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Milena "Mila" Kunis (born August 14, 1983), born as Milena Markivna Kunis ( , ), is an American actress. Her television work includes the role of Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show and the voice of Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy. She has also played roles in film, such as Rachel Jansen in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and as Mona Sax in Max Payne.

Early life

Kunis was born in Chernivtsimarker, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Unionmarker to a Jewish family. Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher and drug store manager, and her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer and cab company executive. She also has an older brother. Her family moved to Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, in 1991. Despite reports to the contrary, Kunis did not learn English from watching The Price Is Right. In Los Angeles, she attended Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School. She was mostly taught by an on-set tutor for her high school years while taping That '70s Show. When not on the set, she attended Fairfax Senior High School. She briefly attended Loyola Marymount Universitymarker in Los Angeles, California.

Career

Early career

At age nine, Kunis took acting classes after school at the Beverly Hillsmarker Studios, where she met her first and current manager Susan Curtis. She began appearing in print-ads, catalogs, and TV commercials for children's products like Lisa Frank products, Mattel's Barbie, and Payless Shoes. She also modeled for a Guess girls' clothing campaign. Her first TV role was as the young Hope Williams on an episode of the popular soap opera Days of our Lives. She had a minor role on 7th Heaven as Lucy's nemesis and supporting roles in Santa with Muscles, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, and the Angelina Jolie film Gia, as Gia Carangi's younger self, prior to her breakthrough role on That '70s Show.

Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the television series That '70s Show in 1998. During the auditions, all people auditioning for the roles in the show were required to be at least 18 years old, so Kunis told the casting staff at the audition that she was going to be 18 "on her birthday" not specifying to which birthday she was referring. She was actually 14 at the time of the audition and after receiving the part, she was able to continue in the role despite having misled the directors. She had been considered the best fit for the character and was thought to have been creative in her way of gaining the audition despite her age.

Family Guy

Kunis on a panel for Family Guy at the 2009 Comic Con in San Diego.
Kunis went in to the casting of an animated television sitcom called Family Guy created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series plot centers on a family called the Griffins, a dysfunctional family. The series starred MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Mike Henry. She auditioned for the character Meg Griffin, the teenage daughter of the three children from the series, she is frequently the butt of the family's jokes due to her homeliness and lack of popularity. Kunis won the role after auditions and a slight rewrite of the character, in part due to her performance on That '70s Show. MacFarlane called Kunis back after her first audition, instructing her to speak slower, and then told her to come back another time and enunciate more. Once she claimed that she had it under control, MacFarlane hired her.

Kunis described her character as "the scapegoat." She further explained, "Meg gets picked on a lot. But it's funny. It's like the middle child. She is constantly in the state of being an awkward 14-year-old, when you're kind of going through puberty and what-not. She's just in perpetual mode of humiliation. And it's fun." She replaced Lacey Chabert, who voiced Meg Griffin for the first production season (15 episodes).

Kunis was nominated for an Annie Award in the catagory of Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production in 2007. She also voiced Meg in the Family Guy Videogame.

Further career

She appeared in Get Over It opposite Kirsten Dunst. She starred in the straight-to-DVD horror film American Psycho 2 alongside William Shatner which was a sequel to the 2000 film American Psycho starring Christian Bale. She appeared in After Sex alongside Zoe Saldana as well as in Boot Camp and Moving McAllister alongside Jon Heder. Kunis' breakout movie performance was in the role of Rachel Jansen in the 2008 movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The performance won her rave reviews and a Teen Choice Award nomination. Also in 2008, she starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in the action movie Max Payne, portraying character Mona Sax. The film is based on the popular video game of the same name. In December 2008, Kunis was featured in Gap's "Shine Your Own Star" Christmas campaign with other celebrities such as Jennifer Hudson, Jason Bateman, Mary-Louise Parker, Jon Heder, and others.

In 2009, she starred alongside Ben Affleck and Jason Bateman in the comedy Extract. She has been confirmed to star alongside Denzel Washington in the action film The Book of Eli. She has also been confirmed to join the comedy Date Night starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell. She will also play Lilly, Natalie Portman's enemy, in Black Swan in late 2010.

