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Mila Kunis Talks Upcoming Projects & Gemfields
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WWD: What has your experience been like being an ambassador for Gemfields?
Mila Kunis: I met with the company for the first time three years ago, and they came to me with the idea of being a spokesperson for Emerald, which I found comical because I was like how can you become a spokesperson for a gemstone? And then I started thinking about mining and ethical mining and how all everyone’s always told is blood diamonds, so that’s what I associated all sorts of precious stones with.

WWD: Tell us about your trip to Africa.
M.K.: They said why don’t you come to Zambia, look at one of our mines, check out the town, talk to the people, and make a few decision from there. And I went, and I found it to be one of the most eye-opening experiences ever. They’re a beautiful company that is beyond transparent, they feed all empty dams of water and fish so the town has a place to go fishing and have food, they provide ample amount[s] of work with contracts, which is unheard of in Zambia. They build schools, they build hospitals, they’re now building a maternity ward. They give back to the community, unlike anything – they’re beyond ethical mines. These gemstones are not mined 50 feet underground, they’re mined at the top of an open cavern. And the people, [ceo] Ian [Harebottle] especially is one of the first people that I met that I found to be so loving and wonderful and something I wanted to be a part of because they just were very much like a family.

WWD: What are your thoughts on ethical mining?
M.K.: This experience kind of made everything I did — I mean I knew nothing, I really did come to the mines with the thought, “Oh it’s pretty, if I like it, I’ll buy it like most people,” and I think that when you learn what makes a gemstone unique and how it’s different than a diamond, and how its different than a ruby, when you look at a ruby and how my ruby is different from your ruby, when you learn that every single gemstone has its own fingerprint and not one gemstone’s like the other. I found that to be such interesting information. I have an emerald, and you can take it through a microscope and because of the specific types of veins in the emerald, you can trace it back to the exact cavern and exact country that its from – you can’t do that with any diamond, because it doesn’t exist and I find that to be very interesting – they all have their own history and their own print.

WWD: Can you tell us about your favorite gemstone and is there a story behind it?
M.K.: I guess my favorite colored stone is maybe a ruby, oddly enough, because my grandmother’s engagement ring has a ruby in it. By the way she’s 95, and they don’t really have engagement rings in Russia, but her wedding band had a ruby in it and I kind of associated that with love.

WWD: What are your thoughts on London?
I lived in London two years ago when I was shooting [“Jupiter Ascending”]. London is cold, let’s be clear. As great as any places are they better be indoors. I lived across the street from [Hampstead Heath] which I thought was beautiful. The one thing about London which I will say is, the parks are vast and stunning and there’s so few beautiful days that when they do occur, all you want to do is go to the park, which is one of my favorite things to do when I lived here.

WWD: Tell us about your current/future projects that you are working on.
I have a TV production company at ABC, so we’re developing shows there and the Starz Network. That’s something I wanted to do when I got pregnant. I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, so I’m pursuing that still, and I’m probably going to go back to work later this year.

Source: WWD

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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.

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.

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 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! (more…)

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The full recap of Mila’s Q&A with fans via @wbpictures twitter account.

1. @princecalum: What makes Jupiter Ascending different from anything you’ve ever done?
I’ve never done a sci-fi film, so, for me, it was a whole new genre.

2. @MadnessBxtch: What’s it like working with Channing Tatum?
Channing is so great. So sweet and a really fun guy!

3. @_CassieDay: Best acting advice you ever received?
Don’t ask. Just be.

4. @winchesterslock: Can you share a funny memory from set?
I almost got run over by a camera that had no one attached to it while I was on wires, so I couldn’t move…that was exciting.

5. @riveroflawrence: What was one of the hardest scenes to film?
There was a scene called 52P, it was 8 minutes long, and we literally shot some part of it every day for 7 months!

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The producer of Jupiter AscendingGrant Hill - spoke to ScifiNow. In the newest issue he talks a little bit about the movie story and explains the unfamous delay.

On the story
“It’s a very grand world – or series of worlds – that have been created. They’re very vivid and very different, and the look and the workings of these worlds is just something that I think, on a scale, hasn’t really been seen before.”
“There’s a freshness, certainly, from the smallest thing to the broad vision of the world. It’s just so re-envisaged that it does take your breath away a little bit. But I guess that at centre of it, it is also a sort of sibling rivalry story, which is a story that people know, people have seen it in their own families, and they’ve seen it in large more prominent families. It’s about rivalry, it’s about the relationship of a family, and at its heart it’s a love story.

On the unfamous delay
“We didn’t want to rush it in a way that didn’t allow time for Warner Bros to properly market the movie. Those things are always competing a little bit in visual effects movies, because until you get right to the very end of it you don’t have the full movie in the sense that you would a drama or a comedy or whatever. ”
“There are different sorts of risks. I mean, there are financial risks, creative risks, ‘can you do it in time’ risks… In this case, I think that the risks are not of a commercial nature. I think the risks going into it were more that Lana and Andy had a vision that was so detailed and so fantastical.”
“We needed to design so much stuff. We had a little more time on so it allowed us to work that out a lot. But I think by the time we got to filming we had pretty much exactly what we hoped we would get to, but it took a lot to get there.”

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