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mila kunis (interview from 2001)

Lindzi.com: Tell me a little about your character on That 70's Show.

Mila Kunis: I play Jackie who is a cool character. She is the spoiled one out of the bunch. She's always perky and wants to go out. My character has really progressed a lot since last season in the way she looks upon things and people. Jackie matured. She started out as a little kid not knowing what to do or what she wanted. Recently, she stopped following people and, almost, tells people what to do now. Kelsey [her boyfriend] would cheat on her and she'd look the other way. Now she's gone her own way. She's very strong, a little stubborn, a little ditzy, but overall she's great.

Lindzi.com: Is Jackie anything like you?

Mila Kunis: In many ways she is and in many many she's not -- mostly she's not anything like me. I'm a very stubborn person and Jackie is, as well. So, that's one quality we have in common.

Lindzi.com: Can you tell me a little about the upcoming season?

Mila Kunis: I wish I could answer that question! I don't know anything about the episodes. We have a really cool Halloween episode coming up. As of our last season finale, all of us were grounded. So, there's an episode where we try to sneak out.

Lindzi.com: Do you have a particular favorite episode?

Mila Kunis: My favorite episode would be the one where I blew up like a big balloon. It was titled "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Lindzi.com: Do you think being in this industry has forced you to grow up quicker?

Mila Kunis: I definitely think I matured a little quicker than the normal teen. I started out when I was nine. Most of the films I've done were with adults rather than little kids. I grew up because I had responsibilities. I have to wake up for work, study my lines, go to school; so I have more responsibilities than the normal kid. I don't think anything out there is harder than handling both school and That 70's Show. So far, it's hard, but it's a challenge. It's fun. I get tutored. I go to a regular public school. I can't complain about what I do... so many people would love to do what I do.

Lindzi.com: What do kids at your public school think of all this?

Mila Kunis: Unfortunately, when I started attending the school, the show had already started airing so people knew me as "that girl from That 70's Show." It's a little hard because they'd be like, "Oh, she's on TV." People always stereotype actresses only because they've never been acquainted with one. I have friends there who have opened up a little to me. My true friends I still have from before high school. I don't go to high school to socialize. I go to learn.

Lindzi.com: If you could bring any item from the 70's to the millennium, what would it be? The style?

Mila Kunis: No, no, no. Not the style... the bell bottoms have already come back and left again! {after much thought} Shag carpeting... that thick carpeting that's really comfortable. Your toes can sink into it. It comes in ugly colors. I don't think I'd ever actually purchase it, but I definitely think it should come back.

Lindzi.com: What's the cast like?

Mila Kunis: They're all great. We're a big family. I mean, we're together for nine hours out of the day, every day. When I started the show, I was fourteen. The only person I was close with was Laura. I'm seventeen now and Laura's nineteen so we're close to the same age. They all saw me as the little sister and I still am!

Lindzi.com: Do you guys hang out after your finished taping?

Mila Kunis: Friday nights we'll go bowling or out to a 24 hour diner or something.

Lindzi.com: Kissing Ashton... take it from there!

Mila Kunis: Kissing Ashton.... {giggles} is... a lot of fun! When I auditioned for [the show], I was just like, "Oh, I wonder what guy I'll get to kiss." He's a great kisser!

Lindzi.com: What was it like hanging at MTV's Beach House last summer?

Mila Kunis: {laughs} Oh my gawd! They're so loud so you feel like you have to scream over them even though you have a mic in your hands. It's nuts up there! It was the greatest thing. The audience was so loud and obnoxious.... it was fun! However, it was really cold. We had to act like it was a typical summer, but in San Diego it hadn't gotten hot or sunny yet and we had to wear little summer outfits.

Lindzi.com: Tell me a little about your new movie, Get Over It.

