Hi, I’m Mila (no middle name) Kunis.
Hope everyone’s having a great day.
My latest project is the Wachowski’s JUPITER ASCENDING, in theaters this Friday February 6th. Here’s the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQHKolIqBGs
Victoria will be helping me out with this AMA today over the phone.
Let’s get started!
What made you choose Jupiter Ascending for your next movie?
I’ve always been a fan of sci-fi. And so when the opportunity to work with the Wachowskis on a sci-fi film that is a fully original concept, that was really intriguing to both Channing and myself. And it’s one of the first times you get to see the female be a heroine, versus a damsel in distress. She kicks ass, which is always a rarity in the industry. In sci-fi films, it’s uncommon for the woman to be the badass. But the Lara Croft movies, Aliens… the fact you can count it is a problem versus all the action films where the heroes are always men.
Is Jupiter’s personality similar or opposite to yours?
I think, oddly enough, kind of similar. We’re both stubborn in a way. Hardheaded. Very adventurous and very family-oriented.
Who’s the person that’s made you laugh the hardest while working together?
Wilmer Valderrama, on that 70’s Show.
A friend of mine told me you were credited on Robot Chicken for being Seth Green’s hair stylist. What’s the story behind that?
Um, Sarah Michelle Gellar and myself are credited in ROBOT CHICKEN many, many times for doing things that do not exist. Seth is our best friend, and we made him do it.
Has anyone ever recognized you as Jill the party guest from Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves?
Hahah that’s funny.
Who is more misunderstood- Meg Griffin or Jackie Burkhart?
Oh, Meg Griffin. Hands down. Jackie was fine. Jackie got around. Meg? Not so much.
Do you plan on raising your children to speak Russian as well as English?
Yes! Absolutely. I speak Russian to the baby all the time. My parents speak Russian to the baby all the time. And Ashton’s taking Russian lessons.
What was the best thing about working on “That 70s Show?” Did you ever imagine it would be as successful as it was?
You know, at 14 years old, you don’t really contemplate success and that aspect of work, you kinda do things because it’s fun to do. We had an amazing crew and cast, and I had the best 8 years of my life on the show. It’s not something you can force, it’s either something that happens or doesn’t. Yeah!
If you got offered a role as a super hero, would you do it and what character would you like to play?
Do you ever think in russian? What about dreams?
I dream in english. That actually happened, later in life, but now I dream in english. When I learned to speak english fluently, my dreams changed to english.
What are the cons/pros of having one brown eye and one green eye?
You know what? After my surgery, I have a glass lens that was put in my eye, I now have the same color eyes!
If you could go back in time and have a conversation with your 14 year old self, what would you say to her?
I would tell her to relax and not rush it.
Is it true that Keanu Reeves is immortal?
As far as I’m concerned, yes.
What is your favorite kind of salsa?
The one that Ashton’s mother makes. It is VERY delicious.
What is your favorite music genre?
Oh, I’m not a music snob. I honestly will listen to anything.
How was it like working with Sean bean and are you a fan of game of thrones?
Sean Bean was great! Huge fan of Game of Thrones! So bummed Ned Stark got murdered! So happy to work with Ned Stark! He’s the chillest person ever. He’s like… just a normal British guy whom you can just shoot the shit with.
If you could make your own college course and teach it, what would the title of your course be?
That’s a good question! WOW!
I would teach a course… nobody should take any class from me, let’s prefix it with that, but if you’re forced to take any class from me… I could teach a class on “How to be an awesome, badass chick who knows how to take apart & put together a gun blindfolded, make a four-course meal, and parallel park the shit out of a car.”
I mean, don’t you think?
That would be my course.
What’s the most attractive personality trait a man can have?
I guess a sense of humor. Sense of humor is the most attractive quality.
What is your favorite cereal?
CHEX. Chex Rice cereal. Yes, the most blandest cereal possible. I love cereal that tastes like cardboard. Yes, I know it’s weird. My morning cereal is Chex, Almond Milk, and then I put in a bunch of berries – without fail!
