Mila Kunis Is Shifting from Being a ‘Bad Mom’ to Saving the World in The Spy Who Dumped Me
Arriving in the US from Soviet Ukraine in 1991 at the age of 8, actress Mila Kunis has made it a long way from those torturous days of second grade, knowing no English and struggling in school. Thank goodness, her father had the vision to enroll her in acting classes after school as a way for her to learn the English language. And apparently Mila was a fast learner, as she started snagging small roles in television and commercials almost immediately.
Her big break didn’t arrive until 1998 when the then 14-year-old secured the role of Jackie Burkhart in That ’70s Show (even though she told the producers and casting agents she was soon to be 18.) Shortly after securing that full-time gig, Kunis also began doing voiceover work when she secured the role of Meg Griffin in the Seth McFarlane/Fox Broadcasting Company animated series Family Guy.
In 2008, Kunis landed the role of hotel concierge Rachel, opposite Jason Segel, in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, jumpstarting her career move to the big screen. In 2010, Kunis acted herself right into the stratosphere, becoming critically acclaimed and receiving nominations for both a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress, playing opposite Natalie Portman in Black Swan. In 2011, Kunis was perfectly cast in a romantic comedy, playing opposite Justin Timberlake in Friends with Benefits, which also managed to showcase her “Jackie-esque” demeanor all over again. Deciding to test out her comedy chops again, Kunis played opposite Mark Wahlberg in the hilariously politically incorrect yet fan-favorite film Ted in 2012.
Jump forward to 2016. Now as a new mother of two with actor/hubby Aston Kutcher, Kunis decided to take on a role/title that most mothers try to avoid at all costs—playing opposite Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn and Christina Applegate—as Amy in Bad Moms. Just as expected, Kunis brought her endearing likability to this role too, making even her playing something bad seem really good!
So, what’s up next for this Ukrainian beauty on the big screen? Well, lucky for us, Kunis is ready to showcase her comedic genius and sweet-girl charm once again in Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me.
Kunis plays Audrey, the sweet and innocent ex-girlfriend of CIA Operative Drew (Justin Theroux), who has kept his spy games under wraps—until now. But when Audrey and best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon) find themselves drug into Drew’s international espionage, it seems it’s up to them to put on their big-girl panties and go save the world! And from the looks of the trailer, you won’t want to miss Kunis in this action-packed comedy, scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, Aug. 3.