The 5 Most Awkward Moments From The Cringeworthy Mila Kunis Interview Everyone’s Talking About

Mila Kunis

There’s a new interview with Mila Kunis making the rounds, and it’s very different from the time she did that amazing and hilarious BBC interview with Chris Stark that everyone shared with their friends like “Dude, look how cool Mila Kunis is.” This time it’s more like, “Dude, that’s awkward.” Because this interview, which was conducted by Stephen Whitty of the Star-Ledger to promote Mila’s new film Third Person, is decidedly less fun.

This is a written interview and not a video one, so it’s harder to determine Mila’s exact tone and demeanor while answering these questions. We have to read into it from what we’re given, or just take Whitty’s word for it and believe that she seemed to find his questions “dull, insulting, or burdened by some sort of agenda.” There’s no denying it’s uncomfortable read. Take a look at the five most cringeworthy moments to really give you an idea.

1. When she refuses to tell him how she’s feeling.

“I don’t talk about that for publication,” she says coldly.

Whitty admits that there was “a bit of genuine concern added” to that question because she’s pregnant, but he does point out that she’s talked about her pregnancy openly on various talk shows and in print interviews. Plus, answering with a simple “Good” or “Fine, thanks” should suffice, right? That’s not secret information.

2. When she answers a question about her recent tendency towards indie projects by trying to prove Whitty wrong.

“Not really, because in the middle of all that I still did `Oz (the Great and Powerful)’ and I still did `Jupiter Ascending,’ so that sort of destroys your assumption,” she says.

The cringe is strong in this one.

3. When she refuses to talk about moving to America from Ukraine.

“I’ve talked about me moving to America in a hundred interviews,” she says. “It’s the most mundane subject possible, it’s like everyone’s immigrant story. It was much harder for my 13-year-old brother, it was much harder for my parents.”

It’s understandable that she’d get tired of rehashing the same information she’s gone over time and time again. Still, that doesn’t make imagining this response any less uncomfortable.

4. When she doesn’t want to talk about why she started acting.

“Honestly asking a nine-year-old why, who knows?” she says. “It was just a fun thing to do. Other kids take karate, art, gymnastics and I happened to take acting classes, it was just fun. There was nothing else to it. I don’t know if that’s the answer you’re fishing for.”

If you ask me, she kind of answered the question within her complaint about the question, so some time could probably have been saved here.

5. When she takes comments about her “meatier” roles as an insult.

“I hate when people ask me this question,” she says. “People have this misconception that comedy’s easy… I’m always looking for challenges and I find a lot of things to be challenging. It can be the director, the producer, a lot of things. I just want to work with people more talented than I am that I can learn from.”

The interview starts to go more smoothly after that, which even Whitty admits, and Mila even ends it by saying it was “a good interview,” although sarcasm is hard to detect over the Internet, so who knows what she meant by that. Whitty still makes a few assumptions about why Mila was irritable for their conversation, suggesting everything from how her recent Marie Claire interview was covered to having morning sickness. Whatever the reason, it’s definitely an awkward read.

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    • Cindy Collins

      I blame the writer. How many times does she has to answer the about moving to the U.S.? If he put some thought into his questions maybe he would have gotten better response from her.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I understand that it must be tiresome to answer the same questions over and over, but that’s to be expected when they’re doing so many interviews, and it’s part of their job. It just seems like there are more gracious ways to handle it.

      • Jenni

        Yeah I always go back and forth on this one. On one hand, it must be exhausting to do these press tours and deal with the same questions. On the other hand, you’re paid pretty well to get through it.

      • Tara

        Poor Mila, it’s hard to work a few months a year… oh please, I get asked the same questions at work every single day and I can be polite and I don’t even get paid millions of dollars. It’s a small indie movie, she’s probably doing a few days of press, hardly an exhausting worldwide month long press tour for some tentpole movie. It’s her job to promote the movie, she gets paid millions of dollars for this, and for a couple days of press, pregnant or not, she can suck it up and answer simple “how are you” questions w/o being snarky. All she had to do was say “fine” and move on w/o turning it into a big deal. She can talk opening about her shredding her vagina on TV and to magazines but suddenly asking “how are you” is out of line?

