Mila Kunis Talks about Oz
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February 24, 2013
           
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Mila Kunis stars in Oz The Great and Powerful opposite Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and James Franco. This 29-year old Ukrainian born beauty promoted the movie in Los Angeles, wearing a tight black belted dress and Louboutin heels. Her hair is worn long and loose and she wears minimal eye-makeup.

Apparently you’re a big online shopper?
Oh, I’m the Queen! What do you want to know? I did all my Christmas shopping when we were in Italy. I was shooting in Italy and I did a lot of my Christmas shopping in Italy.

What’s your favorite on-line store?
Everything.

Don’t you miss touching the clothes?
I know. I miss that, it’s fun, but here’s where that comes into play, photo shoots. So I do photo shoots and I see everything that’s a season ahead, when it comes to jewelry, clothes, clothing, everything and I am like oh, and then I remembered everything that I liked, and that’s why I buy it.

You are going to celebrate this year I think your 30th birthday…
I am…

Are you okay with it?
Yes, I am okay with it. Like, more than okay with it, I am looking forward to it. I think the 20s are fantastic, I’ve loved my 20s, loved it. I made many mistakes, I learned a lot in my 20s and I am ready to implement them into my 30s. I think the 30s are great, all my girlfriends are in their 30s, and nothing changes. I mean, I think it’s funny when people are freaking out over turning 30. I do find it funny. Ask me when I am 60 turning 70, but like 20 to 30, I think I am okay. I think if this was in the 50s, they would be like, ‘Where is your baby, where is your husband?’ But now, 20s, 30s, it’s the same thing.

Do you celebrate birthdays in a grand style?
I do. I’ve actually worked on my birthday every day for the last ten years. So I would celebrate my birthday in Detroit, or I would celebrate my birthday in Boston, or wherever I am at, but I do love birthdays. I haven’t hit the point where I don’t like them, or I don’t acknowledge them. Like people are a little timid to me, they are like, you know, you are turning 30 next year (whispers) and I am like, I know! It’s going to be awesome!


So you like the cake? Do you have a theme?
I don’t know if I have a theme necessarily, no, I like dinners and cakes, and I usually just have friends over at the house. I don’t do anything like grand grand. But we will see what happens this year. I might go out of town.

And do you tell people what you would like to have?
No. I don’t collect things. I had a baby collection of salt and pepper shakers, and then I had enough. I had like ten of them and I was like okay, this is a bad idea like what am I going to do with all these salt and pepper shakers? So that thing ended. That was it. I like cards, l love thoughtful gifts, it doesn’t need to be grand, it doesn’t need to be big, but give me a thoughtful card and I am so happy. I don’t need things, and I am really lucky where I can go and be like, if I need, if I want, forget need, if I want something, I am in a position to be able to provide for myself. But if somebody would to walk past something and they know that I love let’s say that tea, and they gave me beautiful bags of teas, more than enough, more than enough for me. I am pretty simple I’d say when it comes to that.

Did you hang out with the other ladies on the set of Oz The Great and Powerful?
Yeah, as often as I could. I was there for six months, I think Rachel popped in for the first month of production and then the last month. She did Bourne in the middle of it, so she had the beginning and the end, and then Michelle (Williams) I think was in the beginning, then left for a while and then came halfway through the middle, and it was just me in Detroit. So it was great. I love Detroit. Yes, we hung out a little bit when we could, but we worked, sixteen, seventeen hour days.

Rachel said she met some real witches, white witches, and I wonder if you’ve had experience?
Where did she meet them?

She’s got a couple of friends she said were witches.
No, but I am sure they are great

And you and James Franco are very good friends?
Yeah, for years.

So what kind of music do you like?
I’m not picky. I’m the worst person to ask about music. Like, I am not artsy- fartsy at all. I have nothing great to tell you, I don’t know of any underground bands that are about to become huge, none of this do I know but I like anything and everything, sometimes I feel like a little Ella Fitzgerald and a little Maroon 5. I don’t know. I am all over the place. Let’s not push it. There’s a limit to everything. I can honestly say I’ve never been like, ‘Do you know what I feel like listening to? Justin Bieber or One Direction.’ No, I mean, be happy that I even know who those two people are.

