Typically the cover for GQ‘s Comedy Issue has been reserved for a goofy jokester (Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen) rather than, say, a scantily clad sexpot (unless, of course, you count a nude Sacha Baron Cohen, which we most certainly do) like Mila Kunis. Then again, Kunis effortlessly pulls off both feats. (She’s really making it downright impossible for anyone to dislike her, isn’t she?)
Still, it’s not easy being funny and beautiful, as the Friends with Benefits star, who opted out of pants for the cover, told the mag, “You have no idea how hard it is for a woman in this business. A lot of people don’t even think women are funny. It’s f—ed-up, but you have to deal with guys like that. I’ve learned to roll with it.”
No kidding: Over the years, Kunis, who was subbed during Oscar nomination season for her work in the decidedly un-funny Black Swan, has held her own in popular sitcoms (That ’70s Show, Family Guy) and on the big screen (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the upcoming Friends with Benefits). But other women in the industry haven’t been awarded such luck. Says Kunis, “The bottom line is if you’re an attractive female in this industry, people just take you as that: attractive. People aren’t getting the opportunity to move beyond being attractive.”
Of course, in certain cases, when there’s just as much talent to back up the beauty, credit must be given. And the 27-year-old star did just that when she was asked who her favorite comediennes are. Said Kunis, “Lucille Ball is perfection — her timing and her commitment. Sarah Silverman is raunchy and brilliant, and people call her out for saying f—ed-up stuff that they wouldn’t have a problem with a man saying. How dare she?” Kunis then gushed about Tina Fey — branding her “a genius” and calling her New York Times best-seller Bossypants, “So funny, but never schtick-y” — and the cast of the surprise box office hit and critical darling Bridesmaids. “That movie’s full of beautiful women who are hysterical. I’m so proud of those ladies,” she said.
If this is what the new face of comedy looks like, count us in. What do you think about Mila Kunis’ comments about women — specifically, funny women — in Hollywood, PopWatchers? Let us know in the comments section below.