Birth Name: Milena Markovna Kunis
Birth Date: August 14, 1983
Birth Place: Kiev, Ukraine
Height: 5' 3"
Quote: "Blondes definitely do not have more fun. Trust me."
Mila Kunis was born Milena Markovna Kunis on August 14, 1983 in Kiev, Ukraine. Her father, Mark, was a mechanical engineer, and her mother, Elvira, was a physics teacher. Mila's brother, Mike, is a biochemist. At the time of Mila's birth, Ukraine still formed part of the Soviet Union, and political turmoil surrounded Mila throughout her childhood years. In 1990, Ukraine gained its sovereignty, and the Kunis parents moved to Los Angeles, seeking a more stable environment in which to raise their children. Relocation to the West brought with it abrupt changes, and the Kunis family was forced to shed their former professions (to this day Mark continues to work as the president of a cab company and Elvira as a drugstore manager). Mila and her brother were enrolled in a local public school, where they began to learn English through immersion. Mila honed her conversational skills further through watching television; the game show The Price is Right proved particularly helpful to Mila, as host Bob Barker spoke slowly enough for her to consistently pick up on what he was saying.
At the age of nine, her father registered her in after-school acting classes at the Beverly Hills Studio. Mila took to acting quickly, and acting took to her. At one of the Studio's public showcases, Mila was approached by entertainment manager Susan Curtis, who offered to take her on. Soon thereafter, Mila made her debut national television appearances: first, on a Payless ShoeSource commercial, and then on an episode of the daytime soap Days of Our Lives.
Over the next several years leading up to 1998, Mila made appearances in a diverse collection of productions. Guest spots on television programs Baywatch, Walker, Texas Ranger and 7th Heaven were accompanied by a bit role in the 1998 Richard Dreyfuss comedy Krippendorf's Tribe. She also appeared in the 1995 made-for-TV movie Piranha, 1997's Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves and the 1996 Hulk Hogan vehicle, Santa with Muscles. The young Mila was also the focus of a Guess? clothing ad campaign.
Mila's break as an actress came in 1998, when she was cast as the young Gia in the HBO film of the same name (Angelina Jolie played the adult version of the character). The broadcast was well received, and Mila made the jump from bit actor to a familiar face in the entertainment industry. That same year, she auditioned for a part on a new Fox series, Teenage Wasteland. Although she was only 14 at the time (she told the producers she was 18), Mila won the part of the character Jackie, on the show that would be renamed That '70s Show.
That '70s Show went on to great success. In spite of the recognition her work had brought her, Mila continued to attend part-time classes at her local school, Fairfax Senior High School, sitting alongside students from the nearby Inglewood and South Central L.A. neighborhoods. She graduated from Fairfax in 2001, the same year that she appeared alongside Kirsten Dunst and Sisqo in the teenie hit movie Get Over It and in the video for Aerosmith's single "Jaded."
In 1999, Mila won the part for the voice of Meg Griffin on the hit cartoon, Family Guy. In 2002, Mila appeared opposite William Shatner in American Psycho II: All American Girl, playing the lead role of Rachelle Newman, a purported Patrick Bateman survivor.
Mila Kunis Filmography
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2007)
Boot Camp (2007) .... Sophie
Moving McAllister (2007) .... Michelle
After Sex (2007) .... Nikki
"Robot Chicken" .... Various Voices (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
- Veggies for Sloth (2006) TV Episode (voice) .... Betty Cooper
- Federated Resources (2006) TV Episode (voice)
- The Sack (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... Susan
- Badunkadunk (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... Pyramid Contestant/Various
- Gold Dust Gasoline (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... Susan the Unicron/3rd Grader
Family Guy (2006) (VG) (voice) .... Meg Griffin
Saints Row (2006) (VG) (voice) .... Tanya
Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin - The Untold Story (2005) (V) (voice) .... Meg Griffin/Additional Voices
Tom 51 (2005)
"Grounded for Life"
- The Policy of Truth (2004) TV Episode .... Lana
- Space Camp Odditty (2004) TV Episode .... Lana
Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding (2004) .... Tina
- Episode 8.7 (2002) TV Episode .... Daisy
Seaside Survivor (2002) (TV) .... Host
... aka MTV's Seaside Survivor (USA: complete title)
American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002) (V) .... Rachael Newman
... aka American Psycho 2 (USA: short title)
Get Over It (2001) .... Basin
... aka Get Over It! (USA: promotional title)
"Family Guy" .... Meg Griffin (1999 - )
... aka Padre de familia (USA: Spanish title)
- Tested (2000) TV Episode .... Taylor Vaughn
- The Last Weekend (????) TV Episode .... Taylor Vaughn
"That '70s Show" .... Jackie Burkhart (1998 - 2006)
Milo (1998) (uncredited) .... Martice
Krippendorf's Tribe (1998) .... Abbey Tournquist
Gia (1998) (TV) .... Gia at Age 11
"Pensacola: Wings of Gold"
- Company Town (1998) TV Episode .... Jessie Kerwood
"7th Heaven" .... Ashley
... aka 7th Heaven: Beginnings (USA: rerun title)
... aka Seventh Heaven
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997) (V) .... Jill, Party Guest
"Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher" .... Anna-Maria Del Bono
"Walker, Texas Ranger"
- Last Hope (1997) TV Episode .... Pepper
Santa with Muscles (1996) .... Sarah
"Unhappily Ever After"
... aka Unhappily...
- In the Stars (1996) TV Episode .... Chloe
... aka Baywatch Hawaii (USA: new title)
- Hot Stuff (1995) TV Episode .... Bonnie
- Aftershock (1994) TV Episode .... Anne
- Here's Just Looking at You, Kid (1995) TV Episode .... Devon
Piranha (1995) (TV) .... Susie Grogan
... aka Roger Corman Presents Piranha
Make a Wish, Molly (1995) .... Melinda
"The John Larroquette Show"
... aka Larroquette (USA: promotional abbreviation)
- The Defiant One (1995) TV Episode .... Lucy
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