So what was it like for Mila Kunis to step into the wonderful world of Oz?
Recently I had the opportunity to take an amazing trip through the land of Oz and interview many of the star studded cast. We had the opportunity to interview the beautiful and hilarious Mila Kunis who plays Theodora in Oz the Great and Powerful which will blowing into theaters March 8th. Mila sat down with me and a great group of my blogging buddies to talk about her role and how she fit in to the land of Oz. Here’s just a few things she had to say.
On Doing Her First “Family” Film
I’ve never done a family movie. This is very true. Oh, touche. I’ve never done a non R rated movie.
On Her First Experience With Oz
The first book — I came to America when I was seven and a half in 91. I think the first book when I was nine years old, full length book in English that I read was Return to Oz. And I’ve spoken about this completely independent of this movie prior to ever being attached to this film that as a kid the first movie that I remember seeing that, that, uh, resonated with me was the Wizard of Oz. I think just visually the color, the spectrum of it and how fantastical it was and how much you wanted to live in that world, for a nine year old was so magical and so grand so I have the greatest, fondest memories of it.
On Her Favorite Scene in Oz
What was my favorite scene to do? It wasn’t the waterfall sequence I’ll tell you that, ‘cause it was dirty. But, my favorite? I think appearing in Glinda’s castle is really fun for me. It was a long day.. but was really fun. If you asked me while I was there I probably would have been miserable but, but it was really fun to do ‘cause I got to, Michelle and I never had anything to do other than that one scene and we really wanted to work with one another and that was our one and only opportunity to do it.
On the Sets and Special Effects of Oz
I didn’t have a lot of green screen. They build most sets. When this castle was tangible, Emerald City was tangible, the forest, the woods was tangible, the cemetery, everything was there. So it’s not like I had to imagine things, uh, and as far as wire work goes, I had fun with it. The next project that I’m doing is a lot more wire work so I’ll let you know after that one but in this one it was really fun,
Photo courtesy of Jeanne Eschenberg Sager of insideoutmotherhood.com
On Working With the Oz Cast
James and I, it’s our eight movie together, eight project together so he doesn’t count. We’re stuck with one another. Rachel and I had a fantastic time. we had so much fun and Michelle and I literally get to do one thing together and I are dying to work more so we all had a great time and Detroit was really fun, FYI, in case anybody wants to go to Detroit. I love it. I did.
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On Getting into Her “Evil” Character
Nothing different. I mean, you know, she’s a young, naïve girl who gets her heart broken and then grows a nose. Like everything kind of happens independent of me, just adds on to the fantastical element of it. I think, you know, truthfully it’s just a great who gets her heart broken like I said earlier. I really don’t find her to be any different. You can put her in a romantic movie, you can put her in a non-romantic film. A girl gets her heat broken. She got her heart broken. This one has a negative side effect. She takes a bite of an apple and things go wrong.
On The Witch She Likes Playing the Most
Truth is I do find that it’s the same character, I really do. I think it’s just a woman scorned and it’s a character that goes through a transformation, an emotional transformation of a heartache and just so happens to transform in color but I think that the deep rooted aspect of it is just, you know, a broken heart so I think it’s the same thing. It was fun to play both, for sure.
How was the makeup?
I think the beginning process was four hours and by the end a little under two. Putting the makeup on, not a problem. Taking the makeup off, every night it makes your face swell. Like it legitimately puffs it up. If you imagine whipping your skin every day, that’s what it does and it’s a full prosthetic piece. I had two pieces and it’s the bottom part and then the nose and the eyebrows. And it doesn’t matter how gently Howard did it and Howard — the special effects is a beautiful job, you rip the skin. You’re constantly pulling at your skin every single night so it does, it makes it — wherever Tracy is. It puffs it up a little bit, right? Tracy did all the makeup for all my films on a normal basis. But like the prosthetics, I don’t understand like you take it off.
It’s awful. It’s awful. It’s not even pleasant and the smell of something called Snappy G which is the gluing adhesive. They glue it with like a cement type glue to your face. I think that if I had to smell it today it would probably make me cry.
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL lands in theaters on March 8th!
Disclosure: I attended a blogger event for purposes of covering this movie and event. However all opinions expressed are my own and I’m REALLY excited about this upcoming film!