Mila Kunis covers British Elle Magazine August 2012 for whom she gives a somewhat whiny and defensive interview when asked about her love life. She goes off on a few tangents, crossing names of the listicle not even mentioned by the interviewer. Before that, though, she was doing pretty well and she has a non-pretentious way of addressing and reconciling her own celebrity.
On preparing for the interview: “How much effort do I make? Well, I had a shower… before I came here! I apologise that I didn’t bother to wash my hair. I am really, honestly, not good at sexy.”
On being herself in interviews: “There’s a part of me that wants to be like everybody else and just adopt a persona that I think people would like. But I am who I am. I’m too lazy to try to be something that I’m not and that’s the truth. Otherwise, I would be perfect and sweet and ladylike and all the things that I want people to perceive me as. You lose all sense of yourself in that process, though. All these actresses constantly playing the part of themselves; they end up forgetting who they really are. I didn’t realise how many people go on talk shows and act a certain way, then you meet them and you’re like ‘What?’ As though it’s two different people, day and night. Aren’t you exhausted doing that for a living?”
On the fame game: “I want someone to tell my why I should play the game. I would get where I want to be easier and faster, but I think I would lose all respect for myself and I would lose all sense of reality. What’s the point of doing that? To try and play the game makes no sense to me because I don’t even understand what the hell the game is. Why bother? Because, at the end of the day, what is it that I’m fighting for? Fame, money, recognition… these are all things that make me sick.”
On celebrity: “I don’t need this attention to be happy. It’s actually a whole industry of rejection. People want the shiny stuff that comes with the job, but it can be rough. That’s the truth; I’m just the first to say it. It’s important that what I do and who I am are not the same thing.”
On why she never spoke about the defunct relationship with Macaulay Culkin: “Being settled so young really helped. You know, I wouldn’t take anything back in my life, not one thing. I think it all shaped me to be who I am today. There are things people know about, and there are things that the press doesn’t know about, and everything that did occur 100 percent shaped who I am. My ex-boyfriend, my family, my friends, everybody… The reason I’m able to have relationships is because I don’t talk about it.”
On Ashton Kutcher: “We hang out. We’ve known each other for 15 years. We have mutual friends. We’re comfortable with one another. That’s is, there’s no crazy love story, nothing more. I am very private and I’ve never commented on my personal life… I really am single. I don’t go out because when I do, everybody sees me. It’s not like I’m having illicit rendezvous because there’s no such thing as secret in my life. And by the way, Justin Timberlake is one of my best friends, to this day, okay? Friends, nothing else!”
On having to work hard to remain successful:“I always assume that people underestimate me. Why not? Why wouldn’t they? I have everything working against me at this point. I am a woman, I’m a child actress and I was on the television show for eight years. But I have worked really hard to prove them all wrong. It’s the stubborn side of me.”
On the difficulty of women to be funny is some men’s eyes: “There is a small, weird group of people who don’t like women being crude, but they need to get over that. Lots of men still don’t see women as funny.” - via British Elle Magazine.