Having appeared in raunchy on-screen scenes in films including Black Swan and Friends With Benefits, it’s no surprise that Mila Kunis is happy to get out of her comfort zone in front of the camera.
Speaking to her Oz: The Great and Powerful co-star James Franco for Interview magazine, the 28-year-old admits she is definitely “game” in approaching risqué roles.
In the mutual admiration session, Franco discusses the Ukrainian-born actress’ fearless nature when it comes to the characters she plays. “I guess you could say I have no shame,” Kunis says. “I mean if you think about all the stuff that you’ve made me do – just you alone, James…”
The pair have worked together on a number of projects including Date Night, several Funny or Die videos, a feature called Tar and a vampire thriller where Franco describes Kunis’ character as “a leather-clad, bow-and-arrow-wielding vampire killer” who deals with a lot “of blood and gore.”
Since her eight-year tenure on That 70’s Show ended in 2006, Kunis has only had an eye for roles that challenge and inspire her. “When it comes to picking parts, I do make an effort to choose parts that I want to do, and not necessarily parts someone else wants me to do, or parts that someone else is going to respond to,” she says.
However the actress does point out that female actors have to be more guarded in their choice of roles. “I think an actor is more likely to be forgiven in the public’s eye than an actress,” she says. “There will always be a double standard between males and females, so I think that an actress is more likely to protect her public persona, so to speak, than an actor would be.”
This guarded approach could explain the tight-lipped nature of her rumoured relationship with former That 70’s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher. With his estranged wife, Demi Moore, dealing with her own personal battles, Kutcher, 34, has been spotted with Kunis on several occasions in the past few months, including a family visit to her grandmother’s gravesite on July 8.