Mila Kunis, with her dark hair and exotic looks is such a part of the celebrity scene in America that it’s difficult to imagine Hollywood without her. She’s a famous American actress who relocated from the Ukraine to Los Angeles at the age of seven. She says of her childhood in the Ukraine, “I grew up incredibly poor and went to school and had a very average upbringing.”

Milena (Mila) Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Her parents made the difficult decision to move to the US because they could not envision a future for Mila and her brother in their native Ukraine. The move proved particularly trying for Kunis. Her family arrived in the US on a Friday and she and her brother were enrolled in elementary school the following Monday. She struggled to adapt to American schools and says she cried every day. She could not understand the new culture she was thrust into and struggled to overcome the language barrier. She says, “My first sentence of my essay to get into college was like, ‘Imagine being blind and deaf at age seven.’ And that’s kind of what it felt like moving to the States.” The actress went on to learn English in less than a year.

Sadly, Kunis struggled with chronic iritis. This condition caused the actress to suffer from temporary blindness in one eye. Surgery corrected that medical condition, but she still suffers from a heterochromia iridum, a condition that causes her to have two different eye colors. Her left eye is brown, while her right eye is green.

Her interest in acting and her acting abilities won her a role on That 70’s Show during her high school years. On set tutors alleviated the strain of public school education and made learning and education more palatable for the rising star. Kunis attended Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for a brief period, but could not keep up with the demands of the school and her burgeoning career. She transferred to Fairfax High School, graduating in 2001, after which she briefly attended UCLA and Loyola Marymount Universities both in Los Angeles.

Focusing on her acting career, Mila went on to star in several television programs as an actress and voice-over actress. Her television credits include Walker, Texas Ranger, That ’70s Show, Family Guy, Grounded for Life, and Two and a Half Men. She successfully transitioned to film roles to great acclaim. Some of the film roles that made her famous include Extract with Ben Affleck and Jason Bateman. This was her breakout role. She followed it with others such as American Psycho 2, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Black Swan.

Her skill as an actress has resulted in several awards including 2016’s CinemaCon Award for Female Star of the Year, CinEuphoria’s Award for Best Supporting Actress, MTV’s  Movie Award for Best Villain, and the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Overcoming a rocky start in the US, and a debilitating medical condition, Mila Kunis is an outstanding example of perseverance in the face of culture shock and adjustment. She says, “I am… stubborn, and I admit it, so it’s OK.” She is a role model to young actresses and all women that a never-give-up spirit is the key to success and acclaim.

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