When men’s magazines name their sexiest ladies, the interviews that accompany them are normally an exercise in eye-rolling. But Mila Kunis, who is on the cover of this month’s Esquire, gives much more interesting answers to somewhat more interesting questions than is the norm, discussing everything from her family’s immigration from Ukraine (they are Jews and wanted to avoid rising anti-Semitism as the Soviet Union dissolved), to being threatened with blacklisting when she refused to do a magazine cover that made her uncomfortable for the promoting of Max Payne. And it’s particularly interesting to hear her talk about her political involvement, especially given the way some of her skepticism about Esquire itself comes out:
I want to follow up on an answer you recently gave to Glamour. You said you engaged in political street art. Uh, political street art?
I can’t really go into detail because I’m going to get into trouble.
Why would you get into trouble?
Because it’s illegal.
Can you be vague about it then?
It has to do with the Defense of Marriage Act. It’s my friend’s issue. I’m supporting him.
[She goes off the record.]
Yeah, you could be arrested for that.
But I’d be arrested for something I believe in… . Good luck including something about gay rights in Esquire.
Of course I could include that.
Do you consider yourself political?
I find it all to be incredibly entertaining. I went to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner with Wolf Blitzer. It’s weird: You get invited by people you don’t know — and I never wanna go again, because I had the most incredible experience. Ever. I watch CNN or MSNBC all day long, every day. So I meet with Wolf, and I was like, “Oh, my God. There’s Wolf Blitzer.” Like two drinks in, I just start talking. “So, about Ahmadinejad’s nephew …” Wolf was surprised I followed politics.
Politics can also be incredibly demoralizing.
The way that Republicans attack women is so offensive to me. And the way they talk about religion is offensive. I may not be a practicing Jew, but why we gotta talk about Jesus all the time? And it’s baffling to me how a poor person in Georgia can say, “I’m a Republican.” Why?
Some people don’t like to hear celebrities talk about politics.
I don’t think I’m a celebrity. I’m a working actress. I think there’s a difference.
It’s nice to see an actress remind a magazine that she doesn’t take off her opinions or convictions along with her top, and that her choice of career doesn’t somehow prevent her from being an engaged citizen with serious commitments.