
Hi Mila! If you could go back in time and have a conversation with your 14 year old self, what would you say to her?
I would tell her to relax and not rush it.
What’s your favorite book?
Oh, my favorite book?
AJ Jacobs - anything by him I really find fun, and easy to ready. I also really like - what's his name - Mitch Albom, anything by him I really like. He wrote a book called FOR ONE MORE DAY, I read it on a plane, and it really stuck with me, and I thought it was a really beautiful book - it starts out with him trying to commit suicide, and he ends up reliving a perfect day with his mom, and I've always loved that book. It was the first book that had a really significant impact on me. I got off the phone, called my mom and said "I love you."
It's a really great book.
What is your most random hobby?
If you could get a PhD in anything what would it be?
My most random hobby is I like gardening. And if I could get a PhD in anything, I would like to be a doctor of Neuroscience... I mean, this is all in a hypothetical world, but that's what I would like to do. Brain-surgery. Yeah!
If you could have a lifetime supply of any food, what would it be?
Yeah, I use eggs in everything!
Or maybe... like, no... Mmmmm... gosh this is a really good question.... Ashton goes fishing once a year in Alaska, and brings back like 80 pounds of fish, and that is how we eat our fish year-round - freshly caught from Alaska. So a lifetime supply of fresh sustainably sourced wild-caught salmon would be delicious!
We don't want to overfish our waters!
I love how you're such a versatile actress. You do both comedy and drama so well!
My question is, which types of roles do you enjoy playing the most?
You know what, I honestly - I don't think there's any difference, as far as genre goes. You gravitate towards roles that you relate to. They're both equally as challenging, and I like playing roles I can relate to. And I like playing roles that I find challenging, whether comedy or drama.
Thank you for doing this AMA! Could you give me 2 lies and a truth about filming Jupiter Ascending? Thanks again!
Um, I almost got ran over by a camera on a crane while strapped to a wire.
I...was thrown 80 feet off of a ledge on a crane.
And I flew on a harness through the city of Chicago.
Two lies and a truth!
Kittens or puppies?
Puppies. But I don't want to be prejudiced against kitties either.
What do you like to do to relax?
Watch really bad television. Like...The Bachelor.
Hi Mila! You're such an amazing actress! I'm always curious about actors and actresses life goals. If acting didn't work out for you, what other careers would you have considered and why?
Before I had Wyatt, I would've been a teacher. I would have taught like first grade.
What's the best and the worst meal you ever cooked for yourself or others?
Best meal? I cook almost every night. I make dinner a lot. And so best meal is usually - I don't follow recipes, so it's hard for me to say, but I have made some delicious beef stroganoff. I make a very fun cauliflower crust pizza... that's always really interesting. And salmon, my go-to dish, a little grilled BBQ salmon... one-pot meals are kinda my specialty, because that's lazy cooking and I'm awesome at that.
And the worst meal I made may have been... I'll have to think about it... an avocado soup once, and it didn't turn out.
Yup, that's exactly what happened! Thumbs down.