The Magic of Mila

Mila Kunis won a place in our hearts after her first big gig on That ‘70s Show at 14, playing Jackie Burkhart, an endearingly self-impressed teen. Born Milena Markovna Kunis, the 35-year-old moved with her family from Ukraine at seven from her hometown of Chernivtsi. Growing up in the Soviet Union, Mila’s mother was a physics teacher and her father was a mechanical engineer, however they chose to leave for Los Angeles for a better future for their children.

On day two in Los Angeles, Mila enrolled at Rosewood Elementary School, the Russian-speaking girl not knowing any English. However, Mila overcame her struggles and went on to attend Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School then used a tutor on the set of That 70’s Show during her high school years before transferring to Fairfax High School.

But it was Mila’s youth that would lay the foundation for her romantic future, eventually marrying That 70’s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher in 2015 and welcoming a daughter Wyatt Isabelle and a son Dimitri Portwood. A match made in cinematic dreams that still brings joy to Mila and Ashton’s fans today. As Mila made the move from television to the big screen in 2001, she worked on many motion pictures before she started to land the roles we know her for today. In celebration of Mila, we recount our five favourite films with the star

Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2008

The iconic romantic comedy stars Jason Segel, a heartbroken man who just got dumped for Aldis Snow by his movie star ex Sarah Marshall. In an attempt to recuperate, Segel’s character Peter Bretter goes on vacation to Hawaii, where he meets Rachel Jansen (Mila) working at the hotel. Rachel goes from rebound to real love with much drama in between.

Date Night, 2010

Though it wasn’t a starring role, Mila Kunis plays Whippit, the wife of James Franco’s character Taste. Protagonists Phil and Claire Foster, played by Steve Carell and Tina Fey, are taken on a wild ride in a bid to spice up their marriage and end up in a debacle of mistaken identity. The couple find themselves at the apartment of Taste and Whippit where they must find a flash drive belonging to a local mob boss.

Black Swan, 2010

Nina (Natalie Portman) is finally chosen for the part she has always dreamed of in the ballet company that she has devoted her entire life to. Passionate about her starring role in Swan Lake, Nina is elated until newcomer ballerina Lily (Mila) gets too close for comfort and is made her alternate. Their rivalry and friendship brings out the dark side in Nina.

 

Ted 2012

John Bennet (Mark Wahlberg) and his bear Ted (Seth MacFarlane) are best friends, thunder buddies and essentially platonic soulmates, much to the dismay of John’s girlfriend Lori (Mila). Ted’s toxic, brash, alcoholic ways push Lori and John’s love to the limits as John must decide who matters more to his future.

 

Bad Moms 2016

Suburban mum Amy Mitchell (Mila) resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her two children and cheating husband. After she catches her husband in the act, she kicks him to the curb and is pushed to the edge at a PTA meeting run by Gwendolyn James (Christina Applegate). Amy befriends single mother Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell) and starts a revolt against the PTA hierarchy.