Mila Kunis covers Interview Mag: “This industry can eat you alive”

Mila Kunis appears on the August cover of Interview Magazine – the Craig McDean photo shoot is interesting, I guess, even if I find it slightly bizarre. I guess I have to give Interview credit for going in a different direction for the shoot – Mila as a cowgirl/mechanic’s girlfriend – it’s that kind of styling. Posing on muscle cars, looking beautiful but kind of low-key. As for Mila and the interview… well… I don’t know. Ever since Mila started up with Ashton, one question has been haunting me: “Has Mila Kunis been a secret a—hole this whole time?” I still don’t know. After reading this piece, I’m developing an alternate theory: Mila Kunis has a very high tolerance for a—holes. I think that theory is right on, because James Franco did her cover interview, and it seems like they’re thick as thieves. Mila actually comes across as a really well-adjusted woman here (while Franco keeps bringing the conversation around to FRANCO!) – you can read the full piece here (it’s really, really long) – I’m just including some highlights below:

Mila on double standards: “I think that an actor is more likely to be forgiven in the public’s eye than an actress… I don’t know [why]. I think there will always be a double standard between males and females, so I think that an actress is more likely to protect her public persona, so to speak, than an actor would be. An actor goes crazy in a hotel room, gets trashed, throws a bench, breaks a window, and he is considered a rock star. An actress does that and she’s sent to rehab and is thought to have problems and issues and can’t get a job.”

Mila on being in a privileged position: “Well, honestly, after doing a TV show for eight years and a cartoon for more than a decade, you are, financially speaking, in a very lucky position where you don’t have to work for the sake of working. And I decided to take advantage of that. I don’t live lavishly, so it’s not like I have 20 assistants and travel privately and shop every day. I actually live a very mediocre lifestyle. [laughs] So I decided to step back and do things not just for the sake of doing them, but because I believe in them and I want to do them.

Mila on the industry: “If all my eggs were in this basket and I had nothing else and I was just so enamored with it all . . . This industry can eat you alive. I think it feeds you a lot of bulls–t and then spits you right back out, and then you get caught up in it because so much of it is perception and opinion. The fact that there is no right or wrong is what I think is maddening. I can think you’re a phenomenal actor, but the guy next door can think you’re a horrible actor, and neither of us is wrong and neither of us is right. It’s just a matter of opinion. And when your only source of happiness comes from that opinion, you go mad. So I think that you have to restrain yourself from googling your name and have other hobbies and desires and wants. I mean, you do a million things. You go to school, you write, you read, you blog.”

Mila on dealing with criticism: “As cheesy as it sounds, you deal with it the best that you can. To be honest, I don’t deal with it well. I can’t tell you that I’m like, “Oh, I’m so great at dealing with it. It’s in one ear and out the other!” That would be complete and utter bulls–t. But I take it for what it’s worth. Sometimes I let it get to me—I have internal dialogues with myself all day long. But, you know, people criticize a woman for everything—like, I get criticized for how my hair looks when I go grocery shopping or the fact that I don’t wear makeup when I get my nails done. Women get scrutinized all the time for the way they look. So if I can learn to deal with that, then I do believe I can learn to deal with people’s criticisms of my film choices.”

What she learned on That 70s Show: “Oh, I learned a lot. I think I got really lucky with the people I was surrounded by on ’70s. Everybody was older than I was, but nobody dicked around. Nobody was an a–hole. Nobody caused havoc or trouble. I was surrounded with positive influences. As weird as this may sound, you hear of stories now where everyone is in rehab twice over or drives recklessly or parties and comes to work hungover or whatever the issues are, but I never experienced that on ’70s. So I believe that 100 percent influenced me. I looked to these people and was like, “Well, they don’t do these things, so I don’t have to do them.” I never had to go through that period of angst where I was rebelling against this industry or my parents. And then, professionally speaking, I learned a lot about comedy. You make your mistakes, but you learn about jokes and punch lines. You also pick up horrible habits because it’s a multicamera sitcom. But I learned a lot about responsibility, about showing up to work, about respecting work, about respecting your co-workers. So I had a very safe place to go through my teens.”

