Mila Kunis entered the room. She looked around in awe at the twenty-five “mommy bloggers” assembled to talk to about her role as Theadora in Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful. She asked us, “when did this start happening?” questioning when was the infusion of estrogen in the press core began. I pointed out that we’d been covering films for a while, but that she just hadn’t been in a family film before. She replied, realizing this fact saying, “I’ve never done a family movie. This is very true. Oh, touché. I’ve never done a non-R rated movie.”
When she replied to me, looking straight into my eyes, I melted just a bit. I am very much heterosexual but I suddenly was in the throws of a great big girl crush. She had me at “touché.”
Mila Kunis just comes off as totally cool, down-to-earth and someone you’d totally want to grab a beer with. But I digress, we weren’t there for me to try to woe her in being my friend, we were there to talk to her about her role in Oz The Great and Powerful, her first foray into the realm of the family film.
What was your experience with the Wizard of Oz as a kid?
I came to America when I was seven and a half in 91. I think I read the first book when I was nine years old, the first full length book in English that I read was Return to Oz. And I’ve spoken about this completely independent of this movie prior to ever being attached to this film, that as a kid the first movie that I remember seeing that resonated with me was The Wizard of Oz. I think just visually the color, the spectrum of it and how fantastical it was and how much you wanted to live in that world, for a nine year old it was so magical and so grand so I have the greatest, fondest memories of it.
How are you experiencing the family genre?
Well I’m in a room full of mommies so let’s be clear, this is new.
Do you feel a different response?
Yeah, I can’t curse. No, truthfully…like the mouse is gonna get so mad, you guys, you don’t even know. The truth is oddly enough, here’s what I realized, I thought the questions would be a little bit more demure like from not you guys but from others and they’re not. They’re just as obnoxious and awful as when you do an R-rated film so I learned – nothing changes. You can do a movie for Disney or not. People will still ask you inappropriate questions. So, in order to answer it, do I feel like there’s a difference in promoting it? Apparently not. They still put you in a room with these people that apparently have no difference whether you’re making a family driven show or otherwise. But I do realize it’s very sad to me. This is the first film that I’ve done that’s not R rated. It’s a really weird connection.
What was your favorite scene?
What was my favorite scene to do? Tt wasn’t the waterfall sequence, I’ll tell you that, ‘cause it was dirty. But, uh, my favorite? I think appearing in Glinda’s castle is really fun for me just ‘cause it was an extra ten days to shoot. It was a long day. Hindsight 20/20 it was really fun. If you asked me while I was there, I probably would have been miserable but it was really fun to do. Because I got to (have a scene with Michelle Williams). Michelle and I never had anything to do other than that one scene and we really wanted to work with one another and that was our one and only opportunity to do it.
Did you like the technical aspects of the film?
You know what? It actually wasn’t so hard. I mean I think people prepared me for like a lot of green screen. I didn’t have a lot of green screen. They build most sets. When this castle was tangible, Emerald City was tangible, the forest, the woods was tangible, the cemetery, everything was there. So it’s not like I had to imagine things, uh, and as far as wire work goes, I had fun with it. The next project that I’m doing is a lot more wire work so I’ll let you know after that one but in this one it was really fun, yeah.
Do you have the doll?
Do you play with it?
I just got it two days ago. It’s still in his box. I won’t lie, I’ve shown it to everybody that walks into the house because, let me be clear…tt’s not just a doll. It’s a Disney doll. Like that’s a whole lot of me, like not of me green, of me like the early part. I’m like hey you guys, have you seen this? Check this out? See this. Everybody that walks into the house. Like I don’t even care. I’m like, bring the doll because it’s a Disney doll. It’s insane. It’s insane. But no it’s still in its box. I think you can buy it at Target. Not to say that I know these things but I think you may.
Tell me about working with the cast.
James and I, I think counted — it’s our eight movie together, eight project together so he doesn’t count. We’re stuck with one another. Rachel and I had a fantastic time. we had so much fun and Michelle and I literally get to do one thing together and I are dying to work more so we all had a great time and Detroit was really fun, FYI, in case anybody wants to go to Detroit. I love it. I did.
What age do you think it’s good for?
Oh, I don’t know. I don’t. I, I think that what kids now watch now a days is different than what kids watch when I was young so I don’t know. I think that it’s up to the parents to decided. That’s the truth. I’m not a parent. I have no idea, but I think some parents let a ten year old watch it and some parents wouldn’t. I have no say in it.
Listen, it’s a little spooky at times ‘cause like it’s 3D and things poke out at you but like … They can see that on the internet. That’s not frightening for children now a days. The green thing I don’t think frightens kids. Like it frightened me when I was like little because I didn’t have the internet and didn’t have all these other things that were, you know, in front of me at all times and accessible. These days, I don’t think these things scare kids. I think that kids are so desensitized to violence and I don’t mean this in a negative way whatsoever, but, I just think it’s the reality that I think that it’s just all changing so I don’t know.
SPOILER ALERT BELOW:
Which witch do you like playing more?
Truth is I do find that it’s the same character, I really do. I think it’s just a woman scorned and it’s a character that goes through a transformation, an emotional transformation of a heartache and just so happens to transform in color but I think that the deep rooted aspect of it is just, you know, a broken heart so I think it’s the same thing. It was fun to play both, for sure.
How was the transition in make-up chair?
I think the beginning process was four hours and by the end a little under two. Putting the makeup on, not a problem. Taking the makeup off, every night it makes your face swell. Like it legitimately puffs it up. If you imagine whipping your skin every day, that’s what it does and it’s a full prosthetic piece. I had two pieces and it’s the bottom part and then the nose and the eyebrows. And it doesn’t matter how gently Howard did it and Howard — the special effects guy who did a beautiful job — you rip the skin. You’re constantly pulling at your skin every single night.
It’s awful. It’s awful. It’s not even pleasant and the smell of something called Snappy G which is the gluing adhesive. They glue it with like a cement type glue to your face. I think that if I had to smell it today it would probably make me cry. Like that would be my natural reaction. I’d be like oh, god. It’s not pleasant.
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