Two of my favorite celebs are sharing the spotlight in a recent article in Interview Magazine– Mila Kunis and James Franco, co-stars of the forthcoming Oz, The Great And Powerful. Franco interviews the gorgeous actress (who’s accompanying photo shoot is to die for) and asks her about being a fearless woman of the ‘wood. Hollywood, that is. Checkie out inside!
I’ve done my fair share of raving about Ms. Mila. She recently covered Glamour magazine, and then released some beautiful new ads for Dior. We’ve also seen her in the Oz trailer, and everyone is excited to see what she’ll make of her role as Theodora. James Franco will play Oz, the man himself; so we can pretty much expect things to be pretty amazing.
Here’s an excerpt from their Interview Magazine chat:
FRANCO:… First of all, do you think that it’s different for actresses than for actors—that women have to be more guarded about what they do and what they don’t do than men?
KUNIS: I do. I think that an actor is more likely to be forgiven in the public’s eye than an actress.
KUNIS: I don’t know. I think there will always be a double standard between males and females, so I think that an actress is more likely to protect her public persona, so to speak, than an actor would be. An actor goes crazy in a hotel room, gets trashed, throws a bench, breaks a window, and he is considered a rock star. An actress does that and she’s sent to rehab and is thought to have problems and issues and can’t get a job.
FRANCO: But what you’re talking about is off-screen behavior. What about on-screen behavior? Do you think that men and women are treated differently in terms of what they do on screen?
KUNIS: I think that it goes both ways. I think that when a person is insecure about who they are or who they want to be, then it translates on screen, and the choices they make are all about perception. If I’m not comfortable in my own skin or confident in who I am, then I’m going to pick parts based on how people are going to view them, not based on what I find challenging or entertaining. And I think that there are a lot of reasons to be insecure as an actress . . . But I don’t really have a perception issue. I’ve been pretty good about being who I am in the public’s eye. I don’t necessarily put on an act when I go on Jay Leno or dress differently in public than I do in private. I’d like to think I’m the same person, more or less. So when it comes to picking parts, I do make an effort to choose parts that I want to do, and not necessarily parts someone else wants me to do, or parts that someone else is going to respond to. I’ve said this before, but after That ’70s Show ended, I solely wanted do films that inspire me, and to work with people who make me better. I wanted to just surround myself with people who I think are better than I am, whether they’re actors or directors or producers, so that I could learn from them. And I think that’s pretty much what I’ve done. I think that if I hadn’t done it that way, then I would’ve just stunted myself.
FRANCO: So why do you feel secure doing things that other actresses might not feel secure doing?
KUNIS: Because I really have no shame, James. Let’s just call a spade a spade. I think that certain things are funny and certain things are okay to make fun of—including myself. I think that you have to laugh at the absurdity of this entire industry and the absurdity of what it is we do. If I didn’t, I’d go crazy.
FRANCO: How would you go crazy?
KUNIS: If all my eggs were in this basket and I had nothing else and I was just so enamored with it all . . . This industry can eat you alive. I think it feeds you a lot of bullshit and then spits you right back out, and then you get caught up in it because so much of it is perception and opinion. The fact that there is no right or wrong is what I think is maddening. I can think you’re a phenomenal actor, but the guy next door can think you’re a horrible actor, and neither of us is wrong and neither of us is right. It’s just a matter of opinion. And when your only source of happiness comes from that opinion, you go mad. So I think that you have to restrain yourself from googling your name and have other hobbies and desires and wants. I mean, you do a million things. You go to school, you write, you read, you blog.
Read more about Mila‘s take on Hollywood, criticism, and her first gig in a Barbie commercial here.
Mila sounds like she’s got her head on straight… but I think we already knew that. ANd I think it’s really interesting that she points to the lack of “right” or “wrong” in the biz. It’s not a completely new take on the biz, but it still makes sense and points to a lot of issues we have with Hollywood and fame. In addition to having a particularly sound insight into the Hollywood world of glitz, glamour, gossip, and bull-ish, Mila‘s also got the good sense to keep her private life very private. Still no “confirmation” on that Ashton Kutcher thing… Lol. Luvya Mila.
And loooove these pictures! We’ve seen Mila getting hella glammed up recently; it’s sweet to see this down-home, denim short, bad girl look on her. She wears it sowell.