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Mila Kunis
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Born Milena Markovna Kunis
(1983-08-14) August 14, 1983 (age 33)
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Television
Spouse(s) Ashton Kutcher (m. 2015)
Children 1

Milena MarkovnaMilaKunis (/ˈmlə ˈknɪs/) (born August 14, 1983) is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from Soviet Ukraine to Los Angeles with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role prior to her 15th birthday, playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That ’70s Show. Since 1999, she has voiced Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy.

Her breakout film role came in 2008,[1][2] playing Rachel in the romantic comedy-drama Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Her other films include the neo-noir action film Max Payne (2008), the post-apocalyptic action film The Book of Eli (2010), the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits (2011), the comedy Ted (2012), the fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) as the Wicked Witch of the West, and the drama Black Swan (2010), in which her performance gained her worldwide accolades, including the Premio Marcello Mastroianni for Best Young Actor or Actress, and nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

Early life and education

Milena Markovna Kunis was born on August 14, 1983 in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.[3] Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher who runs a pharmacy, and her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer who works as a cab driver.[4] Kunis has an elder brother named Michael.[5][6] She stated in 2011 that her parents had “amazing jobs”, and that the family was “very lucky” and “not poor”; they had decided to leave the USSR because they saw “no future” there for Kunis and her brother.[7] In 1991, when she was seven years old, her family moved to Los Angeles, California, with $250. “That was all we were allowed to take with us. My parents had given up good jobs and degrees, which were not transferable. We arrived in New York on a Wednesday and by Friday morning my brother and I were at school in LA.”[7]

Kunis comes from a Jewish family and has cited antisemitism in the former Soviet Union as one of several reasons for her family’s move to the United States.[8][9][10] She has stated that her parents “raised [her] Jewish as much as they could,” although religion was suppressed in the Soviet Union.[8] On her second day in Los Angeles, Kunis was enrolled at Rosewood Elementary School, not knowing a word of English. She later recalled: “I blocked out second grade completely. I have no recollection of it. I always talk to my mom and my grandma about it. It was because I cried every day. I didn’t understand the culture. I didn’t understand the people. I didn’t understand 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.”[11]

In Los Angeles, she attended Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School.[12] She used an on-set tutor for most of her high school years while filming That ’70s Show.[13] She briefly attended Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES), but when that school proved to be insufficiently flexible about her acting commitments, she transferred to Fairfax High School,[14] from which she graduated in 2001.[9] She briefly attended UCLA and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.[5][15]

Career

1994–2000: Career beginnings and television work

At age nine, Kunis was enrolled by her father in acting classes after school at the Beverly Hills Studios, where she met Susan Curtis, who would become her manager.[16][17] On her first audition she landed the role for a Barbie commercial.[18] Shortly after, she did a commercial for the Lisa Frank product line.[19][20] Her first television roles took place in 1994, first appearing on Days of Our Lives,[21][22] and a few months later doing her first of two appearances on Baywatch.[23] She had a minor role on 7th Heaven[13] and supporting roles in Santa with Muscles, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, and the Angelina Jolie film Gia, as the young Gia Carangi.[5]

At the age of 10, Kunis auditioned for but failed to get the role of a Russian Jewish girl who moves to America in the film Make a Wish, Molly.[24] Instead, she was cast in the secondary role of a Mexican girl.[14] In 1998, Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say when. Though they eventually figured it out, the producers still thought Kunis was the best fit for the role.[17] That ’70s Show ran for eight seasons.[25] She won two consecutive Young Star Awards as Best Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series in 1999 and 2000 for her performances.[26]

In 1999, Kunis replaced Lacey Chabert in the role of Meg Griffin on the animated sitcom Family Guy,[27] created by Seth MacFarlane for Fox. Kunis won the role after auditions and a slight rewrite of the character, in part due to her performance on That ’70s Show.[28] When Kunis auditioned for the role, she was called back by MacFarlane, who instructed her to speak slower. He then told her to come back another time and enunciate more. Once she claimed that she had it under control, MacFarlane hired her.[28] MacFarlane added: “What Mila Kunis brought to it was in a lot of ways, I thought, almost more right for the character. I say that Lacey did a phenomenal job, but there was something about Mila – something very natural about Mila. She was 15 when she started, so you were listening to a 15-year-old. Oftentimes with animation they’ll have adult actors doing the voices of teenagers and they always sound like Saturday morning voices. They sound oftentimes very forced. She had a very natural quality to Meg that really made what we did with that character kind of really work.”[29] Kunis was nominated for an Annie Award in the category of Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production in 2007.[30] She also voiced Meg in the Family Guy Video Game!. Kunis described her character as “the scapegoat.”[31]

2001–2008: Transition to film

In 2001, she appeared in Get Over It opposite Kirsten Dunst. She followed that up in 2002, by starring in the straight-to-DVD horror film American Psycho 2 alongside William Shatner, a sequel to the 2000 film American Psycho. American Psycho 2 was panned by critics,[32] and later, Kunis herself expressed embarrassment over the film.[33] In 2004, Kunis starred in the film adaptation Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Although the film was shot in 2004, it did not have a theatrical release until 2007.[34] Most critics did not like the film, which mustered a 25% approval from Rotten Tomatoes.[35] DVD talk concluded that “fans would be much better off pretending the movie never happened in the first place”.[36]

In 2005, Kunis co-starred with Jon Heder in Moving McAllister, which was not released theatrically until 2007.[37] The film received generally poor reviews and had a limited two-week run in theaters.[38][39] She followed up with After Sex starring alongside Zoe Saldana, who had also appeared in Get Over It.[40] In October 2006, she began filming Boot Camp (originally titled Straight Edge).[41] The film was not released in theatres in the United States, but was released on DVD on August 25, 2009.[42]

Kunis at the Max Payne premiere in 2008

Kunis starred as Rachel Jansen in the 2008 comedy film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, co-produced by Judd Apatow. The role, which she won after unsuccessfully auditioning for Knocked Up,[2] entailed improvisation on her part.[43] The film garnered positive reviews,[44] and was a commercial success, grossing $105 million worldwide.[45] Kunis’s performance was well-received; Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal praised her “fresh beauty and focused energy”,[46] while James Berardinelli wrote that she is “adept with her performance and understands the concept of comic timing”.[47] She was nominated for a Teen Choice Award.[48] In an interview, Kunis credited Apatow with helping her to expand her career from That ’70s Show.[2]

Also in 2008, Kunis portrayed Mona Sax, an assassin, alongside Mark Wahlberg in the action film Max Payne, based on the video game of the same name. Kunis underwent training in guns, boxing, and martial arts for her role.[49] Max Payne was relatively successful at the box office, grossing $85 million worldwide[50] but was panned by critics,[51] with several reviewers calling Kunis miscast.[52][53] Travis Estvold of Boise Weekly wrote that she was “horribly miscast as some sort of undersized, warble-voiced crime boss”.[54] Director John Moore defended his choice of Kunis saying, “Mila just bowled us over….. She wasn’t an obvious choice, but she just wears Mona so well. We needed someone who would not be just a fop or foil to Max; we needed somebody who had to be that character and convey her own agenda. I think Mila just knocked it out of the park.”[49] She was nominated for another Teen Choice Award for her role in the film.[55]

2009–2012: Film breakthrough and acclaim

In 2009, she appeared in the comedy film Extract with Ben Affleck and Jason Bateman. The film received mostly positive reviews,[56] and grossed $10.8 million at the box office.[57] Roger Ebert, while critical of the film itself, wrote that Kunis “brings her role to within shouting distance of credibility.”[58] Director Mike Judge commented that part of what was surprising to learn about Kunis was her ability to make references to the cult animation film Rejected. Judge said: “As beautiful as Mila is, you could believe that maybe she would cross paths with you in the real world.”[59] After seeing Kunis perform in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Judge wanted to cast her in the role of Cindy in Extract: “I just thought, ‘Wow, this girl’s perfect.’ And she really wanted to do it, which was fantastic.” Kunis herself stated that “I’m a huge fan of Mike Judge’s from Office Space, so I was, like, ‘Okay, this is a very easy decision.’ I told them I would do anything needed to be in this production– like craft service, or, say, acting.”[60]

Kunis on a Family Guy panel at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2009

In 2010, she starred alongside Denzel Washington in the action film The Book of Eli. Although the film received mixed reviews,[61] it performed well at the box office, grossing over $157 million worldwide.[62] Film critic Richard Roeper praised Kunis’s performance, calling it a “particularly strong piece of work”.[63] Several other reviews were equally positive, including that of Pete Hammond of Boxoffice magazine, who wrote that she’s “ideally cast in the key female role”[64] Even reviewers who didn’t necessarily like the film complimented her performance, such as James Berardinelli, who wrote that “the demands of the role prove to be within her range, which is perhaps surprising considering she has been thus far pigeonholed into more lightweight parts”,[65] and Colin Covert of the Star Tribune, who wrote that she “generated a spark and brought a degree of determination to her character, developing an independent female character who’s not always in need of rescuing.”[66] Other critics, such as Claudia Puig of USA Today felt she was miscast, noting that “she looked as if she dropped in from a Ray-Ban commercial”.[67][68][69] Kunis received another Teen Choice Award nomination for her performance.[70][71] Kunis was also cast in a minor role in the 2010 comedy film Date Night, starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell.[72] She garnered several positive reviews for her performance.[73][74][75] Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune concluded her performance with James Franco helped save the film and gave it “a shot in the arm.”[76]

Kunis was nominated for multiple awards, including her first Golden Globe, for the 2010 film Black Swan. She played a rival ballet dancer to the main character, played by Natalie Portman. Director Darren Aronofsky cast Kunis in the film based on her performance in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and on the recommendation of co-star and close friend Natalie Portman.[24][77] She underwent a training regimen that included cardiovascular exercise, a 1,200-calorie a day diet (she lost 20 pounds that she regained after filming ended), and ballet classes for four hours a day, seven days a week.[1][78][79] During the demanding production, she suffered injuries including a torn ligament and a dislocated shoulder.[80] Black Swan received widespread acclaim from critics[81] and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.[82] The film grossed over $106.9 million in the United States and Canada[83] while grossing over $329 million worldwide.[84] Reviews of Kunis’s performance were positive,[85][86][87] with Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter stating, “Kunis makes a perfect alternate to Portman, equally as lithe and dark but a smirk of self-assurance in place of Portman’s wide-eyed fearfulness.”[88] Guy Lodge of In Contention also praised Kunis, saying, “it’s the cool, throaty-voiced Kunis who is the surprise package here, intelligently watching and reflecting her co-star in such a manner that we’re as uncertain as Nina of her ingenuousness.”[89] Kunis’s performance won her the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival,[90] and earned her Golden Globe Award[91] and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.[92] At the 37th annual Saturn Awards, she was also honored with the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance.[93]

