I say that Lacey did a phenomenal job, but there was something about Mila – something very natural about Mila.
Her other major films include the neo-noir action film Max Payne (2008), the post-apocalyptic action film The Book of Eli (2010), the romantic comedy film Friends with Benefits (2011), the comedy film Ted (2012), the fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) as the Wicked Witch of the West, and the comedy film Bad Moms (2016). All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say when.
She stated in 2011 that her parents had "amazing jobs", and that she "was very lucky" and the family was "not poor"; they had decided to leave the USSR because they saw "no future" there for Mila and her brother. Though they eventually figured it out, the producers still thought Kunis was the best fit for the role.
Kunis played the girlfriend of Wahlberg's character.
When Mac Farlane first conceived the project, he considered Kunis too young for the role.
We needed someone who would not be just a fop or foil to Max; we needed somebody who had to be that character and convey her own agenda.
I think Mila just knocked it out of the park." Director Mike Judge commented that part of what was surprising to learn about Kunis was her ability to make references to the cult animation film Rejected.
In 2012, Kunis co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in Ted, her most commercially successful film to date.
The film was directed and co-written by Family Guy creator Seth Mac Farlane.
Director Darren Aronofsky cast Kunis in the film based on her performance in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and on the recommendation of co-star and close friend Natalie Portman.
She underwent a training regimen that included cardiovascular exercise, a 1,200-calorie a day diet (she lost 20 pounds that she regained after filming ended), and ballet classes for four hours a day, seven days a week.
She appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role at age 14, playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That '70s Show (1998–2006).