Mila Kunis named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive for 2012: good choice?

Mila Kunis is this year’s Sexiest Woman Alive, at least according to Esquire. Previous winners of the title have included Angelina Jolie, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, and Scarlett Johansson, amongst others. Mila’s pictorial (you can see it here) is kind of boring – I mean, her body looks great, and it’s hard to take a bad photo of her, but the styling is just kind of “been there, done that.” Still, the title IS some kind of honor, and I can’t say I hate the choice of Mila this year. She’s been on a roll the past few years, and I think most dudes would probably include her in their Top Five crushes. Unfortunately, her recent dalliance (or is it love?) with Ashton Kutcher has kind of killed my girl-crush for Mila. Fortunately, Mila still gives a good interview. You can read the whole piece here, and here are some highlights:

Mila’s interesting industry story: “My career was threatened over me not wanting to do the cover of a magazine. By an executive. Oh, that’s not even true. A person higher than an executive. It was like, If you don’t do this magazine, you’ll never work in this company. I went, “Great.” It was the first time that I had someone on the phone tell me that I will never work in this industry again. I said, “I’m sorry, what did you say?” It wasn’t Playboy, but it was a magazine I didn’t want to do. It’s very simple. I just didn’t want to do it. I said I would do that one and that one, just not this one. And this person couldn’t accept no. In my twenty-nine years, I’ve never met someone who lied as much as this person did. You know when little kids look at you with chocolate all over their face, and then you say, “Why did you eat that chocolate?” And they say, “I didn’t eat chocolate,” and you say, “But you have it on your face.” It was worse than that. There are good, honest people who work their asses off and don’t reach nearly as much success as this person does. I never spoke about it, and I did as little interviews as I possibly could. Because why support a project that didn’t support me back? People in this industry lie so much, they believe their lies. That’s what I learned on that movie. I learned people are a–holes and people lie. I think that was the turning point of my career. Where I said no!”

On Seth MacFarlane: “He’s such a douchebag. I keep telling him, “Sarcasm does not translate well in print.” And he is so f–king dry. I’ve known him since I was fourteen, and I find self-deprecating humor great. I tell him, “You can mock away because I know who you are. In print, though? You’re going to come off like an a–hole. So be careful.””

She doesn’t think she’s funny: “I think I stumbled upon doing funny things, but I’m not funny. I just know how to deliver a joke. There are people who naturally exude humor and are constantly saying funny things, and there are the people who know how to deliver a joke. It’s a learned skill. Through twenty years of doing this, I practice it. I think that the second you think that you’re funny is when you stop being funny.

Her work ethic, and work philosophy: “What I do and who I am are two different things. And they always will be. What happens with people is they lose sight of who they are, and they become either who they want to be or who they are perceived to be. But whatever it is, it is no longer who they are. So much of who you are in this industry is based on what that critic says, what that director says, what that actor says. People start believing all that, and they become what everybody else wants them to be. And I think that I’ve consciously separated my two lives. I love what I do. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. But when I’m done with work, I’m done with work. I think that if I bought into the hype, I would lose all sight of who I am, and so much of who I am is what my parents went through and instilled in me. And I never want to lose that. Ever. Because I would be so disappointed if I didn’t make them proud.”

The paparazzi and setting up photo-ops: “Here’s the truth: People want to get photographed in this industry a lot more than they let on. For instance, everything is sponsorship-based. When you see photos in magazines and someone’s holding a Coke or a Sprite and they’re just walking down the street, that’s a sponsorship. [With pap setups of beach photos]… At least that’s controlled. But I don’t want it. I really don’t want it. The fact that I even have to talk about it … it’s common sense: Privacy is privacy. I no longer have it.”

Politics: “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? And it’s baffling to me how a poor person in Georgia can say, ‘I’m a Republican.’ Why? Do you remember the McCain commercial? “Finish the dang fence.” Do you remember this? God, not many people have seen this commercial. McCain’s walking along the Arizona border fence and talking to a sheriff, and the sheriff says, “You’re one of us, sir.” And McCain turns to the sheriff and says, “Eh, finish the dang fence.” I lost my s–t. “Finish the dang fence.””

[From Esquire]

Mila gives an extraordinarily good interview, doesn’t she? If you go to Esquire, she also talks a bit about her experience as an immigrant, and how she really wishes people would focus more on her parents’ immigration experience rather than hers. And I like that she just comes out and admits that most people in the industry are active participants in the paparazzi game. Is Mila one of them, though? I don’t know. But I think she’s dating someone who is an active participant.

