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Mila Kunis Chats With James Franco for Interview Magazine

The ‘Ted’ actress covers the August issue of Interview

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: July 16th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Mila Kunis Chats With James Franco for Interview Magazine

In next month’s issue of Interview magazine, Mila Kunis joins ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ co-star, James Franco, for a revealing conversation about Kunis’ career, childhood, plans for the future, and her thoughts on Hollywood.

Kunis, a Russian Jew, describes one of her first film experiences where she was cast as a young Mexican girl that was racist towards Russian Jews.. apparently she didn’t look Russian or Jewish enough to land the other role.

Here are some other snippets from the wonderful interview. To read the full article, written by Franco, click here.

On surviving the Hollywood system:

"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 bulls**t 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."

On choosing the right roles:

"Well, honestly, after doing a TV show for eight years and a cartoon for more than a decade, you are, financially speaking, in a very lucky position where you don't have to work for the sake of working. And I decided to take advantage of that. I don't live lavishly, so it's not like I have 20 assistants and travel privately and shop every day. I actually live a very mediocre lifestyle. [laughs] So I decided to step back and do things not just for the sake of doing them, but because I believe in them and I want to do them."

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