Mila Kunis on her kids with Ashton: ‘We’re not going to raise a-holes’


The promotion for the Bad Moms sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas, is upon us. I saw the first movie and enjoyed myself because I like everyone in the cast. The movie itself was incredibly formulaic and predictable but it had enough catharsis that I’ll likely go to see the next one. If you do rent the first one, watch to the end. The interviews of the cast with their real-life mothers are better than the movie. It’s a blast, seriously, and I pray they do it again. The movie centers around Mila Kunis’ character. Mila is, of course, married to Ashton Kutcher in real life and has two children with him, three year-old Wyatt and 10-month old Dmitri. Given the premise of the movie, parenting and motherhood questions fill the bulk of her interviews. Fortunately, Mila has child-rearing all figured out with a very simple plan: she refuses to raise a—holes.

On bringing her family on location: I can write you a book on kid-friendly activities anywhere in the world. Because that’s what we do. We used to be like, ‘What’s the coolest club?’ and [now] I’m like, ‘Let me tell you about the zoo in Atlanta and the bouncy house.’ There’s not one kid activity that I haven’t done yet with my child! We have a public library card everywhere we go. When it is really hot outside, we go to the library and read books.”

On raising her children properly: Yeah, we’re not gonna raise a**holes. There’s enough a**holes in this world! We don’t need to contribute. But, you know, there’s some nice people.”
On working to get back her figure: Lots of gym-ing. I hate someone who’s like, ‘This is all natural.’ Bullsh**. It’s not natural.”

On her approach to Christmas: I come from communist Russia, where you’re not allowed to be happy, so my holiday traditions are ‘be quiet. Coming to America is when you realize Christmas has a magical quality to it. In Russia, back in the day, it was a very religious holiday, so you don’t celebrate Christmas if you’re not Christian and if you’re not at Mass. So, I being Jewish, was like, ‘Christmas is not for you.’ We come to America and we’re like, ‘Christmas is so inclusive. We literally bought a Christmas tree. So as far as tradition goes, my family’s big on any excuse to get the family together and get drunk. Whether it’s Easter, which we’ve now all accepted into our Jewish household, or Christmas, it doesn’t matter.

On not giving Christmas gifts for her kids: So far, our tradition is no presents for the kids. We’re instituting it this year because when the kids are [younger than] one, it doesn’t really matter. Last year when we celebrated Christmas, Wyatt was two and it was too much. We didn’t give her anything — it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift. They don’t even know what they’re expecting; they’re just expecting stuff. We’ve told our parents, ‘We’re begging you — if you have to give her something, pick one gift. Otherwise, we’d like to take a charitable donation, to the Children’s Hospital or a pet [or] whatever you want.’ That’s our new tradition.”

[From ET]

I really like Mila. I like her so much that occasionally I’ll forget how much of a douche I find her husband. I’d love to hang out with her. When we hang out, I’d tell her to stop talking about how she isn’t going to raise a—holes. Mila has mentioned this before when she was pregnant with her daughter so we know she’s committed to the idea. But nobody sets out to raise an a—hole. We all think we’ve got this parenting thing nailed and then our kid grows up and proves us right or wrong. But if you do miss your mark, you probably don’t want to have a backlog of quotes about how you weren’t going to do it. Not to mention, I spend a lot of time calling her husband an a—hole so maybe everybody’s definition isn’t the same.

I don’t have a problem with the no Christmas gift thing, especially given that Christmas is generally new to her. I inherited the shopping gene from my mother so I doubt I will go gift-free but The Mister has talked me into scaling it way back. I see that he’s right now. We also implemented a donation at Christmas and it was the kids’ idea, because they felt bad Santa only got cookies when he was so generous. Even though the dog is the only one who still believes in Santa here, the kids still donate in his name to St. Jude’s each year. It’s a small amount because it’s their own money. And that’s not a humble brag, that’s me outright boasting about my children. The fact is, they’ll probably turn out to be a—holes so I just want everyone to know I tried.