Kunis was ranked #54 in Stuff's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002); Maxim named her #47 on its 2006 Hot 100 list. In 2008, she was ranked #81 on the Maxim Hot 100 list. She was also ranked #81 on the FHM U.S 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2008, although she is unranked in other FHM magazines from different nations. She is ranked #5 on Maxim's 2009 Hot 100 list. Kunis was also accredited to be one of the "most attractive geeks" in 2008 by Wired.com due to her much-publicized affinity for World of Warcraft.

Personal life

Kunis has been dating actor Macaulay Culkin since 2002. Although there have been rumors of the couple getting married, Kunis has denied this several times:

She has identified herself in interviews as a fan of the online computer game World of Warcraft and has received a certain amount of attention from the game's fan community as a result. She has not released what server she is in but says she is with her close friends in the Alliance. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she says she does not use voice chat with other players in response to claims that some people had recognized her voice.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1995 Make a Wish, Molly Melinda
Piranha Susie Grogan Television movie
1996 Santa with Muscles Sarah
1997 Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves Jill, Party Guest Direct-to-video
1998 Gia Gia at Age 11 Television movie
Krippendorf's Tribe Abbey Tournquist
Milo Martice Uncredited
2001 Get Over It Basin
2002 American Psycho 2 Rachael Direct-to-DVD
2004 Tony n' Tina's Wedding Tina
2005 Tom 51 Little Boy Matson also known as Tom Cool
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Meg Griffin (Voice) Direct-to-DVD
2007 After Sex Nikki
Moving McAllister Michelle
Boot Camp Sophie
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Rachel Jansen
Max Payne Mona Sax
2009 Extract Cindy
2010 The Book of Eli Solara post-production
Date Night TBD post-production
Black Swan Lilly filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994–1995 Baywatch Anne
Bonnie
Episodes: "Aftershock"
"Hot Stuff"
1995 The John Larroquette Show Lucy 1 episode
Hudson Street Devon 1 episode
1996 Unhappily Ever After Chloe 1 episode
1996–1997 Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Anna-Maria Del Bono 5 episodes
7th Heaven Ashley 4 episodes
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Pepper Episode: "Last Hope"
1998 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Jessie Kerwood 1 episode
1998–2006 That '70s Show Jackie Burkhart 200 episodes
2002 Get Real Taylor Vaughn 2 episodes
2002 MADtv Daisy 1 episode
2004 Grounded for Life Lana Episodes: "Space Camp Oddity"
"The Policy of Truth"
2000–present Family Guy Meg Griffin (Voice) 114 episodes
2005–present Robot Chicken Various (Voice) 10 episodes
2009 The Cleveland Show Meg Griffin (Voice) 1 episode


Music videos
Year Title Artist
1999 "In The Street" Cheap Trick
2000 "The Itch" Vitamin C
2001 "Rock and Roll All Nite" KISS
2002 "Jaded" Aerosmith
2003 "The End Has No End" The Strokes
2008 "LA Girls" Mams Taylor feat. Joel Madden


Video games
Year Title Role
2006 Saints Row Tanya Winters (Voice)
Family Guy Video Game! Meg Griffin (Voice)


Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result
1999 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Ensemble That '70s Show
YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series
2000 Teen Choice Award TV – Choice Actress
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Ensemble
YoungStar Award Best Young Actress/Performance in a Comedy TV Series
2001 Teen Choice Award TV – Choice Actress
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Leading Young Actress
2002 Teen Choice Award TV – Choice Actress
Young Hollywood Award One to Watch – Female
2003 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress – Comedy
2004 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress – Comedy
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice – TV Actress: Comedy
2006 Teen Choice Award TV – Choice Actress: Comedy
2007 Annie Award Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Family Guy
2008 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Breakout Female Forgetting Sarah Marshall
2009 Guys Choice Awards Hottest Mila N/A
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure Max Payne


Notes

  1. Ukrainian Jews, Bible Discovered
  2. Міла Куніс зіграє у трилері ”Чорний лебідь”, Gazeta.ua (August 13, 2009)
  3. http://www.nj.com/celebrity-news/index.ssf/2009/09/mila_kunis_i_dont_rely_on_bein.html
  4. http://www.pxdrive.com/album/MILA+KUNIS_pictures_zbcrpic/


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