As one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood, Mila Kunis is the epitome of a movie star. But according to an essay released by the actress, one producer predicted she’d never make it Tinseltown.
After refusing to pose semi-nude for a men’s magazine cover in order to promote a film, Women in the World says Kunis shared in her essay for A Plus that her producer said she’d “never work in this town again.” While admitting that she used to be accommodating to such requests, Women in the World says she “had to deal with the reality that standing her ground or speaking out could cost her career,” something that Kunis offered all women fear when they are met with gender bias in the workplace.
Left feeling both objectified and angry, Women in the World reports Kunis said the experience of saying “no” made her realize that her prior complacency perpetuated the “boys’ club” mentality that pervades the industry. But once she freed herself from those constraints, she sought to create a workplace where women would not feel such pressure.
Forming her own production company with the help of three other women, Women in the World says the actress “began work to develop shows ‘with unique voices and perspectives.'” While the gender bias followed her to this role — as Women in the World report a producer they were working with referred to her in an email solely as “soon to be Ashton’s wife and baby momma!!!” — the actress says she is “done compromising; even more so, I’m done with being compromised.”
With women all over the world receiving similar treatment, Kunis concluded her essay vowing to use her platform to make other women feel “less alone” in their struggles with sexism.