By Lina Bryce
Mila Kunis sat down with Glamour to not only talk about her career, family, and husband Ashton Kutcher, but to also discuss her family’s struggle having come to the United States when she was only eight-years-old as Jewish refugees from the Ukraine.
My parents went through hell and back. They came to America with suitcases and a family of seven and $250, and that’s it. My parents, for years, worked full-time and went to college full-time. They would go to night school to learn English. My mom started working at Thrifty in Culver City as a box lady. That’s what she did until she learned English; then she became a cashier. My dad worked—f–k if I know—seven jobs? He painted a house. He would deliver toilets. He drove a cab, delivered pizzas. Whatever he could do, he did. Ultimately, my dad owned cabs, and my mom worked her way up to manager of a Rite-Aid; they bought a car and a condo. But growing up poor, I never missed out on anything. My parents did a beautiful job of not making me feel like I was lesser than any other kids.
Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, it is clear that Kunis is referencing the Republican Presidential Candidate when she makes a reference to the Syrian-refugee issue and building a wall on the Mexican border.
…The whole Syrian-refugee thing—we came here on a religious-refugee visa, and I’m not going to blow this country up. I’m clearly paying taxes. I’m not taking anything away. So the fact that people look at what’s happening and are like, “Pfft, they’re going to blow sh-t up”? It saddens me how much fear we’ve instilled in ourselves. And going from there to the whole, “Hey, let’s build a wall between Los Angeles and Mexico”.… I don’t even have to answer that one.
If you were expecting her to skewer Trump, you might be surprised that Kunis doesn’t blame him entirely for the fear he’s pandering to.
“There’s no point. It’s a really great sound bite. And it got him far. Nobody should be mad at him; we did it to ourselves.”