Fans of hit television sitcom, “That 70s Show,” always knew that Mila Kunis was a talented actress. While television executives always hinted that it would be the show’s leads, Topher Grace and Laura Prepon, that would go onto bigger and better things, those who watched the show always had an inkling about Mila Kunis, After all, it was often her performance as the whiny and annoying Jackie Burkhart that often stuck in their minds long after the episode had ended. Those that had that inkling around Kunis and stardom ended up being completely spot on.
Milena Markovna Kunis was born into a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, on the August 4, 1983. Her father, Mark, was trained as a mechanical engineer but worked as a cab driver while her mother, Elvira, was a trained physics teacher who ran a pharmacy. The Kunis family left the Ukraine and moved to the United States in 1991, when they realized that there was going to be very little future there for Mila and her brother Michael.
For Mila, however, the move to America wasn’t always smooth. She struggled emotionally early on during her time at Rosewood Elementary School due to the fact that she couldn’t speak English. She overcame that and during the rest of her school in Los Angeles attended Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School and completed High School through attending Fairfax High School and a on-set tutor while she was working on “That 70s Show”. Upon graduation in 2011, she also briefly attended UCLA and Loyola Marymount University.
Kunis’ dream of acting began when at the age of nine she was enrolled in an acting course by her father. She soon entered the world of television commercials when she appeared in campaigns for Barbie and Lisa Frank and in 1995 made her first feature film appearance in “Make A Wish, Molly” where she was cast to play a Mexican girl named Melinda.
After that role she soon easily found herself gaining television roles and appeared in popular shows including “Baywatch” and “7th Heaven” as well as earning another feature role in the family comedy “Santa With Muscles” alongside former wrestler Hulk Hogan.
In 1998, Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in “That 70s Show”, a role that she was lucky to land because the show’s producers were sure that they wanted the cast to all be over 18 year of age. Kunis, who was just 14 at the time, told them she would be 18 but never specified when. The producers were so impressed with her work that even after they worked out her age they decided to keep her on the show.
The popularity of “That 70s Show” quickly saw Kunis become an ‘in demand’ actress and soon she received a phone call from Seth MacFarlane who asked her to audition for the voice cast role of Meg Griffin in his adult animation sitcom “Family Guy.” After a few auditions and changes to the character Kunis was hired for the job meaning that she was now working on two of America’s most watched television programs.
Not surprisingly this also meant that Kunis decided the time was right to try and begin a successful feature film career and soon she was appearing in films such as “Krippendorf’s Tribe” (with Jenne Elfman and Richard Dreyfuss), “Get Over It” (alongside Kirsten Dunst) and the straight-to-video “American Psycho II: All American Girl.”
It was only after “That 70s Show” wrapped production in 2006 however that Kunis’ feature film career really took off. Soon she was acting in films like “Moving McAllister” and “After Sex” before really gaining people’s attention in the popular romantic comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”.
It was however her role in action film “Max Payne” that showed that Kunis was wanting to move her acting away from comedic roles, and while that film flopped it obviously did enough to convince Hollywood producers that there was something special with Kunis.
Soon she played an almost unrecognizable role in the post-apocalyptic thriller, “The Book Of Eli” before wowing audiences and critics alike in the acclaimed “Black Swan” opposite Natalie Portman. It was her role in “Black Swan” that saw Kunis win a few minor acting awards but also receive a Golden Globe nomination.
Since then Kunis has found even ground between serious and comedic roles. She has recently played the witch Theodora in “Oz The Great And Powerful” and has again made people laugh with roles in “Friends With Benefits” where she played the romantic interest for Justin Timberlake and in Seth MacFarlane’s big screen comedy “Ted” where Kunis played second fiddle to a foul-mouthed teddy bear.
Aside from acting Kunis has also showed interest in working as a producer and it was recently announced that she will work as an executive producer and not appear on-screen on “Meridian Hills” – a feminist themed show for The CW.
When it comes to her personal life Kunis has always wanted to be a very private person. Despite being a computer nerd, who adores “World Of Warcraft”, Kunis’ need for privacy prevents her from having social media accounts. However that privacy was invaded in 2011 when the FBI announced that Kunis was one of the victims that had their cell phone and email accounts hacked by Christopher Chaney who has since been charged for the crimes.
Despite how private she is it is known that Kunis has had eye surgery to correct problems that arose from her having chronic iritis. She also has heterochromia iridum which means that her left iris is brown and right iris is green.
It is also known that Kunis began dating failed child star Macauley Culkin in 2002, they have since then broke up but remained good friends. It was announced in 2012 that Kunis is currently dating her former “That 70’s Show” co-star Ashton Kutcher.
Mila Kunis is now one of the Hollywood’s A-Listers and her fans will soon be able to see her on the big screen in “The Angriest Man In Brooklyn” (alongside Robin Williams), the romantic drama “Third Person”, the next Wachowski sci-fi adventure “Jupiter Ascending” while she also voice a character in the forthcoming animation film “Hell & Back”.