Photos courtesy of Esquire.

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  1. Aubra says:

    Yup…Mila bad!!! That’s my surrogate baby mamma!

  2. pretty says:

    she has huge beautiful eyes.
    wow.. she looks like a doll. so pretty.. :)

  3. Lachica says:

    Great choice. I especially like the simplicity of the last photo. She is a gorgeous woman and she has a brain. Sexy combination. I hope Ashton realizes his good fortune.

  4. KerryJones says:

    I still love her. Not only is she beautiful but smart and funny.

    But there’s no way Mila is one to call the paps on herself….have you see her candids?, she is always out sweats and no makeup on.

  5. kibbles says:

    Hate these sorts of lists. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Mila is pretty, but come on. I have seen candid photos of her on this website and she looks like any normal woman you walk by on the street.

  6. Amelia says:

    Eh, I’ve gone off Mila recently, but she definitely gives a good interview. And I had no idea McCain came out with that rubbish.
    I’ve never paid much attention to Esquire/GQ’s sexiest women alive polls though. It all seems to be based on how willing you are to take your top off.

  7. Samigirl says:

    She’s my choice too. I think she’s stunning. I love her and I’m happy her career went past That 70′s Show.

  8. j.eyre says:

    I like her interview; she sounds as if she is speaking her mind and not just talking points. I find her beautiful and her figure is fantastic.

    I am a little confused as to what magazine she did not want to do if she was willing to strip down for Esquire, though. I wonder what the issue with that magazine was?

  9. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    It depresses me when I see actresses having to do these pictorials to have a career. She’s a good enough actress with enough good movies under her belt that she shouldn’t have to do this kind of thing but she has to – she won’t work without it. And as you can see from her interview, there are agents and producers standing over you, threatening to ruin you forever if you don’t do the photos.

    I think it’s interesting that she told that story from 2008 for this photo spread. By telling that specific story from 2008 she’s explaining the general pressure to do these kinds of photos that exists all the time. I don’t think she wanted to do this but she knew she had to if she wants to keep working.

    • Kennedy says:

      I posted a similar comment before reading yours. Bravo Mrs. Gold! I couldn’t agree more.

    • Christina says:

      I don’t agree that she has to do these kind of photos. Have you ever seen pics of Cate Blanchett sucking her thumb on the cover of Esquire? Or Cary Mulligan standing against a wall in her undies? Of course not – these women have the kind of self-respect which comes from genuine talent, so they would never dream of posing in the manner of a two-bit stripper.

      Kunis could say no to these kinds of shoots if she wanted to. Nobody could force her to do them. However, she probably knows that she’s just another ‘sexy’ young actress with minimal acting talent. There are any number of other hot young women out there ready and willing to take her place. This kind of thing keeps her in the headlines and keeps her getting roles – sorry, Dior contracts – so no doubt she’s happy to do them. I don’t feel sorry for her in the least.

      • Jess says:

        Mila’s career depends a lot on her sex appeal. Carey and Kate’s do not. That’s the difference. If Mila isn’t willing to be sexy, whoever that asshole was basically told her that she wouldn’t get any work. Either be sexy, or get out of Hollywood, I know a thousand girls who would love to be in your place….yada yada. I think in a lot of cases it’s true, but Mila has a little something extra that got her to a higher standing, and she is still around, and didn’t have to go the casting couch route or the bimbo route. But look at these pictures, she hasn’t totally lost sight of why she’s around. She still relies on her sex appeal, even if it’s on her own terms.

      • Christina says:

        ‘ Mila has a little something extra that got her to a higher standing’

        Hmmmmm…. she got a few good roles, but these things are easily forgotten. Sure, she’s the hot young actress du jour, but hot young actresses are readily replaceable. A year from now, there’ll be another mediocre actress holding her boobs in Esquire, and the year after that another one. It’s all very banal.

  10. taylor says:

    Excellent choice! Mila is gorgeous.

  11. TheUbiquitousLamb says:

    God she is so hot. She also has a very fun personality. Of the many interviews I’ve seen with her,she seems very smart and well spoken. She’s not faking it.

  12. Tiffany27 says:

    She’s beautiful, but this photoshoot is so…basic.

  13. Kennedy says:

    Love her but I find it hard to believe that she said “NO” to some magazine photo shoot yet she’s down to take all of her clothes off for Esquire. Why does the “sexiest woman alive” HAVE to pose nearly-nude or over the top sexy to convey that they are in fact “sexy”? It’s so stupid and sets us back. Not to go all hyper-feminist on ya’ll, but it’s just a bit depressing.

