In 2012, Kunis co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in Ted, her most commercially successful film to date.
She played a rival ballet dancer to the main character, played by Natalie Portman. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the USSR to the United States with her family.After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent.Kunis' breakout film role came in 2008, playing Rachel in the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.She gained further critical acclaim and accolades for her performance in the psychological thriller Black Swan (2010), for which she received the Premio Marcello Mastroianni for Best Young Actor or Actress, and nominations for the SAG Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. My first sentence of my essay to get into college was like, 'Imagine being blind and deaf at age seven.' And that's kind of what it felt like moving to the States." In 1998, Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show.with Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter stating, "Kunis makes a perfect alternate to Portman, equally as lithe and dark but a smirk of self-assurance in place of Portman's wide-eyed fearfulness." Guy Lodge of In Contention also praised Kunis, saying, "it's the cool, throaty-voiced Kunis who is the surprise package here, intelligently watching and reflecting her co-star in such a manner that we're as uncertain as Nina of her ingenuousness." Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote that "Ms.
Kunis is fast proving that she's a gift that keeps giving to mainstream romantic comedy" and "her energy is so invigorating and expansive and her presence so vibrant that she fills the screen".
She later recalled: "I blocked out second grade completely. Once she claimed that she had it under control, Mac Farlane hired her.
Mac Farlane added: "What Mila Kunis brought to it was in a lot of ways, I thought, almost more right for the character.
Her other major films include the neo-noir action film Max Payne (2008), the post-apocalyptic action film The Book of Eli (2010), the romantic comedy film Friends with Benefits (2011), the comedy film Ted (2012), the fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) as the Wicked Witch of the West, and the comedy film Bad Moms (2016). All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say when.
She stated in 2011 that her parents had "amazing jobs", and that she "was very lucky" and the family was "not poor"; they had decided to leave the USSR because they saw "no future" there for Mila and her brother. Though they eventually figured it out, the producers still thought Kunis was the best fit for the role.
Kunis played the girlfriend of Wahlberg's character.