It’s a pretty busy time for Mila Kunis right now. Currently, she’s promoting her new movie “Bad Moms,” preparing for the upcoming birth of her second child, and now she’s appearing on the cover of the August issue of Glamour.
In the issue, the Jewish mom of 1-year-old daughter Wyatt opens up about a lot: putting her family before her career, her marriage to Ashton Kutcher (who is her former costar from “That 70’s Show“), being a mom, and how her parents inspire her.
Being a mom has long been important to Kunis, to the point that she took time off from her career once she became pregnant. She said she knew it “was the right decision,” which Kunis admits she was “very lucky” to be able to do. This is also precisely why she started her production company Orchard Farm Productions–because she didn’t want to have to travel as much as she normally did as an actor, stating:
“As an actor, you travel so much. It isn’t great for a marriage. In a marriage, you and your partner come first. And unless you and your partner are happy, that kid’s never going to be happy. I ultimately started my production company, so I have a 9-to-5. I can’t not work. I don’t know what it’s like to not work; my family embedded that in me.”
When it comes to her strong work ethic, she cites her parents as inspiration–revealing what it was like growing up in a family of seven after coming to America at age 7 with her parents:
“My parents went through hell and back. They came to America with suitcases and a family of seven and $250, and that’s it. My parents, for years, worked full-time and went to college full-time. They would go to night school to learn English. Ultimately, my dad owned cabs, and my mom worked her way up to manager of a Rite-Aid; they bought a car and a condo. But growing up poor, I never missed out on anything. My parents did a beautiful job of not making me feel like I was lesser than any other kids.”
But now, the 32-year-old is expecting her second child with husband Ashton Kutcher, and she couldn’t be happier. Despite being a mom already to her daughter, she says a lot of what she learned was on the go–and that she’s finally OK with knowing she can’t control everything, stating:
“Children are f*cking crazy. They’re also suicidal. Like, at the park, certain jungle gyms have an opening for older kids to jump out of. She’s 19 months; she can’t jump. She just walks off it as if she’s on a pirate ship.
Another important thing to learn is that kids have a personality that has nothing to do with you. I have a really sweet daughter. She wants to hug all the other kids. I didn’t teach her to be sweet. It has nothing to do with me. I’ve realized you can control only so much.”
While things seem to be going as well as could be for Kunis as a working mom and wife, she admits that she didn’t actually like her husband for awhile, stating:
“We went through a period where I thought he was crazy. At the height of his career, I was like, ‘Ugh, I don’t like you. I don’t even know you anymore. You think you’re such hot sh*t.’”
Of course, things have changed, and now she says they know “everything” about each other, for better and for worse–and that Ashton is thankfully a great dad:
“There’s nothing we don’t know about each other because we’ve known each other for so long: the ugly, the bad, the good.
We can’t bullsh*t each other. I literally can’t lie to him. He can call me out on everything, and I can do the same, because there’s nothing about the other person’s face that we don’t know. We know when they’re acting, thus we know when they’re lying. Sometimes he’ll look at me, be like, ‘Really?’ And I’m like, ‘F*ck.’
He’s always doing daddy hacks. He’s so not a passive husband or father. He doesn’t just go, ‘I don’t know’ and throw his hands up in the air. He’s like, ‘We can fix it.'”
Sounds like they have an ideal relationship–we hope the rest of Kunis’ pregnancy goes smoothly.
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