  14. DanaG says:

    Pretty yes, sexy no. Just cause she poses half naked and in underwear doesn’t make you sexy. Mila looks way too young and just lacks the confidence to be truly sexy. As for her not finding herself funny neither do I. Since she has started dating Ashton she seems more like a petulant child who doesn’t want to be photographed. Here is a hint you and Ashton should stop calling the paps and having public makeout sessions.

  15. WaywardGirl says:

    I love Mila, but her being with Ashton has turned me off. She could do loads better.

  16. curious guy says:

    Ok I am not from American or European subcontinent. So can you guys please tell me whats the big deal about ‘JEWS’ ? Why are they discriminated/made a big deal? Ya. I know about Israel,holocaust ,Hiltler,jesus killer theory etc but how does it affect the ‘jews’ in America? As far as I read Jews only contribute about 0.2% of world population but have immensely contibuted in Science and technology.
    Sorry I live in Eastern hemisphere nor do I belong to any Abrahamic religion so have no contact with a Jew person or Judaism!
    Replies would be appreciated!

    • judyjudy says:

      Her comment really has nothing to do with being Jewish and more about being a non-Christian in the US. There is a very large portion if the US population that refuse to accept or respect the fact that not everyone is a Christian. Many Christians feel that their beliefs should dictate policies in this country and force their religion on those who believe differently.

      I’m atheist and get tired of hearing about Jesus all the time, too.

  17. Christina says:

    I thought Kunis was meant to be an actress (though mind you, those who’ve seen her woeful ‘performance’ in Black Swan could be forgiven for thinking otherwise). These photos make her look more like a disposable glamour model. Oh well, she can’t really complain if nobody takes her seriously, can she?

    As for her sexiness, as a straight woman I don’t suppose I’m really qualified to judge. I can say, however, that I’ve always thought she looks kind of sleazy and in need of a good shower. But maybe that’s precisely her appeal for some men?

  18. Saphana says:

    very good point about MacFarlane, though he also comes across as a douche in tv and in pictures :D

    i like Milas interviews and i want to like her but her choices in men arent cool.

  19. MG says:

    She is beautiful and I like the interview…but these pictures…

  20. bns says:

    And Ashton Kutcher just got douchier and more smug.

  21. vvy says:

    I like her now that i read her interview. At least she’s honest. She’s face and body beautiful.

  22. A Fan says:

    Sexy also equals intelligence, depth, and perspective beyond mainstream.

    So, yes, a good choice.

  23. Dref22 says:

    She is also a Trekkie. That’s another win.

  24. lola says:

    pretty face. way to much PS, used to love here but now im a bit mhee about her. she lost her magic

  25. KellyinSeattle says:

    She is beautiful but I vote for Angelina Jolie.

  26. Kimbob says:

    I dunno..yes, she does interview well, or that could be turned around to that the interviewer was sympathetic to her.

    I definitely agree w/her how Republicans do denigrate women…trying to legislate against abortions, & also the state (I forget which one) that forces women through the “dildo ultrasound” before going through an abortion….it’s AWFUL…and yes, I personally, agree w/her politics.

    I also am in agreement w/her astute observations about how Republicans pander to the “moral majority,” because it’s disgusting. Many of the politicians that do this (w/a straight face, I might add), really could CARE LESS about religion, ethics, what-not. So, I’m glad she DOES CARE, & is vocal about it….a voice amongst voices!

    What does kind of bother me though is how Mila freely discusses this…the paparazzi/sponsorship “game.” She truthfully calls this out, yet….as Kaiser so astutely pointed out, Mila’s boyfriend, Mr. Asshat, probably is an active participant in such….it’s obvious to me.

    Getting philosophical, but, it seems to me that even though what I may perceive to be real, is sometimes not. Lines and reality are sometimes blurred and merge together….Mila freely calls out sponsorship in this business, but Asshat freely participates in such…what am I missing? Maybe Asshat will stop doing such now that he’s seeing Mila….I have too many questions!

    Or, is it just simply a case of opposites attract? I dunno!

  27. Charlotteee says:

    glorious boobies… ;P

  28. tru tru says:

    never thought she was very pretty–always average looking to me–so I am meh.

    but if Jessica Biel has received the award that brings it down several notches to me.

    While I did like her performance in Black Swan, she looks like she sleeps in black eyeliner and wears the clean dirty girl look well.