Kunis was cast alongside Justin Timberlake in the 2011 romantic comedy Friends with Benefits.[94] Director Will Gluck stated that he wrote the story with Kunis and Timberlake in mind.[95] Friends with Benefits achieved success at the box office, grossing over $149 million worldwide,[96] and received mostly positive reviews with critics praising the chemistry between Kunis and Timberlake.[97] Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote that “Ms. Kunis is fast proving that she’s a gift that keeps giving to mainstream romantic comedy” and “her energy is so invigorating and expansive and her presence so vibrant that she fills the screen”.[98]

In 2012, Kunis co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in Ted, her most commercially successful film to date. The film was directed and co-written by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Kunis played the girlfriend of Wahlberg’s character. When MacFarlane first conceived the project, he considered Kunis too young for the role. However, the film remained in development for several years and when it was finally ready to begin production, he ended up casting her.[99] Ted has received generally positive reviews from critics[100] and was a commercial success, grossing $549 million worldwide.[101] Drew McWeeny of HitFix wrote that Kunis “brings some lovely subtle grace notes to a role that easily could have just been ‘the pushy girlfriend'”.[102]

2013–present: Future projects

In 2013, Kunis played Theodora, the youngest of three witches, opposite James Franco, in the Walt Disney Pictures‘ prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful.[103][104] She dedicated her performance in the film to Margaret Hamilton, the original Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film.[105] The film, and Kunis’s performance, received mixed reviews from critics.[106] Kim Newman of Empire Magazine wrote that Kunis “walks away with the honours as the wavering witch Theodora, whose heartbreak brings another, less-expected depth to this 3D spectacle”.[107] In contrast, Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter found Kunis’s performance to be uncertain as her character seemed to be in a state of limbo.[108] Oz the Great and Powerful was a commercial success, grossing over $493 million worldwide.[109]

Also in 2013 Kunis co-starred in the crime thriller Blood Ties with Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, and Marion Cotillard.[110] The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and had a limited release in the United States in 2014.[111] Blood Ties received mixed reviews.[112] Kunis was also cast in the comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, alongside Robin Williams and Peter Dinklage.[113] The film had a limited theatrical and VOD release [114] and received poor reviews.[115] The Paul Haggis-directed film Third Person co-starring with Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde and James Franco[116] premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival[117] and had a limited release in 2014, but also received mostly negative reviews.[118] Kunis’ performance was praised by some critics; Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that her role gives her “enormous room to express her talent” and she “gives her story a shot of raw intensity”.[119]

Kunis is set to be an executive producer for a feminist-themed TV series for the CW network. Meridian Hills, is a drama about the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s. She will not appear on-screen.[120][121][122] In October 2014 it was announced Kunis, along with her partners, had launched a new production company called Orchard Farm Productions. The company has a first-look deal with ABC Studios, where the company is based. Under the agreement, the team will develop and produce TV projects for broadcast and cable.[123]

In 2015, Kunis co-starred with Channing Tatum in the science fiction film Jupiter Ascending, directed by the Wachowskis.[124][125] The film received mostly negative reviews[126] and was a major box office bomb.[127]

Kunis co-starred with Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate in the comedy Bad Moms. The film was released July 29, 2016 [128] and received generally positive reviews from critics.[129] Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly wrote that “Kunis manages to be both sympathetic and funny, and she has crack comedic timing”.[130]

In the media

In 2007, Kunis participated in a video for the website Funny or Die appearing alongside James Franco. The video was a parody of the MTV show The Hills and was a huge success for the website, with well over one million views.[131] Shawn Levy, director of Date Night, stated that part of what made him decide to cast Kunis with James Franco in the film was the chemistry he felt they had in the Funny or Die video.[132] In December 2008, Kunis was featured in Gap’s “Shine Your Own Star” Christmas campaign.[133]

In 2010, she was featured in the “Women We Love” segment in Esquire with an accompanied video.[134] Kunis was among several female stars photographed by Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams in conjunction with the Calvin Klein Collections for a feature titled American Women 2010, with the proceeds from the photographs donated to the NYC AIDS foundation.[135] During the summer of 2010 Kunis served with Randy Jackson as the Master of Ceremonies for the 9th Annual Chrysalis Foundation Benefit. The Chrysalis Foundation is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization formed to help economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals to become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.[136]

GQ magazine named Kunis the Knockout of the Year for 2011,[137] with Men’s Health naming her one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time”.[138] FHM magazine ranked her number 9 on its 2012 Hot 100 list,[139] but she reached number 1 on their 2013 “100 Sexiest Women in the World” list,[140][141] which brought to an end a four-year run by British women.[142]

Prior to this in 2008 Kunis stated, “You’ve got to base your career on something other than being FHM’s top 100 number one girl. Your looks are going to die out, and then what’s going to be left?”[11] Maxim has consistently ranked Kunis on its Hot 100 list, reaching a ranking of number 5 in both 2009 and 2011[143] and number 3 in 2012.[144][145] Esquire magazine named her 2012’s Sexiest Woman Alive.[146] She ranked #2 on AskMen‘s list of Top 99 Women for 2013, behind only Jennifer Lawrence.[147] In 2013, she responded to those lists: “All I can say is, I feel honored to be considered sexy.”[148]

Christian Dior signed Kunis in 2012 to be the face of its Spring fashion campaign.[149][150] In February 2013, she was named Gemfields global brand ambassador and the face of their advertising campaign.[151] Gemfields is a luxury company that produces emeralds, rubies, and amethysts. She visited Gemfields’ mine in Zambia.[152] Kunis appeared wearing Gemfields’s Rubies for the world premiere of Jupiter Ascending.[153]

In 2013, she appeared in Forbes list of 100 powerful celebrities, ranking #89 on the basis of five criteria (Money, TV/Radio, Press, Social, and Marketability), with her highest ranking as #14 in marketability. She earned $11 million for the year ending in June 2013.[154]

In 2014, Kunis appeared in a range of global advertising for Beam, Inc. (makers of Jim Beam bourbon).[155]

Personal life

On September 14, 2011, the FBI announced it was investigating the alleged hacking of Kunis’s cellphone and email accounts, along with those of other celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson and Vanessa Hudgens.[156][157][158] Christopher Chaney from Jacksonville, Florida, later pleaded guilty in federal court to nine counts of computer hacking.[159]

In November 2011, Kunis was escorted by Sgt. Scott Moore to a United States Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, North Carolina. Kunis had accepted Moore’s invitation in July after he posted it as a YouTube video while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The event celebrated the Marine Corps’ 236th anniversary.[160]

Kunis attending the Marine Corps Ball in 2011

Kunis supports the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.[161] In a 2012 interview, she criticized the Republican Party, saying: “The way that Republicans attack women is so offensive to me. And the way they talk about religion is offensive. I may not be a practicing Jew, but why we gotta talk about Jesus all the time?”[146]

Health

In January 2011, she revealed her struggle with chronic iritis that had caused temporary blindness in one eye. Some months earlier she had surgery that had corrected the problem.[162] Kunis also has heterochromia iridum, a condition in which the irises are different colors. One eye (left) is brown, and the other (right) is green.[140][163] Kunis also has ADHD, for which she has been medicated since childhood.[164]

Relationships

Kunis began dating actor Macaulay Culkin in 2002.[165][166] During their relationship, there were rumors of the couple getting married, but Kunis denied them.[167] In an interview with BlackBook magazine, Kunis stated that marriage is “not something that’s important to me”.[168] Kunis said she tried her best to protect her and Culkin’s privacy, noting that “We don’t talk about it to the press. It’s already more high profile than I want it to be.”[169] When asked if it was difficult to stay out of the tabloids and press, Kunis responded: “I keep my personal life as personal as I physically, mentally, possibly can.” Asked if that is difficult she said, “I don’t care. I will go to my grave trying. It is hard, but I’ll end up going to a bar that’s a hole in the wall. I won’t go to the ‘it’s-happening’ place.”[170] On January 3, 2011, Kunis’ publicist confirmed reports that Kunis and Culkin had ended their relationship, saying “The split was amicable, and they remain close friends.”[165]

Kunis began dating her former That ’70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher in April 2012,[171][172] and they became engaged in February 2014.[173] She gave birth to their daughter Wyatt Isabelle in October 2014.[174][175] Kunis married Kutcher during the first weekend of July 2015, in Oak Glen, California.[176] In June 2016, their representative confirmed they are expecting their second child.[177]

Filmography

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1999 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Ensemble (shared with cast) That ’70s Show Nominated [178]
2000 Best Performance in a Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated [178]
2001 Best Performance in a Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated [178]
2000 Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Actress Nominated [178]
2002 TV – Choice Actress Nominated [178]
2004 Choice TV Actress – Comedy Nominated [178]
2005 Choice – TV Actress: Comedy Nominated [178]
2006 Choice – TV Actress: Comedy Nominated [179]
2006 Spike Video Game Awards Best Supporting Female Performance Family Guy Video Game! Nominated [178]
2006 Best Cast (shared with cast) Won [178]
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Female Forgetting Sarah Marshall Nominated [178]
2009 Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure Max Payne Nominated [178]
2010 Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure The Book of Eli Nominated [178]
2010 Scream Awards Best Science Fiction Actress Nominated [178]
2010 Venice Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actress Black Swan Won [90]
2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [180]
2010 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated [181]
2010 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated [181]
2010 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [182]
2010 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated [183]
2010 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won [184]
2010 Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated [185]
2011 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [93]
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Natalie Portman) Nominated [186]
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Liplock (with Natalie Portman) Nominated [187]
2011 Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer Nominated [187]
2011 Choice Female Hottie N/A Nominated [187]
2011 Choice Summer Movie Star: Female Friends with Benefits Nominated [188]
2011 Scream Awards Best Supporting Actress Black Swan Won [189]
2012 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Friends with Benefits Nominated [190]
2012 Rembrandt Awards Best International Actress Nominated [191]
2013 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress N/A Nominated [192]
2013 Favorite Comedic Movie Actress N/A Nominated [192]
2013 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Ted Nominated [193]
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Mark Wahlberg) Nominated [194]
2013 Best Female Performance Nominated [194]
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful Nominated [195]
2013 Choice Female Hottie N/A Nominated [196]
2014 MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Oz the Great and Powerful Won [197]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Jupiter Ascending Nominated [198
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Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mila Kunis
20120712 Mila Kunis @ Comic-con cropped.jpg     

Born Milena Markovna Kunis
(1983-08-14) August 14, 1983 (age 32)
Chernivtsi, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Television
Spouse(s) Ashton Kutcher (m. 2015)
Children 1

Milena MarkovnaMilaKunis (/ˈmlə ˈknɪs/; born August 14, 1983)[1] is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the Ukrainian SSR to Los Angeles with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role prior to her 15th birthday, playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That ’70s Show. Since 1999, she has voiced Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy.

