Mila Kunis was born to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. After attending one semester of college between gigs, she realized that she wanted to act for the rest of her life. She started acting when she was just 9 years old, when her father heard about an acting class on the radio and decided to enroll Mila in it. There, she met her future agent.
Her first gig was in 1995, in which she played a character named Melinda in Make a Wish, Molly. From there, her career skyrocketed into big-budget films. Her breakthrough film was Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which she played a free-spirited character named Rachel Jensen. She has since starred or co-starred in the films The Book of Eli, Black Swan, Friends with Benefits, and Ted.