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The Transformation Of Mila Kunis From That '70s Show To Now

By the time Mila Kunis won her breakout role as Jackie Burkhart, she'd already traded one life for another. Born in the Ukraine, she immigrated with her family to Los Angeles when she was seven. Thrown into a new culture, she struggled to adjust and sharpened her language skills watching "The Price is Right" (via American Way Magazine). Soon, her parents got her into acting classes as a way to channel her energy and make new friends. From there, she wound up launching a career with an appearance in a Barbie commercial. She liked acting, so she kept it up, and at 14, she had her chance to audition for Fox's "That '70s Show."

It took some chutzpah; Kunis had to skirt the truth when asked about her age. But even though she wasn't technically old enough for the part, as we all know, she got it. Over the next eight years, she grew up before our eyes, taking Jackie from Kelso's tagalong girlfriend to full-fledged member of the friend group.

When "That '70s Show" ended in 2006, Jackie Burkhart's transformation was complete. But as an actress, Kunis was far from finished. Here's what she's been up to since.

Mila Kunis was unforgettable in Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Soon after "That '70s Show" wrapped, Mila Kunis had a shot at a role in the Judd Apatow movie "Knocked Up." While she didn't get the part, she must have had a memorable audition because she was invited back, this time to try out for Apatow's 2008 film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." She was cast as Rachel Jansen, playing Peter Bretter's (Jason Segel) new girlfriend (the one who comes after Sarah). It was her breakout film role and put her on set with a cast of comedy all-stars, including Segel, Russell Brand, Paul Rudd, and Jonah Hill.

The role was fun and racy, and Kunis embraced it all, though she didn't have to do any nude scenes, despite how she appears onscreen. (The topless photo of Rachel that Peter finds in the bathroom wasn't really Kunis; the picture was a computerized creation.) For Kunis, the biggest challenge while filming was trying not to laugh at her castmates when they joked around. "I like to laugh and apparently I find everything funny," she told MovieWeb. Her way of handling it: "I'm just gonna go with my character laughs at it."

She learned to dance for Black Swan

In her next major film, Mila Kunis played a ballerina in 2010's "Black Swan," also starring Natalie Portman, Winona Ryder, and Vincent Cassel. Kunis had never danced ballet before and was surprised to land the role, but she went the extra mile to prepare. That meant intense training as a ballerina and losing 20 pounds to gain a super-skinny physique.

"You can only fake so much physicality, so you have to immerse yourself in this world, in the way that somebody walks, talks and handles themselves. So, it was three months of training, seven days a week, four or five hours a day, before production started, and then during production it was pretty much exactly the same," she told Collider.

While making the movie, Kunis tore a ligament, dislocated her shoulder, and injured her back. But her efforts made the difference. Kunis was nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for Best Supporting Actress. And though she didn't wind up taking them home, she didn't mind that, either. "I love what I do but I don't need to win," she told Entertainment Tonight. "Like, I just need to work."

She became a mom, both onscreen and off

By the time "Bad Moms" came out in 2016, Mila Kunis was already a real-life mother to two young kids with her husband and former "That '70s Show" costar, Ashton Kutcher. In the film, she plays a frazzled mom who's over-involved in the lives of her two school-age children. With a combination of help and pushback from castmates including Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, and Jada Pinkett Smith, she learns to let loose. It was a lesson Kunis felt applied to her life offscreen, too.

"The reason I did the first ['Bad Moms' movie] is because I related to the ideals that I put on myself. I tried to be so perfect," she told "The Today Show." "I literally drove myself crazy with my first kid. [The movie] made me feel like, OK, you're not a failure."

Kunis' next film role promises another transformation, this time playing a character drawn into a mystery. In Netflix's "Luckiest Girl Alive," she's Ani Fanelli, a woman seeking answers from her past to help her understand who she's become. Based on the book by Jessica Knoll, the movie is expected to air in 2022.