Her breakout film role came in 2008,[2][3] playing Rachel in the romantic comedy-drama Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Her other films include the neo-noir action film Max Payne (2008), the post-apocalyptic action film The Book of Eli (2010), the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits (2011), the comedy Ted (2012), the fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) as the Wicked Witch of the West , and the film Black Swan (2010), in which her performance gained her worldwide accolades, including the Premio Marcello Mastroianni for Best Young Actor or Actress, and nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

Early life and education

Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine).[4] Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher who runs a pharmacy, and her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer who works as a cab driver.[5] Kunis has an elder brother named Michael (born c. 1976).[6][7] She stated in 2011 that her parents had “amazing jobs”, and that the family was “very lucky” and “not poor”; they had decided to leave the USSR because they saw “no future” there for Kunis and her brother.[4] In 1991, when she was seven years old, her family moved to Los Angeles, California, with $250. “That was all we were allowed to take with us. My parents had given up good jobs and degrees, which were not transferable. We arrived in New York on a Wednesday and by Friday morning my brother and I were at school in LA.”[4]

Kunis comes from a Jewish family and has cited antisemitism in the former Soviet Union as one of several reasons for her family’s move to the United States.[8][9][10] She has stated that her parents “raised [her] Jewish as much as they could,” although religion was suppressed in the Soviet Union.[8] On her second day in Los Angeles, Kunis was enrolled at Rosewood Elementary School, not knowing a word of English. She later recalled: “I blocked out second grade completely. I have no recollection of it. I always talk to my mom and my grandma about it. It was because I cried every day. I didn’t understand the culture. I didn’t understand the people. I didn’t understand 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.”[11]

In Los Angeles, she attended Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School.[12] She used an on-set tutor for most of her high school years while filming That ’70s Show.[13] She briefly attended Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES), but when that school proved to be insufficiently flexible about her acting commitments, she transferred to Fairfax High School,[14] from which she graduated in 2001.[9] She briefly attended UCLA and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.[6][15]

Career

1994–2000: Career beginnings and television work

At age nine, Kunis was enrolled by her father in acting classes after school at the Beverly Hills Studios, where she met Susan Curtis, who would become her manager.[16][17] On her first audition she landed the role for a Barbie commercial.[18] Shortly after, she did a commercial for the Lisa Frank product line.[19][20] Her first television roles took place in 1994, first appearing on Days of Our Lives,[21][22] and a few months later doing her first of two appearances on Baywatch.[23] She had a minor role on 7th Heaven[13] and supporting roles in Santa with Muscles, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, and the Angelina Jolie film Gia, as the young Gia Carangi.[6]

At the age of 10, Kunis auditioned for but failed to get the role of a Russian Jewish girl who moves to America in the film Make a Wish, Molly.[24] Instead, she was cast in the secondary role of a Mexican girl.[14] In 1998, Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say when. Though they eventually figured it out, the producers still thought Kunis was the best fit for the role.[17] That ’70s Show ran for eight seasons.[25] She won two consecutive Young Star Awards as Best Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series in 1999 and 2000 for her performances.[26]

In 1999, Kunis replaced Lacey Chabert in the role of Meg Griffin on the animated sitcom Family Guy,[27] created by Seth MacFarlane for Fox. Kunis won the role after auditions and a slight rewrite of the character, in part due to her performance on That ’70s Show.[28] MacFarlane called Kunis back after her first audition, instructing her to speak slower, and then told her to come back another time and enunciate more. Upon claiming that she had mastered these speech particulars, MacFarlane hired her.[28] MacFarlane added: “What Mila Kunis brought to it was in a lot of ways, I thought, almost more right for the character. I say that Lacey did a phenomenal job, but there was something about Mila – something very natural about Mila. She was 15 when she started, so you were listening to a 15-year-old. Oftentimes with animation they’ll have adult actors doing the voices of teenagers and they always sound like Saturday morning voices. They sound oftentimes very forced. She had a very natural quality to Meg that really made what we did with that character kind of really work.”[29] Kunis was nominated for an Annie Award in the category of Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production in 2007.[30] She also voiced Meg in the Family Guy Video Game!. Kunis described her character as “the scapegoat.”[31]

2001–08: Transition to film

In 2001, she appeared in Get Over It opposite Kirsten Dunst. She followed that up in 2002, by starring in the straight-to-DVD horror film American Psycho 2 alongside William Shatner, a sequel to the 2000 film American Psycho. American Psycho 2 was panned by critics,[32] and later, Kunis herself expressed embarrassment over the film.[33] In 2004, Kunis starred in the film adaptation Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Although the film was shot in 2004, it did not have a theatrical release until 2007.[34] Most critics did not like the film, which mustered a 25% approval from Rotten Tomatoes.[35] DVD talk concluded that “fans would be much better off pretending the movie never happened in the first place”.[36]

In 2005, Kunis co-starred with Jon Heder in Moving McAllister, which was not released theatrically until 2007.[37] The film received generally poor reviews and had a limited two-week run in theaters.[38][39] She followed up with After Sex starring alongside Zoe Saldana, who had also appeared in Get Over It.[40] In October 2006, she began filming Boot Camp (originally titled Straight Edge).[41] The film was not released in theatres in the United States, but was released on DVD on August 25, 2009.[42]

Kunis at the premiere of Max Payne in 2008

Kunis starred as Rachel Jansen in the 2008 comedy film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, co-produced by Judd Apatow. The role, which she won after unsuccessfully auditioning for Knocked Up,[3] entailed improvisation on her part.[43] The film garnered positive reviews,[44] and was a commercial success, grossing $105 million worldwide.[45] Kunis’s performance was well-received; Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal praised her “fresh beauty and focused energy”,[46] while James Berardinelli wrote that she is “adept with her performance and understands the concept of comic timing”.[47] She was nominated for a Teen Choice Award.[48] In an interview, Kunis credited Apatow with helping her to expand her career from That ’70s Show.[3]

Also in 2008, Kunis portrayed Mona Sax, an assassin, alongside Mark Wahlberg in the action film Max Payne, based on the video game of the same name. Kunis underwent training in guns, boxing, and martial arts for her role.[49] Max Payne was relatively successful at the box office, grossing $85 million worldwide[50] but was panned by critics,[51] with several reviewers calling Kunis miscast.[52][53] Travis Estvold of Boise Weekly wrote that she was “horribly miscast as some sort of undersized, warble-voiced crime boss”.[54] Director John Moore defended his choice of Kunis saying, “Mila just bowled us over….. She wasn’t an obvious choice, but she just wears Mona so well. We needed someone who would not be just a fop or foil to Max; we needed somebody who had to be that character and convey her own agenda. I think Mila just knocked it out of the park.”[49] She was nominated for another Teen Choice Award for her role in the film.[55]

2009–12: Film breakthrough and acclaim

In 2009, she appeared in the comedy film Extract with Ben Affleck and Jason Bateman. The film received mostly positive reviews,[56] and grossed $10.8 million at the box office.[57] Roger Ebert, while critical of the film itself, wrote that Kunis “brings her role to within shouting distance of credibility.”[58] Director Mike Judge commented that part of what was surprising to learn about Kunis was her ability to make references to the cult animation film Rejected. Judge said: “As beautiful as Mila is, you could believe that maybe she would cross paths with you in the real world.”[59] After seeing Kunis perform in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Judge wanted to cast her in the role of Cindy in Extract: “I just thought, ‘Wow, this girl’s perfect.’ And she really wanted to do it, which was fantastic.” Kunis herself stated that “I’m a huge fan of Mike Judge’s from Office Space, so I was, like, ‘Okay, this is a very easy decision.’ I told them I would do anything needed to be in this production– like craft service, or, say, acting.”[60]

Kunis on a Family Guy panel at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2009

In 2010, she starred alongside Denzel Washington in the action film The Book of Eli. Although the film received mixed reviews,[61] it performed well at the box office, grossing over $157 million worldwide.[62] Film critic Richard Roeper praised Kunis’s performance, calling it a “particularly strong piece of work”.[63] Several other reviews were equally positive, including that of Pete Hammond of Boxoffice magazine, who wrote that she’s “ideally cast in the key female role”[64] Even reviewers who didn’t necessarily like the film complimented her performance, such as James Berardinelli, who wrote that “the demands of the role prove to be within her range, which is perhaps surprising considering she has been thus far pigeonholed into more lightweight parts”,[65] and Colin Covert of the Star Tribune, who wrote that she “generated a spark and brought a degree of determination to her character, developing an independent female character who’s not always in need of rescuing.”[66] Other critics, such as Claudia Puig of USA Today felt she was miscast, noting that “she looked as if she dropped in from a Ray-Ban commercial”.[67][68][69] Kunis received another Teen Choice Award nomination for her performance.[70][71] Kunis was also cast in a minor role in the 2010 comedy film Date Night, starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell.[72] She garnered several positive reviews for her performance.[73][74][75] Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune concluded her performance with James Franco helped save the film and gave it “a shot in the arm.”[76]

Kunis was nominated for multiple awards, including her first Golden Globe, for the 2010 film Black Swan. She played a rival ballet dancer to the main character, played by Natalie Portman. Director Darren Aronofsky cast Kunis in the film based on her performance in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and on the recommendation of co-star and close friend Natalie Portman.[24][77] She underwent a training regimen that included cardiovascular exercise, a 1,200-calorie a day diet (she lost 20 pounds that she regained after filming ended), and ballet classes for four hours a day, seven days a week.[2][78][79] During the demanding production, she suffered injuries including a torn ligament and a dislocated shoulder.[80] Black Swan received widespread acclaim from critics[81] and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.[82] The film grossed over $106.9 million in the United States and Canada[83] while grossing over $329 million worldwide.[84] Reviews of Kunis’s performance were positive,[85][86][87] with Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter stating, “Kunis makes a perfect alternate to Portman, equally as lithe and dark but a smirk of self-assurance in place of Portman’s wide-eyed fearfulness.”[88] Guy Lodge of In Contention also praised Kunis, saying, “it’s the cool, throaty-voiced Kunis who is the surprise package here, intelligently watching and reflecting her co-star in such a manner that we’re as uncertain as Nina of her ingenuousness.”[89] Kunis’s performance won her the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival,[90] and earned her Golden Globe Award[91] and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.[92] At the 37th annual Saturn Awards, she was also honored with the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance.[93]

