Mila Kunis, who was born in Ukrainehas said that she often tells people that she is Russian.
the Friends with Benefits star was born in the Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi. In 1991, when she was 7 years old, her family fled from Soviet Ukraine to the United States.
In a new interview with Maria Shriver for Conversations on Noise, Kunis said: “People were like, ‘Oh, you’re so Eastern European.’ I said, ‘I’m so LA! What do you mean?’ Like, all my life, I’ve said, ‘I’m LA through and through.’
Kunis says that because she identifies so well as an American, for a long time she was Ukrainian and felt “inappropriate” for her, despite having close friends in the country and visiting with her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher.
She said that whenever people asked where she was from, she would say she was Russian for “a multitude of reasons”.
Kunis continued: “One of them is when I come to the United States and I’m going to tell people I’m from Ukraine, the first question I get is, ‘Where is Ukraine?’ And then I had to explain Ukraine and its location on the map, and I said, ‘Ugh, that’s exhausting.’
She soon realized that if she said she was from Russia, people would know what she meant. “I said, great, I will only tell people from Russia,” she said.
Kunis said everything changed for her when Russia invaded Ukraine last month. “This happened and I couldn’t put into words or explain what had happened to me, but all of a sudden I was like, ‘God, I feel like a part of my heart has just been ripped out,” she said. “It was the strangest feeling,” she said.
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She said that she will no longer tell people that she is from Russia. “No, I’m from Ukraine!” she speaks.
Kunis and Kutcher have raised more than 13 million pounds to support victims of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
Last week, the couple announced that they would be donating up to $3 million (£2.5 million) to help provide humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees.
In a video appeal, Kunis said that “there is no place in the world for this kind of unprovoked attack on humanity”.
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