  29. Leah says:

    Her? No way. Jennifer Aniston is the sexiest/hottest woman of all time. The end.

  30. MizzVJJ says:

    Come on now. “She looks like any woman in the street”? Isn’t that a good thing? Better than to have a plastic-y plastic fake Barbie doll-wanna be famewhore. Be happy Mila is the sexiest woman alive. At least it shows us real women with real beauty and education means something to “men” these days.

  31. LeeLoo says:

    Despite Mila’s cruddy choice in men, I can’t say anything bad about her. I think she’s a great actress and I think she’s a lot less shallow than a lot of actresses in her age range. Plus, she is beautiful so I think Esquire made a good choice.

    I really do question her choice in men though but being that she and Ashton worked together, I’m giving them both a benefit of a doubt. I just hope she knows what she is doing and that Ashton won’t run into the same problems he ran into with Demi Moore.

  32. Juan Cruz says:

    I like Mila, but sorry these celebs should stay away from politics. They simply don’t know what they are talking about. Makes them look really stupid, and vapid. The story about McCain is simply not true. Republicans can be bad on immigration, but McCain is not one of them. He has actively advocated for sensible reform. Democrats can be are just as bad in there own way on this issue, pandering to Unions for example. Obama is the worst on this. So Mila, should keep her mouth shut about politics and stick to entertaining

    • cr says:

      What do you mean the story about McCain isn’t true? He ran the ad:

      McCain’s current attitude toward immigration is much more in line with the Republican party line. He wasn’t always like that.
      This isn’t a matter of whether or not you agree with him or not, it’s a matter of realizing what he now advocates. The ‘maverick’ McCain is long gone.

    • flan says:

      You’ve never commented here. I have long since noticed how new users always pop up when politics are mentioned on this site. And how they tend to defend Republicans. And how they always seem to be male.


      But to respond: Saying someone should shut up and not share an opinion is dangerous territory. That has been said to women far too much. This was an interview with HER, not Oscar night or another occassion that was about something else. So if she wants to talk about politics that’s fine.

      McCain, like other normal Republicans, has been scared off from having his own opinion by the religious fanatics who dominate the party.

      I used to think we could have fine, good discussions with Republicans. We might not always agree, but we tried to find the right answer together.

      Now however, it’s a party where its members are blasted if they try working together with Democrats on building up the country. That can no longer be called sane.

  33. Leen says:

    erm she kind of annoyed me with her little comment about being a Jew and why talk about Jesus? I’m not a Christian and I think constant religious discourse in politics is annoying but she does realize that a lot of Americans are religious ?

    • cr says:

      So it’s wrong for her to complain about the tone of public religious discourse in the U.S. but not you? Because that’s the way I’m reading your response.
      Yes, many Americans of all political stripes are very vocal about their specific Christian beliefs. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be criticized.

  34. Turd Fergussen says:

    I wish these under-educated actors would STFU about politics. She sounded so ignorant talking about how much she hates Republicans, and then bitched about something that McCain supposedly did in 2008.

    Sweetie pie, just shut up and act, okay? Any credibility you had to talk about intelligent sh-t went out the window the minute you started doing sex stuff with Ashton Kutcher.

  35. eric says:

    Terrible Choice, pretty but I don’t see the sex appeal, and dumb as a box of rocks.

  36. Stay-Cee says:

    I don’t understand why people say ashton is a jerk or a d-bag i was at yogurt land and i saw him with mila and i asked them for a picture & mila refused in a nice way but Ashton said yes of course (:

  37. ShugAveryPee says:

    I am such a HUGE Liberal… but I f I want to talk about JESUS all day i will… cause i love him… so there Mina.. LOL she is gorgeous and a good pick

  38. V says:

    Yes, yes and yes. What was the question again? Sorry got distracted…>>

  39. Lindsey says:

    “Why we gotta talk about Jesus all the time?”

    LMAO…eh, did anyone find that hilarious?

  40. lucy2 says:

    I think she’s gorgeous, and I’d rather see her get the attention than some famewhore like a Kim K or something.
    She’s always struck me as a pretty honest person in her interviews, which I like. I do wish she had better taste in guys though.

  41. Bread and Circuses says:

    I think they’ve over-airbrushed her under-boob for the cover. It doesn’t look quite right–the skin’s too bright.

    Plus, when you look at the 3rd-to-last photo, which was clearly taken at the same time, she’s either covering up more of the under-boob curvature with her hand, or she doesn’t have much curvature there to begin with.

    Not that this is bad. Flat-chesters, represent!

