Mila Kunis: On ‘Bad Moms’ Reinventing Motherhood, Effects Of Motherhood On Career And Baby No. 3

Mila Kunis has been one busy star, raising her little girl alongside hubby Ashton Kutcher and working on various film projects, including her latest, Bad Moms.

The star recently shared about how she feels her role, along with the other real-life moms in the film, were adapted to reinvent the role of motherhood, and to fit the stars’ own personalities in a sense.

The Hollywood Reporter shares as to Kunis’ role within the film.

“In Bad Moms, Mila Kunis’ Amy Mitchell is a mother of two trying to balance work and family and be what others perceive as a ‘perfect’ mother. It’s a common struggle and one that Kunis herself, then a relatively new mom, said she was dealing with when she got the opportunity to star in the STX Entertainment movie, which hits theaters today. Indeed, that’s why she did the movie, she says.”

One bad day leads Mitchell and two other moms, Carla and Kiki, played by Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell, to throw away expectations that society places on them, and reinvent their own style of motherhood, without worrying about how others critique their style of parenting and their children’s behavior. The women stop trying to be perfect and make their own rules, which to others means they become “bad moms.”

When chatting with the publication as to how being a mother has impacted her career, Kunis was honest about the guilt she felt initially after becoming a mother and also deciding to go back to work. The star explains that taking on the role of Amy in Bad Moms was one she felt connected to and could identify with. Also it reminded Mila to not let others’ opinions make her feel badly about the decision. The publication shares Kunis’ words on the subject.

“That’s the reason I did the movie. Because I think, for me, after I decided to start a family, [I was] so tentative about going back to work and [felt] so much guilt about whether I would be choosing to go to work over my child. I have an incredible support system at home. I have an amazing husband, who said, ‘You need to be fulfilled and happy in order to be a fulfilled and happy mom.’ As women we just put a lot of pressure on ourselves to balance life and family, with or without kids. I think it’s a constant battle. So I very much related to that as a character.”

Kunis also shared how being a wife and mother has impacted the decisions she makes about the roles she takes on, noting that prior to being a mother she would take on any part that seemed interesting, no matter where it was being filmed in the world.

“I mean prior to having Wyatt, I would work on any movie that I found interesting. I would just be like, ‘Oh, this sounds like a really great project.’ It wouldn’t matter where it was in the world and how long I would be away from home because I was like a gypsy.”

Since her daughter arrived, Mila has begun to take projects that are close to home that allow her to be with Wyatt, daily. The star also relays how she and her husband Ashton Kutcher balance their schedules to be able to support one another, and be the best parents to Wyatt that they can be.

“[W]hen I did the movie, I was very keen on it having to be close enough to home and making sure that my husband would be able to come with me, that he wouldn’t be working. We never want to spend months apart, so with work we always try to organize it so that one person can be with the other.”

Now pregnant with baby No. 2, Kunis has shared that as soon as Wyatt was born, they knew they wanted another baby. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the star relayed their thoughts on baby No. 3.

“And so I always say after the second one, we’ll know if we need to have another one… I really do believe you know when your family is complete.”

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