Milena “Mila” Markovna Kunis is born August 14, 1983 in Chernivtsi, in Ukraine. Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher who runs a pharmacy, and her father, Mark, is a mechanical engineer who works as a cab driver. Mila has an elder brother named Michael. In 1991, when she was seven years old, her family moved to Los Angeles, California, with only $250 because they saw “no future” there for Kunis and her brother. Kunis comes from a Jewish family and has cited antisemitism in the former Soviet Union as one of several reasons for her family’s move to the United States. In Los Angeles, she attended Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School and Fairfax High School, from which she graduated in 2001. She briefly attended UCLA and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
At age nine, Kunis was enrolled by her father in acting classes at the Beverly Hills Studios, where she met Susan Curtis, who would become her manager. On her first audition she landed the role for a Barbie commercial. She did a commercial for the Lisa Frank product line. Her first television roles took place in 1994, first appearing on Days of Our Lives, and a few months later doing her first of two appearances on Baywatch. She had a minor role on 7th Heaven. In 1996, she played in Santa with Muscles, and in 1997, she appeared in Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. In 1998, she was the young Gia Carangi in the Angelina Jolie TV Movie Gia.
In 1998, Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say when. Though they eventually figured it out, the producers still thought Kunis was the best fit for the role. That ’70s Show ran for eight seasons. She won two consecutive Young Star Awards as Best Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series in 1999 and 2000 for her performances. In 1999, Mila replaced Lacey Chabert in the role of Meg Griffin on the animated sitcom Family Guy, created by Seth MacFarlane. In 2001, she appeared in Get Over It opposite Kirsten Dunst. She followed that up in 2002, by starring in the horror film American Psycho 2, a sequel to the 2000 film American Psycho.
In 2004, Kunis starred in the film adaptation Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. In 2005, Kunis co-starred with Jon Heder in Moving McAllister, which was not released theatrically until 2007. The film received generally poor reviews and had a limited two-week run in theaters. She followed up with After Sex. In October 2006, she began filming Boot Camp, which was released on DVD on August 25, 2009. In 2007, Kunis participated in a video for the website Funny or Die appearing alongside James Franco. The video was a parody of the MTV show The Hills and was a huge success for the website, with well over one million views. Mila starred as Rachel Jansen in the 2008 comedy film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, co-starred with Jason Segel and Kristen Bell. Also in 2008, Kunis portrayed Mona Sax, an assassin, alongside Mark Wahlberg in the action film Max Payne, based on the video game of the same name.
In 2009, she appeared in the comedy film Extract with Ben Affleck and Jason Bateman. The film grossed $10.8 million at the box office. In 2010, she starred alongside Denzel Washington in the action film The Book of Eli. Kunis received another Teen Choice Award nomination for her performance. Kunis was also cast in a minor role in the 2010 comedy film Date Night, starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell. Kunis was nominated for multiple awards, including her first Golden Globe, for the 2010 film Black Swan. She played a rival ballet dancer to the main character, played by Natalie Portman. Kunis’s performance won her the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, and earned her Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. At the 37th annual Saturn Awards, she was also honored with the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance.
In 2011, Kunis was cast alongside Justin Timberlake in the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits. GQ magazine named Kunis the Knockout of the Year for 2011. In 2012, she co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in Ted, directed and co-written by Seth MacFarlane. Same year, Christian Dior signed Mila to be the face of its Spring fashion campaign and Esquire magazine named her 2012’s Sexiest Woman Alive. In February 2013, she was named Gemfields global brand ambassador and the face of their advertising campaign. Gemfields is a luxury company that produces emeralds, rubies, and amethysts. Same year, Kunis played Theodora, opposite James Franco, in the Walt Disney Pictures’ prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful. She dedicated her performance in the film to Margaret Hamilton, the original Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film. Also in 2013 Kunis co-starred in the crime thriller Blood Ties with Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, and Marion Cotillard. Kunis was also cast in the comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, alongside Robin Williams.In 2013, she played in The Paul Haggis-directed film Third Person, with Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde and James Franco. In 2014, Kunis appeared in a range of global advertising for Beam, Inc. (makers of Jim Beam bourbon).
In 2014, Kunis co-starred with Channing Tatum in the sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending, directed by the Wachowskis, and released on February 6, 2015 (US). Kunis is set to be an executive producer for a feminist-themed TV series for the CW network. Meridian Hills, is a drama about the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s. Kunis began dating her former That ’70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher in April 2012. After they became engaged in February 2014, she gave birth to their daughter, Wyatt Isabelle, on October 1, 2014. In 2016, Kunis played Amy Mitchell in the comedy ‘Bad Moms‘.