We’ve had a bit of a girl crush on Mila Kunis ever since we discovered she of whiny Jackie on That ’70s Show fame was also the voice of The Family Guy’s Meg Griffin. (We also love how steadfastly she dated Macaulay Culkin. It was so endearing. Anyway!) And now Kunis, though already undeniably famous, has shot to superstar status with her turn in everyone’s favorite crazy ballerina movie, The Black Swan. But Kunis, to her credit, seems to still be remarkably down to earth: the best part of her W profile and accompanying video screen test is when she mocks Baywatch (she’s a two-time guest star).
“I was on Baywatch twice. The second time, I played a blind girl who’s lost in the forest next to the beach and needs to be saved. It was absurd: There’s a fire, I get saved, and then I go boogie-boarding. I remember thinking, Well, if I’m blind, how am I boogie-boarding? No one ever gave me an answer.”
We also love the openness with which she recounts the first time she ever saw a black person, as a recent emigrant from the Ukraine.
What was the first thing you remember seeing of America?
A black man. It was at the American embassy [in Moscow], and all I had known were Caucasian people with blond hair, brunette hair, and sometimes red hair. You’re never really taught about anything else. I think I was frightened. And the beautiful thing was, the man spoke Russian. He explained to me that there are people in this world who are of different color. Being seven and a half, I asked him, “Does that mean there are purple people in this world?”
Lynn Hirschberg’s screen test with Mila:
PHOTOS: (And while you’re looking, do you recognize the lace Marchesa jumpsuit made infamous by Leighton Meester and her bum?)
this is some kind of spaceship or something.