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  1. crazydaisy says:

    She’s awesome. I want to come hang out when you do!

  2. Wren33 says:

    My mom is the worst gift offender. I tried to limit her to two gifts for my son’s recent birthday. She gave five. Three were DVDs , so not a huge space sink, but still. We have always been a big gift-giving family. It is fun, but it is definitely too much at Christmas.

    • Snowflake says:

      Ooh, my family’s the opposite. When i was a kid, we would get one practical gift, like socks or underwear. Then one or two inexpensive gifts.

    • Olive says:

      My partner’s family is like that. I’ve spent 7 hours opening gifts at their house on Xmas… they go around in a circle, watching everyone open a gift, and the gifts are PILED HIGH. Never again. It’s not enjoyable. It’s just more and more cheap crap, because they think quantity > quality.

    • Steph says:

      My mom’s the worst! She gives each grandkid $500 worth of stuff for Christmas. It pisses off me and my sister so we tried to talk to her about it last year. It did not go well.

  3. tw says:

    In the game of nature versus nature, let’s hope her kids didn’t inherit the autosomal dominant a-hole gene from their father.

    • Cbould says:

      That has to be why she’s so worried about it, right? Like not raising a-holes HAS to stay a priority because she’s got to keep fighting the good fight against half of their genetics

      She’s fantastic but, woman, why are you married to that idiot?

  4. Whoopsy Daisy says:

    My parents grew up in communist Yugoslavia and everyone celebrated Christmas. It just wasn’t celebrated “officially”, so New Year’s was the big public holiday.

    I like Mila, I also like Ashton, but I don’t know that much about him.

  5. Her Higness says:

    its great to say that & i hope they succeed. at the same time, I dont think you can predict who or what your children will become. ghandi or unibomber!

    • third ginger says:

      Isn’t that the truth! Our daughter is almost 25 and wonderful. When people compliment me for raising her, I thank them but secretly think there was a lot of luck involved.

      • Nancy says:

        third ginger: I love the way YOU love your daughter. I hope when my girls are that age, we will still have the loving bond that you and your daughter have. In these hard times we’re living through, it’s great to have your kids. I can’t even make myself say assholes when referring to them….sorry Mila!!!

  6. freewhitebaby7.0 says:

    I’ve always liked Mila. She’s the perfect combination of down-to-earth and gorgeous. Ashton, on the other hand, looks pale and out of shape. I think he’s the one who needs to go to the gym after the last kid.

  7. Olive says:

    I don’t think Ashton has it in him to raise non-assholes.

    • Kitten says:

      Are we already forgetting all the good work he’s done against child sex trafficking?

      Man, this place is so harsh sometimes.

      • Whoopsy Daisy says:

        Why does everyone hate him? He seems like a nice guy? Because of the marriage to Demi?

      • Nancy says:

        Kitten, this dude stood by and defended “Papa Jo” Paterno, a child molester. I don’t think a good deed cancels out a bad. If you don’t know much about him, read up on him. He isn’t the lovable goofy guy from the 70′s show in real time.

      • Olive says:

        He defended Joe Paterno, because he thought football was more important than believing Paterno’s victims. So he’s done work against child sex trafficking? Good for him, it evens out. I’m still not praising him.

      • Nancy says:

        Right @Olive….I have a very personal reason for loving the name Olive, whether it be yours or not. To my point…..I didn’t refer to this POS Paterno as Papa Jo….that’s how Kutchner referenced him in his tweet defending him until all of tweeter had to explain to the nitwit what his beloved Paterno was doing to children. Having reread my post, I didn’t want anyone to think I would personally use an endearing term to describe this creep. Happy Weekend Folks

      • Lis says:

        ^^^ he and the TORCH (formerly Ashton and Demi Foundation) have done amazing work and I am in awe that he has taken it on! let’s not forget that!

