In the midst of schooling the polymath actor James Franco had the chance to interview good friend Mila Kunis, who just so happens to be his Oz: The Great And Powerful costar. In the candid interview for Interview magazine, Kunis and Franco dissect the limitations females have over their image in the business, as well as their general roles in Hollywood.
The piece, which was aimed to peg Mila Kunis as one of the more fearless actresses of her generation, admitted to being leery about her future as an actress, with how obvious it is that younger women are being paired up with older men.
Telling an inquiring Franco:
Listen, in five years I do hope to have a family, and, you know, who knows? I think in this industry people have such a short shelf life, truly, that I don’t know what I’m going to be in five years in regards to acting. I mean, I’d love to produce. I can’t form a sentence or write an e-mail, so I know I’m definitely not going to go and become a writer, but I would love to explore other facets of this industry, for sure. I’m dabbling in that a little bit right now and trying to kind of see what I like . . . But I don’t know. Maybe I’ll go into the James Franco business and just do shorts with you for the rest of my life. We’ll go traveling the world together and shooting. I’ve always been a big proponent of not working for the sake of working, because I don’t want to work for the rest of my life—I want to live. So I’d rather work to live than live to work.
Mila Kunis does have a point if her filmography is evident of how Hollywood treats youth in its leading ladies. In her current film, Ted, Kunis stars as a love interest against actor Mark Wahlberg who happens to be 12 years older than the 28 year-old actress. In addition, Blood Ties, a film which Kunis just wrapped sees her marrying Clive Owen, 47 — almost 20 years older than the actress.
Of course, some film actresses have overstepped the curse of getting stuck in being typecast, Angelina Jolie, Diane Lane, and most recently Marisa Tomei have all enjoyed success without playing typical mother roles. Next up for Kunis is Oz: The Great and Powerful, where she plays Theodora, the evil witch against Franco’s Oz. The two also star in Tar this year, a film directed by Franco for NYU. In the film Mila Kunis is said to play the actor’s wife.
Do you think Mila Kunis will stand the test of time or will she fade into obscurity?