Young 33–year old mother and actress Mila Kunis, married to Ashton Kutcher, since July 4th, 2015, “very patriotic” indeed, has come out and said that whilst working in Hollywood, she felt objectified. Without saying that this comes with the territory, in a sense of what she proclaimed has happened to her is an insight into the Hollywood promotion engine amongst film releases catering to a majority male audience. Is it right? No, probably not. Does it happen a lot? Probably, it happens everyday in Hollywood, but even on a much grander and more inappropriate scale. As we delve into this short news story, let’s first find out what happened and how it offers a tame glimpse into a definite multi-press promotional dynamic in “La-La Land”. Yes, in this significant and ‘PG’ rated isolated incident, voiced by Mila Kunis, it surely bares nothing in comparison to what can really go down in Tinseltown, on any given Sunday. But, what’s important here is the tame version of the Producer & Actress interaction, whilst in a full force promotion race for an upcoming film release date.
We all remember and love Mila as “Jackie Burkhart” in ‘That 70s Show’ (buy here), where ironically, she played a young demanding high school girl, who’s totally obsessed with the vacant minded character of “Michael Kelso”, played by Ashton Kutcher. See? So, their ultimate and real union was perhaps only a matter of time, before it became true, as the popular TV show ran for an amazing 8 years, through 1998 to 2006, with a total of 200 episodes. Let’s just say that we are pretty sure that they got to know each other very well during the making of one of the last great TV sitcoms ever, when it finally came to an end with its final episode on May 18th, 2006. Learn more about the TV shows ending and subsequent cast reflection on it, right here.
Back to Mila Kunis now, when some years ago she had an experience in the industry and she’s now written an opinion editorial for Ashton Kutcher’s blog ‘A Plus’, speaking out about it. After ‘That ‘70s Show’ years, she did a wonderful job in ‘Black Swan’ and was nominated for a Golden Globe. After, this she had been vocal and rallied for equal pay and better treatment of women in the film business. Not long after this, a Hollywood producer told her that unless she would pose semi-naked on the cover of a men’s lifestyle magazine, then she would basically not work in Hollywood ever again. This was of course, due to be in with the promotion of herself as an actress to benefit an upcoming film release, presumably for ‘Friends with Benefits’ (2011) or ‘Ted 2’ (2015).
No one is quite sure, when this confession actually occurred, but it seems like Mila has already graced magazine covers before, appearing in certain levels of dress and undress on the covers of Esquire, FHM, Maxim and GQ (“Guilty- we totally bought that one!”) We recall the centerfold spread, the Frappuccino cup in her hand and our own boring long haul flight, so we needed something to read and look at, before doing the usual knock-out sleeping pill and arriving with a stiff neck in our final destination. But, what strikes us first on the subject of equal pay for talents in the film industry, where major stars are paid ridiculous sums of money for their admittedly tough jobs of pretending, “no easy task”, but how much money is really enough?
Should Hollywood and their producers perhaps decide this with the studios and actors’ agents’? Yes, this is how it is done, so we think so too, instead of actresses whining about it, right? Or are we in the wrong here? The pay is obviously relevant to how many cinema tickets a star might bring in, but also some of these actors and actresses, should consider themselves lucky to be making money out of acting, at all. Since 90%-95% of actors are out of work and or, some are even working unpaid, so rallying for equal pay when you’re Mila Kunis, might have irked some Hollywood exec’s, that’s for sure. Not to mention, as well as other people who are working normal jobs and you don’t hear them whining, even half as much as some celebrities. She also spoke of the need for equal pay across all jobs, which seems more worthy to us, than perhaps just in showbiz.
But, this is not the point Mila was making, she was clearly upset by the Hollywood producer’s rhetoric in basically threatening her with being block-listed from future films, unless she posed scantily for a respected magazine’s front cover, in tandem with an upcoming film release starring herself. Hmm? It’s not a nice thing to hear, but it’s a cutthroat business and she had the opportunity to say, “No”.
Mila said, “I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said “no”, ‘And guess what? The world didn’t end. The film made a lot of money and I did work in this town again, and again, and again.”
We are currently racking our brain trying to see if we shouldn’t have switched off “Jupiter Ascending” after only five minutes. Perhaps, we missed a classic. Only kidding. Mila went on to say, “Throughout my career, there have been moments when I have been insulted, sidelined, paid less, creatively ignored, and otherwise diminished based on my gender”. Yes, this happens to everyone at some stage in his or her lives in the entertainment business. But, after a travesty such as “Jupiter Ascending”, we can gladly say that it looks like Mila is back to her best, beautiful and funny self in her latest comedy, ‘Bad Moms’ alongside Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell. The film written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, is about three overworked and under-appreciated mothers that seize an opportunity to ditch their responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom. This is the kind of comedy and humor that is so refreshing to see, where Mila can perform at her best and climb back up on that ladder of even higher pay in Hollywood.
Let’s face it, raising a family, with enough money in the bank, she no longer needs to pose on covers of magazines, Mila said, “If this is happening to me, it is happening more aggressively to women everywhere. I am fortunate that I have reached a place that I can stop compromising and stand my ground, without fearing how I will put food on my table.”
Mila has also been creating and selling TV projects , one of them called, ‘Trapped’ with Rob Zombie for Starz channel. She’s also expecting a baby boy any day now and presumably the two lovebirds from ‘That 70s Show’ wouldn’t want to raise their children in a Hollywood environment, and if we were them, we probably wouldn’t care all too much about rigorous filming schedules and ever think about the relevance of being relevant in Hollywood, unless a really amazing project came along.
In conclusion, things are looking pretty good for Mila and her latest blog post on A-Plus is sure to spark lots of debate. You can read it here. Feeling objectified as an actress, probably comes with the territory, but we understand what she is saying here. We are definitely fans of the actress and we look forward to see the pairing of her and Kirsten Bell from ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’, in ‘Bad Moms’, we just need to find somebody who will actually watch it with us.
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