      • Jeanette says:

        I just cant get past the cheating, I dont feel like men like that ever change. The Joe Paterno thing is gross as well. As beautiful as she is, and successful, she is still a woman who puts her pants on one leg at a time and deals with the issues all women face, such as low self esteem, womanizing, passiveness, turning a blind eye..that whole sick cycle. I just wonder if she is not doing it in silence.

  8. Nancy says:

    Hard to raise your kids not to be assholes when you’re married to one. I didn’t say that, I saw Demi Moore siding eyeing Mila, who is one thing and one thing only to me….Meg Griffin.

  9. Happy21 says:

    She has grown on me so much over the years. I really like her and I really like her and Ashton together. I’ve done a serious 360 with him since he and Demi split. He and Mila seem really good together and she obviously brings out the best in him.

  10. cutelittlehappything says:

    Ashton can be a jerk, I’m sure, but he gets no hate from me because of the work he’s done with trafficking victims. Just watch some of his testimony…the dude cares.

    • ell says:

      you can be both an asshole and someone who does good stuff. real people aren’t cartoon villains with only one trait. that doesn’t mean arseton isn’t a major twat.

      • Nancy says:

        Amen. If anyone remembers this dude from Punk’d has no doubt what an a-hole he was/is. I’m surprised someone didn’t punch his lights out. Then he was daddy to Demi’s kids only to bail for the younger Mila, whether she was the reason or not, he’s a douche. Mila, herself, was with Kevin McAllister for eight years which is an eternity for these people, so yeah, they’re a weird couple. Merry Christmas Mila, little kids love giving gift certificates to others that they totally don’t understand. Buy them you a toy you twat

  11. passerby says:

    It’s going to be hard not to raise a-holes when half of their DNA is douche.

  12. aang says:

    When my oldest was a toddler my family gave her so many presents that she couldn’t even look at one gift before they took it away and put another in her hand. She ended up crying and refusing to open more. It was fun for no one. I asked for please no gifts after that.

  13. paranormalgirl says:

    so far my kids aren’t assholes, but the fear of it happening is real, especially when the boyspawn goes off to college next year.

  14. ell says:

    i like mila, but having kids with butthole kutcher is likely to produce arseholes.

  15. hkk says:

    As if whatever she is doing is some tried and true method *eyeroll* that will not under any circumstance produce an asshole
    What does that look like for a 2 year old? So strange…

  16. Beth says:

    Even good parents who try their hardest, can end up with asshole kids. It’s pretty normal for kids of rich and famous Hollywood families to end up being spoiled, trouble making assholes. Not giving Christmas presents won’t make all kids sweet angels

  17. Meg says:

    It’s funny that she doesn’t want to raise an asshole when she’s having kids with an asshole

  18. Harryg says:

    Unfortunately people tend to keep the personality they are born with. There are so many kids who are angels but have a monster sibling. Same upbringing. There’s only so much you can do.

  19. CamiAnn says:

    Ashton seems like a good guy, he got a bad rap cuz cheating on Demi but she’s a recovering nutcase…..missing teeth, doing whip its, bulimic…..I’d cheat too. Mila is awesome & he’s great with her…haters

  20. NoKiddingCats says:

    The definition of a-hole lies in the eyes of the beholder, Mila ( exhibit A: Your husband ). Also wondering if she sincerely believes any “normal” parent strives to raise their child as one?

  21. Lylia says:

    Hecate- That is the sweetest story about your kids. You have big hearted lil’ ones. You outright boast all you want. They are not going to turn out to be a-holes.

    I love Mila too. I love her children have a library card. That right there made me love her even more. I know everyone says Disney is the most magical place in the world. I am like “Dude have you never been to the library!”

    I am Russian. Yes, the holidays are austere. I come from a Gypsy family so it is very magical to us. I think American holidays are so commercialized now. The Winter holidays are so magical to me but when it is Christmas I am over it. It is so much give, give, give and who can up one. It seems so greedy.