Mila Kunis covers Harper’s Bazaar April 2012 as photographed by Terry Richardson. Yes, another cover under harsh light by Uncle Terry. Except this one’s not quite as perverted or creepy as some of his shoots, so let’s just run with it. It’s a nice photo shoot, although a little samey with the lack of variation in the backdrop.
The interview is also good. It’s interesting and insightful; what feels like a rarity with this kind of magazine where boilerplates are the name of the day. Kunis admits to being a loner and homebody who’s never asked out following the break-up of an eight-year relationship.
On Black Swan: “I honestly thought, ‘This is going to be a Darren Aronofsky movie. Maybe people will see it, maybe they won’t.’ I didn’t for one second think, ‘I’m making a movie about ballerinas. People are gonna run to see this.’ [Before Black Swan] I had anonymity,” she says. “Right now, not nearly as much.”
On moving to Los Angeles from the Ukraine at seven, speaking not a word of English: “We came with nothing, and my parents had to work for everything,” she recalls. “The easygoing aspect of me comes from the fact that when you have nothing, you have nothing to lose.”
On her parents not supporting her choice to act: “If it was up to my parents, I would have never done this,” she says of acting, “but now I’m 28, so what can they do?”
On whether she makes friends easily: “No. It’s hard to open up to people because often they’re more curious than they actually care about you.”
On whether she’s paranoid about people’s intentions: “Yes. Incredibly.”
On whether her phone was hacked: “No, my e-mail that hasn’t been valid in over three years was hacked. They got a photo of me. I’m not naked or anything. I was covered in bubbles, eating.”
On how she’s not actually been hacked: “Well, I don’t send naked photos… [laughs] Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
On being hacked by the same man as was Scarlett Johansson: “The sad thing is, she shouldn’t even have to explain who it’s for.”
On her work schedule: “I can do it now because I’m in my 20s,” Mila says of her punishing schedule. “I don’t think I can do it much longer, physically. I am very much a creature of habit, and I have no life consistency. None.”
On whether she gets asked out: “I don’t get asked out. This past year, I haven’t been home, so who’s going to ask me?”
On her last serious boyfriend, Macaulay Culkin, whom she dated for eight years, until 2010: ”It was fantastic,” she says. “I mean, I honestly think being single’s great. Being in a relationship’s great. It’s all about the timing. I loved it.”
On her social life: “I don’t go out very often. I prefer to stay home and have a nice little beverage and watch television.”
On cooking: ”I can make anything out of leftovers. I want to be a judge on Top Chef.”
On her workout. She works out with a trainer three times a week, mostly because that enables her to keep eating and drinking: “My glass of wine and I are besties.”
On Black Swan changing her body type: “[My body] has never been the same [after losing 20 lbs]. My shape is different. When I got down to 95 pounds, I was muscles, like a little brick house, but skin and bones. When I gained it back, it went to completely different areas.” Bigger butt? “No, I’d be happy if my ass got bigger. All the weight that left my chest went to my side hip, my stomach.” She’s wary of another role that would require a body transformation. “I’m not going to say I’d look forward to it, but if an offer came along, I’d do it.”
On ageing: “I will not put a needle in my body unless I have a medical reason,” she says, “but ask me in 10 years. Right now, I’m like, ‘I’m going to embrace it,’ but… I’m probably going to want to have something done. I have no doubt.”
On her looks: “People have interpretations of what you’re supposed to be like,” she says. “If you’re unattractive and overweight, you must have a great personality. If you’re attractive, then you must not be the nicest person. People are always taken aback that I’m easygoing but not necessarily stupid.”
On whether she’s comfortable being a sex symbol: Mila smiles indulgently, and in a nanosecond replies, “Nope.” – via Harper’s Bazaar Magazine.