Mila Kunis: Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, and Sisqo are in it. It's like a A Mid Summer Night's Dream. Sisqo plays my love interest. Ben plays Kirsten's love interest and I play Kirsten's best friend. Sisqo likes me through out the movie, but I don't like him and through out the whole movie. Kirsten likes Ben and he doesn't like her. It's a romantic comedy. Meanwhile, A Mid Summer Night's Dream is intertwined within the movie as the school's play.

Lindzi.com: What was it like working with Kirsten and Sisqo?

Mila Kunis: Oh, it's so much fun! I was looking forward to working with Kirsten because she's one of my good friends. But... Sisqo... I was like, "Oh my gawd -- I'm gonna work with the Thong God!" That was all that was going through my head! I didn't know what to do... I didn't know what he'd be like. As it turns out, he's the sweetest guy. He's like a little boy. I thought he'd be all hard like, "Yo. Wassup?" but no! He's a good little boy... and a great actor! So good at what he does. He had to fly out every week to Japan & London. It was amazing what he had to do.

Lindzi.com: What's your take on all these young starlets who are trying to shed their good girl image?

Mila Kunis: If that's what they want to do than that's what they should do. I can't judge them for that. However, I don't think I have a good girl image. I don't think I have a bad girl image. I just go with the flow. Whatever comes my way. If the script looks good and doesn't look like it'll ruin my career, I'll do it. All these teens who are doing the racy Rolling Stone covers, it's generating publicity. Bad publicity is always good publicity. I don't think I would ever, personally, but I won't knock those who are.

Lindzi.com: What's the craziest thing you've done with friends?

Mila Kunis: What's not crazy? Everything we do is so dumb. We'll go swimming at two o'clock in the morning on a December night. It could be freezing outside and we'll still jump in with all of our clothes on. Then we all get sick! Or, like, all of us are getting together at my friends house next Saturday and we'll probably just run around the neighborhood screaming in our scooters. We all just bought scooters. We're scooter friends.

Lindzi.com: What's something you've learned about yourself within the past year?

Mila Kunis: Wow, these questions really require some thought! Ummm, that I'm a really good driver. Have no fear, when you see me on the road you don't have to pull over -- I am a good driver! I just started a year ago so that's what I've discovered.

Lindzi.com: Do you have any celeb crushes?

Mila Kunis: Doesn't everybody? That's one of the most common things! I'm not gonna say who! God forbid they ever read this and I have to meet them -- nuh uh! That would be funny. It always comes back to them. I said it one time. It was like a little line, "Oh yeah -- Mila has a crush on so-in-so," and I ended up meeting him. I turned so red. I almost died.

Lindzi.com: What's the dating scene like for you?

Mila Kunis: Unfortunately I don't have time for dating. If I meet a guy I like we'll hang out, but there's no serious dating. I have school and I have my career. I don't have time for it.

Lindzi.com: Do you think guys are intimated by the fact you're an actress?

Mila Kunis: I don't know why, but I could see that happening. Mostly the guys I meet are in the industry and are pretty self confident. That's the difference in dating an actor and non-actor. Usually I'll meet these non actors who I'm so attracted to, but they'll be really shy. I guess they're a little intimidated.

Lindzi.com: Are you ever shy yourself?

Mila Kunis: I can be very shy. Depends on the circumstance... like if I'm in a crowd of people and don't know anybody. If I'm in a good mood, and feel like being loud and obnoxious, I'll just go up to a random person and introduce myself, but most of the time, I'm really shy... the person in the corner.

Lindzi.com: Girls most commonly look up to celebrities for fashion inspiration? Who are you into?

Mila Kunis: I love Charlize Theron. I love her style. She's such an elegant woman... very soft and beautiful. She doesn't look like she tries hard. Also, Drew Barrymore is definitely very cute. She puts out a vibe like she's proud. No matter what she wears it'll always look good on her because she's always smiling.

Lindzi.com: How would you describe your style?

Mila Kunis: Very comfortable. I'll buy a dress, but only if it's comfortable.

Lindzi.com: What drives you insane?

Mila Kunis: Mean people drive me insane! People who don't smile and don't laugh!

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