Mila Kunis Speaks Out About Sexism In Hollywood
Mila Kunis, in an open letter released to the website A Plus on Wednesday, is speaking out about sexism and overall gender bias in Hollywood.
After Kunis refused to pose semi-nude for an unspecified men’s magazine, a producer told her “you’ll never work in this town again,” she recounts in the letter. “I will never work in this town again?” Kunis wrote. “I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said ‘no.’ And guess what? The world didn’t end. The film made a lot of money and I did work in this town again, and again, and again.”
Kunis, originally famous for her role as Jackie in That 70’s Show, has become a major actress in recent years. As the current voice of Meg in Family Guy and with her role as Lily in the Oscar-winning movie Black Swan, Kunis has become successful in her own right and happens to be married to superstar Ashton Kutcher.
Kunis shares other episodes of gender bias. “In the process of pitching this show to a major network, the typical follow-up emails were sent to executives at this network. In this email chain, this producer chose to email the following: “And Mila is a mega star. One of biggest actors in Hollywood and soon to be Ashton’s wife and baby momma!!!” This is the entirety of his email. Factual inaccuracies aside, he reduced my value to nothing more than my relationship to a successful man and my ability to bear children. It ignored my (and my team’s) significant creative and logistical contributions.”
Kunis states that from now on, when confronted with comments like these, she will address them on the spot and refuse to be compromised any longer.