So, you’ve worked with some notable directors: Darren Aronofksy, Sam Raimi, Paul Haggis, and now the Wachowskis. Is there any other directors you admire and/or would like to work with?
Oh my goodness, oh you!
Chris Nolan, I would love to work with… let me think… I would love to work with Alejandro González Iñárritu… I think those I would love to work with, right off the top of my head.
What was like kissing Natalie Portman?
I mean… when you have a kissing scene in a film it’s not something you think about as a kissing thing. You have all these crew around. But she’s a lovely kisser, very polite.
But here’s a little-known fact: there’s one person in the world that both Ashton and I have kissed, and that’s Natalie Portman.
Maybe Zoe Saldana too? Though I can’t quite recall when I played Zoe’s girlfriend in a movie…but that could also be it.
How often do people come up to you and say “Shut up Meg” and how do you usually respond to it?
A LOT. People often – I guess – comment more online than in person from what I understand? And how I normally respond to it is – I laugh!
What was it like preparing for your role in “Black Swan?”
BLACK SWAN used to be the most physically demanding part I’d ever done, until JUPITER ASCENDING. We trained for 3 months before production, and I learned how to be in en pointe, and how to be a ballerina. And then for JUPITER, you do maximum amounts of wirework training every day. So for BLACK SWAN, I trained by dancing every day for 3 months, and learning how to get en pointe in 3 months. Ultimately, it was all about learning how to pretend to be a ballerina. And I mimicked my ballet instructor more than anything.
What is your favorite gas-station snack?
It’s a place called Casey’s, and they’re all over Iowa, and they do a delicious breakfast pizza.
Yeah, you heard me!
Why no Ted 2? You were the best part of that movie.
Aw thank you so much. A little thing called “a pregnancy” got in the way of me and production. But I wish them all the best, and I’m sure the movie will be hysterical.
How has becoming a mother changed you the most?
It is the most life-changing experience you can have, in my opinion.
I am proud to be a stay-at-home mom. I have no desire to be in front of the camera. I find her to be the most challenging job I’ve had. The amount of love that you have, the type of love that you have, changes, the way you look at the world changes… everything has changed, because of her. I want an eco-friendly car, I want to compost everything, because I want the world to be better for her. And you have the opportunity to make a really great child for the world. Or a really great human being.
What tv shows are you into at the moment?
At the moment… I watch… well… it would be… WALKING DEAD, HOMELAND, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, and currently, I guess the only thing I have to watch is The Bachelor? But that’s so depressing. It’s the first season I’m ever watching it. But it’s so addictive. I mean, it’s unbelievably addicting. In all 15 seasons or so they’ve done this, I’ve never sat down to watch it. But now – oh my god, these women are crazy!
What is your most random hobby?
My most random hobby is I like gardening.
If you could get a PhD in anything what would it be?
If I could get a PhD in anything, I would like to be a doctor of Neuroscience… I mean, this is all in a hypothetical world, but that’s what I would like to do. Brain-surgery. Yeah!
What’s your favorite book?
Oh, my favorite book?
AJ Jacobs – anything by him I really find fun, and easy to ready. I also really like – what’s his name – Mitch Albom, anything by him I really like. He wrote a book called FOR ONE MORE DAY, I read it on a plane, and it really stuck with me, and I thought it was a really beautiful book – it starts out with him trying to commit suicide, and he ends up reliving a perfect day with his mom, and I’ve always loved that book. It was the first book that had a really significant impact on me. I got off the phone, called my mom and said “I love you.”
It’s a really great book.
What’s you’re favorite sandwich?
My favorite sandwich… maybe like a fried egg sandwich.
Kittens or puppies?
Puppies. But I don’t want to be prejudiced against kitties either.
What’s your favorite pizza topping?
My favorite pizza topping – this is a really boring answer for you – all veggie.
I’m sorry, I genuinely love an all-veggie pizza. I don’t love pepperoni, not a fan, and I don’t like all-cheese. So for me, veggie or a short-rib pizza that a place near has that I love.
