Mila Kunis, Nylon cover girl: “My career has been built on low expectations”


Mila Kunis is the December/January cover girl for Nylon Magazine, to promote her supporting role in The Black Swan. Mila could conceivably get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for this part – although I think the big-money campaign will probably be for Natalie Portman. Unlike Justin Timberlake, Mila is not making us cringe with her naked need for recognition – she’s just doing her promotional duties like she’s having fun with it, and still giving acknowledgement to the less Academy-friendly aspects of her career, like her voice work on Family Guy. Here are some excerpts from the Nylon interview:

On Black Swan: “It was the most intense training I’ve ever had in my life, and probably will have for anything. I lost 20 pounds, so I went down to 95 pounds. I weigh 117 usually, like today. I looked like Gollum [from The Lord of the Rings].”

On her career: “Literally, at this point, my career has been built on low expectations, and when you surpass those low expectations, you’re a winner.”

On shooting Friends with Benefits with Justin Timberlake in NYC: “I’ve never seen people in my life with so little respect [as the paparazzi]… when we were filming on the street in New York it was pure and utter insanity.”

On Family Guy and its fans: “It’s the greatest gig ever… It’s the greatest fanbase ever, but weird. They’re all f—ing stoners. It’s the largest fanbase of anything I’ve ever done, I hope it never goes off the air.”

On wanting to quit acting when she was 20 years old: She had earned enough money from That 70s Show to keep her financially “secure” for the rest of her life, and she contemplated stepping away from the spotlight in 2003 because she had sufficient funds to survive on after working as an actress and model for 11 years. “What a lot of people don’t realize is that you make more money in TV than you will in film; it’s a very steady salary. An obscene amount of money gets given to you for, like… what? So I was 20 and I looked at my bank account and realized that I was secure for the rest of my life. I was like, ‘I’m OK. I can go do other things now.’ I wanted to rethink my life for a minute because I didn’t think acting could be a career. This is the worst industry you can put yourself in because there’s no security whatsoever… I was just like, ‘Can I really do this for the rest of my life?'”

On how she sees acting now: “I realized that acting is the one thing I love to do. I asked myself, ‘What else could I do that would make me happy? What else could I do where I wake up in the morning and think, I get to go to work and do something great and have fun?’ I couldn’t think of anything else.”

[From Starpulse & Just Jared]

She consistently seems like she has a great head on her shoulders, and I like that she doesn’t disrespect her early work in television. Many people still have so much love for the character of Jackie, and the fact that she’s still doing voice work on Family Guy every single week – even when she’s on the verge of being on the A-list, and getting an Oscar nomination – well, I just respect that. She’s not pretending to be some fancy-schmancy “Actor”. She doesn’t knock her paying gigs, or the television show that probably gave her the best acting training. LOVE it.

Also… these black-and-white Nylon photos are gorgeous!




Nylon photo scans courtesy of Hot Celebs Home.

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  1. David says:

    I live for her

  2. aenflex says:

    I like her now. I’ve never paid attention beyond thinking she was pretty. But if she made up that low expecations line all by herself than we have a bingo.

  3. Kitten says:

    Love her. She is my girl crush..

  4. brin says:

    She’s gorgeous.

  5. Sarah says:

    Those pictures are stunning! She’s got a great attitude, that’s rare! 🙂

  6. LisaMarie says:

    Wow, she sounds really level-headed and down to earth. Makes me like her all the more.

  7. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    LOL I like how on the cover they say “Mila Kunis takes Center Stage.” There is a really good ballet movie titled Center Stage, its not the best ballet movie but its awesome. I saw a very short preview for The Black Swan on tv and its got a Single White Female (that movie with Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh) vibe to it. Should be interesting not sure how Oscar worthy it will be.

    Mila is adorable. 😀 Love the pics.

  8. Missfit says:

    She doesn’t forget where she came from, LOVE it, she’s so stinkin cute and beautiful too. 😉

  9. Kelli says:

    She is amazing and incredibly beautiful! My girl crush too!

  10. Trace says:

    She’s gorgeous. I’ve really started to notice her after watching Forgetting Sarah Marshall, where she was way better than Kristen Bell. Is she still dating Macaulay Culkin?

  11. jen says:

    Very Bridget Bardot-esque pics. Love them!

  12. hill says:

    love her too!

  13. Rachael says:

    Classy girl. Love.