Where she’ll be in five years: “Listen, in five years I do hope to have a family, and, you know, who knows? I think in this industry people have such a short shelf life, truly, that I don’t know what I’m going to be in five years in regards to acting. I mean, I’d love to produce. I can’t form a sentence or write an e-mail, so I know I’m definitely not going to go and become a writer, but I would love to explore other facets of this industry, for sure. I’m dabbling in that a little bit right now and trying to kind of see what I like . . . But I don’t know. Maybe I’ll go into the James Franco business and just do shorts with you for the rest of my life. We’ll go traveling the world together and shooting. I’ve always been a big proponent of not working for the sake of working, because I don’t want to work for the rest of my life—I want to live. So I’d rather work to live than live to work.”

[From Interview Magazine]

Franco asks Mila a lot of questions about being a child actor and how her parents were the antithesis of stage parents and all of that, some of which is really interesting. Mila sounds like she didn’t have much of social life, she just studied and worked all of the time and her parents expected her to make good grades the whole time, and there was the expectation that she would go to college when her little acting gig was over. I think that’s probably the way to do it, isn’t it? You don’t hear stories about Mila’s “Momager” or how Mila was falling over drunk at the age of 15. This is the way to raise a child actor.

Photos courtesy of Interview Magazine.

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  1. Micki says:

    Well, she spared me with “…it’s like…sh-t man, um… a complete f-ck! you know” artsy type answers so I’m going to cut her some slack

  2. Marc says:

    She doesn’t look like herself on the cover. But hey what do I know?

  3. Little Darling says:

    One of the better interviews I’ve read of her lately….she is just so darn pretty!!

  4. brin says:

    I really like her, wish she would drop Ashton though.

  5. marie says:

    Even if she’s a secret a-hole, I can’t help but like the girl.. Not a bad interview.

  6. cupidityrox! says:

    She’s gorgeous & sounds really intelligent. If only she was as clever about her romances.. Oh well, I guess you can’t have it all
    However I read a blind on Cdan about that 70′s show that says they were not nearly as innocent as she’s making them out to be..

  7. serena says:

    I’m starting to think she’s a real asshole.

  8. lisa2 says:

    She is spot on about the Double Standard.
    But when you think about it, it is mainly women doing it to other women. So what does that say about us.

    • Julie says:

      you are right. the heaviest criticism about women is on gossip blogs or in gossip magazines. they are made by women for women and commented mainly by women.
      i guess its easy to say its because guys are “all so superficial” when thats not the complete thruth. women can be a lot more mean than men.

  9. Bite me aka aniston says:

    Uhm if her acting capabilities were in full display in Ted, then we have a problem

  10. Julie says:

    the actress franco mentions at the start of the interview is rumoured to be emma watson. there was an extra talking about it and a blind item made about it where most people thought it was emma and franco but according to the extra it was emma and channing tatum making her feeling uncomfortable to the point that she left the set. allegedly.

    • Ray says:

      unconformable for What? She already KNEW what the scene was going to be about. So why the hell agreed to do the scene in the first place? she was unprofessional. Im sorry. I like emma but come on. Walk of the set when she could have deal with it better. If she wasnt feeling why not tell them. Seth even asked her they will fix the problem, changing the scene and she still said NO. Looks to me like she was just being a B. No offense

  11. lucy2 says:

    She looks beautiful on the cover.
    I don’t think she’s a secret a-hole. I get the impression she’s gone through kind of a rough patch, she hit a career high with Black Swan and coming back down from that has to be a bit of a bummer (her next movie was with Justin Timberlake, right? Ugh). Plus she’s been dealing with a stalker.
    She sounds like someone who for the most part has her head on straight and is aware of the good AND bad in her career.

    • Debra Johnson says:

      Lucy2 – You are so spot on. WHen you go through a lot of hardships (parents had to leave their native country, assimilating to a new enviornment in 2nd grade, eye issue, shy, being different, stalker, etc) it has to keep you grounded or you become self destructive. Thank goodness she is grounded. A little brusque, but grounded. Hope she and Franco become a serious couple. Let Ashton resolve the issues in his personal life without 3rd party distraction.