Kunis was cast alongside Justin Timberlake in the 2011 romantic comedy Friends with Benefits.[94] Director Will Gluck stated that he wrote the story with Kunis and Timberlake in mind.[95] Friends with Benefits achieved success at the box office, grossing over $149 million worldwide,[96] and received mostly positive reviews with critics praising the chemistry between Kunis and Timberlake.[97] Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote that “Ms. Kunis is fast proving that she’s a gift that keeps giving to mainstream romantic comedy” and “her energy is so invigorating and expansive and her presence so vibrant that she fills the screen”.[98]

In 2012, Kunis co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in Ted, her most commercially successful film to date. The film was directed and co-written by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Kunis played the girlfriend of Wahlberg’s character. When MacFarlane first conceived the project, he considered Kunis too young for the role. However, the film remained in development for several years and when it was finally ready to begin production, he ended up casting her.[99] Ted has received generally positive reviews from critics[100] and was a commercial success, grossing $549 million worldwide.[101] Drew McWeeny of HitFix wrote that Kunis “brings some lovely subtle grace notes to a role that easily could have just been ‘the pushy girlfriend'”.[102]

2013–present: Future projects

In 2013, Kunis played Theodora, the youngest of three witches, opposite James Franco, in the Walt Disney Pictures‘ prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful.[103][104] She dedicated her performance in the film to Margaret Hamilton, the original Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film.[105] The film, and Kunis’s performance, received mixed reviews from critics.[106] Kim Newman of Empire Magazine wrote that Kunis “walks away with the honours as the wavering witch Theodora, whose heartbreak brings another, less-expected depth to this 3D spectacle”.[107] In contrast, Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter found Kunis’s performance to be uncertain as her character seemed to be in a state of limbo.[108] Oz the Great and Powerful was a commercial success, grossing over $493 million worldwide.[109]

Also in 2013 Kunis co-starred in the crime thriller Blood Ties with Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, and Marion Cotillard.[110] The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and had a limited release in the United States in 2014.[111] Blood Ties received mixed reviews.[112] Kunis was also cast in the comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, alongside Robin Williams and Peter Dinklage.[113] The film had a limited theatrical and VOD release [114] and received poor reviews.[115] The Paul Haggis-directed film Third Person co-starring with Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde and James Franco[116] premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival[117] and had a limited release in 2014, but also received mostly negative reviews.[118] Kunis’ performance was praised by some critics; Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that her role gives her “enormous room to express her talent” and she “gives her story a shot of raw intensity”.[119]

Kunis is set to be an executive producer for a feminist-themed TV series for the CW network. Meridian Hills, is a drama about the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s. She will not appear on-screen.[120][121][122] In October 2014 it was announced Kunis, along with her partners, had launched a new production company called Orchard Farm Productions. The company has a first-look deal with ABC Studios, where the company is based. Under the agreement, the team will develop and produce TV projects for broadcast and cable.[123]

In 2015, Kunis co-starred with Channing Tatum in the science fiction film Jupiter Ascending, directed by the Wachowskis.[124][125] The film received mostly negative reviews.[126]

In the media

In 2007, Kunis participated in a video for the website Funny or Die appearing alongside James Franco. The video was a parody of the MTV show The Hills and was a huge success for the website, with well over one million views.[127] Shawn Levy, director of Date Night, stated that part of what made him decide to cast Kunis with James Franco in the film was the chemistry he felt they had in the Funny or Die video.[128] In December 2008, Kunis was featured in Gap’s “Shine Your Own Star” Christmas campaign.[129]

In 2010, she was featured in the “Women We Love” segment in Esquire with an accompanied video.[130] Kunis was among several female stars photographed by Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams in conjunction with the Calvin Klein Collections for a feature titled American Women 2010, with the proceeds from the photographs donated to the NYC AIDS foundation.[131] During the summer of 2010 Kunis served with Randy Jackson as the Master of Ceremonies for the 9th Annual Chrysalis Foundation Benefit. The Chrysalis Foundation is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization formed to help economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals to become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.[132]

GQ magazine named Kunis the Knockout of the Year for 2011,[133] with Men’s Health naming her one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time”.[134] FHM magazine ranked her number 9 on its 2012 Hot 100 list,[135] but she reached number 1 on their 2013 “100 Sexiest Women in the World” list,[136][137] which brought to an end a four-year run by British women.[138]

Prior to this in 2008 Kunis stated, “You’ve got to base your career on something other than being FHM’s top 100 number one girl. Your looks are going to die out, and then what’s going to be left?”[11] Maxim has consistently ranked Kunis on its Hot 100 list, reaching a ranking of number 5 in both 2009 and 2011[139] and number 3 in 2012.[140][141] Esquire magazine named her 2012’s Sexiest Woman Alive.[142] She ranked #2 on AskMen‘s list of Top 99 Women for 2013, behind only Jennifer Lawrence.[143] In 2013, she responded to those lists: “All I can say is, I feel honored to be considered sexy.”[144]

Christian Dior signed Kunis in 2012 to be the face of its Spring fashion campaign.[145][146] In February 2013, she was named Gemfields global brand ambassador and the face of their advertising campaign.[147] Gemfields is a luxury company that produces emeralds, rubies, and amethysts. She visited Gemfields’ mine in Zambia.[148] Kunis appeared wearing Gemfields’s Rubies for the world premiere of Jupiter Ascending.[149]

In 2013, she appeared in Forbes list of 100 powerful celebrities, ranking #89 on the basis of five criteria (Money, TV/Radio, Press, Social, and Marketability), with her highest ranking as #14 in marketability. She earned $11 million for the year ending in June 2013.[150]

In 2014, Kunis appeared in a range of global advertising for Beam, Inc. (makers of Jim Beam bourbon).[151]

Personal life

On September 14, 2011, the FBI announced it was investigating the alleged hacking of Kunis’s cellphone and email accounts, along with those of other celebrities.[152][153][154] Christopher Chaney from Jacksonville, Florida, later pleaded guilty in federal court to nine counts of computer hacking.[155]

In November 2011, Kunis was escorted by Sgt. Scott Moore to a United States Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, North Carolina. Kunis had accepted Moore’s invitation in July after he posted it as a YouTube video while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The event celebrated the Marine Corps’ 236th anniversary.[156]

Kunis attending the Marine Corps Ball in 2011

Kunis supports the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.[157] In a 2012 interview, she criticized the Republican Party, saying: “The way that Republicans attack women is so offensive to me. And the way they talk about religion is offensive. I may not be a practicing Jew, but why we gotta talk about Jesus all the time?”[142]

Health

In January 2011, she revealed her struggle with an eye condition called chronic iritis that had caused blindness in one eye. However, a couple of months earlier she had surgery that corrected the problem.[158] Kunis also has heterochromia iridum, a condition in which the irises are different colors. One eye (left) is brown, and the other (right) is green.[136][159]

Relationships

Kunis began dating actor Macaulay Culkin in 2002.[160][161] During their relationship, there were rumors of the couple getting married, but Kunis denied them.[162] In an interview with BlackBook magazine, Kunis stated that marriage is “not something that’s important to me”.[163] Kunis said she tried her best to protect her and Culkin’s privacy, noting that “We don’t talk about it to the press. It’s already more high profile than I want it to be.”[164] When asked if it was difficult to stay out of the tabloids and press, Kunis responded: “I keep my personal life as personal as I physically, mentally, possibly can.” Asked if that is difficult she said, “I don’t care. I will go to my grave trying. It is hard, but I’ll end up going to a bar that’s a hole in the wall. I won’t go to the ‘it’s-happening’ place.”[165] On January 3, 2011, Kunis’ publicist confirmed reports that Kunis and Culkin had ended their relationship, saying “The split was amicable, and they remain close friends.”[160]

Kunis began dating her former That ’70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher in April 2012,[166][167] and they became engaged in February 2014.[168] She gave birth to their daughter, Wyatt Isabelle, in October 2014.[169][170] Kunis married Kutcher on July 4, 2015.[171]

Filmography

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1999 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Ensemble (shared with cast) That ’70s Show Nominated
2000 Best Performance in a Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated
2001 Best Performance in a Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated
2000 Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Actress Nominated
2002 TV – Choice Actress Nominated
2004 Choice TV Actress – Comedy Nominated
2005 Choice – TV Actress: Comedy Nominated
2006 Choice – TV Actress: Comedy Nominated [172]
2006 Spike Video Game Awards Best Supporting Female Performance Family Guy Video Game! Nominated
2006 Best Cast (shared with cast) Won
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Female Forgetting Sarah Marshall Nominated
2009 Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure Max Payne Nominated
2010 Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure The Book of Eli Nominated
2010 Scream Awards Best Science Fiction Actress Nominated
2010 Venice Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actress Black Swan Won [90]
2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [173]
2010 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated [174]
2010 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated [174]
2010 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [175]
2010 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated [176]
2010 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won [177]
2010 Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated [178]
2011 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [93]
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Natalie Portman) Nominated [179]
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Liplock (with Natalie Portman) Nominated [180]
2011 Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer Nominated [180]
2011 Choice Female Hottie N/A Nominated [180]
2011 Choice Summer Movie Star: Female Friends with Benefits Nominated [181]
2011 Scream Awards Best Supporting Actress Black Swan Won [182]
2012 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Friends with Benefits Nominated [183]
2012 Rembrandt Awards Best International Actress Nominated [184]
2013 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress N/A Nominated [185]
2013 Favorite Comedic Movie Actress N/A Nominated [185]
2013 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Ted Nominated [186]
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Mark Wahlberg) Nominated [187]
2013 Best Female Performance Nominated [187]
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful Nominated [188]
2013 Choice Female Hottie N/A Nominated
2014 MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Oz the Great and Powerful Won [189]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Jupiter Ascending Nominated [190]

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

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Mila Kunis
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Kunis at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 14, 2012
Born Milena Markovna Kunis
(1983-08-14) August 14, 1983 (age 32)
Chernivtsi, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Television
Religion Judaism
Spouse(s) Ashton Kutcher (m. 2015)
Children 1

Milena MarkovnaMilaKunis (/ˈmlə ˈknɪs/; born August 14, 1983)[1] is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the Ukrainian SSR to Los Angeles with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role prior to her 15th birthday, playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That ’70s Show. Since 1999, she has voiced Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy.