  14. Mrs. Darcy says:

    She is adorable, and talented. Bitch! Just kidding, hope she does well after The Black Swan, I am hoping to see it despite Natalie Portman being the most boring actress on earth (imo!)

  15. PrettyTarheel says:

    I absolutely love her as Meg-she makes me giggle every Sunday. She was great in forgetting Sarah Marshall, great as Jackie, and I will definitely see this movie as well.
    And, to be just perfectly honest, I like her better than Natalie Portman. I’m sure NP is all deep and philosophical, but Mila seems like someone you could genuinely hang out with and not have the urge to shoot her in the head so she would stop talking about world issues for a minute. 🙂 Also, she’s prettier.

  16. Siren6 says:

    Adore her!

  17. normades says:

    She is wonderfully refreshing. Not an ass talking actress like Heigal, Alba, etc…

  18. RHONYC says:

    congrats to her. really.
    she realized that at 20 she was a millionairess and didn’t let it go to her head.
    i see why guys go for her, she’s a doll. 🙂

  19. samihami says:

    Beautiful young woman, excellent actress, and seems to have a good head on her shoulders. I think she will be “A” list before much longer. She seems to really have that indefinable “star” quality to her (in a good way, I mean).

  20. Moreaces says:

    She seems really level headed and just kind of a cool chick. Best of luck to her and her career, whatever she decides to do

  21. Moreaces says:

    November 30th, 2010 at 10:07 am Those pictures are stunning! She’s got a great attitude, that’s rare!

    It took me a minute to realize who she was, she is beautiful. I like her attitude as well

  22. Someone Else says:

    She and Emma Watson are quickly becoming my two favorite actresses. It’s so refreshing to see beautiful women who can actually think — and choose to do so!

  23. Bodhi says:

    I read somewhere that she had to learn English so that she could play Jackie on That 70’s Show. Does that sound familiar to anyone or am I making it up?

  24. jenniferb says:

    her feet are huge!

  25. omondieu says:

    Bought the magazine yesterday to satisfy my inner hipster. 🙂

    I’d go gay for Mila. Love that she’s a fellow Uke!

  26. PrettyTarheel says:

    @Bohdi, no, I have read that too-it seems like it was in a TV Guide many years ago, when I still read the TV guide, lol.

  27. padiddle says:

    @Trace – she and Macauly Culkin are actually married, I believe.

    I think she is amazingly gorgeous and has great comedic timing.

  28. Atticus says:

    Love Angelina – I LOVE Center Stage!!! One of my all-time favorite movies…so cheesy but I just love it. Jodi Sawyer!

    Mila sounds refreshingly well-adjusted and down to earth. Hope she breaks through with this movie, though it seems like she’d be totally cool with it if it was not her big break and she continued with steady, under the radar work. Which makes me like her even more.

  29. TG says:

    Oh my gosh she is such a cutie and her attitude is awesome. That Alba creature should take lessons from Mila on how to give an interview, of course I think Mila is geniune and that can make all the difference.

  30. ghostbuster says:

    geez, i adore her. i love the roles she plays. she really won my heart over when she became meg. i think i heard that she a maculay culkin where an on/off couple and were right now off. i really hope she gets an oscar nod. shes a wonderful actress and desrves her time to shine(she shines every sunday though).

  31. Brittney says:

    Wow. She’s perfect. I’ve had my eye on her since she played the younger version of Angelina Jolie’s Gia, and I’m thrilled that her star is steadily rising.

    Also, this is the exact opposite of any recent Jessica Alba interview… and the photos are infinitely better, too.

  32. gabs says:

    I love her. But I heard her role wasnt really meaty enough for a nomination for this movie. Still love her though!

    WAY more than that snooty Portman

  33. mln says:

    I love her she is a “real girl” in some of the pics she reminds me of a young Sophia Loren. Side note wouldn’t it be funny if she gets nominated and everyone from the Social Network gets nominated too?? It would be great to piss of JT.

  34. Bodhi says:

    @ trace & padiddle ~ They aren’t married, but they have been dating for something like 8 years

  35. Vanessa says:

    Stunning pics! She’s beautiful and just so darn cute and likable that I can’t even hate her for it!

  36. Carrie says:

    She moved to the US from the Ukraine when she was 8. She learned English by watching “The Price is Right” everyday, because Bob Barker was the only person who spoke slowly enough for her to understand.

    She talked about this a while ago in some interview- and also that she lied about her age when she auditioned for “That ’70s Show” and then after she got the part admitted that she was only like 14 or 15 while the rest of the cast was around 20.

