Mila Kunis Pens Powerful Essay About Her Experience with Sexism in Hollywood
The actress, who’s currently expecting her second child with Ashton Kutcher, published an op-ed on her husband’s website, A Plus. In it, she recalled the time she stood up to a producer who told her she’d “never work in this town again” after she refused to pose semi-nude on a magazine cover in order to promote a film.
“I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said ‘no.’ And guess what? The world didn’t end,” she wrote. “The film made a lot of money and I did work in this town again, and again, and again. What this producer may never realize is that he spoke aloud the exact fear every woman feels when confronted with gender bias in the workplace.”
“Throughout my career, there have been moments when I have been insulted, sidelined, paid less, creatively ignored and otherwise diminished based on my gender,” Kunis, 33, continued. “And always, I tried to give people the benefit of the doubt; maybe they knew more, maybe they had more experience, maybe there was something I was missing. I taught myself that to succeed as a woman in this industry I had to play by the rules of the boy’s club. But the older I got and the longer I worked in this industry, the more I realized that it’s bullshit!”
The That ’70s Show alum even has a plan to stand up to sexism in her life. “From this point forward, when I am confronted with one of these comments, subtle or overt, I will address them head on; I will stop in the moment and do my best to educate,” she wrote.
Read the rest of her essay here.