Mila Kunis Biography
"Imagine being blind and deaf at the age of 7? That's kind of what I felt like moving to the States."
That was the first sentence of an essay written by American actress Mila Kunis to get into college in her adopted country.
She was born in Chernivtsi, the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union to a Jewish family on August 14th 1983 and the family moved to Los Angeles in 1991. They had to undergo a type of lottery to move from Russia and the process took about five years.
When they were selected the first time they were allowed to move to Moscow, then another lottery took place and when they were chosen again they could move to America.
On her second day in Los Angeles she was enrolled at Rosewood Elementary School not knowing a word of English, and she used to go home every day and cry her eyes out.
"It was all such a shock," she said "I didn't understand the culture, the people or the language."
At the age of 9-years-old Kunis took acting classes after school at Beverly Hills Studios where she met her first, manager Susan Curtis. Her parents told Curtis they could not afford publicity photos or take her to auditions as they both worked full time. Curtis told them she would sort everything out and Kunis was given her parents' blessing as long as she remained at Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School and got A's.
She got the first job she went for, a "Barbie" commercial, and she began appearing in print advertisements, catalogues and TV commercials for children's products such as Payless Shoes. She also modelled for a Guess girls clothing campaign.
Her first television role was as the young Hope Williams in an episode of the soap opera "Days of Our Lives,". She also got a minor role in "7th Heaven" and supporting roles in "Santa with Muscles," "Honey We Shrunk the Kids," and the Angelina Jolie film "Gia" as Gia Carangi's younger self.
In 1998 at the age of 14 she was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the Fox sitcom "That 70s Show." All those who auditioned had to be at least 18 and Kunis told the casting directors she would be 18 but didn't say when. Although they eventually figured out how young she was they still thought she was the best actress for the role.
During the series she was taught by the on-set tutor for the duration of her High School years, and the show became the second longest-running live action sitcom lasting eight seasons.
Kunis was frustrated by being on the show for so long, saying "Eight years of doing the same show felt like being behind a desk and I lost my drive."
But she quickly had a change of heart deciding she should not be taking her career so seriously, she just wanted to be happy in her life.
Mila Kunis moved on to films and in 2010 she was cast alongside Justin Timberlake in the romantic comedy "Friends with Benefits" filmed from July to September in New York and Los Angeles. The Director Will Gluck said he wrote the story with Kunis and Timberlake in mind. "They were a couple of actors I wanted to work with so I wrote it for them," he said. "I wanted to do an adult movie about sex and relationships."
She speaks with great affection for her parents saying they were a positive influence in her life and kept her focused. She had been dating "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin since 2002 but she kept the relationship private. She had also been romantically linked to co-star Justin Timberlake in the press.
In 2013 she appeared in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Hell & Back as the voice of Deema, Oz: The Great and Powerful as Theodora, Blood Ties, The Third Person and Jupiter Ascending.