    I like her- she seems like a really cool person who just happens to be an actress.

  37. vicky says:

    Love her. Years ago I saw her interviewed about how she got the job on that 70s show. they asked her if she was going to be 18 and she said yes, she said something like well i am going to be 18 someday they just didn’t know she was only 14 at the time. smart and beautiful.

  38. Natalie says:

    that girl is f’n gorgeous!!

  39. Camille says:

    Absolutely gorgeous girl and she comes across so well, honest and likeable. There doesn’t seem to be any BS or fakery with her. Love her.

    Oh and I’m a Family Guy fan and I am NOT a stoner. 😆

  40. TG says:

    @Carrie – Those Eastern European girls are certainly known for their beauty. I don’t think I will ever take my husband to that part of the world. LOL

  41. Liana says:

    I adore her. She just rocks. She’s one of those girls who is stunning, but doesn’t seem to care and doesn’t let it define her.

  42. weslyn says:

    well..ditto to all the comments lol

  43. Jeri says:

    She’s very down to earth and talented. Also, but not least, beautiful.

    Heigl and the like could learn a lot from her.

  44. The Bobster says:

    #24. I thought I was the only one who noticed that.

    On That 70’s Show, SHE was the one who really had the Bullwinkle Moose feet.

  45. mia says:

    So wish she could take over for Ann Hathaway.

  46. Ruffian9 says:

    That is all.

  47. kelly says:

    She does sound pretty level here; Im surprised that she hasn’t managed to parley that good sense into a more positive public image, since I’ve seen a negative reaction to her from a lot of people. And after so long in the biz, she hasn’t exactly had a string of fab roles.
    Whats up with that?
    Not blonde/desperate enough? An interesting question when you think about.

  48. *Roxy* says:

    I never thought that I would register to insert my 2 coins but here we go 🙂

    @ kelly
    “She does sound pretty level here”
    As a person who comes from the same country as Mila and follows her career I may say she underwent adaptation from one culture to another extremly successful (which is difficult, *cough*Mila Jovovich*cough*). She is just what she is, showing her best qualities in interviews. She is coming from a very intelligent family (scientists) and it has it influence.

    “Im surprised that she hasn’t managed to parley that good sense into a more positive public image” Would you please explain what do you mean by this? I’m a foreigner and don’t know how Hollywood functions. But I know how difficult it might be to function in an entirely different society. She’s quite ambitious (her CV shows that), grounded, friendly. What she should do? Pretend to be a different person?

    “since I’ve seen a negative reaction to her from a lot of people” Where??? I’ve seen a lot of good comments about her on CB, Perez Hilton, under all youtube videos. Where are the haters?

    “And after so long in the biz, she hasn’t exactly had a string of fab roles” Is it her fault she doesn’t have Portman’s luck (which is not ment to degrade Portman, she’s a nice and hard-working person)? Doesn’t have a pushy stage mama with connections (ScarJo) who could fight for her daughter on many levels, guide her career, give a good advice of an insider?

    “Whats up with that?
    Not blonde/desperate enough?” Is she supposed to go around Hollywood sleeping with everyone? Should she dump her BF in order to get a great gig? Did you see a couple of videos where she invites journalists to her events after interviews?

    “An interesting question when you think about.” grrr
    I would like to see an actress born in Ukraine / Russia (ethnical minority?) who would grab an Oscar *sob* I think it would be a huge achievement. Does anyone know any slavic actors except Jovovich and Farmiga?

    Kunis is doing fine, taking her gigs, working for her money. I don’t think she’s a super talented actress but she’s one of the best among immigrants. I would change a bit her image making her more fem and adding some “mistery”. But will people like her this way?

    I’m kinda proud of her and feel cool that there’s a person who is positive and relatable.

    ****My post is not meant as any kind of offense. I wish anyone will answer some of my questions :)***

  49. LT says:

    Her & the girl on Modern Family look so much alike it’s ridiculous. I guess I could just google to see if they’re related.

  50. Vera says:

    I adore Mila, she seems much more sincere than a lot of other actors right now, and doesn’t seem to be on a ego-trip because of the rising recognition of the past couple years.

    The pictures are gorgeous, and with her hair cut that way with the makeup, she really remind me of a brunette Nico. This cut looks really good on her.

  51. A says:

    I absolutely adore Mila. I have for ages.
    I think she weighs less than 117 though.