Mila Kunis: LA Woman
By Victoria Namkung
Photographs by Mark Liddell
Silk chiffon blouse ($1,725) and skirt ($2,625), Yves Saint Laurent. 326 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills; ysl.com. Yellow-gold Love bracelet, Cartier ($4,850). 370 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills; cartier.com
She’s got one of the most exquisite faces in Hollywood, comedic chops (even though she swears she’s not funny) and absolutely stuns on the red carpet (who could forget that lavender lace Elie Saab she wore to the Oscars?). But Mila Kunis would rather be at home in a pair of pajamas than spilling out of nightclubs. The star of July’s Friends with Benefits has recently become one of the hottest actresses around, despite having worked since the age of nine. She’s currently shooting Ted—Seth MacFarlane’s feature-film directorial debut about a man’s teddy bear that comes to life—with Mark Wahlberg, and she recently signed on to play a witch named Theodora in Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, also starring James Franco.
In Friends with Benefits, Kunis stars alongside Justin Timberlake—a welcome comedic turn after the white-knuckle intensity of her Golden Globe-nominated role in Black Swan. “[Friends with Benefits] was a perfect movie for coming to work at 4:45 in the morning—which would normally be miserable—because I knew I’d be laughing for the next 17 hours with people I genuinely liked,” says Kunis of the modern rom-com. “The director, Will Gluck, and Justin are so sharp and quick-witted—they just want to have fun.”
As for the movie’s plot, which revolves around friends hooking up just for sex, the actress isn’t a believer. “I think it’s realistic in theory and fails in execution because someone always gets hurt,” says Kunis, adding, “I don’t have personal experience in this department.” She and Timberlake shot sex scenes for two weeks, and she says they became easier as the days passed. But Kunis is far less comfortable with her current status as a sex symbol. “I’m flattered, but I’m not that person. Sophia Loren is a sex symbol,” she says. “If watching TiVo and eating Pinkberry in sweatpants is sexy, then I’m your gal.” It’s her self-deprecating attitude and easygoing charm that makes Kunis even more attractive—if that were possible. As her Black Swan costar Natalie Portman once said, “She loves video games and Star Trek, but she’s the prettiest girl in any room.”
Styling by Lisa Michelle Boyd at opusbeauty.com
Makeup by Rachel Goodwin for Chanel at The Wall Group
Hair by Mara Roszak for starworksartists.com
Manicure by Beth Fricke using O.P.I
COVER LOOK: Mesh bodysuit ($1,685), satin skirt ($2,830), leather harness belt ($1,185), openwork insect brooch necklace ($1,340) and leather pumps ($1,255), Lanvin. 260 N. Rodeo Dr.; lanvin.com. Gold Love bracelet, Cartier ($4,850). 370 N. Rodeo Dr.; cartier.com. Ring, Opal Stone (price on request). Gray Gallery, 8751 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; graygallery.com
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