By the time “Bad Moms” came out in 2016, Mila Kunis was already a real-life mother to two young kids with her husband and former “That ’70s Show” costar, Ashton Kutcher. In the film, she plays a frazzled mom who’s over-involved in the lives of her two school-age children. With a combination of help and pushback from castmates including Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, and Jada Pinkett Smith, she learns to let loose. It was a lesson Kunis felt applied to her life offscreen, too.
“The reason I did the first [‘Bad Moms’ movie] is because I related to the ideals that I put on myself. I tried to be so perfect,” she told “The Today Show.” “I literally drove myself crazy with my first kid. [The movie] made me feel like, OK, you’re not a failure.”
Kunis’ next film role promises another transformation, this time playing a character drawn into a mystery. In Netflix’s “Luckiest Girl Alive,” she’s Ani Fanelli, a woman seeking answers from her past to help her understand who she’s become. Based on the book by Jessica Knoll, the movie is expected to air in 2022.