Her breakout film role came in 2008,[2][3] playing Rachel Jansen in the romantic comedy-drama Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Subsequent film roles included Mona Sax in the neo-noir action film Max Payne (2008), Solara in the post-apocalyptic neo-Western and action film The Book of Eli (2010), Jamie in the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits (2011), Lori in the comedy Ted (2012), and the Wicked Witch of the West, Theodora, in the fantasy adventure film Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). Her performance as Lily in the psychological horror film Black Swan (2010) gained her worldwide accolades, including receiving the Premio Marcello Mastroianni for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, and nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

Early life and education

Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine).[4] Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher who runs a pharmacy, and her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer who works as a cab driver.[5] Kunis has an elder brother named Michael (born c. 1976).[6][7] She stated in 2011 that her parents had “amazing jobs”, and that the family was “very lucky” and “not poor”; they had decided to leave the USSR because they saw “no future” there for Kunis and her brother.[4] In 1991, when she was seven years old, her family moved to Los Angeles, California, with $250. “That was all we were allowed to take with us. My parents had given up good jobs and degrees, which were not transferable. We arrived in New York on a Wednesday and by Friday morning my brother and I were at school in LA.”[4]

Kunis comes from a Jewish family and has cited antisemitism in the former Soviet Union as one of several reasons for her family’s move to the United States.[8][9][10] She has stated that her parents “raised [her] Jewish as much as they could,” although religion was suppressed in the Soviet Union.[8] On her second day in Los Angeles, Kunis was enrolled at Rosewood Elementary School, not knowing a word of English. She later recalled: “I blocked out second grade completely. I have no recollection of it. I always talk to my mom and my grandma about it. It was because I cried every day. I didn’t understand the culture. I didn’t understand the people. I didn’t understand 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.”[11]

In Los Angeles, she attended Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School.[12] She used an on-set tutor for most of her high school years while filming That ’70s Show.[13] She briefly attended Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES), but when that school proved to be insufficiently flexible about her acting commitments, she transferred to Fairfax High School,[14] from which she graduated in 2001.[9] She briefly attended UCLA and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.[6][15]

Career

1994–2000: Career beginnings and television work

At age nine, Kunis was enrolled by her father in acting classes after school at the Beverly Hills Studios, where she met Susan Curtis, who would become her manager.[16][17] On her first audition she landed the role for a Barbie commercial.[18] Shortly after, she did a commercial for the Lisa Frank product line.[19][20] Her first television roles took place in 1994, first appearing on Days of Our Lives,[21][22] and a few months later doing her first of two appearances on Baywatch.[23] She had a minor role on 7th Heaven[13] and supporting roles in Santa with Muscles, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, and the Angelina Jolie film Gia, as the young Gia Carangi.[6]

At the age of 10, Kunis auditioned for but failed to get the role of a Russian Jewish girl who moves to America in the film Make a Wish, Molly.[24] Instead, she was cast in the secondary role of a Mexican girl.[14] In 1998, Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say when. Though they eventually figured it out, the producers still thought Kunis was the best fit for the role.[17] That ’70s Show ran for eight seasons.[25] She won two consecutive Young Star Awards as Best Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series in 1999 and 2000 for her performances.[26]

In 1999, Kunis replaced Lacey Chabert in the role of Meg Griffin on the animated sitcom Family Guy,[27] created by Seth MacFarlane for Fox. Kunis won the role after auditions and a slight rewrite of the character, in part due to her performance on That ’70s Show.[28] MacFarlane called Kunis back after her first audition, instructing her to speak slower, and then told her to come back another time and enunciate more. Upon claiming that she had mastered these speech particulars, MacFarlane hired her.[28] MacFarlane added: “What Mila Kunis brought to it was in a lot of ways, I thought, almost more right for the character. I say that Lacey did a phenomenal job, but there was something about Mila – something very natural about Mila. She was 15 when she started, so you were listening to a 15-year-old. Oftentimes with animation they’ll have adult actors doing the voices of teenagers and they always sound like Saturday morning voices. They sound oftentimes very forced. She had a very natural quality to Meg that really made what we did with that character kind of really work.”[29] Kunis was nominated for an Annie Award in the category of Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production in 2007.[30] She also voiced Meg in the Family Guy Video Game!. Kunis described her character as “the scapegoat.”[31]

2001–08: Transition to film

In 2001, she appeared in Get Over It opposite Kirsten Dunst. She followed that up in 2002, by starring in the straight-to-DVD horror film American Psycho 2 alongside William Shatner, a sequel to the 2000 film American Psycho. American Psycho 2 was panned by critics,[32] and later, Kunis herself expressed embarrassment over the film.[33] In 2004, Kunis starred in the film adaptation Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Although the film was shot in 2004, it did not have a theatrical release until 2007.[34] Most critics did not like the film, which mustered a 25% approval from Rotten Tomatoes.[35] DVD talk concluded that “fans would be much better off pretending the movie never happened in the first place”.[36]

In 2005, Kunis co-starred with Jon Heder in Moving McAllister, which was not released theatrically until 2007.[37] The film received generally poor reviews and had a limited two-week run in theaters.[38][39] She followed up with After Sex starring alongside Zoe Saldana, who had also appeared in Get Over It.[40] In October 2006, she began filming Boot Camp (originally titled Straight Edge).[41] The film was not released in theatres in the United States, but was released on DVD on August 25, 2009.[42]

Kunis at the Max Payne premiere on October 13, 2008

Kunis starred as Rachel Jansen in the 2008 comedy film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, co-produced by Judd Apatow. The role, which she won after unsuccessfully auditioning for Knocked Up,[3] entailed improvisation on her part.[43] The film garnered positive reviews,[44] and was a commercial success, grossing $105 million worldwide.[45] Kunis’s performance was well-received; Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal praised her “fresh beauty and focused energy”,[46] while James Berardinelli wrote that she is “adept with her performance and understands the concept of comic timing”.[47] She was nominated for a Teen Choice Award.[48] In an interview, Kunis credited Apatow with helping her to expand her career from That ’70s Show.[3]

Also in 2008, Kunis portrayed Mona Sax, an assassin, alongside Mark Wahlberg in the action film Max Payne, based on the video game of the same name. Kunis underwent training in guns, boxing, and martial arts for her role.[49] Max Payne was relatively successful at the box office, grossing $85 million worldwide[50] but was panned by critics,[51] with several reviewers calling Kunis miscast.[52][53] Travis Estvold of Boise Weekly wrote that she was “horribly miscast as some sort of undersized, warble-voiced crime boss”.[54] Director John Moore defended his choice of Kunis saying, “Mila just bowled us over….. She wasn’t an obvious choice, but she just wears Mona so well. We needed someone who would not be just a fop or foil to Max; we needed somebody who had to be that character and convey her own agenda. I think Mila just knocked it out of the park.”[49] She was nominated for another Teen Choice Award for her role in the film.[55]

2009–12: Film breakthrough and acclaim

In 2009, she appeared in the comedy film Extract with Ben Affleck and Jason Bateman. The film received mostly positive reviews,[56] and grossed $10.8 million at the box office.[57] Roger Ebert, while critical of the film itself, wrote that Kunis “brings her role to within shouting distance of credibility.”[58] Director Mike Judge commented that part of what was surprising to learn about Kunis was her ability to make references to the cult animation film Rejected. Judge said: “As beautiful as Mila is, you could believe that maybe she would cross paths with you in the real world.”[59] After seeing Kunis perform in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Judge wanted to cast her in the role of Cindy in Extract: “I just thought, ‘Wow, this girl’s perfect.’ And she really wanted to do it, which was fantastic.” Kunis herself stated that “I’m a huge fan of Mike Judge’s from Office Space, so I was, like, ‘Okay, this is a very easy decision.’ I told them I would do anything needed to be in this production– like craft service, or, say, acting.”[60]

Kunis on a Family Guy panel at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 25, 2009

In 2010, she starred alongside Denzel Washington in the action film The Book of Eli. Although the film received mixed reviews,[61] it performed well at the box office, grossing over $157 million worldwide.[62] Film critic Richard Roeper praised Kunis’s performance, calling it a “particularly strong piece of work”.[63] Several other reviews were equally positive, including that of Pete Hammond of Boxoffice magazine, who wrote that she’s “ideally cast in the key female role”[64] Even reviewers who didn’t necessarily like the film complimented her performance, such as James Berardinelli, who wrote that “the demands of the role prove to be within her range, which is perhaps surprising considering she has been thus far pigeonholed into more lightweight parts”,[65] and Colin Covert of the Star Tribune, who wrote that she “generated a spark and brought a degree of determination to her character, developing an independent female character who’s not always in need of rescuing.”[66] Other critics, such as Claudia Puig of USA Today felt she was miscast, noting that “she looked as if she dropped in from a Ray-Ban commercial”.[67][68][69] Kunis received another Teen Choice Award nomination for her performance.[70][71] Kunis was also cast in a minor role in the 2010 comedy film Date Night, starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell.[72] She garnered several positive reviews for her performance.[73][74][75] Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune concluded her performance with James Franco helped save the film and gave it “a shot in the arm.”[76]

Kunis was nominated for multiple awards, including her first Golden Globe, for the 2010 film Black Swan. She played a rival ballet dancer to the main character, played by Natalie Portman. Director Darren Aronofsky cast Kunis in the film based on her performance in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and on the recommendation of co-star and close friend Natalie Portman.[24][77] She underwent a training regimen that included cardiovascular exercise, a 1,200-calorie a day diet (she lost 20 pounds that she regained after filming ended), and ballet classes for four hours a day, seven days a week.[2][78][79] During the demanding production, she suffered injuries including a torn ligament and a dislocated shoulder.[80] Black Swan received widespread acclaim from critics[81] and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.[82] The film grossed over $106.9 million in the United States and Canada[83] while grossing over $329 million worldwide.[84] Reviews of Kunis’s performance were positive,[85][86][87] with Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter stating, “Kunis makes a perfect alternate to Portman, equally as lithe and dark but a smirk of self-assurance in place of Portman’s wide-eyed fearfulness.”[88] Guy Lodge of In Contention also praised Kunis, saying, “it’s the cool, throaty-voiced Kunis who is the surprise package here, intelligently watching and reflecting her co-star in such a manner that we’re as uncertain as Nina of her ingenuousness.”[89] Kunis’s performance won her the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival,[90] and earned her Golden Globe Award[91] and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.[92] At the 37th annual Saturn Awards, she was also honored with the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance.[93]

Kunis was cast alongside Justin Timberlake in the 2011 romantic comedy Friends with Benefits.[94] Director Will Gluck stated that he wrote the story with Kunis and Timberlake in mind.[95] Friends with Benefits achieved success at the box office, grossing over $149 million worldwide,[96] and received mostly positive reviews with critics praising the chemistry between Kunis and Timberlake.[97] Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote that “Ms. Kunis is fast proving that she’s a gift that keeps giving to mainstream romantic comedy” and “her energy is so invigorating and expansive and her presence so vibrant that she fills the screen”.[98]

