Finding salvation in the United States—that’s where the story began for U.S. immigrant and Hollywood sensation Mila Kunis. Kunis was born Milena “Mila” Markovna Kunis in 1983 Ukraine. The daughter of Jewish parents, her family history is wrought with sad tales of religious persecution. It was this constant struggle that inspired Mark and Elvira Kunis, Mila’s parents, to uproot their family and move across the world to the United States.
The Kunis family found solace in the United States, where religious freedom is not only deeply rooted in the culture but also protected by the law. The family struggled at first, especially young Mila who was only 7 years old when they arrived and could neither speak nor understand English.
“I didn’t understand the culture,” said Kunis of her first trying year in the United States. “I didn’tunderstand the people. I didn’t understand the language…But I got over it pretty quick.” Mila’s parentsenrolled her in acting classes to help her find new friends and begin to understand American culture.
Mila landed her big break as star of the sitcom That 70’s Show when she was just 14 years old. Her character was the young Jackie, a self-absorbed rich girl who was the love interest of character Michael Kelso, played by Ashton Kutcher. After 8 successful seasons, Mila was on her way to stardom.
Since the end of That 70’s Show, Mila has starred in such films as Forgetting Sarah Marshal, The Book of Eli, Black Swan, and Ted. In 2012 she was named Esquire Magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive.”