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Self-assured, stylish, and in driver’s seat of a skyrocketing career – Mila Kunis is the kind of woman you’d want to hang out with.
You’ve been acting since you were nine. How do you stay grounded in Hollywood?
“I’ve had the same friends since school, and my parents gave me, as well as my brother, a lot of responsibility at an early age. They didn’t treat us like little kids, they didn’t coddle us. They were honest and direct. My parents raised me without a curfew. They would say, ‘You have to be up at 6am. When you go to sleep is up to you. Our recommendation is 9 o’clock.’ If you don’t listen, and go to sleep at midnight, you’ll wake up grummy and tired, and learn your lesson very quickly.”
And what did you do?
“I put myself to bed at 9 (laughs). My parents were smart. Also, my manager has been the same since I was nine. She’s my second mother. I think being in this business, and getting some success along the way, hasn’t changed who I am.”
How do you handle the focus on your figure?
Is changing shape for a role hard?
(Laughs) “I don’t go online. As a woman, I don’t need to feel worse about myself; why feed into that by reading blogs? It doesn’t matter to me. If I’m happy and comfortable. I trust the people around me; if I started looking unhealthy, somebody would tell me.”
“I’ve had to do it once, for Black Swan. It is difficult; you work out and diet. Is it fun? Not at all. Do I recommend it? No, but I had to look like something unnatural. You do it, you finish, and you go back to being normal.”
In Ted, you ask your partner to cut ties with his teddy. What sacrifices have you made for love?
“You make compromises, but I don’t believe you should make sacrifices. No one has ever asked me to sacrifice anything, and I wouldn’t have people in my life that would expect it for me, or ask that I make a massive change for them.”
So, you’ve never asked someone to sacrifice anything for you?
No, I never have. I’m a firm believer that unless that person is putting your life in danger – of course, then you have to ask them to stop – but as a rule you should express how you feel, be honest about your feelings, and hopefully let your partner make the decision that will suit both of you.”
Are you in a relationship now?
“No, I’m not. It’s not something I talk about because I like to keep that part of my life private.”
What do you look for in a partner?
“Honesty, sincerity, someone’s who’s loving. Everyone’s going to be short-tempered and there will be things I’m short-fused about, but in general, men and women are amazing human beings as long as they’re nurtured, treated with respect, and treated as equals. But everyone’s got faults.”
So, what bugs you in a man?
“Oh, you should ask me what doesn’t (laughs)! I think men in general get a bad rap. Women have a tendency to sometimes be stereotypical about guys and I don’t want to fall into that. As long as you’re true and honest with who you are, everything can be forgiven.”
Ted is a unique concept. What made you sign up for it?
“Well, of course I loved the script and when Mark Wahlberg and I first talked about it, we agreed that to do it properly, you had to go in with the assumption that the bear is real because the second you stop believing it’s real, the movie would fall apart.”
Your leading actors have included Justin Timberlake, James Franco and Jason Segel. Which actor would you love to work with next?
“Channing Tatum. I’m working with him on my next movie, Jupiter Ascending.”
Switching gears, what was your last fashion splurge?
“I bought a jacket by The Row, which I love. That’s a splurge. Those girls (designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) are expensive – my God. It’s not even a jacket, it’s a little blazer.”
What are your five fashion staples?
“Sweatpants in every colour and really comfy cotton; and oversized, burnout tees in every colour; a sundress; a pair of flip-flops; and an amazing pair of pumps.”
If you could go unrecognised for one day, you would…
“Go and have a yummy breakfast, walk around the beach, go to Santa Monica Pier, have ice-cream, ride the ferris wheel, watch the sunset, go to the movies, see a stupid comedy, and eat popcorn. Then I’d go home, and watch a new episode of Game of Thrones. That’s a hypotethical day, of course.”
But I see celebrities walking around Malibu all the time.
“Do you want to try it with me? Seriously. It’s not as simple as putting on a baseball cap. I don’t like the attention. There are some people that are okay with it, but I don’t want to go to Malibu and be photographed. As long as I don’t speak, I’m okay. My voice seems to be much more recognisable than what I look like. If I don’t have make-up on, put my hair in a pony and put on sunglasses – as long as they aren’t cool glasses and I kind of look like a hobo – I’m totally fine (laughs). I just can’t speak.”
So what do you do in your down time?
“Hang with family and friends at their houses.”
Are all of your friends in the industry?
“No. I’ll break it down for you: Julie is my friend since I was nine. She’s a teacher, and is getting her PhD at UCLA (University of California). Kat, who I’ve known since I was seven-and-a-half, is a dentist and she married one of my other friend’s cousins who works for the LA Police Department.”
Is Kat your dentist?
“Yeah, oh my God. I didn’t have a choice. My parents go to her as well. In fact, all my friends go to her, and my friends’ parents go to her. She’s a fantastic dentist. (Rummaging through her bag.) I’ll give you her card, if you like? She’s on maternity leave, so hold on, give her three or four months before you call.”
I’ll say Mila sent me.
“Do it (laughs)!”
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