Mila Kunis on Her Unbreakable Bond With Ashton Kutcher: "There's Nothing We Don't Know About Each Other"
Mila Kunis certainly has a lot going on at the moment. Aside from promoting her new comedy, Bad Moms, and the upcoming birth of her second child with husband Ashton Kutcher, she also appears on the cover of Glamour's August issue. In the magazine, the mom of 1-year-old daughter Wyatt opens up about putting her family above her career, how she and Ashton make their relationship work, and how she inherited her strong work ethic from her parents. See her best quotes below, and then check out the sweetest things she's said about Ashton over the years.
- On choosing her family over her career: "I got — knock on wood — very lucky. But I did choose. I took a chunk of time off. If it were up to [Ashton], we would have had kids much sooner. But I had contracts for films I had to do. I was like, 'Let me finish this last thing, Jupiter Ascending, and we’re a go. I’m going to take a solid break from acting.' And let me tell you, when I would get a call with an offer, I wouldn’t even flinch. I was like, 'No, I’m pregnant.' 'No, I have a baby.' I wasn’t ready to go back. I was so happy saying no that I knew it was the right decision."
- On how she got the best of both worlds: "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."
- On how her parents inspired her strong work ethic: "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."
- On what no one told her about parenting: "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."
- On how being former costars with Ashton affects their relationship: "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.'"
- On her close bond with her husband: "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 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.'"
- On confirming their marriage a year after it happened: "We never denied it; we just never talked about it. It was something that didn’t have anything to do with anybody else."
- On how Ashton is a problem-solver: "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.'"
- On why she decided to wear no makeup on the back cover: "I don’t wear makeup. I don’t wash my hair every day. It’s not something that I associate with myself. I commend women who wake up 30, 40 minutes early to put on eyeliner. I think it’s beautiful. I’m just not that person. So to go to a shoot and have my makeup artist put on face cream and send me off to do a photo, I was like, 'Well, this makes life easy.' And you’re still protected. Nobody’s there to make you look bad."
- On how she feels about being photoshopped: "I hate it. There was a company that I did a photo shoot for once that manipulated the photo so much, I was like, 'That’s not even me.' Like, what’s the point? You wanted my name, and then you wanted the version of me that I’m not. I absolutely hate it. Now, do I sometimes want them to depuff my eyes? Help me out with a little bit of lighting. But do I want them to stretch my legs, thin out my waist, curve my hips, elongate my neck, blah, blah, blah? No."