  12. Sarah says:

    This is great, she is honest and lucid about the business. Basically it needs actors, puts them forward when it wants them to attract audiences for their movies and throws them out when it is done. Obviously I’m not speaking about the independent cinema where nobody is making big money but everyone cares about art.

  13. Leaf says:

    There’s a part in the interview where Mila and Franco talk about an unknown actress, who stormed off on the set of his movie in New Orleans. Isn’t that At The World End a Seth Rogan film. The only big female parts in that movie is Rihanna and Emma Watson. So
    Google it and this site came up.

    I always knew there something i didn’t like about Emma. She’s so fake!

  14. normades says:

    Great interview. Great photoshoot. Sigh, Mila, loose the loser!

  15. ella says:

    Loved this interview. Mila sounds like she’s one of the few in Hollywood who realizes her limits and doesn’t think shes sooo important and special just because she’s in movies. It seems her wolrd wouldn’t come crashing down even if the scripts and roles stopped coming her way.

    I just don’t understand what a smart girl like her is doing with Ashton.

  16. Madrid says:

    she’s kind of meh to me but she seems honest and autocritical, quite an improvement for the average

  17. Madrid says:

    she’s kind of meh to me but she seems honest and autocritical, quite an improvement for the average

  18. Sirsnarksalot says:

    There have been a lot of blinds about her being a real queen bitch. And that 70′s show was no where near as ‘professional’ as she makes it out to be. I just think she’s smart enough not to talk smack in the press. And dating Ashton Kutcher is all I need to see to know the blinds are probably right.

    • taylor says:

      And we all know how accurate those blinds are. (yes that is sarcasm)

      There have been many reports from folks that have worked with her (behind the camera and in front) that say she is very nice and great to work with. But we know what sells tabloid trash.

  19. Boo says:

    I’m a little sick of her. Her overexposure began with Black Swan and hasn’t let up since. And if she’s hanging with Franco, my opinion of her goes right into the toilet.

  20. taylor says:

    Once again she comes across as a down to earth actress that totally gets Hollywood and how it works, how fleeting all of it is. A rare quality today.

  21. Victoria says:

    Showtime just ran a doc on children making the pilot audition scene in Hollywood. Why not be honest & talk about what women have to do to get roles.

  22. What I think says:

    @Taylor that said, “Once again she comes across as a down to earth actress that totally gets Hollywood…”

    I can sound the same way if you prepare the script for me.

  23. Ravensdaughter says:

    The shoot reminds me vaguely of that Lady Gaga video with her standing (jumping?) on the hood of a car. A melancholy version, though.
    She seems pretty cool. I know about the unrequited love from her teen years, but why mess with Ashton?
    Any guy after an ugly divorce is a liability; I say this as a girl (woman) after an ugly divorce who was a liability for a long time. My first relationship after was a disaster!

  24. I Choose Me says:

    Good interview and while I respect her decision not to talk about her relationships, my opinion of her would go back up if she just said, f-ck it, I’m dating Ashton Kutcher, so what? I’m no Ashton fan but maybe she’s known him for years and maybe she sees a side to him that us gossip vixens don’t. Aside from all that, I still get the feeling that she’s not happy in her life right now and is sorting things out. We’ve all been there so until she says or does something really asshole-y she’ll get no shade from me.

  25. Bread and Circuses says:

    She’s rather awesome, isn’t she? Smart, sensible, introspective, and well-grounded, as well as gorgeous and talented.

  26. Jilliterate says:

    I’ve noticed this before in articles about her — she seems really unhappy with the life she’s chosen. It was a decision made by her (and her parents) when she was still a child, and it really seems like she’s regretting that decision now that’s she’s experienced everything that comes with fame.

  27. Shannon says:

    What a great interview! I am not very familiar with Kunis, since I didn’t watch 70s. Though, she seems very down to earth. I hadn’t realized she was a voice actor in Family Guy. She has been in the business a long time. Glad she seems so well-developed emotionally.

  28. Shemp says:

    AT LEAST Ms. MK has some self-awareness along with awareness of the cutthroat biz she’s in, plus she doesn’t [seem to]think the world (or the entertainment world, anyway) revolves around her…those 3 aspects put her “above” the typical Hollywood “bimbos du jour.”