You know that a hit TV series was truly a hit when its stars go on to become bigger stars after the TV show has ended. This happened to “Friends” and “Sex in the City”. Now it has also happened to “That ‘70s Show”, which launched the amazing careers of Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, Wilmer Valderrama, and now Mila Kunis.
After “Black Swan”, movie goers and film critics knew that Mila Kunis had arrived and has completely left the “70s”. She played the intense character of Lily, a free-spirited ballerina who let out the evil side of Natalie Portman’s character. While Natalie Portman won Best Actress, Kunis was equally praised for her performance and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award, both for Best Supporting Actress accolades.
Critics said Kunis had “vibrant dancing style” and a “face of an angel” in “Black Swan”. They said she “was born to play the temptress Black Swan”. While Kunis did not win the Gold Globe or Screen Actors Award, she was named the Best Young Actor or Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.
Mila Kunis is Russian, which makes her brand of beauty very distinct. Milena in real life, she was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine on August 14, 1983. She belongs to a Jewish family, which was primarily the reason they left for Los Angeles, California when Mila was only 7 years old.
Mila said her parents “raised me Jewish as much as they could” while they lived in a country that suppressed the religion. Kunis father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher and drug store manager. Mila was only 7 years old when their family was randomly picked by a lottery system to leave Ukraine for Moscow, then the Soviet Union for the United States for good.
Kunis talked about how she adjusted to her new life in the US: “I didn’t understand the culture … the people … (and) the language. My first sentence of my essay to get into college was like, ‘Imagine being blind and deaf at age seven.’ And that’s kind of what it felt like moving to the States.”
However, after only two years in LA, this beautiful Russian enrolled in an after-school acting class in Beverly Hills and soon appeared in print-ads and TV commercials for Barbie, Payless Shoes and Lisa Frank. She also modeled for Guess. It was in that acting school where she met Susan Curtis, her manager, and not long after, Mila appeared in an episode of “Days of our Lives” and played a minor role on “7th Heaven”.
Before she became Jackie Burkhart in “That ‘70s Show”, Mila had a couple of movie appearances that went unnoticed for many years. She was in “Santa with Muscles” with WWE legend, Hulk Hogan, “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves” with Rick Moranis, and “Gia” with no less than Angelina Jolie, who was also relatively unknown then. Mila played the young Gia Carangi.
Mila’s other films, to name a few, include “Get Over It” with Kirsten Dunst, “American Psycho” with William Shatner, and “Moving McAllister” with Jon Heder. She was also in “After Sex” with Zoe Saldana, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, “May Payne” with Mark Walhberg, “Knocked Up”, and “Extract” with Ben Affleck. Finally, she was in “Book of Eli” with Denzel Washington.
Mila Kunis also known as Milena Markovna Kunis has been with the best, as she is one of the best young actresses herself. She has been nominated at the Teens Choice Awards a couple of times already. Mila’s latest starrer with Justin Timberlake, “Friends with Benefits”, was a box-office success.