Can you talk about your relationship to The Wizard of Oz, to the film, yourself?
The first book that I ever read in English past the alphabet books and the kid books, the very first book, I was nine years old and I came to America when I was seven and a half and at nine years old, the first book I read was Return to Oz.

So that must have had a huge impact on you then?
I don’t know, consciously or subconsciously. I was doing an interview for W Magazine, two years ago, way before this movie was ever even in existence to me, and they are asking what movie do you remember seeing as a child that changed your life, and it’s on video, there’s footage of it, I said, The Wizard of Oz. So there is something, but nothing different I think from most people, but when you are nine years old and you see such a magical, beautiful movie with so many lights and colors and it’s so fantastical that you just kind of want to immerse yourself in it as a kid. I think it affects all little kids. I mean, I hope it does, I don’t know about now, kids have all these amazing movies coming out now.

Most actors change over time but you seem to have stayed the same. Would you agree with that assumption?
I really don’t know. You know what, I will tell you, I am more cautious now than I used to be. Otherwise it’s too hard. For me to put on an act and put on a show and try to be something that I am not, is exhausting. So I would rather be myself and just try to watch a little of what I say, so that’s changed. But as far as who I am, for me to be something that I am not, why? I mean realistically, why?

It means that you have a strong personality, right?
It means that I have A personality. I am who I am, and for me to change that, would be exhausting. I mean, I change it for work, but I don’t need to change it for this. If someone is asking me an honest question, I would give you an honest answer, if someone is asking me a silly question, I am not going to answer it. That’s the biggest difference now.

Parents usually push kids to get a college education, especially Jewish parents and Russian parents. Did you have that pressure from your family?
I have an amazing family, I really do. I think I’ve said this in every interview since I started interviews and I say this because it is fact, I have my blood family, like my mom, my dad, they are incredible people. I also have my family that I surround myself with, from my manager, who I have known since I was nine years old, to my best friends, to my significant others, everybody that I consider family are incredible people. That being said, they are also incredibly supportive. And so the pressure that my parents put on me was to educate yourself and make sure to never stop learning. And when I realized when I was eighteen that acting could be a career and it doesn’t have to be just a hobby, I was like 20, and I went and talked to my parents and I went to college, I went and talked to my parents in the middle of the first semester and I was like, ‘Listen, I can’t do this, I physically can’t go on the 405, go to class at 6AM, I have a full time job that I love and a career that I want to pursue.’ They literally stopped and they went, okay. The pressure that I had was set on myself by myself. I cannot put that much power into my parents to say they put that pressure on me. They didn’t.

How does it feel to be described as the sexiest woman alive?
I mean, I don’t know how to answer that question without sounding like an asshole. Either way I am damned. I don’t know, I think it’s a great honor, I think it’s nice.

But at the same time, aren’t people blogging when you are photographed in your sweat pants going to the supermarket?
Well, I will give you the simplest answer, I don’t Google myself. I don’t Google, I don’t Google alert, I don’t know what people are saying, and frankly, I don’t care! I don’t Facebook, Tweet, no, those things I don’t do. But there’s other versions of it, there’s a network called Pack, which is a private version of Facebook that I think is great. There’s ways around these things, and I am on- line all the time, are you kidding me, it’s how I get my news, my information, it’s how I go shopping, everything. I don’t need to Google myself.

You can’t avoid it, it’s all around you.
I can avoid it. If you see a photo of yourself, you just scroll right past it.

And the grocery store line?
You just walk right past it. What am I going to look at? That makes no difference to me. I don’t need to feel bad about myself. And they are never good things, because good things don’t sell. And it’s also not real life. Just because one person on-line says you’re fat, or ugly or tall or short, doesn’t make it true. It’s one person, who’s got nothing better to do. And it goes the same for the one person who says you are beautiful, stunning, tall, short, whatever, skinny, anything positive that is said that you want to read, you should accept the negative, cause they go hand in hand. I would rather not accept anything. And it makes no difference.

What do you like to do when you don’t work?
My new favorite thing to do is get out of Los Angeles, to go in the middle of nowhere.

Desert, mountain…
Sure. Where there are no people.

Montana.
Sure.

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