      • jen27

        It’s a completely awful, terrible movie; but the interview question complaint always reminds me of that scene in America’s Sweethearts where John Cusack and CZJ are answering questions for a film junket and literally every interviewer asks the exact same thing and as time goes by their answer becomes more hilariously wordy and exaggerated. I feel like it’s just a part of the job.

      • MellyG

        But still – it’s old news. She’s been asked the question in ANY number of interviews – it was over 20 years ago! I’d be tired of it. Not to mention, i also think (given other interviews i see with her) she doesn’t want to play the role of poor refugee. She says it was probably harder on her parents, which i think is fair. She also knows it’s not an exceptional story and there are MANY other immigrants that have more inspiring stories. I sort of admire that she doesn’t want to play it up like “oooh, poor me”

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      So weird…I wonder if she was just in a bad mood.

    • JenH1986

      Maybe it’s because I am in fact a bitch, but other than the response in 1 I didn’t think any of her responses were all that bad, bitchy or cringeworthy.

      • TJ

        I agree. Not that you are a bitch but that the responses weren’t bad. I don’t even know you… :)

        I think it is so hard to interpret without audio and tone. And I don’t really trust the journalist to have an unbiased opinion. After she doesn’t necessarily give him the answers he wants, he is more likely to paint her in a more negative light so that his interview has a good angle.

      • JenH1986

        I am a bitch, ;) but it’s ok!
        And would anyone really care about this guys interview if she wasn’t “mean”. If she was mean that sucks, by all accounts the interview turned around and it was all good. I can say that a good friend of mine is pregnant and she said she’s sick of talking about being pregnant that all anyone wants to know is how she’s feeling or doing or about pregnancy stuff and she’s all “Hello, still a grown person with thoughts over here!” So I’m willing to give her a pass on #1 a pass too.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I am also a bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • JenH1986

        It’s rather liberating, isn’t it? Do you also have bitchy resting face? I got tired of people assuming I was a bitch so I just became one! ;)

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I do have one! I like to be left alone for the most part, so I cultivated a nice bitchy face to help make that happen.

      • JenH1986

        Yep! My husband is always approached by strangers asking about his car, if he wants to buy a little something. I have never been approached like that, because my face says “it’s not worth your time, buddy”.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Absolutely. I hardly ever get approached, even at bars when everyone else around me is.

      • http://twitter.com/MARvelous_inc L.M.S.

        Can you teach me how to be a bitch? I want to be one so bad.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Ummmm think about giving zero encouragement through your face; either negatively or positively. Otherwise people read it as playing hard to get.

        Any face that you make while constipated is a great place to start.

      • TJ

        Agreed! I feel like this is a way to stir up and give more attention to his interview.

        That would be super frustrating- especially when she is trying to WORK. Having an interviewer focus on her personal life and feelings rather than her work is already a lot more common for women so this would be doubly annoying.

      • MellyG

        That’s the other thing – she’s pregnant. Pregnancy hormones and lord knows, if i were to get pregnant I’d probably be a raging bitch from hell, and it would only take a handful of times being asked the same questions to snap and club someone.

      • MellyG

        fellow bitch here! I don’t get why everyone is saying her interviews are bitchy or awkward, i’ve always loved Mila and part of the appeal is that I feel like she is very blunt and no nonsense. She’s the opposite of a sugary sweet fake actress, and i think the lack of ass kissing rubs some people the wrong way.

        It probably does when i refuse to ass kiss too, so maybe that’s why i like her :-
        P

    • KMHinsman .

      I’m reading this a different way. I’m reading this as there’s no warmth or friendship between MK and the guy who wrote the article. Well whose fault is that? if the guy who wrote the article can’t get MK to like him enough to give any good answers, then he must be a dork, or else just a terrible writer. This is an example of how not to write a magazine article, not what a bitch Mila Kunis is.

      • MellyG

        True. for instance, this is adorable – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4Ezruu1oeQ

        i imagine this particular interviewer might have rubbed Mila the wrong way – we all have people that do that

        I work in customer service AND teach. I can assure you that 90% of my students and 90% of my clients think that i’m very nice and helpful. But 10% of both probably think i’m a bitch. 90% is still pretty good – you’re just not going to mesh with everyone