  42. Gigohead says:

    I think she is beautiful and a good choice. I REALLY like that she said about Seth MacFarlane, because I totally agree. He is very funny, but one example that was bad on his twitter was a joke he made about Margaret Cho being the Gangham Style guy. I groaned because whats with the hate??

  43. MrsBPitt says:

    I think if Mila was REALLY intelligent, she would have refused to pose for these pictures… I am no prude, but I get tired of seeing young actresses having to pose half naked to get an interview or to get noticed…I get sick of seeing young women having to be sexualized all the time, and then we wonder why 12 year old girls are dressing like strippers…lets focus on a girls talent and/or intelligence, so that our younger generation of females will strive to be a Sally Ride, or Dian Fossey, and not Kim Kardashian

  44. Julie says:

    No, sorry. Chubby, zero muscle tone, large forehead, weak chin. They should just give Angelina Jolie the crown and retire it.

    • energydrink says:

      Really? :D

      Mila is nowhere near chubby, she is a healthy looking slim girl, while Angelia has been scary skinny for years. Neither have too much tone, so no comparison there.

      I don’t think either of them have a very feminine(sexy) figure, however in spite of having much smaller breasts, Mila’s still comes across as more feminine. Girly, but still feminine.. while Angelia has a very masculine body shape, even with larger boobs.

      Facially, they are really alike with the exception of Mila being younger and having a bit more delicate features which is why they played in Gia together. If its only about faces, I definitely think they deserve to be in the top 3, but overall I don’t think either are the sexiest.

    • Lisa says:

      Yeah, she is actually pretty flabby now. They’ve PS’ed most of that out. She had a nice body when she was on T70sS.

  45. Ella says:

    I like Mila Kunis, but I hate it when celebrities have themselves photographed naked and then complain about lack of privacy. This is an issue I have with celebrity itself, not with Mila specifically.

  46. Mazunte says:

    Good choice. Mila has stunning eyes and a beautiful mouth, and she seems to be a fairly smart girl.
    I think it is okay to an actress who is already well-known to do this kind of sexy photos. I like tasteful sexy pictures of men and women. I have sexy photos of myself, like the ones of Mila on the bed, taken by professional photographers and some self-portraits, and I am career-minded and educated. It is a great souvenir of my youth. We all are sexualized, and as long as it is in a healthy and tasteful way, we should embrace that human aspect.

  47. Suzie says:

    I think Mila very much has Brigitte Bardot type of appeal, except she is a brunette. She has very similar eyes and eye make up to the young Brigitte Bardot, her hair is styled almost identically, and her pout is very similar. Even the poses that Brigitte Bardot appeared in are copied here. The look is appealing to a new generation.

  48. Carolyn says:

    In the very narrow definition of men’s mags (undies, touseled hair, topless, finger in mouth) I suppose she would be considered sexy. I personally don’t think she is. Nothing sexy about being seen wearing matching t-shirts and baseball caps with your boyfriend.

  49. Julianthe says:

    She’s gorgeous, smart, and loves video games. Hell, she’s the ideal woman for most guys.

  50. Lady_Luck says:

    I think she has a very pretty face. I just hate it when celebrities talk about politics in such a direct way because it can be very side-lining.

  51. Haha says:

    Its just ASHTON.K punking us..>With al that eating girl has been doing lately…YEAH RIGHT!!whahahaha

  52. Michele says:

    She’s very beautiful and sexy. Very deserving of this award.

  53. Anguishedcorn says:

    I have never found her pretty, and I don’t see anything gorgeous or sexy about the photo shoot. There’s just something puggish about her face, and yes, her bod is great here, but with the prevalence of PS, I don’t really believe anything I see is real in a magazine.

  54. virginia says:

    I used to think she was really pretty back in the day, but these photos make her look pretty ordinary, nothing stands out about her. Definately do not see her as sexy.

  55. serena says:

    The photos are really meh, but the interview is kind of great.
    Still, I’m disappointed in her…how could such a smart girl end up with douche of douches?

  56. Dark X says:

    The one shot makes me wonder why Meg had to use a stunt ass in her last film.

  57. Lisa says:

    I think she is really f–king beautiful, but kind of passé. I know she’s worked since That 70′s Show, but she’ll always be a 90′s star to me.

  58. babythastarsshinebrite says:

    I can’t hate her if I tried, I know cause I have, but that cover photo is horrible.

  59. Ash says:

    Yep, I think it’s the right choice. Mila Kunis is just pure HOTNESS.