Mila Kunis Is Taking On Hollywood With This Powerful Open Letter

photo: Glamour


Mila Kunis, besides being Meg in Family Guy, is a woman to admire. She’s a fierce girl, defined by her ambition and great sense of humor. Now she’s taken on sexism. “If this is happening to me, it is happening more aggressively to women everywhere.” She says in her open letter for aplus magazine.

Here ar some of the shocking revelations she shared in her open letter . . .

‘You’ll never work in this town again.’

‘A cliché to be sure, but also what a producer threatened when I refused to pose semi-naked on the cover of a men’s magazine to promote our film. I was no longer willing to subject myself to a naïve compromise that I had previously been willing to. “I will never work in this town again?”

I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said “no.” And guess what? The world didn’t end. The film made a lot of money and I did work in this town again, and again, and again. What this producer may never realize is that he spoke aloud the exact fear every woman feels when confronted with gender bias in the workplace.’

‘ . . . it will be 136 years before women are paid equally to men.’

‘136 years. And the pay gap is but one clear quantification of the acute undervaluing of the contributions of women in the workplace.

Throughout my career, there have been moments when I have been insulted, sidelined, paid less, creatively ignored, and otherwise diminished based on my gender. And always, I tried to give people the benefit of the doubt; maybe they knew more, maybe they had more experience, maybe there was something I was missing.’

‘I’m done compromising; even more so, I’m done with being compromised.’

‘So from this point forward, when I am confronted with one of these comments, subtle or overt, I will address them head on; I will stop in the moment and do my best to educate. I cannot guarantee that my objections will be taken to heart, but at least now I am part of creating an environment where there is the opportunity for growth. And if my comments fall on deaf ears, I will choose to walk away.’

Read the full letter here.


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Beth is the Managing Editor of CGD. She is a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy, has published a short story and loves to read creative writing manuals in her spare time.

  • Jessica Wen

    Mila Kunis is such an inspiring woman! Not only is it important to stand up for yourself, but you are also standing up for all women who face these problems all over the world. Be brave!

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