Sgt. Scott Moore didn’t know this when he invited Mila Kunis to attend the Marine Corps Ball with him over the summer, but it turns out he’ll be attending the event with GQ’s “Knockout of the Year.”
The men’s mag has bestowed the title on Kunis, whose “Friends with Benefits” co-star gets some love from GQ as one of the publication’s “Men of the Year.”
GQ outlines the reasons that the 28-year-old actress has landed this year’s honor: She’s “hot,” “funny,” “cool,” “speaks fluent Russian,” and is “a ‘Family Guy’ voice.”
About that: Kunis tells GQ that she’s not one to run around calling her theatrical offerings – such as being the voice of “Family Guy’s” Meg – works of art.
“I love what I do, but my theory is that it’s people who doubt what they do and want to prove it to you who are like, ‘It’s art. I create art. It’s art, art, art, art.'”
Kunis, on the other hand, “I run around and pretend to be someone else for 12 hours; I record ‘Family Guy’; and then I get to go home and watch ‘Jersey Shore.'”
So if she didn’t get into the business to make “art,” what was the reason? Easy: Her parents, having relocated the family from what is now the Ukraine to Los Angeles, needed a babysitter.
“My English was a little janky. I didn’t have very many friends. And there was this place advertised on the radio as a place to meet other kids – an acting class,” she recalls. “My parents couldn’t afford a babysitter. They said, ‘Great, this takes up our Saturday.'”
And after pushing herself to drop 20 pounds for the role, Kunis tells Glamour U.K. that it’s changed her outlook on the battle of the bulge – if you’re not slimming down, you’re not trying hard enough, she says.
“I don’t think I ever fully realized what a human body is capable of doing,” she says. “But I think I was also, in a beautiful way, incredibly naïve. I believed I could do anything. I never for one moment thought I couldn’t do it. I believe in hard work. In self-drive and self-worth.”
Don’t get her wrong – she’s a “huge foodie,” she says, adding that she “loves food.”
“But when people say ‘I can’t lose weight,’ no, no, no, you can,” Kunis emphasizes. “Your body can do everything and anything, you just have to want to do it.”
But regardless of where you are with your fitness aspirations, it’s essential to maintain a clear-headed outlook, Kunis says, which is one thing she’s learned to cultivate after working in Hollywood for so long.
“I’m in an industry based on rejection. On negativity and let-downs,” says Kunis, who turns 28 on August 14. “People are rejected every single day purely based on opinion, about who’s a good actress, who’s a bad actress, who’s pretty, who’s ugly, who’s fat, who’s skinny. So why go there? You have to have a positive outlook. Otherwise you’re in a very dark place.
Mila Kunis is putting this story to rest once and for all.
Earlier this week it was reported that the 27-year-old star of next week’s “Friends with Benefits” had accepted Sgt. Scott Moore‘s YouTube invitation to attend this year’s Marine Corps Ball on November 18. As Fox411 reported, the YouTube invite was brought up during an interview, and at the time, Kunis said she’d do it.
And then, just as quickly as that spread, so did the rumor that she really wasn’t, because she had work to do. But at a publicity event Thursday, Kunis confirmed that she’ll be on Sgt. Moore’s arm come November 18.
“I will happily clear it up, once and for all,” Kunis said, responding to a question of whether she’s attending or not. “Never did I say that I was not going…I am attending, I’m going, November 18 I will be there.”
As the room broke out into applause, Kunis waved her hand to try to temper the praise.
“There’s no need to applaud, it’s nothing great,” she said. “I accepted an invitation and I’m staying true to my word. I got permission to be released from work for the day, so I’m flying in and flying out.”