Both Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis have more-interesting-than-average heritages. Portman was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and her family relocated originally to Washington, D.C., when Portman was still very young. The Other Boleyn Girl star is fluent in Hebrew and speaks French. Kunis was born in the Ukraine and moved to the U.S. when she was 8. The Ted beauty is fluent in Russian.
Kunis briefly attended college at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University. Ted co-star Mark Wahlberg described Kunis as “smart, witty, very quick but also easygoing, which is a rare combination.” Portman has a psychology degree from Harvard and also received praise from director Anthony Minghella, who told USA Today that Portman is “disarmingly intelligent.”
Both Kunis and Portman have impressive careers. Portman has branched out into directing and is best known for her work with the Thor and Star Wars franchises, as well as her portrayal of Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl. Kunis has become a fan favorite for her time spent on That ’70s Show, Family Guy and Ted.
These two powerhouses collided for the movie Black Swan, which earned Portman an Oscar for Best Actress. Kunis won a Best Villain MTV Award for Oz the Great and Powerful, which may not be an Oscar, but it definitely amps up her girl-power score.
Both actresses have done ad campaigns for Christian Dior. Kunis’ smoldering ads showcased Dior bags, while Portman was the flawless face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume. On this point, we have a tie.
Two years ago, Portman gave birth to son Aleph Portman-Millepied. If you’ve been living under a rock, then you may not be aware that Kunis is pregnant with Ashton Kutcher’s baby and made headlines recently when she told fathers to stop saying “we’re pregnant.”
Speaking of sass, girl power is often tied to women who speak their minds, and both of these women have this in spades. Kunis pops off almost every time she speaks, but her more memorable moments are when she defended Justin Timberlake — in Russian — against a snarky interviewer and when she infamously proclaimed that being coy was silly. She went on to say, “Speak your mind. If a man gets turned off, he’s the wrong man.”
On feminism, Portman told Elle UK, “I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad — human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks a** and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.”