Mila Kunis: Snapshot

Name
Mila Kunis
Date of Birth
August 14, 1983
Birth Place
Chernivsti, Ukraine
Mila Kunis has come a long way since her bell-bottom heyday in That '70s Show, carving out her own place in Hollywood as the sexy yet funny raven-haired girl-next-door.

Kunis, who emigrated from Ukraine to Los Angeles at age 7, began her Hollywood career with commercial success pitching for brands like Barbie and Payless. At 14, she time-traveled into stardom as Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show, before going on to voice Meg Griffin on Family Guy and cracking up movie audiences in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

But it wasn't until Kunis dropped 20 lbs. and got en pointe opposite Natalie Portman for Black Swan that the actress earned critical acclaim and her first Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. More success followed with box office hits Oz the Great and Powerful and Ted before Kunis hit a personal milestone in 2014, getting engaged to former That '70s Show costar Ashton Kutcher. The couple is also expecting their first child.

Mila Kunis:From the PEOPLE TV Archive

Mila Kunis: Five Fun Facts

  1. Mila Kunis grew up on the set of That '70s Show, where costar Wilmer Valderrama taught her how to drive and Danny Masterson "took me to my first club and bought me my first drink. He was my prom date too."
  2. Mila Kunis didn't like her appearance after losing 20 lbs. for Black Swan. "I looked like Gollum from Lord of the Rings! Everything was just protruding," she said of her ballerina figure.
  3. After immigrating to Los Angeles from Ukraine at age 7, Mila Kunis taught herself to speak fluent English from watching The Price Is Right. "I watched a lot of television and learned a lot that way," she told PEOPLE.
  4. Mila Kunis can legitimately claim to be the young Angelina Jolie – she played the teen version of the A-lister in Gia. "They were like, 'What did we put you in?!'" Kunis told Esquire of her parents' reaction after seeing the graphic movie.
  5. Of her breakout role in 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Mila Kunis had to act opposite a naked Jason Segel – an experience she looks back on with fondness. "I have nothing but good things to say about Jason Segel's penis," she told GQ.

Mila Kunis: Biography

1991

January

Hello, Hollywood!

At 7, Mila Kunis emigrates with her family (parents Mark and Elvira and older brother Michael) from their native Ukraine to Los Angeles. Though it's a rough start for the non-English-speaking Kunis, she eventually becomes fluent – and her parents enroll her in a children's acting program. "We thought it would be a great way for Mila to meet some new friends," her mom later tells PEOPLE.

1992

Mila Kunis

What a Doll!

While studying at the Beverly Hills Studio, Kunis, 9, meets Susan Curtis, the woman who manages her career to this day. "My parents told her, 'Listen, we can't afford headshots; we can't afford anything. We can't take her to auditions because we work full-time,'" she says of her early career. "[Curtis] said, 'Don’t worry. I’ll fix everything,' and she did." Soon the photogenic newcomer appears in ads and TV commercials for Barbie, Lisa Frank products and Payless shoes.

1998

Mila Kunis

August 23

Time Travel

At 14, Kunis stars as snobby Jackie Burkhart in That '70s Show, with Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, Danny Masterson and Laura Prepon. The series, which becomes the second longest-running sitcom on FOX, makes Kunis, for better or worse, a household name. "Kids come up with magazines and ask me to sign them," she says of her classmates at Fairfax High. "When I'm trying to fit in, that doesn't help."

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Kathy Hutchins/Hutchins

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Courtesy FOX

Edited by Julia Wang

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