Born in the USSR in 1983, Milena or Mila as the world knows her, has had quite the life experience so far. When Mila was seven years old, her family made their way to the U.S.A. with help from a state lottery system.
Mila was quoted as saying, “It took about five years. If you got chosen the first time around, you went to Moscow, where there was another lottery, and you maybe got chosen again. Then you could come to the States.”
At age 9, Mila’s dad signed her up for acting classes. Her first gig was a Barbie commercial! Isn’t that where all today’s Academy Award winning stars begin their acting careers? Mila – the Academy will be calling soon…I feel it. While staring in commercials, print-ads and modeling campaigns, 1998 was when she got her big break.
Tryouts for a little show called “That 70s Show” were happening and Mila was going out for the part of Jackie Burkhart. The casting directors wanted the actress to be 18+ to play the part; Mila was 14 at the time of the tryout. She finagled her way into the role by telling the casting directors that she would eventually be 18. Point Mila. She ended up winning the role that lasted for 8 years and became a launching point for her movie career.
A factoid that surprised me about Mila was when I learned she was the voice of Meg on “Family Guy.” Another factoid: Mila replaced Lacey Chabert aka Gretchen Weiners in that role.
Starting in 2001, Mila’s movie career began; staring in a bunch of films, including “Get Over It,” “American Psycho 2,” “After Sex,” among many others. It wasn’t until her role in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” where she really caused some heads to turn. Fun fact: Mila scored this role after unsuccessfully trying out for “Knocked Up.” Playing Rachel Jansen, this character earned Mila her first Teen Choice nomination.
Next up for discussion, the year of the “Black Swan.” Mila had to go through a lot and when I say a lot…I mean a lot for this role. Her training regimen consisted of a gross amount of cardio, a 1,200-calorie a day diet and 4-hour ballet classes all week…and by week I mean seven days, not five. During filming, Mile got some nice gifts that included a torn ligament and a dislocated shoulder. She also unnecessarily lost 20 lbs, but gained it back after filming…point Mila!
After this filmed killed it at the box office, Mila hit another homerun with “Friends with Benefits,” alongside Justin Timberlake. She got real intimate with the previous boy band member. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend adding it to your Netflix.
As for her personal life, Mila recently broke up with her long-time boyfriend, Macaulay Culkin. I was totally blown out of the water when I heard that these two were even dating! I bet Culkin is extra pissed because Mila won the Holy Grail of Hot award at the 2011 Spike Guys’ Choice Awards.
Why do I want to have dinner with Mila:
Mila looks like a blast in a glass. I can already picture us laughing over a funny story and chatting about which celebrities she has seen blackout drunk.
One question I couldn’t leave without asking:
Who was a better canoodler…Justin, Ashton or Natalie? I’m giving my vote to JT. He did tame Britney after all.
Where I would want to have dinner:
Outback Steakhouse…I think it would be enjoyable to share a bloomin onion with Mila and talk about her “Black Swan” experience.