Mila Kunis Raised $37 Million for War Refugee Relief: ‘I’m So Proud to Be from Ukraine’

Mila Kunis joins Quinta Brunson, Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Hudson as one of Individuals’ 2022 Individuals of the Year! Search for each of the four covers on magazine kiosks this week and read more underneath from Kunis’ noteworthy meeting in the new issue. As settler stories go, Mila Kunis’ is pretty much a normal American story.

She was born in 1983 in the then-Soviet city of Chernivtsi (situated in present-day Ukraine), where she and her family members, some of whom endure the Holocaust, saw others confronting against Semitism, persecution and absence of chance get together and move. It was a move her granddad determinedly opposed until — in a bend deserving of Hollywood — he saw Disneyland.

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“His brother had moved to L.A. during the ’70s,” makes sense of the 39-year-old entertainer and maker. “At the point when my granddad visited, he took him, and it, out of every other place on earth, changed his viewpoint on the potential outcomes of the West. He returned to Russia and said, ‘We’re leaving.’ ”

In February, when Russian powers attacked Ukraine, Kunis — who moved to L.A. in 1991 at age 7 after her family got visas as strict displaced people — couldn’t envision the fear of being compelled to escape. However, she knew well the vulnerability that accompanies leaving a home you might in all likelihood at no point ever find in the future.

Accordingly, she and spouse Ashton Kutcher sent off Stand With Ukraine, a GoFundMe benefiting flexport.org and airbnb.org, associations offering supplies and momentary lodging to millions dislodged. Until now, the work has raised more than $37 million — and the mission proceeds. “We can’t become desensitized,” says Kunis, who contributed $3 million herself.

“Helping — not in any event, asking, simply doing — ought to be our standard.” You’ve been a candid backer for Ukrainians this year.

It’s interesting you say “blunt.” I’ve generally taken a gander at individuals who were “candid” as the ones who ramble yet act nearly nothing.

This was one of the main times I’ve at any point stood up against being humanitarian, on the grounds that for this situation there could have been no alternate approach to getting this cultivated.

At the point when we saw Putin was pursuing the whole country, we realized an enormous emergency was going to result.


How could you be ready to activate the Stand With Ukraine pledge drive so rapidly? The advantage of the circumstance was we lacked opportunity and energy to overthink things.

Since I’m from Ukraine, I began getting calls from individuals who [wanted to help and] thought I knew the governmental issues or had a comprehension of NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] on the ground. That was my acknowledgment: In the event that they don’t have the foggiest idea who to go to, how might anyone? There were issues we realized we could help address. So Ashton and I said, “OK, let’s get it done.” In the span of 24 hours, we had GoFundMe ready.

Has this been a valuable chance to acquaint them with their legacy — and to reconnect to yours? My children were continuously going to grow up eating my mom’s food.

My folks and I communicate in Russian to one another, so they’ve grown up with that. They’ve normally tracked down pride in being half Ukrainian. In all actuality I’m exceptionally American.

I was brought up in Los Angeles. All things considered, I’ve never been more pleased to be from Ukraine. I’m so respected my children can carry on that legacy.

At the point when you’re close to nothing, all you believe that should do is acclimatize. However horrendous as such countless things seem to be in this present reality, the “You’re unique, and that is something cool” feeling of character is new. I’m thankful for that. President Zelenskyy by and by said thanks to you for your help and assurance.

Yet, that wasn’t your most memorable gathering, correct? Around quite a while back a change of [the Ukrainian series Worker of the People] was being looked L.A. I had an arrangement with ABC, and I was attempting frantically to carry the show to the organization. We eventually got outbid, however all the while, I conversed with this entertainer named Zelenskyy.

Years after the fact I was perusing the information and saw Ukraine had another president. I contemplated internally, “A Jewish president? Mazel tov!

That name sounds so natural.” I looked through my messages and was like, “I know him!” Our own little meet-adorable. As you select activities to deliver — like the current year’s Most fortunate Young lady On the planet, in which you additionally featured — do you and Ashton run thoughts by one another? I’m the sovereign of irritating him the entire day. I’m a Web image!

On the off chance that he’s on a Zoom, I simply stroll over and get my inquiry on paper, similar to, Focus on me. What’s more, that is the wonderful thing about sharing an office.

How would you and Ashton converse with your kids about troublesome world occasions like this? [Our daughter] Wyatt is 8, and [our son] Dimitri is just about 6. Kids’ cerebrums, however lovely and rich as they may be, aren’t equipped for processing this measure of data at the same time. So we give them enough to figure out what’s going on the planet without the subtleties.

Do they have any idea about that these two nations are at war? Indeed. Do they realize honest individuals are biting the dust? Indeed. Yet, we don’t watch the news with them.

They needn’t bother with the visuals. We simply maintain that they should comprehend the world is bigger than they are. Discovering that perspective is rarely too soon.

But at the same time there’s a piece of you that needs to shield your child from the things they don’t actually know are conceivable. What’s more, my girl’s actual delicate.

At the point when we read Charlie and the Chocolate Production line together, she was like, “That kid is starving! Is there any valid reason why they won’t take care of him?” I thought, “Youngster, you are not prepared for this world.” Has this been a valuable chance to acquaint them with their legacy — and to reconnect to yours? My children were continuously going to grow up eating my mom’s food. My folks and I communicate in Russian to one another, so they’ve grown up with that. They’ve normally tracked down pride in being half Ukrainian.

In all actuality I’m exceptionally American. I was brought up in Los Angeles. All things considered, I’ve never been more pleased to be from Ukraine.

I’m so regarded my children can carry on that legacy.  At the point when you’re nearly nothing, all you maintain that should do is acclimatize.

However horrendous as such countless things may be in this present reality, the “You’re unique, and that is something cool” feeling of character is new. I’m appreciative for that.

President Zelenskyy by and by expressed gratitude toward you for your help and assurance. In any case, that wasn’t your most memorable gathering, correct? Around quite a while back a revamp of [the Ukrainian series Worker of the People] was being looked L.A. I had an arrangement with ABC, and I was attempting frantically to carry the show to the organization.

We at last got outbid, however all the while, I conversed with this entertainer named Zelenskyy. Years after the fact I was perusing the information and saw Ukraine had another president.

I contemplated internally, “A Jewish president? Mazel tov! That name sounds so natural.” I looked through my messages and was like, “I know him!”


Our own little meet-charming. As you select ventures to deliver — like the current year’s Most fortunate Young lady On the planet, in which you additionally featured — do you and Ashton run thoughts by one another? I’m the sovereign of irritating him the entire day. I’m a Web image!

On the off chance that he’s on a Zoom, I simply stroll over and record my inquiry on paper, similar to, Focus on me.  Furthermore, that is the wonderful thing about sharing an office.

How would both of you unwind? We both like a glass of wine. You need a rec? Red? White? I love Stag’s Jump. I love Nocking Point. I like Paso Robles. I’m not bougie using any and all means.

I began drinking rich Chardonnays, which I later acknowledged was really messy. Obviously, rich Chardonnay is an eye roll. Yet, it’s like, “F you, man. It simply tastes great.” I’m no egotist.

In an extreme year, what’s given you the most expectation? Other than wine? [Laughs] Legit reply, incredibly messy: my kids.

They have this inherent capacity to give sympathy without being instructed. They really want to help without being inquired. Kids today think more around the world than I was raised to.

It makes them mindful their general surroundings is such a great deal bigger, and they get a superior feeling of what they can give. This age of big scholars will have an immense effect.

To help, go to gofundme.com/stand-with-ukraine