In 2012, Kunis co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in Ted, her most commercially successful film to date. The film was directed and co-written by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Kunis played the girlfriend of Wahlberg’s character. When MacFarlane first conceived the project, he considered Kunis too young for the role. However, the film remained in development for several years and when it was finally ready to begin production, he ended up casting her.[99] Ted has received generally positive reviews from critics[100] and was a commercial success, grossing $549 million worldwide.[101] Drew McWeeny of HitFix wrote that Kunis “brings some lovely subtle grace notes to a role that easily could have just been ‘the pushy girlfriend'”.[102]

2013–present: Future projects

In 2013, Kunis played Theodora, the youngest of three witches, opposite James Franco, in the Walt Disney Pictures‘ prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful.[103][104] She dedicated her performance in the film to Margaret Hamilton, the original Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film.[105] The film, and Kunis’s performance, received mixed reviews from critics.[106] Kim Newman of Empire Magazine wrote that Kunis “walks away with the honours as the wavering witch Theodora, whose heartbreak brings another, less-expected depth to this 3D spectacle”.[107] In contrast, Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter found Kunis’s performance to be uncertain as her character seemed to be in a state of limbo.[108] Oz the Great and Powerful was a commercial success, grossing over $493 million worldwide.[109]

Also in 2013 Kunis co-starred in the crime thriller Blood Ties with Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, and Marion Cotillard.[110] The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and had a limited release in the United States in 2014.[111] Blood Ties received mixed reviews.[112] Kunis was also cast in the comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, alongside Robin Williams and Peter Dinklage.[113] The film had a limited theatrical and VOD release [114] and received poor reviews.[115] The Paul Haggis-directed film Third Person co-starring with Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde and James Franco[116] premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival[117] and had a limited release in 2014, but also received mostly negative reviews.[118] Kunis’ performance was praised by some critics; Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that her role gives her “enormous room to express her talent” and she “gives her story a shot of raw intensity”.[119]

Kunis is set to be an executive producer for a feminist-themed TV series for the CW network. Meridian Hills, is a drama about the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s. She will not appear on-screen.[120][121][122] In October 2014 it was announced Kunis, along with her partners, had launched a new production company called Orchard Farm Productions. The company has a first-look deal with ABC Studios, where the company is based. Under the agreement, the team will develop and produce TV projects for broadcast and cable.[123]

In 2015, Kunis co-starred with Channing Tatum in the science fiction film Jupiter Ascending, directed by the Wachowskis.[124][125] The film received mostly negative reviews.[126]

In the media

In 2007, Kunis participated in a video for the website Funny or Die appearing alongside James Franco. The video was a parody of the MTV show The Hills and was a huge success for the website, with well over one million views.[127] Shawn Levy, director of Date Night, stated that part of what made him decide to cast Kunis with James Franco in the film was the chemistry he felt they had in the Funny or Die video.[128] In December 2008, Kunis was featured in Gap’s “Shine Your Own Star” Christmas campaign.[129]

In 2010, she was featured in the “Women We Love” segment in Esquire with an accompanied video.[130] Kunis was among several female stars photographed by Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams in conjunction with the Calvin Klein Collections for a feature titled American Women 2010, with the proceeds from the photographs donated to the NYC AIDS foundation.[131] During the summer of 2010 Kunis served with Randy Jackson as the Master of Ceremonies for the 9th Annual Chrysalis Foundation Benefit. The Chrysalis Foundation is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization formed to help economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals to become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.[132]

GQ magazine named Kunis the Knockout of the Year for 2011,[133] with Men’s Health naming her one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time”.[134] FHM magazine ranked her number 9 on its 2012 Hot 100 list,[135] but she reached number 1 on their 2013 “100 Sexiest Women in the World” list,[136][137] which brought to an end a four-year run by British women.[138]

Prior to this in 2008 Kunis stated, “You’ve got to base your career on something other than being FHM’s top 100 number one girl. Your looks are going to die out, and then what’s going to be left?”[11] Maxim has consistently ranked Kunis on its Hot 100 list, reaching a ranking of number 5 in both 2009 and 2011[139] and number 3 in 2012.[140][141] Esquire magazine named her 2012’s Sexiest Woman Alive.[142] She ranked #2 on AskMen‘s list of Top 99 Women for 2013, behind only Jennifer Lawrence.[143] In 2013, she responded to those lists: “All I can say is, I feel honored to be considered sexy.”[144]

Christian Dior signed Kunis in 2012 to be the face of its Spring fashion campaign.[145][146] In February 2013, she was named Gemfields global brand ambassador and the face of their advertising campaign.[147] Gemfields is a luxury company that produces emeralds, rubies, and amethysts. She visited Gemfields’ mine in Zambia.[148] Kunis appeared wearing Gemfields’s Rubies for the world premiere of Jupiter Ascending.[149]

In 2013, she appeared in Forbes list of 100 powerful celebrities, ranking #89 on the basis of five criteria (Money, TV/Radio, Press, Social, and Marketability), with her highest ranking as #14 in marketability. She earned $11 million for the year ending in June 2013.[150]

In 2014, Kunis appeared in a range of global advertising for Beam, Inc. (makers of Jim Beam bourbon).[151]

Personal life

On September 14, 2011, the FBI announced it was investigating the alleged hacking of Kunis’s cellphone and email accounts, along with those of other celebrities.[152][153][154] Christopher Chaney from Jacksonville, Florida, later pleaded guilty in federal court to nine counts of computer hacking.[155]

In November 2011, Kunis was escorted by Sgt. Scott Moore to a United States Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, North Carolina. Kunis had accepted Moore’s invitation in July after he posted it as a YouTube video while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The event celebrated the Marine Corps’ 236th anniversary.[156]

Kunis attending the Marine Corps Ball on November 19, 2011

Kunis supports the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.[157] In a 2012 interview, she criticized the Republican Party, saying: “The way that Republicans attack women is so offensive to me. And the way they talk about religion is offensive. I may not be a practicing Jew, but why we gotta talk about Jesus all the time?”[142]

Health

In January 2011, she revealed her struggle with an eye condition called chronic iritis that had caused blindness in one eye. However, a couple of months earlier she had surgery that corrected the problem.[158] Kunis also has heterochromia iridum, a condition in which the irises are different colors. One eye (left) is brown, and the other (right) is green.[136][159]

Relationships

Kunis began dating actor Macaulay Culkin in 2002.[160][161] During their relationship, there were rumors of the couple getting married, but Kunis denied them.[162] In an interview with BlackBook magazine, Kunis stated that marriage is “not something that’s important to me”.[163] Kunis said she tried her best to protect her and Culkin’s privacy, noting that “We don’t talk about it to the press. It’s already more high profile than I want it to be.”[164] When asked if it was difficult to stay out of the tabloids and press, Kunis responded: “I keep my personal life as personal as I physically, mentally, possibly can.” Asked if that is difficult she said, “I don’t care. I will go to my grave trying. It is hard, but I’ll end up going to a bar that’s a hole in the wall. I won’t go to the ‘it’s-happening’ place.”[165] On January 3, 2011, Kunis’ publicist confirmed reports that Kunis and Culkin had ended their relationship, saying “The split was amicable, and they remain close friends.”[160]

Kunis began dating her former That ’70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher in April 2012,[166][167] and they became engaged in February 2014.[168] She gave birth to their daughter, Wyatt Isabelle, in October 2014.[169][170] Kunis married Kutcher on July 4, 2015.[171]

Filmography

 1999-2016 Family Guy (TV Series)
Meg Griffin / Mila Kunis / Bank Teller / …

An App a Day (2016) … Meg Griffin (voice)
Road to India (2016) … Mila Kunis (voice)
Bookie of the Year (2016) … Meg Griffin (voice)
Scammed Yankees (2016) … Meg Griffin (voice)
 2015 Hell and Back
Deema (voice)
 2005-2011 Robot Chicken (TV Series)
Girl / Woman / Belle / …

Some Like It Hitman (2011) … Belle / Della Duck (voice)
No Country for Old Dogs (2011) … Rainbow Brite / Girl (voice)
Love, Maurice (2009) … Flora / Mary Lou / Girl (voice)
In a DVD Factory (2008) … Lilly Truscott / Fan / Girl Scout (voice)
Bionic Cow (2008) … Jane Porter / Mother (voice)
 2009 The Cleveland Show (TV Series)
Meg Griffin

Pilot (2009) … Meg Griffin (voice)
 2009 Extract
Cindy
 2009 Tom Cool
 2006 Family Guy (Video Game)
Meg Griffin (voice)
 2006 Saints Row (Video Game)
Tanya (voice)
 2006 That ’70s Show Special: The Final Goodbye (TV Special)
Jackie Burkhart
 2005 Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (Video)
Meg Griffin / Additional Voices (voice)
 2004 Grounded for Life (TV Series)
Lana

The Policy of Truth (2004) … Lana
Space Camp Odditty (2004) … Lana
 2002 MADtv (TV Series)
Daisy

Episode #8.7 (2002) … Daisy
 1998 Milo
Martice (uncredited)
 1998 Gia (TV Movie)
Gia – Age 11
 1996-1997 7th Heaven (TV Series)
Ashley

Truth or Dare (1997) … Ashley
Saturday (1996) … Ashley
 1997 Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (Video)
Jill, Party Guest
 1997 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Pepper

Last Hope (1997) … Pepper
 1996 Unhappily Ever After (TV Series)
Chloe

In the Stars (1996) … Chloe
 1994-1995 Baywatch (TV Series)
Bonnie / Annie

Hot Stuff (1995) … Bonnie
Aftershock (1994) … Annie
 1995 Hudson Street (TV Series)
Devon

 1995 The John Larroquette Show (TV Series)
Lucy

The Defiant One (1995) … Lucy
 1994 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
Young Hope

Episode dated 29 June 1994 (1994) … Young Hope

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1999 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Ensemble (shared with cast) That ’70s Show Nominated
2000 Best Performance in a Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated
2001 Best Performance in a Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated
2000 Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Actress Nominated
2002 TV – Choice Actress Nominated
2004 Choice TV Actress – Comedy Nominated
2005 Choice – TV Actress: Comedy Nominated
2006 Choice – TV Actress: Comedy Nominated [172]
2006 Spike Video Game Awards Best Supporting Female Performance Family Guy Video Game! Nominated
2006 Best Cast (shared with cast) Won
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Female Forgetting Sarah Marshall Nominated
2009 Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure Max Payne Nominated
2010 Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure The Book of Eli Nominated
2010 Scream Awards Best Science Fiction Actress Nominated
2010 Venice Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actress Black Swan Won [90]
2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [173]
2010 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated [174]
2010 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated [174]
2010 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [175]
2010 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated [176]
2010 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won [177]
2010 Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated [178]
2011 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [93]
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Natalie Portman) Nominated [179]
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Liplock (with Natalie Portman) Nominated [180]
2011 Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer Nominated [180]
2011 Choice Female Hottie N/A Nominated [180]
2011 Choice Summer Movie Star: Female Friends with Benefits Nominated [181]
2011 Scream Awards Best Supporting Actress Black Swan Won [182]
2012 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Friends with Benefits Nominated [183]
2012 Rembrandt Awards Best International Actress Nominated [184]
2013 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress N/A Nominated [185]
2013 Favorite Comedic Movie Actress N/A Nominated [185]
2013 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Ted Nominated [186]
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Mark Wahlberg) Nominated [187]
2013 Best Female Performance Nominated [187]
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful Nominated [188]
2013 Choice Female Hottie N/A Nominated
2014 MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Oz the Great and Powerful Won [189]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Jupiter Ascending Nominated [190]

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

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Mila Kunis
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Kunis at Comic Con in San Diego, July 2012
Born Milena Markovna Kunis
(1983-08-14) August 14, 1983 (age 32)
Chernivtsi, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Ashton Kutcher (m. 2015)
Children 1

Milena MarkovnaMilaKunis (/ˈmlə ˈknɪs/; born August 14, 1983)[1] is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the Ukrainian SSR to Los Angeles with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role prior to her 15th birthday, playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That ’70s Show. Since 1999, she has voiced Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy.

