Mila Kunis, who was cast in That ’70s Show in 1998 at just 14 years old, worked with her first female director for The Spy Who Dumped Me.
The 34-year-old actress said she began focusing more on empowering women in Hollywood after becoming a mother – she and husband Ashton Kutcher welcomed daughter Wyatt in October 2014 and son Dimitri was born in November 2016. Now, she looks for ways to help young, female writers and directors working their ways up in Hollywood.
But not much has changed in the 20 years she’s been in the industry, she said.
Even casting the all-female Bad Moms, was a struggle, she said, as women kept dropping out of the comedy.
But the first time she saw a change was on the set of The Spy Who Dumped Me, which was put in the capable hands of Susanna Fogel, the first female director Kunis had worked with.
“There’s a noticeable difference,” she said. “No one is yelling at each other. … Nobody got mad… no screaming matches. At 7 o’clock, bye, go home. I got to see my kids for dinner. It was lovely.”
Kunis’ comments come amid a slow-moving landslide in Hollywood as women take control of their profession. The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have led to historic changes, but Frances McDormand’s call for inclusion riders at the Oscars in March also brought to light the gender disparity in behind-the-scenes crews as well.
Kunis’ only publicly announced upcoming project, the animated Wonder Park, will be directed by David Feiss after Dylan Brown was replaced amid sexual misconduct allegations. – New York Daily News/Tribune News Service
The Spy Who Dumped Me is now showing at GSC cinemas nationwide.