But yea, sorry guys, that’s my favorite.
OH Wait, that’s not true! I really like BBQ Chicken, but i know that’s sacrilege. And I really like super-thin, burnt-burnt-burnt crust. Like extra crispy.
If you could have a lifetime supply of any food, what would it be?
Yeah, I use eggs in everything!
Or maybe… like, no… Mmmmm… gosh this is a really good question…. Ashton goes fishing once a year in Alaska, and brings back like 80 pounds of fish, and that is how we eat our fish year-round – freshly caught from Alaska. So a lifetime supply of fresh sustainably sourced wild-caught salmon would be delicious!
I found out recently that you have played/play World of Warcraft. Are you excited for the WOW movie and do you still enjoy playing WOW?
I have not played WOW in probably 5 years! Yes, I used to play. I played a LOT. I was in a guild, I led raids, I was a pretty badass mage. I had multiple characters. I was a frostmage, I think, by the time I stopped playing? But no, I stopped playing when everyone started having children. I was level 70, I quit at level 70, before the expansion pack.
How’s Seth McFarland in real life?
Very very smart.
What do you like to do to relax?
Watch really bad television. Like…The Bachelor.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Right now, I kinda really want to go to Cuba. Before it gets Westernized. I would want to go to Cuba very quickly.
You have some pull out there in Hollywood! Anyway you can make a Quantum Leap movie happen?
Whoever that is, I am right there with you. I hope they make a Quantum Leap movie! No, I have no pull in Hollywood, but I’m right there with you kiddo.
Is Channing Tatum as dreamy in real life as he is on screen? As a straight guy, I’m asking for a friend…
JUST AS DREAMY.
Just as dreamy, ladies. Just as dreamy.
Could you give me 2 lies and a truth about filming Jupiter Ascending?
Um, I almost got ran over by a camera on a crane while strapped to a wire.
I…was thrown 80 feet off of a ledge on a crane.
And I flew on a harness through the city of Chicago.
Two lies and a truth!
What do you like doing on your birthday?
What do I like to do on my birthday? I like to have a very small family dinner with friends. Family & friends, that’s it. And amazing food. I’m ALL about the food!
Which types of roles do you enjoy playing the most?
You know what, I honestly – I don’t think there’s any difference, as far as genre goes. You gravitate towards roles that you relate to. They’re both equally as challenging, and I like playing roles I can relate to. And I like playing roles that I find challenging, whether comedy or drama.
What does ashton Kutcher smell like?
What does Ashton Kutcher smell like?
He smells like a man.
A real man! But he smells like a man. He does not wear cologne. But he makes sure he showers. Never offending. He has a very good natural smell about him, yeah.
If acting didn’t work out for you, what other careers would you have considered and why?
Before I had Wyatt, I would’ve been a teacher. I would have taught like first grade.
What’s it like having one of the most recognized and most scorned voice in television?
Oh, haha, it’s great! Often I forget that I get recognized, so when I call places, I never say my real name, but they always say “Oh my god, you sound like Meg!” and I’ll say “Oh my gosh, that’s so crazy…”
What was it like working with Robin Williams? I’ve heard he was one of the nicest guys in the industry.
Yes, Robin was a great guy, a great human being.
I know you got that thing with Ashton or whatever but…Will you go out with me? I have a coupon for the Olive Garden.
Mmm. I’m more of an Outback Steakhouse gal.
What’s surprised you most about acting?
You know what? It’s hard to say what surprised me the most about acting, because you can never predict anything in this industry, so all of it is a giant shocker. But maybe how small the world really is, and how small the industry really is. It’s a very small, small industry.
How are Wachowskis as directors? How do they work with actors?
The Wachowskis as directors, as a team, are very much one brain and one entity. Like they have the same thought process, they talk the same, they don’t do anything one without the other. So if there are multiple units, they disconnect – where one goes, the other follows. They are literally one brain.
They definitely push you, physically. They are very nice, of course, but they make you do things you don’t think you are capable of doing. They challenge you. They also prefer you do your own stunts – very rewarding at the end of the day, but very challenging. I did all my own stunts, with the exception of one.
