Mila Kunis Movies
A petite actress with olive skin and pixie features, Russian-born Mila Kunis
became a breakout teen star on the FOX sitcom That '70s Show
, playing spoiled daddy's girl Jackie Burkhardt. The rare 15-year-old actress to be cast as a 15-year-old character, Kunis
also demonstrated her maturity by mastering accent-free English only a few years after immigrating. Her command of slang and teen vocal mannerisms won her work even when her appearance was not being utilized, as she voiced another all-American teen on FOX's animated envelope-pusher, Family Guy.
Milena Markovna Kunis
was born on August 14, 1983 in Kiev, Ukraine, then moved with her parents to Los Angeles when she was seven years old. Kunis
credits listening to the simple vocabulary of Bob Barker on The Price Is Right with helping her develop a speedy fluency in English. She enrolled in acting classes at the Beverly Hills Studio, where she was discovered performing in a showcase. She quickly began appearing in commercials. Kunis
filled out her early resumé with such pit stops as Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
(1997), Krippendorf's Tribe
(1998), and the infamous WB ratings cellar-dweller Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher (1996).
She also played a younger version of Angelina Jolie
in the HBO movie Gia
(1998). But it was her casting in Mark Brazill
's That '70s Show
that earned Kunis
notice, as her petulant teen queen soon became a standout, able to range from endearing to grating. Her aggravated whining rung true enough to earn her a voice-over role on Family Guy, taking over for Lacey Chabert
as Megan Griffin during the 2000 season. As the 2000's roled along, however, Kunis would seem to graduate to the ranks of adult actresses, rather than teen starlets, in seemingly the blink of an eye. Her comic turn in 2008's massively successful comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall kicked off Kunis' new style, followed quickly by roles as a femme fatale in 2008's Max Payne, a seductive grifter in 2009's Extract, and a post apocalyptic heroine in 2010's Book of Eli. 2010 would also find her playing opposite Natalie Portman's Oscar winning performance in Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller The Black Swan. Though her supporting role offered less opportunity to showcase her talents than her costar's did, Kunis was roundly praised for the skill and presence she brought to the production -- not to mention her commitment to transforming her body for her character, training for months in ballet -- all further cementing her reputation as a serious actress.
Kunis would spend the next several years appearing in numerous projects, like Friends with Benefits, The Muppets, and Ted.
~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi
- Add That '70s Show: Season 02 to Queue
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The second season of That '70s Show finds Lisa Robin Kelly becoming a regular in the heretofore recurring role of Laurie Forman, irresponsible sister of 1970s Wisconsin high schooler Eric Forman (Topher Grace). Having moved back into her parents' home after flunking out of college, Laurie has been dallying sexually with Eric's friend Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), who in turn has been hiding these dalliances from his girlfriend, Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis). In addition to Eric, Laurie, and their parents, Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp), another of Eric's friends, the scruffy Steve Hyde (Danny Masterson) has been living in the Forman home ever since his mom deserted him. Throughout season two, Eric's romance with his lifelong friend (and next-door neighbor) Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon) waxes and wanes, then heats up considerably, causing Kitty to have a nervous breakdown when she discovers that Eric and Donna are having sex. In other developments, Laurie briefly causes her parents grief when she moves in with a married guy; Red Forman sells Eric's beloved Vista Cruiser as an indirect result of a serving of Hyde's "hash brownies"; unemployed throughout much of the season, Red lands a job as a supermarket manager, only to find himself the boss of his own son Eric; the marriage of Donna's parents, Bob (Don Stark) and Midge (Tanya Roberts), continues to disintegrate; and Eric's exchange-student pal, Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), remains a virgin, despite his most strenuous efforts to alter this condition. The season ends on a cliffhanger, as Hyde takes the rap when Jackie is caught with a stash of pot. ~ Rovi
- Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, (more)
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The first season of That '70s Show largely took place in 1976, though references to Saturday Night Fever and Star Wars in the course of the season's 25 episodes indicated that there had been some incursion into 1977 territory (the series also quietly moved from a Sunday- to a Monday-night slot in mid-season). The action occurred in Point Place, WI, not far from Green Bay. The plots revolved around the exploits of a group of high-school juniors, led by the impulsive Eric Forman (Topher Grace). Usually found hanging out in the Forman basement, Eric's cohorts included his next-door-neighbor, childhood friend, and latterly sweetheart, foxy redhead Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon); his best buds Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), the archetypal "dumb hunk," and Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson), conspiracy theorist supreme; Kelso's spoiled-brat girlfriend, Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis); and Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), a naïve and extremely pliable foreign-exchange student. There was also a full complement of grown-ups, foremost among them Eric's dad, Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith), who had a very low opinion of his son's friends and lifestyle, and Eric's mom, Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp), who wasn't quite as ditzy as she seemed (no one could be!). Both of the Formans worked: Red had a factory job which was downsized early in the season, while Kitty was a nurse. Next door to the Formans were Donna's parents, Bob and Midge Pinciotti (Don Stark, Tanya Roberts). Bob owned an appliance store where the semi-laid-off Red was occasionally employed as a clerk, while Midge was a stay-at-home wife and mother who was bored out of her gourd. Seen on a recurring basis was another "older" character, Eric's sister, Laurie (Lisa Robin Kelly), a freshman at the University of Wisconsin. As the season progressed, Bob and Midge Pinciotti drifted toward separation and divorce; Hyde's single mom (played in one episode by Katey Sagal) deserted him, prompting the boy to move in with Eric; and Laurie flunked out of school, came home, and tentatively began a sexual relationship with doltish Kelso. Although That '70s Show did not crack the Top 20 ratings-wise during its maiden season, the series was one of the most popular offerings of the Fox network. It also earned an Outstanding Costume Design Emmy award for the entry titled "That Disco Episode." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
- Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, (more)
Penurious but muscle-bound Blake Thorne (famed wrestler turned actor Hulk Hogan) has made a vast fortune marketing health food and health supplements. He once was a nice fellow, but as his wealth increases, he becomes increasingly self-centered and decadent. One day, he gets in a great paint-gun fight that goes too far. Blake escapes the cops by running into a shopping mall, quickly donning a Santa Suit and pretending to be St. Nick. A head injury causes Blake to suffer amnesia, and an opportunistic "elf" decides to convince Blake that he is indeed Santa. This leads "Santa" to help save an orphanage, filled with adorable moppets, from the machinations of a greedy, insane doctor. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
- Hulk Hogan, Ed Begley, Jr., (more)