Mila opens up to W magazine about her first time being on camera, fake prom, planning marriage, raising children and having a little crush on Pierce Brosnan.
Never one to be pigeonholed, the actress slips into a new genre (sci-fi), a new look (bye-bye, bell-bottoms), and a new life (hello, baby).
These are the best!” Mila Kunis exclaimed as her favorite waiter, Domingo, placed a plate of flannel cakes in front of her at the Musso & Frank Grill, the classic, clubby restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard. Kunis, 30, was pregnant with her first child with her fiancé, Ashton Kutcher, but this meal was not a sudden craving: The actress, who was dressed in a loose fisherman’s sweater and faded jeans that were rolled up at the ankle, has been ordering those pancakes for practically her whole life. “I love them so much that, two years ago, I had the restaurant ship the batter to Boston, where I was shooting Ted,” Kunis explained. “They remind me of home.”
The Musso & Frank Grill is safe for Kunis—a paparazzi-free haven. Since she began dating Kutcher, 36, her former costar on the hit TV series That ’70s Show, a couple of years ago, she’s been hounded by the tabloids. Ashton and Mila is a sensational narrative: When their characters were romantically linked on the show, the actors were just friends in real life. And yet, in a story-book twist, they shared many important moments on camera: “My first real kiss ever was with him on the show,” Kunis said. “And when That ’70s Show had a prom, my date for the prom turned out to be my fiancé. We can honestly say that we went to prom together! Although I do think that in that episode I went home with someone else. We don’t talk about that part.”
This month’s Cineplex features a 3 page spread dedicated to Mila and Jupiter Ascending. In an interview she discusses picking the right projects, Jupiter Jones, Wachowskis, Channing Tatum, Star Trek and more…
You’ve said you don’t plan your career, but you’re definitely branching out and choosing interesting projects.
“Yeah. In my early twenties I decided I wasn’t going to work for the sake of working. I was able to pick projects I was proud of. Now, whether or not they were going to succeed, or whether or not people were going to like them was another thing. They were projects that inspired me and were going to motivate me and drive me.”
And you had to fight typecasting.
“Yes, I started picking projects to prove people wrong. Everybody wanted me to do romantic comedies and I was like, ‘No, I can do other things!’ And so it becomes this battlefield. And then there’s an action movie that comes around and they say, ‘Well, we don’t know if you can do action.’ So you knock down doors and you fight and fight and fight, and prove them wrong. ”
How are you feeling? How’s your pregnancy going?
“It’s great. I have no complaints. Life is fantastic.”
Describe Jupiter Jones, your character in Jupiter Ascending.
“Jupiter Jones is a very naive, very sweet girl who lives in Chicago, whose world is turned upside down when Channing’s character comes and takes her away and shows her a world outside of Earth. He explains to her that there is a higher purpose to her than just being who she is.”
What can people expect from the film?
“It’s really fun movie, it’s really smart, but also a really fun movie. You can look at the underlying tones of consumption and the human desire to need and want, and that’s great, but it’s also just a fun film to go and see.”
After Total Film and SFX, here’s another magazine offering insider look at Jupiter Ascending. Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean and producer Grant Hill have spoken with Empire Magazine. Read their interview below!
It’s not often in these days of sequels and reboots, caked in a thick meringue of prescribed mythology, that Empire gets to ask that most simple of questions. However, with only a blitz of space-age thingamabobs skittering through a pair of grandiose trailers and production art like prog-rock album sleeves to go on – the early sell for an original science-fiction epic – there is no alternative but to pitch with the basics. What, pray tell, is your film about?
“Imagine,“ answers Eddie Redmayne giving it the fill Professor Biran Cox extoling the intricacies of the heavens atop an Icelandic summit, “you have these incredibly wealthy aristocratic families out in space, who have various businesses.“ In fairness to the good professor’s scientific credibility, this is a fictional version of our universe the actor is explaining. “Our business, the Abrasax business, it that we take planets. We let people or animals living on said planets get to a Darwinian state of perfection; then we harvest the planet and make them into serum. It’s a profit-driven thing. It makes you younger.“
Redmayne, we should make clear, is speaking from the perspective of the chief villain of Jupiter Ascending. Eldest of three siblings, and ruthless centre of a power struggle for the family business, Balem is a vainglorious, intemperate creature whose palatial bathroom boats unhindered views of the planet Jupiter. He has a voice like shifting tectonics, and chambion abs. His siblings, alien beauties Titus (Douglas Booth) and Kalique (Tuppence Middleton), dwell on their own worlds, each fashioned to their own worlds, each fashioned tot heir own persuasion. Their mother’s recent demise – „under dodgy circumstances“ – has lept Balem in shaky charge of the Solar System-spanning dealership in time-erasing cosmetics. The familial tussle, he insists, has „vast ramifications“. Especially as their mother’s exact genetic make-up may yet appear again. It will, of course, in the guise of Mila Kunis.
