Last year Mila Kunis melted the hearts of millions of Americans when she accepted a YouTube invitation to accompany Sgt. Scott Moore, of the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in Musa Qala, Afghanistan to his
And it turns out that this wasn’t just a one-night only gesture.
“We are still in contact,” she told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column at the premiere of her new raunchy comedy, “Ted.” “We e-mail back and forth, and spoke on the phone about a month-and-a-half ago.”
And no doubt Kunis will continue to build her fan base with her forthcoming role as Mark Wahlberg’s lover in “Ted.” There’s just one (kind of big) problem in their blossoming romance – he can’t move on from his beloved talking yet highly inappropriate teddy bear, which came to life as a result of a childhood wish.
But it apparently takes a lot to make this 28-year-old screen star wince.
“I was always surrounded by very obnoxious, dry people. My dad included, my dad has the dryest sense of humor of anyone I know. When I was little, he made sure that I was going to have a strong back bone and it developed the sense of humor in me,” Kunis continued. “Plus being on ‘That 70’s Show’ for eight years and being on ‘Family Guy’ for twelve or thirteen, it definitely makes you immune to being offended.”
And while the Ukrainian-born actress spent her own childhood days playing with little friends, they weren’t quite as cute and floppy as the eponymous “Ted.”
“I had a rodent – welcome to communist Russia,” she recalled. “And then a crocodile, which had an accordion and he sang.”
Collider chatted with the cast of Ted during the press day. They talked about how this film came about,
Seth, what took so long for you to make a movie?
SETH MacFARLANE: Family Guy had that little cancellation thing happen to it, and I wanted to make sure that it was fully on its feet, after coming back, before I stepped away to do a film because it did mean stepping away from the show completely for at least a year, and that was something that I hadn’t done yet. This was an idea that had actually been floating around in my head for a while. I had originally conceived it as an animated series idea and, for a number of reasons, shelved it. And then, when it came time to do my first movie, it seemed like a story that would make a much better film than a series.
Mark and Mila, when you initially signed on, were you worried about co-starring opposite a bear? Did you wonder whether it would work, in terms of looking at the eye-line and the stuff you’d have to do with him?
MARK WAHLBERG: I was a little nervous at first, but once we started getting into it, I felt comfortable pretty quickly. It was more of a problem working with Mila. She’s a tough cookie.
MILA KUNIS: You know what? It actually wasn’t so bad. I didn’t have very much physical interaction with the bear. Mine was very circumstantial, whether the bear was to the right of me or to the left of me or to the front of me. I think Mark had it the hardest. For me, it wasn’t so frightening. You have a stick and two eyes. As far as the animation or the look of the bear, I was never too concerned with that. There’s not a question of why MacFarlane can do that, and do it incredibly well.
WAHLBERG: They had done a test, too. We got to see a little bit of the bear, before we started shooting. There was a concern of whether it would go into the scene seamlessly with the chemistry, even though Seth and I were having a great time acting opposite each other, and whether it would translate when you’re putting the bear into the actual scene.
Seth, did the special effects turn out to be more of a pain in the ass than you expected?
MacFARLANE: No, the special effects were surprisingly a smooth part of the process. We tried a fairly new technique of doing it all live on set, to get an improvisational feel, but it went surprisingly smooth. We had two great studios – Tippett and Iloura – that just knocked it out of the park for us.
Did you re-write a lot of Ted’s dialogue in post?
MacFARLANE: Yeah, we had a little bit of liberty to do new Ted lines in post, in case something didn’t work. That was a luxury that we took advantage of. We would screen the movie and, if something didn’t work, we’d try a different line at the next screening. That’s one of the good things about an animated character.
The movie has a lot for college audiences. What do you want them to take away from this film?
WAHLBERG: Well, go back and smoke another joint and see it again. It’s always better the second time around. You were so wasted the first time, you probably missed some jokes.
MacFARLANE: That answer works for me, too.
KUNIS: Me, too.
I know a lot of you guys already noticed our gallery is missing a few (or more) candids from the last several weeks. As a fansite that honors her privacy, I have made a decision regarding future candid images.
Lately, paparazzi have
Some of you may not agree with my decision but as a Mila Kunis fansite, as someone who respects Mila Kunis I have decided to do away with any and all candid photos on my site. I have been thinking about this so long. First of all, I thought I could continue just not uploading the real invasive pics, because think of this, even if I don’t upload this set of pics, they still exist all over the inernet, for all to see elsewhere. There have been several candid picture sets in the past that I have failed to upload because I felt they were too invasive and distasteful. But with some further consideration, I have decided I can no longer upload candids of any kind.
I’m certainly sure it wasn’t exactly a good decision to post
As far as the old albums which are already in our gallery, they will remain there as is. But no future candid pictures will be added to albums.
Thanks for understanding!
TV Film News interviewed Mila about her newest movie Ted. Read the whole interview below!
Having worked with Seth MacFarlane for so long on ‘Family Guy,‘ what was it like for seeing him direct live-action?
Mila Kunis: It’s strange to have Seth be a director, because as much as I have worked with him on ‘Family Guy,’ I’m in one booth, he’s in another booth, and normally he has to explain to me what’s happening. When you record ‘Family Guy,’ you record it a year before anything’s drawn up, so I have no idea what I’m doing. He has to explain the plot, explain what happens, then you do it three or four times and move on. Seeing him actually be a visual director, explaining scenarios and characters, visually setting up shots, it’s been great. I couldn’t be prouder of him, I think he done an amazing job with ‘Ted,’ an amazing job.
What was your reaction to ‘Ted’ when they first told you about the project?
Mila Kunis: It’s a movie about a talking teddy bear, and would expect nothing less from Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. To me it made sense. I didn’t question it at all, I was like, “OK.” I mean, I’m on a cartoon with a talking dog, I’m not gonna question a bear – what’s the difference (laughs). And with Seth, I trust him, he knows humour. I really do. He knows funny. Sometimes I’ll be like, “You’re wrong!” But no, he’s not, he’s always right (laughs), just don’t tell him I said that.
Can you tell us a little bit about your character Lori?
Mila Kunis: Lori, she is a hard working girl who loves Mark Wahlberg’s character, for him being a child at heart. But she also has this thing in her where she wants to settle down, have a sense of security that he’s not capable of giving her. And I think she ultimately comes to the realisation that you can’t change someone, you just have to accept them for who they are. And I think she comes into terms with knowing that she is truly in love with the person that he is. And accepting Ted as well.
I thought that she was a great character in that she’s well balanced, she could have easily been nagging or “one-of-the-guys”….?
Mila Kunis: Oh definitely. My biggest concern for every re-write that I read was I didn’t want her to be nagging. I didn’t need her to be one of the guys, I didn’t need her to be nagging. I do believe there’s a happy medium, not all women are beer drinking, American Football loving woman. And then not all women are naggy. There is some that are halfway, so I was like, “I’m gonna do this. Your gonna have to help me?” And Seth did, he trusted me and I trusted him. Then Lori was born. But yes, it was a very fine line because I come from doing a lot of movies with a lot of guys, for some reason. There’s an aspect of my humour that I guess is very guy friendly, but I do believe that I’m still feminine (laughs). I like to hold that for all the ladies (laughs)!
New HQ photos of Mila and friends
Candids from 2012 > Mila and friends went for a hike in the Hollywood Hills (June 22)