The Friends with Benefits actress — who’s been dating her former That 70’s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher since last spring — traveled halfway across the world to Zambia last week and was photographed shopping at a high-end jeweler.
Inevitably, it fueled rumors that she and her 34-year-old beau of nearly 12 months were browsing for engagement rings.
Not so, according to a local businessman who spoke to Kunis.
“She is the new face of Kagem, a local emerald mine,” Chalimba Phiri told Celebuzz in an exclusive interview. “She’s currently shooting in our game parks called South Luangwa National Park.
“I’m told the shoot went very well. We had a bunch of paparazzi trying to crash the party.”
Kagem is known as Africa’s largest emerald mine, producing 15-20 percent of the world’s emerald production.
“A friend of mine is cutting the emeralds for Mila,” Phiri said of the 29-year-old actress. “The emeralds are both for the campaign and her gifts.”
Still, she found time to mix with locals and even talked about her love life with Kutcher – and also his ex Demi Moore, our onlooker said.
“She did say she’s dating Ashton. She joked about stealing him from Demi,” Phiri revealed. “And I joked about wanting Demi.”
Kunis’ quip comes just one month after The Two and a Half Men star finally filed for divorce from 50-year-old Moore; the pair had ended their six-year marriage more than 12 months before.
Not surprisingly, the newly-minted Sexiest Woman Alive won the over the locals with her down-to-earth charm.
“She talked about coming from a small town and her roots,” Phiri said. “I went to school in Wichita, Kansas, so we joked about small towns. She has a great personality.”
This isn’t Kunis’ first time putting her best face forward as a glamorous model. Just last year she was named as the new face of Christian Dior.
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