Mila Kunis: “Ashton & I Wanted Kids So Bad”

A Bad Moms Christmas star Mila Kunis covers NET-A-PORTER’s digital magazine The EDIT, and opens up about family life with husband, The Ranch star Ashton Kutcher, and their two children — daughter Wyatt, 3, and son Dimitri, 11 months.

On raising their kids right: “I don’t think any parent wants to be responsible for a child that grows up to be an a******. I want to raise a kid that I would be friends with. I’m not friends with my daughter now — she’s not my friend, she’s my daughter — but later in life. In my 20s, [my mom] became a friend of mine.”

On their kids cursing: “My daughter has used ‘f***.’ She just went, ‘Ah, f*** this!’ Ashton and I looked at each other, acknowledged it and walked away and giggled to ourselves. Yeah, I’m not proud of it.”

On being “a mess” when it comes to her children: “[My kids are] where my vulnerability is. My job, it comes and goes. You don’t get a job, you get a job, you don’t get a job. Your kids, you just want one thing.”

On sticking to a schedule: “[We have] routined the s*** out of our kids. We pick out my daughter’s clothes the night before, I make her lunch the night before, it’s all in the fridge in the morning when we wake up. One of us grabs the baby — probably me, because I nurse the little one — [Ashton] goes for Wyatt. Dresses Wyatt, brushes teeth, potties. We go downstairs, we eat our breakfast, we chit-chat, we play some music, off to school she goes. Done!”

On wanting a family: “Ashton and I wanted kids so bad; we were so ready to be parents. We were able to have this little family the way we wanted, and I’m so grateful for it and it’s the one thing that I can’t control.”

On how Ashton helped her hone her career from behind the scenes: “Honestly, full disclosure, when I started dating Ashton, I was like, ‘I don’t want to know [about the] business side, it makes me so uncomfortable.’ And he said, ‘Right, stop, get on the call.’ And then I started educating myself, getting the language right. I would ask him questions, Googled lots of things, and now I know what everybody’s doing, I know what I can do, I know what I can ask for. I am way more involved than I was five years ago. I’ve been in the industry 25 years and only five years ago I started. Think about that, perspective-wise.”

On learning to say “no” during her career: “When I was 19, I made a conscious decision to surround myself with people [who are] better and smarter than I am. Prior to that point, any job that came my way, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll do this piece of s***! Who cares, acting’s fun. When I decided it was going to be my career, I reined everything in: ‘No, I don’t want to do this movie – it’s great on paper, but I’m gonna hold out.'”

For more from Mila, go to THE EDIT

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