You probably know her from That Seventies Show. You might remember her from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. And you’ve definitely heard about her in Black Swan.
But did you know that Mila Kunis, née Milena Markovna Kunis, was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine? Luck of the draw allowed her family to move to the United States when she was seven, and she entered second grade not knowing a word of English.
She began acting when she was nine when her father enrolled her in acting lessons at Beverly Hills Studios, and she quickly landed rolls in commercials and ads for Barbie, Lisa Frank, Payless, and Guess. After a few minor rolls in shows like Days of Our Lives and Seventh Heaven, she auditioned for and won the roll of Jackie Burkhart in That Seventies Show.
Because producers required she be eighteen to get the rolll, then-14-year old Mila truthfully told them that she would be 18 on her birthday … she just didn’t say which birthday. Her big breakthrough came with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and she’s been walking the red carpet ever since.
With appearances in magazines like W, Vanity Fair, and Cosmo, Mila ranked #22 on the 2010 Maxim Magazine Hot 100 list and #17 on the 2010 FHM Hot 100 list. Even hotties have a nerd side though; she’s the voice of Meg Griffin in Family Guy, and is a self-proclaimed nerd who likes to play World of Warcraft.
She says: “I am such a nerd. I’m not one of those girls that goes, ‘Ha, ha, hee, hee. I’m a nerd.’ No, no, no–my brain mentality is the same as a 12-year-old little boy. The video games that I play, the things that I like to watch–I’m a Trekkie. I’m so happy the nerds are finally winning.”
And if being hot and funny wasn’t enough, she’s also got a heart of gold: just recently, she accepted an invitation to the Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, North Carolina. While stationed in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, Sgt. Scott Moore of the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine filmed a YouTube invitation asking Mila to the ball, suggesting she take a second to think about it and then get back to him.
Watch it for yourself:
After being shown the video by co-star Justin Timberlake, Mila accepted! Lucky man!
Her next movie, Friends with Benefits, comes out July 22, and for your Mila and JT (yum!) viewing pleasure, I’ve presented you with the trailer below:
For someone as gorgeous and talented as she is, it’s nice to know this beautiful lady has a normal, genuine side. “My goal in life,” she says, “is to enjoy what I do, and never to look back and say I wish I would have done that . . . and to become someone great in life!” Sounds like a plan to me!
(Quotes & info from Milakunisweb.org.)
Any other Mila fans out there? Who’s going to see her new flick?