What’s the last song you listened to on your phone?
The last song I listened to on my phone…was…I guess it was in the car, and it was that – oh geez, who does that “Take me to Church” song? Hozier. It was on the radio!
Whats the stupidest thing you have ever neeeded to wear?
Oh, I’ve worn a hand-crocheted poncho, don’t get me wrong, but no one made me wear it, I chose to.
CORSETS. Corsets are the stupidest thing I’ve needed to wear.
What was it like working on Oz, the great and powerful?
It was really fun. We shot it in Detroit for 6 months, and it was an amazing experience with a great group of people. And I loved the city of Detroit, it was so great and so grand. I’m happy I did it!
What are your favorite things about yourself?
Um, my favorite things about myself… maybe my compassion towards others… and my lack of self-awareness? I don’t know how to say that, but I guess my sense of humor about myself.
What’s the best and the worst meal you ever cooked for yourself or others?
Best meal? I cook almost every night. I make dinner a lot. And so best meal is usually – I don’t follow recipes, so it’s hard for me to say, but I have made some delicious beef stroganoff. I make a very fun cauliflower crust pizza… that’s always really interesting. And salmon, my go-to dish, a little grilled BBQ salmon… one-pot meals are kinda my specialty, because that’s lazy cooking and I’m awesome at that.
And the worst meal I made may have been… I’ll have to think about it… an avocado soup once, and it didn’t turn out.
Yup, that’s exactly what happened! Thumbs down.
What kind of eyeliner you use?
What’s the most recent film you’ve watched?
Given that I have a newborn, I haven’t been to the movie theater in a very long time. But i do have screeners, so I’ve seen every movie that’s out there! AMERICAN SNIPER, I think.
Do you believe in ghosts?
I mean, I personally have never seen them? But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Just cuz I don’t see it does not make it untrue.
Did you steal anything from the set of That 70’s Show after it ended?
I stole the chair that was in the basement. We used to call it the “Johnny Carson.” I stole it.
I remember seeing somewhere that you’re a bit of a bourbon aficionado. Do you have a favorite?
Jim Beam. I love Jim Beam bourbon. I do! And I make a drink called “The Penicillin” with bourbon in it, and it’s delicious.
Is your favorite beer still blue moon? If not then what have you switched to?
Yes, it’s still Blue Moon. But I also really like Abita Raspberry…or strawberry…trying to remember. I think it’s strawberry So Abita Strawberry / Blue Moon.
What languages do you speak?
Spanish, English, Russian.
What video games do you currently play?
Oh! You know what? I haven’t played a video game in forever. It’s the sad truth. I haven’t played a video game in over 2 years. But my favorite game to play was MARIO PARTY, when my friends and I got together. And then I had a baby.
It’s very funny. I haven’t even had the game system hooked up in the new house. I just stare at it.
When I have 10 minutes to do nothing, I am probably doing something. The time to do nothing doesn’t exist. But BOY did I use it in my twenties! Oh my god…
How was the Marine Corps military ball experience?
Oh, it was really really nice. I was very honored to be a part of it. Really great, good people.
What is your favorite costume you’ve ever worn for a film or TV?
That wedding dress may be one of my favorites, but the whole thing weighed 30 pounds. And once you put on the head-piece you couldn’t take it off, so someone had to help me hold my head up during those scenes. So the most uncomfortable outfit I’ve ever worn in my entire life… was also the most striking, for sure.
What’s your favorite ride in Disney?
Favorite ride at Disney? Ooooh!
Let me think about this. I guess Splash Mountain? Because it has like, every element. It’s fun, you get to fall in water, there’s a drop and a fun musical aspect to it.
But there’s something about the Peter Pan ride that i think is always magical.
Do you have any funny stories from the Family Guy set that fans may not know? Have you ever suggested or improvised any of Meg’s lines that made it on air?
You know what, the truth is, there is no set for Family Guy, you go in and record by yourself. So no. And you don’t really get to improvise, it’s a cartoon.