Stephen Whitty, over on the Star-Ledger, was the unfortunate recipient of an off Mila Kunis day. During a routine interview with Kunis — who is appearing in Paul Haggis’ The Third Person with Olivia Wilde (opening this weekend) — the journalist had the audacity to ask Kunis “How are you feeling?”
Kunis shut him down. “I don’t talk about that for publication,” she said coldly.
Kunis, of course, is pregnant, and when you’re pregnant, “How are you feeling?” can feel like a loaded question, and given the media’s affinity for the sensational, who could blame her for getting testy.
The question also clearly set her on edge, and maybe she was in a bad mood, or maybe she’d done too many f**cking interviews in the last few days, and maybe she didn’t want to deal with people anymore because maybe she just wanted a f**king drink and a moment of goddamn peace. But here she was, stuck in an interview with some guy from a Jersey paper for some goddamn movie no one was probably ever going to see. So, maybe she’d had enough, and she was tired of putting on the brave face and giving fake, polite answers, because she just stopped.
Asked if The Third Person signals a shift in Kunis’ career toward indie projects, Kunis flatly responded:
“Not really, because in the middle of all that I still did `Oz (the Great and Powerful)’ and I still did `Jupiter Ascending,’ so that sort of destroys your assumption.”
Oh. OK. Well, nobody really cares about this movie, so the journalist sought to dig into Kunis’ fascinating upbringing.
“I’ve talked about me moving to America in a hundred interviews,” she says. “It’s the most mundane subject possible, it’s like everyone’s immigrant story. It was much harder for my 13-year-old brother, it was much harder for my parents.”
And does she have any family left behind in Ukraine?
Well, I say, actually that’s probably good, given the situation there at the moment. Does she…
“No,” she interrupts. “I know what your next question is so let’s just skip it. You’re going to ask me what I think about what’s going on now in Ukraine. Just because I lived there until I was seven doesn’t mean I identify with Ukraine.”
Oh sh*t. Nevermind, then. So,the journalist attempts to navigate to some place more safe, like “Why did you get into acting at such a young age?”
Honestly asking a nine-year-old why, who knows?” she says. “It was just a fun thing to do. Other kids take karate, art, gymnastics and I happened to take acting classes, it was just fun. There was nothing else to it. I don’t know if that’s the answer you’re fishing for.”
Fishing? The poor bastard was just asking an innocent junket question. “Oh God! What have I done,” the journalist must have been thinking. F*ck. Try something else: Does Kunis like the challenge of dramas more than comedy?
“I hate when people ask me this question,” she says. “People have this misconception that comedy’s easy… I’m always looking for challenges and I find a lot of things to be challenging. It can be the director, the producer, a lot of things. I just want to work with people more talented than I am that I can learn from.”
Basically, it’s just a bad situation for both parties. Kunis didn’t have the patience for banal questions that day, and Whitty had nothing up his sleeve but banal questions, and I’m guessing that — in her particular mood — more probing questions would’ve been met with even more hostility. After all, on the day of the interview, Gawker had highlighted something she had said about not wanting Ashton Kutcher to see her “shredded vagana,” so she was naturally feeling testy, and she basically ended up saying what most celebrities want to say to the same tedious questions they get over and over, which is essentially, “Shut the fuck up and bring me a cocktail.”
Source: NJ Star