Her chirpy, wiseacre voice cutting through the telephone static from LA, Kunis would like to make clear she plays a human being, living on Earth, totally unaware of this vast, corrupt universe, bejewelled in visual effects. In fact, she’s a janitor, cleaning toilets, shortly to be thrust into a ‚real world‘ she could never have imagined (sound familiar?). “She get taken away on a journey into a very surreal universe and gets partnered up with Channing’s character,“ Kunis reports delightedly. “And she meets her doppelgänger or alternate reality in space. The best way I can describe this film is that I go on a soaring space adventure… in a buddy kind of format.“ Significantly, Kunis‘ Jupiter Jones was born under the ascension of the great gas giant. This seems like a good point to establish that Channing Tatum’s character. Caine, is a hybrid or „splice“. A distinct feature of this outlandish and decadent off-world is that humans intermingle their genes with the best characteristics of animals. People can alter their make-up for the better, gaining a dog’s olfactory powers or the hearing of a lion. Balem possesses a set of „pretty hardcore dragon henchmen“. They fly. Tatum’s Caine, meanwhile, is a splice of human and wolf – the perfect soldier. “He gets hired by somebody to come and take me,“ says Kunis. “Not exactly in a negative way – it’s more that a lot of people are after my character and you don’t know who is in it for the right reasons and who for the wrong reasons. My character learns as the audience learns. You see through her eyes.“
Jupiter Ascending is featured in the August issue of SFX magazine. Mila, Channing and Sean talk about their characters, Wachowskis, extraordinary storyline, flying in spaceships and the longest sequence to shoot.
The Wachowskis have flung filmgoers into the far-off future and the distant past, into the worlds of graphic novels and anime, and into the very heart of dreams and nightmares. Their next epic, the space operatic Jupiter Rising, flips their most celebrated effort, The Matrix. For where The Matrix plunged its viewers inward, Jupiter takes audiences straight to outer space. Where The Matrix featured a male protagonist destinated to lead his people from tyranny of a dystopia, Jupiter focuses on a female saviour. And where The Matrix’s champion was a superman, Jupiter’s titular heroine is a normal human being. Well, not too normal. She is, after all, played by Mila Kunis. “My character never knew she was destinated for anything,” says Kunis when SFX sits down to speak with the star in Los Angeles. “Never. She kind of gave up on the idea of having a higher purpose than what was given to her.”
Julia is caught in a custody battle for her 6-year old son with her ex-husband Rick played by James Franco, who is a famous New York artist. With her support cut off and her legal costs ruinous, Julia’s lawyer Theresa (Maria Bello) has secured Julia one final chance to change the court’s mind and be reunited with the child she loves. Julia’s sole motivation in life is to gain joint custody of her son but her fragile psychological state and the circumstances of her marriage break-up make that a big challenge.
A fan of the director’s works, Kunis had no qualms joining the cast, “I’ve been a fan of Paul’s work and he has a very specific way of writing so I didn’t necessarily know what to expect but I knew it was going to be intertwining storylines. I can honestly say that there are those movies that come along that they make you realize why you love doing what you do and working with Paul Haggis made me fall in love with my job again. I love it, I love every aspect of how he works, how he interacts, how, confident he is and how confident he makes you feel. I think we just kind of get each other’s work ethic and work rhythm. He trusts me and I trust him that’s just so incredibly important”.
“Given the complexity of the film, Julia is a hard character to explain,” says Kunis of her character. “She’s slightly misunderstood but she means well. Technically speaking, she’s in a custody battle with her ex-husband Rick for their child Jesse. At heart, Julia’s a sweet person but she’s always late and if a person has to make a right or a left turn, she always makes the wrong choice, but it’s not on purpose so you can’t blame her for it. Maybe she just has the world’s worst luck, or maybe not. She seems to be constantly put in situations where she’s just being attacked or accused of not being good enough.”