Her breakout film role came in 2008,[2][3] playing Rachel Jansen in the romantic comedy-drama Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Subsequent film roles included Mona Sax in the neo-noir action film Max Payne (2008), Solara in the post-apocalyptic neo-Western and action film The Book of Eli (2010), Jamie in the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits (2011), Lori in the comedy Ted (2012), and the Wicked Witch of the West, Theodora, in the fantasy adventure film Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). Her performance as Lily in the psychological horror film Black Swan (2010) gained her worldwide accolades, including receiving the Premio Marcello Mastroianni for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, and nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

Early life and education

Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine).[4] Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher who runs a pharmacy, and her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer who works as a cab driver.[5] Kunis has an elder brother named Michael (born c. 1976).[6][7] She stated in 2011 that her parents had “amazing jobs”, and that the family was “very lucky” and “not poor”; they had decided to leave the USSR because they saw “no future” there for Kunis and her brother.[4] In 1991, when she was seven years old, her family moved to Los Angeles, California, with $250. “That was all we were allowed to take with us. My parents had given up good jobs and degrees, which were not transferable. We arrived in New York on a Wednesday and by Friday morning my brother and I were at school in LA.”[4]

Kunis comes from a Jewish family and has cited antisemitism in the former Soviet Union as one of several reasons for her family’s move to the United States.[8][9][10] She has stated that her parents “raised [her] Jewish as much as they could,” although religion was suppressed in the Soviet Union.[8] On her second day in Los Angeles, Kunis was enrolled at Rosewood Elementary School, not knowing a word of English. She later recalled: “I blocked out second grade completely. I have no recollection of it. I always talk to my mom and my grandma about it. It was because I cried every day. I didn’t understand the culture. I didn’t understand the people. I didn’t understand 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.”[11]

In Los Angeles, she attended Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School.[12] She used an on-set tutor for most of her high school years while filming That ’70s Show.[13] She briefly attended Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES), but when that school proved to be insufficiently flexible about her acting commitments, she transferred to Fairfax High School,[14] from which she graduated in 2001.[9] She briefly attended UCLA and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.[6][15]

Career

1994–2000: Career beginnings and television work

At age nine, Kunis was enrolled by her father in acting classes after school at the Beverly Hills Studios, where she met Susan Curtis, who would become her manager.[16][17] On her first audition she landed the role for a Barbie commercial.[18] Shortly after, she did a commercial for the Lisa Frank product line.[19][20] Her first television roles took place in 1994, first appearing on Days of Our Lives,[21][22] and a few months later doing her first of two appearances on Baywatch.[23] She had a minor role on 7th Heaven[13] and supporting roles in Santa with Muscles, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, and the Angelina Jolie film Gia, as the young Gia Carangi.[6]

At the age of 10, Kunis auditioned for but failed to get the role of a Russian Jewish girl who moves to America in the film Make a Wish, Molly.[24] Instead, she was cast in the secondary role of a Mexican girl.[14] In 1998, Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say when. Though they eventually figured it out, the producers still thought Kunis was the best fit for the role.[17] That ’70s Show ran for eight seasons.[25] She won two consecutive Young Star Awards as Best Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series in 1999 and 2000 for her performances.[26]

In 1999, Kunis replaced Lacey Chabert in the role of Meg Griffin on the animated sitcom Family Guy,[27] created by Seth MacFarlane for Fox. Kunis won the role after auditions and a slight rewrite of the character, in part due to her performance on That ’70s Show.[28] MacFarlane called Kunis back after her first audition, instructing her to speak slower, and then told her to come back another time and enunciate more. Upon claiming that she had mastered these speech particulars, MacFarlane hired her.[28] MacFarlane added: “What Mila Kunis brought to it was in a lot of ways, I thought, almost more right for the character. I say that Lacey did a phenomenal job, but there was something about Mila – something very natural about Mila. She was 15 when she started, so you were listening to a 15-year-old. Oftentimes with animation they’ll have adult actors doing the voices of teenagers and they always sound like Saturday morning voices. They sound oftentimes very forced. She had a very natural quality to Meg that really made what we did with that character kind of really work.”[29] Kunis was nominated for an Annie Award in the category of Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production in 2007.[30] She also voiced Meg in the Family Guy Video Game!. Kunis described her character as “the scapegoat.”[31]

2001–08: Transition to film

In 2001, she appeared in Get Over It opposite Kirsten Dunst. She followed that up in 2002, by starring in the straight-to-DVD horror film American Psycho 2 alongside William Shatner, a sequel to the 2000 film American Psycho. American Psycho 2 was panned by critics,[32] and later, Kunis herself expressed embarrassment over the film.[33] In 2004, Kunis starred in the film adaptation Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Although the film was shot in 2004, it did not have a theatrical release until 2007.[34] Most critics did not like the film, which mustered a 25% approval from Rotten Tomatoes.[35] DVD talk concluded that “fans would be much better off pretending the movie never happened in the first place”.[36]

In 2005, Kunis co-starred with Jon Heder in Moving McAllister, which was not released theatrically until 2007.[37] The film received generally poor reviews and had a limited two-week run in theaters.[38][39] She followed up with After Sex starring alongside Zoe Saldana, who had also appeared in Get Over It.[40] In October 2006, she began filming Boot Camp (originally titled Straight Edge).[41] The film was not released in theatres in the United States, but was released on DVD on August 25, 2009.[42]

Kunis at the premiere of Max Payne in 2008

Kunis starred as Rachel Jansen in the 2008 comedy film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, co-produced by Judd Apatow. The role, which she won after unsuccessfully auditioning for Knocked Up,[3] entailed improvisation on her part.[43] The film garnered positive reviews,[44] and was a commercial success, grossing $105 million worldwide.[45] Kunis’s performance was well-received; Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal praised her “fresh beauty and focused energy”,[46] while James Berardinelli wrote that she is “adept with her performance and understands the concept of comic timing”.[47] She was nominated for a Teen Choice Award.[48] In an interview, Kunis credited Apatow with helping her to expand her career from That ’70s Show.[3]

Also in 2008, Kunis portrayed Mona Sax, an assassin, alongside Mark Wahlberg in the action film Max Payne, based on the video game of the same name. Kunis underwent training in guns, boxing, and martial arts for her role.[49] Max Payne was relatively successful at the box office, grossing $85 million worldwide[50] but was panned by critics,[51] with several reviewers calling Kunis miscast.[52][53] Travis Estvold of Boise Weekly wrote that she was “horribly miscast as some sort of undersized, warble-voiced crime boss”.[54] Director John Moore defended his choice of Kunis saying, “Mila just bowled us over….. She wasn’t an obvious choice, but she just wears Mona so well. We needed someone who would not be just a fop or foil to Max; we needed somebody who had to be that character and convey her own agenda. I think Mila just knocked it out of the park.”[49] She was nominated for another Teen Choice Award for her role in the film.[55]

2009–12: Film breakthrough and acclaim

In 2009, she appeared in the comedy film Extract with Ben Affleck and Jason Bateman. The film received mostly positive reviews,[56] and grossed $10.8 million at the box office.[57] Roger Ebert, while critical of the film itself, wrote that Kunis “brings her role to within shouting distance of credibility.”[58] Director Mike Judge commented that part of what was surprising to learn about Kunis was her ability to make references to the cult animation film Rejected. Judge said: “As beautiful as Mila is, you could believe that maybe she would cross paths with you in the real world.”[59] After seeing Kunis perform in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Judge wanted to cast her in the role of Cindy in Extract: “I just thought, ‘Wow, this girl’s perfect.’ And she really wanted to do it, which was fantastic.” Kunis herself stated that “I’m a huge fan of Mike Judge’s from Office Space, so I was, like, ‘Okay, this is a very easy decision.’ I told them I would do anything needed to be in this production– like craft service, or, say, acting.”[60]

Kunis on a Family Guy panel at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2009

In 2010, she starred alongside Denzel Washington in the action film The Book of Eli. Although the film received mixed reviews,[61] it performed well at the box office, grossing over $157 million worldwide.[62] Film critic Richard Roeper praised Kunis’s performance, calling it a “particularly strong piece of work”.[63] Several other reviews were equally positive, including that of Pete Hammond of Boxoffice magazine, who wrote that she’s “ideally cast in the key female role”[64] Even reviewers who didn’t necessarily like the film complimented her performance, such as James Berardinelli, who wrote that “the demands of the role prove to be within her range, which is perhaps surprising considering she has been thus far pigeonholed into more lightweight parts”,[65] and Colin Covert of the Star Tribune, who wrote that she “generated a spark and brought a degree of determination to her character, developing an independent female character who’s not always in need of rescuing.”[66] Other critics, such as Claudia Puig of USA Today felt she was miscast, noting that “she looked as if she dropped in from a Ray-Ban commercial”.[67][68][69] Kunis received another Teen Choice Award nomination for her performance.[70][71] Kunis was also cast in a minor role in the 2010 comedy film Date Night, starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell.[72] She garnered several positive reviews for her performance.[73][74][75] Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune concluded her performance with James Franco helped save the film and gave it “a shot in the arm.”[76]

