“I don’t think it’s true that blondes have more fun… Trust me, it is not true!” (Mila Kunis, 2010’s)
Milena “Mila” Markovna Kunis (born August 14, 1983) is one of the hottest, young American actresses on the Hollywood scene. Though appearing in several television series and commercials beforehand, her first breakthrough role was playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series “That ’70s Show”. A year later, she was cast as the voice of Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy. Now having starred in a variety of movies, she is virtually a Hollywood A-Lister and the current “it” girl on the red carpet, all before turning 30.
Kunis moved from the Ukraine at the age of seven to Los Angeles with her family. Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher who runs a pharmacy, and her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer who works as a cab driver. Kunis has a brother, Michael, who is six years older than she. She stated in 2011 that her parents had “amazing jobs”, and that the family was “very lucky” and “not poor”; they had decided to leave the USSR because they saw “no future” there for Kunis and her brother. In 1991, when the family moved to LA, all they brought with them was $250, as quoting her, “… that was all we were allowed to take with us. My parents had given up good jobs and degrees, which were not transferable. We arrived in New York on a Wednesday and by Friday morning my brother and I were at school in LA.” Kunis is Jewish and has cited antisemitism in the former Soviet Union as also being one of several reasons for her family’s move to the United States. She has said that her parents “raised [her] Jewish as much as they could,” although religion was suppressed in the Soviet Union, which is quite well-known and understood for many Jews from the former USSR.
Enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered. In terms of films, her breakout role came in 2008, playing Rachel Jansen in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”. Subsequent film roles included Mona Sax in “Max Payne”, Solara in “The Book of Eli”, Jamie in “Friends with Benefits”, and Lori in “Ted”. Her performance as Lily in “Black Swan” gained her worldwide accolades, including receiving the Premio Marcello Mastroianni for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, and nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Having some experience modelling already, her beauty earned her being signed as the face of the Christian Dior fashion campaign earlier this year (2012). As we at Vered Optical see it, she looks pretty good in all kinds of vintage-style and new eyewear, too.