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From Family Guy to Black Swan

Mila Kunis nags into our hearts as the moody Jackie Burkhart from “The Wild Seventies”. After the end of the hit series, the actress with the two-color eyes conquers the cinemas purposefully. Whether as a cool contract killer, ambitious ballerina, evil witch or stressed mother: Here you will find thirteen highlights of her career.

“The Wild Seventies” (1998 – 2006)

Mila Kunis made her first appearances from the age of eleven in TV series such as “Baywatch” and “Zeit der Sehnsucht”. However, her big breakthrough comes when she is cast for the sitcom “The Wild Seventies”. For eight seasons, she embodies the superficial Jackie Burkhart, who often gets on the nerves of her on-off boyfriend Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) and his clique.

Known? Today, Kunis and Kutcher are married in real life and have two children together.

“Family Guy” (since 1999)

“Shut up, Meg!” – Kunis has had to listen to this saying for over 20 years. Since 1999 she speaks Meg Griffin in the English dubbing of the long-running animated series “Family Guy”. Not exactly a cheerful character, because Meg is an unpopular teen girl who constantly loses out and is either ignored or insulted by her family.

Known? Kunis is often shouted “Shut up, Meg” on the street, as she revealed in an interview on the Graham Norton Show.

“Never Again Sex with the Ex” (2008)

After the end of “The Wild Seventies”, Mila Kunis quickly gained a foothold in the cinema – and landed a direct hit with “Nie wieder Sex mit der Ex”. The comedy focuses on composer Peter (Jason Segel), who wants to get over the painful separation from his ex Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) in a luxury resort. It’s just stupid that Sarah is relaxing here with her new boyfriend. But the pretty receptionist Rachel (Kunis) promises comfort …

Known? The topless picture of Rachel in the film shows a body double.

“Max Payne” (2008)

In the video game adaptation “Max Payne” Kunis is allowed to show her powerful side. She plays the Russian contract killer Mona Sax, who is looking for the murderer of her sister Natasha (Olga Kurylenko). The main suspect is Detective Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg), whose wallet was found at Natasha’s body. However, Payne is able to convince Sax of his innocence. Together they set out to track down the real murderer.

Known? Mila Kunis is originally from Ukraine and speaks fluent Russian.

“The Book of Eli” (2010)

Next stop: the post-apocalyptic action film “The Book of Eli”. The year is 2044, the earth is an inhospitable wasteland after years of armed conflicts. The lone fighter Eli (Denzel Washington) roams them with a mysterious, powerful book that the brutal despot Carnegie (Gary Oldman) wants to tear under the nail. Mila Kunis plays Solara, a young woman who flees from Carnegie and becomes Eli’s companion.

Known? Kunis is nominated for Best Actress in an Action Film at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards for her performance in “The Book of Eli.”

“Black Swan” (2010)

With her supporting role in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan”, Kunis reaches a peak of her career and earns a Golden Globe nomination. She plays an ensemble member of the New York Ballet, which is to perform Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”. The ambitious Nina (Natalie Portman) has secured the double role of white and black swan. However, the young woman is less and less able to cope with the pressure of competitor Lily (Kunis), director Thomas (Vincent Cassel) and her mother.

Known? Aronofsky tries to subtly incite the actresses Portman and Kunis on set against each other in order to provide more suspense in the film.

“Friends with certain advantages” (2011)

They are young, attractive and successful – headhunter Jamie (Kunis) and art director Dylan (Justin Timberlake) don’t just want a relationship. That’s why they become friends who have non-committal sex with each other. When feelings come into play, it will complicated.

Known? In the same year, “Friendship Plus” is also released with a very similar plot. Starring Mila Kunis’ future husband Ashton Kutcher and her “Black Swan” colleague Natalie Portman.

“Ted” (2012)

As a child, John (Mark Wahlberg) wants nothing more than for his teddy bear to come alive. In a magical way, his dream comes true. The rest of the story, however, is anything but fairytale-like: Ted indulges in alcohol, drugs and sex and almost messes up the tour with his girlfriend Lori (Kunis) for his now over 30-year-old buddy John.

Known? “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane voices Ted and casts Kunis, who lends the voice in his animated series Meg, as Lori.

“The Fantastic World of Oz” (2013)

“The Wizard of Oz” from 1939 is one of the classics of US film. More than 70 years after the original, “The Fantastic World of Oz” tells the story: The viewer learns how the magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) arrives in the magical land of Oz and becomes his ruler. Here he meets, among others, the witch Theodora (Kunis), whose fate he seals.

Known? It is not the first collaboration of Franco and Kunis. Among other things, you already play a weird couple in the comedy “Date Night” in 2010.

“Jupiter Ascending” (2015)

When the Wachowskis call, Mila Kunis doesn’t hesitate for long. She stars in “Jupiter Ascending,” a sci-fi action movie. The cleaning lady Jupiter Jones (Kunis) learns that she is the rightful heir to the throne of the alien dynasty Abrasax, whose possession also includes the Earth. But the Abrasax offspring Balem (Eddie Redmayne) and Titus (Douglas Booth) seek her life, as the profitable harvest of the earth is imminent.

Known? “Jupiter Ascending” becomes a megaflop for the Wachowskis both financially and with the press. Only the visual values of the space opera can convince.

“Bad Moms” and “Bad Moms 2” (2016 & 2017)

Kunis is a mother herself, so what could be more obvious than to play one in the film? In “Bad Moms” and its sequel, the three stressed mothers Amy (Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) are tired of meeting the expectations of their surroundings. From now on, they play according to their own rules, get drunk in a bar, stir up the supermarket – and certainly do not bake a cake for the school bazaar.

Known? Kunis was pregnant with her second child during the filming of “Bad Moms.”

“Bad Spies” (2018)

Even as a spy, Mila Kunis’ character can’t exactly cover herself with fame. In “Bad Spies”, the neurotic cashier Audrey (Kunis) learns that her ex-boyfriend is a real spy and has to watch as he is killed. So she flees the country together with her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon) and an important USB stick. But the CIA and contract killers are always on the heels of the clumsy duo.

Known? During filming in Budapest, Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher make a detour to their hometown of Chernivtsi in western Ukraine.

Outlook: Upcoming films with Mila Kunis

  • “Breaking News in Yuba County” (drama, thriller; Theatrical release: tba)

Arjun Sethi
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