Mila Kunis has been praised for her reaction to being booed several times during a recent performance Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Last week, New York native Jimmy Kimmel returned to his hometown to host a series of performances at Howard Gilman’s Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera, where Kunis was promoting her new Netflix movie, Happiest Girl Alive. After Kunis talked about the wardrobe malfunction that happened right before the show, Kimmel said black Swan actor: “You look like you could be a New Yorker, but you’re not.”
“No, I’m not,” she confirmed, followed by a soft whistle from an audience member.
“What? Who booed?” Kunis asked the audience before jokingly apologizing to the New York crowd.
“Well, you’re not going to enjoy the rest of this conversation,” she added.
The Friends with benefits star went on to share the story of her family’s brief stay in New York when they first moved to the United States from Ukraine.
“I was born in the Ukraine, but when I came to the states I went through New York,” she said to cheers from the audience.
“Other than that, I think it was like Queens,” Kunis continued. “And then they put you up in a hotel to go through medical checks to make sure you can be allowed into the country. But it’s next to the cemetery, I remember this.’
While Kunis could only recall the cemetery across the street from the “weird” hotel she and her family were staying at, she remembered it was the first time she had a hamburger and a Coke.
Mila Kunis gets booed by New York audience on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’
“I remember the cemetery across the street and this weird hotel I was in, but the first time I had a burger was in New York and a Coca-Cola,” she said.
Kimmel noted that Kunis has a “pretty great memory” before asking if she also had pizza for the first time in New York.
“You are ready?” Kunis said, expecting more boos from the crowd of New Yorkers in the audience. “No.”
Kunis was then teased by the audience for her views on pizza, but tried to make up for it by sharing that her father worked as a Dominos pizza delivery boy when they moved to Los Angeles, California. However, this only drew more boos from the audience, suggesting that New York pizza was better than Los Angeles pies.
The That show from the 70s the graduate went on to say that her father’s job made her hate pizza because her whole family ate it at the time. Of course, the admission drew a “symphony of boos” from the crowd, to which Kunis rose from her seat and jokingly said, “I’m out of here!” before sitting back down.
“I had it every day for a year, maybe longer,” she explained. “It was too much. Because we were so poor, my dad would make us pizza for dinner and he really tried to be creative, but you can only be so creative.’
“My brother came out of it with a love for pizza, and my mom and I still say to each other, ‘Yuck, pizza,'” she added. “I choke it down because my kids like pizza, my husband likes pizza, but I’m never one to say, ‘You know what I’m craving? Pizza.'”
However, Kunis’ husband and notorious prankster Ashton Kutcher decided to get his wife a pizza oven for their anniversary. “But here’s the irony, guys. My husband got me a pizza oven for our anniversary,” she said with a laugh. “Now I not only dislike pizza, I make it!”
Kunis appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live she was praised by fans online for her “comedic timing” and easygoing attitude as she faced boos from the crowd.
“Mila Kunis is one of the funniest and most natural celebs out there,” wrote one fan on Twitter. “Her petite is also impressive. I love her comedic timing, when the crowd started booing she handled it like a boss. Great interview.”
“If you boo Mila Kunis you’re not my people,” another fan wrote on Twitter.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher got married in 2015 and have two children – seven-year-old Wyatt and five-year-old Dimitri. Earlier this year, the couple raised nearly $35 million for Ukrainian refugees amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country.
Thanks to her humanitarian efforts, Mila Kunis was recently named to Time magazine’s 2022 list of the 100 Most Influential People.
Meantime, Happiest Girl Alive viewers called on Netflix to add a trigger warning at the beginning of the movie. The 15-certificate film, released on Friday, contains intense scenes of sexual assault.
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