Mila & the immigration

The actress reveals that she initially struggled as a young immigrant from the Ukraine


Mila & the immigration

Mila Kunis may be commanding the attention of fans and admirers the world over, but she reveals that life was tough before she made it in Hollywood.

The Black Swan star was born in the Ukraine — and had to hide the fact she was Jewish when she was growing up for fear of persecution.

"My whole family was in the Holocaust. My grandparents passed and not many survived," she says. "After the Holocaust, in Russia you were not allowed to be religious. So my parents raised me to know I was Jewish. You know who you are inside."

When the actress was seven, her father Mark, a mechanical engineer, and mother Elvira, a physics teacher, decided to move to the US with Mila and her brother Michael. But when she got to America, Mila could not speak English and her first year at school was a huge struggle. "I cried every day," she says. "I didn’t understand the culture. I didn’t understand the people."

Her dad got a job driving a cab and her mum worked in a pharmacy. In order to improve Mila's English they sent her to acting classes when she was nine. From there she got a manager.

Just two years later she was acting professionally in her first TV role, soap opera Days Of Our Lives, and when she was 14, she landed her star-making turn as Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show.


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