Kunis was nominated for multiple awards, including her first Golden Globe, for the 2010 film Black Swan. She played a rival ballet dancer to the main character, played by Natalie Portman. Director Darren Aronofsky cast Kunis in the film based on her performance in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and on the recommendation of co-star and close friend Natalie Portman.[24][77] She underwent a training regimen that included cardiovascular exercise, a 1,200-calorie a day diet (she lost 20 pounds that she regained after filming ended), and ballet classes for four hours a day, seven days a week.[2][78][79] During the demanding production, she suffered injuries including a torn ligament and a dislocated shoulder.[80] Black Swan received widespread acclaim from critics[81] and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.[82] The film grossed over $106.9 million in the United States and Canada[83] while grossing over $329 million worldwide.[84] Reviews of Kunis’s performance were positive,[85][86][87] with Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter stating, “Kunis makes a perfect alternate to Portman, equally as lithe and dark but a smirk of self-assurance in place of Portman’s wide-eyed fearfulness.”[88] Guy Lodge of In Contention also praised Kunis, saying, “it’s the cool, throaty-voiced Kunis who is the surprise package here, intelligently watching and reflecting her co-star in such a manner that we’re as uncertain as Nina of her ingenuousness.”[89] Kunis’s performance won her the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival,[90] and earned her Golden Globe Award[91] and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.[92] At the 37th annual Saturn Awards, she was also honored with the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance.[93]

Kunis was cast alongside Justin Timberlake in the 2011 romantic comedy Friends with Benefits.[94] Director Will Gluck stated that he wrote the story with Kunis and Timberlake in mind.[95] Friends with Benefits achieved success at the box office, grossing over $149 million worldwide,[96] and received mostly positive reviews with critics praising the chemistry between Kunis and Timberlake.[97] Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote that “Ms. Kunis is fast proving that she’s a gift that keeps giving to mainstream romantic comedy” and “her energy is so invigorating and expansive and her presence so vibrant that she fills the screen”.[98]

In 2012, Kunis co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in Ted, her most commercially successful film to date. The film was directed and co-written by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Kunis played the girlfriend of Wahlberg’s character. When MacFarlane first conceived the project, he considered Kunis too young for the role. However, the film remained in development for several years and when it was finally ready to begin production, he ended up casting her.[99] Ted has received generally positive reviews from critics[100] and was a commercial success, grossing $549 million worldwide.[101] Drew McWeeny of HitFix wrote that Kunis “brings some lovely subtle grace notes to a role that easily could have just been ‘the pushy girlfriend'”.[102]

2013–present: Future projects

In 2013, Kunis played Theodora, the youngest of three witches, opposite James Franco, in the Walt Disney Pictures‘ prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful.[103][104] She dedicated her performance in the film to Margaret Hamilton, the original Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film.[105] The film, and Kunis’s performance, received mixed reviews from critics.[106] Kim Newman of Empire Magazine wrote that Kunis “walks away with the honours as the wavering witch Theodora, whose heartbreak brings another, less-expected depth to this 3D spectacle”.[107] In contrast, Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter found Kunis’s performance to be uncertain as her character seemed to be in a state of limbo.[108] Oz the Great and Powerful was a commercial success, grossing over $493 million worldwide.[109]

Also in 2013 Kunis co-starred in the crime thriller Blood Ties with Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, and Marion Cotillard.[110] The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and had a limited release in the United States in 2014.[111] Blood Ties received mixed reviews.[112] Kunis was also cast in the comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, alongside Robin Williams and Peter Dinklage.[113] The film had a limited theatrical and VOD release [114] and received poor reviews.[115] The Paul Haggis-directed film Third Person co-starring with Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde and James Franco[116] premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival[117] and had a limited release in 2014, but also received mostly negative reviews.[118] Kunis’ performance was praised by some critics; Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that her role gives her “enormous room to express her talent” and she “gives her story a shot of raw intensity”.[119]

Kunis is set to be an executive producer for a feminist-themed TV series for the CW network. Meridian Hills, is a drama about the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s. She will not appear on-screen.[120][121][122] In October 2014 it was announced Kunis, along with her partners, had launched a new production company called Orchard Farm Productions. The company has a first-look deal with ABC Studios, where the company is based. Under the agreement, the team will develop and produce TV projects for broadcast and cable.[123]

In 2015, Kunis co-starred with Channing Tatum in the science fiction film Jupiter Ascending, directed by the Wachowskis.[124][125] The film received mostly negative reviews.[126]

In the media

In 2007, Kunis participated in a video for the website Funny or Die appearing alongside James Franco. The video was a parody of the MTV show The Hills and was a huge success for the website, with well over one million views.[127] Shawn Levy, director of Date Night, stated that part of what made him decide to cast Kunis with James Franco in the film was the chemistry he felt they had in the Funny or Die video.[128] In December 2008, Kunis was featured in Gap’s “Shine Your Own Star” Christmas campaign.[129]

In 2010, she was featured in the “Women We Love” segment in Esquire with an accompanied video.[130] Kunis was among several female stars photographed by Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams in conjunction with the Calvin Klein Collections for a feature titled American Women 2010, with the proceeds from the photographs donated to the NYC AIDS foundation.[131] During the summer of 2010 Kunis served with Randy Jackson as the Master of Ceremonies for the 9th Annual Chrysalis Foundation Benefit. The Chrysalis Foundation is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization formed to help economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals to become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.[132]

GQ magazine named Kunis the Knockout of the Year for 2011,[133] with Men’s Health naming her one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time”.[134] FHM magazine ranked her number 9 on its 2012 Hot 100 list,[135] but she reached number 1 on their 2013 “100 Sexiest Women in the World” list,[136][137] which brought to an end a four-year run by British women.[138]

Prior to this in 2008 Kunis stated, “You’ve got to base your career on something other than being FHM’s top 100 number one girl. Your looks are going to die out, and then what’s going to be left?”[11] Maxim has consistently ranked Kunis on its Hot 100 list, reaching a ranking of number 5 in both 2009 and 2011[139] and number 3 in 2012.[140][141] Esquire magazine named her 2012’s Sexiest Woman Alive.[142] She ranked #2 on AskMen‘s list of Top 99 Women for 2013, behind only Jennifer Lawrence.[143] In 2013, she responded to those lists: “All I can say is, I feel honored to be considered sexy.”[144]

Christian Dior signed Kunis in 2012 to be the face of its Spring fashion campaign.[145][146] In February 2013, she was named Gemfields global brand ambassador and the face of their advertising campaign.[147] Gemfields is a luxury company that produces emeralds, rubies, and amethysts. She visited Gemfields’ mine in Zambia.[148] Kunis appeared wearing Gemfields’s Rubies for the world premiere of Jupiter Ascending.[149]

In 2013, she appeared in Forbes list of 100 powerful celebrities, ranking #89 on the basis of five criteria (Money, TV/Radio, Press, Social, and Marketability), with her highest ranking as #14 in marketability. She earned $11 million for the year ending in June 2013.[150]

In 2014, Kunis appeared in a range of global advertising for Beam, Inc. (makers of Jim Beam bourbon).[151]

Personal life

On September 14, 2011, the FBI announced it was investigating the alleged hacking of Kunis’s cellphone and email accounts, along with those of other celebrities.[152][153][154] Christopher Chaney from Jacksonville, Florida, later pleaded guilty in federal court to nine counts of computer hacking.[155]

In November 2011, Kunis was escorted by Sgt. Scott Moore to a United States Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, North Carolina. Kunis had accepted Moore’s invitation in July after he posted it as a YouTube video while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The event celebrated the Marine Corps’ 236th anniversary.[156]

Kunis attending the Marine Corps Ball in 2011

Kunis supports the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.[157] In a 2012 interview, she criticized the Republican Party, saying: “The way that Republicans attack women is so offensive to me. And the way they talk about religion is offensive. I may not be a practicing Jew, but why we gotta talk about Jesus all the time?”[142]

Health

In January 2011, she revealed her struggle with an eye condition called chronic iritis that had caused blindness in one eye. However, a couple of months earlier she had surgery that corrected the problem.[158] Kunis also has heterochromia iridum, a condition in which the irises are different colors. One eye (left) is brown, and the other (right) is green.[136][159]

Relationships

Kunis began dating actor Macaulay Culkin in 2002.[160][161] During their relationship, there were rumors of the couple getting married, but Kunis denied them.[162] In an interview with BlackBook magazine, Kunis stated that marriage is “not something that’s important to me”.[163] Kunis said she tried her best to protect her and Culkin’s privacy, noting that “We don’t talk about it to the press. It’s already more high profile than I want it to be.”[164] When asked if it was difficult to stay out of the tabloids and press, Kunis responded: “I keep my personal life as personal as I physically, mentally, possibly can.” Asked if that is difficult she said, “I don’t care. I will go to my grave trying. It is hard, but I’ll end up going to a bar that’s a hole in the wall. I won’t go to the ‘it’s-happening’ place.”[165] On January 3, 2011, Kunis’ publicist confirmed reports that Kunis and Culkin had ended their relationship, saying “The split was amicable, and they remain close friends.”[160]

Kunis began dating her former That ’70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher in April 2012,[166][167] and they became engaged in February 2014.[168] She gave birth to their daughter, Wyatt Isabelle, in October 2014.[169][170] Kunis married Kutcher on July 4, 2015.[171]

Filmography

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Title of work Result
1999 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Ensemble (shared with cast) That ’70s Show Nominated
2000 Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Actress Nominated
2000 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated
2001 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Actress Nominated
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Comedy Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice – TV Actress: Comedy Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice – TV Actress: Comedy[172] Nominated
2006 Spike Video Game Awards Best Supporting Female Performance Family Guy Video Game! Nominated
2006 Spike Video Game Awards Best Cast (shared with cast) Won
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Female Forgetting Sarah Marshall Nominated
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure Max Payne Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure The Book of Eli Nominated
2010 Scream Awards Best Science Fiction Actress Nominated
2010 Venice Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actress[90] Black Swan Won
2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress[173] Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role[174] Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture[174] Nominated
2010 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress[175] Nominated
2010 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress[176] Nominated
2010 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress[177] Won
2010 Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress[178] Nominated
2011 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress[93] Won
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Natalie Portman)[179] Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Liplock (with Natalie Portman)[180] Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer[180] Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Female Hottie[180] N/A Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie Star: Female[181] Friends with Benefits Nominated
2011 Scream Awards Best Supporting Actress[182] Black Swan Won
2012 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Comedic Movie Actress[183] Friends with Benefits Nominated
2012 Rembrandt Awards Best International Actress[184] Nominated
2013 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress[185] N/A Nominated
2013 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Comedic Movie Actress[185] N/A Nominated
2013 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Actress in a Comedy[186] Ted Nominated
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Mark Wahlberg)[187] Nominated
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance[187] Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy[188] Oz the Great and Powerful Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Female Hottie N/A Nominated
2014 MTV Movie Awards Best Villain[189] Oz the Great and Powerful Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy[190] Jupiter Ascending Nominated