Read Mila Kunis's 6-Word Memoir About Her Experience With Immigration

Along with other celebrities, such as Aziz Ansari, George Takei, and Regina Spektor.

Most of us don't have to look very far to see all the hard-working immigrants who help make the United States great. For some of us, it's our parents, grandparents, and cousins. For others, it's co-workers, neighbors, and friends. But, at the very least, one glance at the small or silver screen will show us some of the immigrants who have made their dreams come true in this country. 

To help people better understand immigrants in the U.S., — something that's becoming increasingly important given the current political climate — ABC's Fresh Off The Boat teamed up with the Six-Word Memoirs book series to produce a collection of stories from people sharing their experiences with immigration in just six words. Several celebrities offered up their six-word memoirs for the book. 

Mila Kunis is one them. The 34-year-old actress and mom-of-two was born in the Ukraine but came to the United States on a religious-refugee visa when she was 7 years old. 


Kunis's parents are Jewish and fled to America to avoid antisemitism occurring in the Soviet Union at the time. They landed in Los Angeles in 1991 with only $250 in their pockets. And, by the time she started school in L.A., Kunis spoke only Russian. 

Since then, Kunis has done a pretty decent job at showing her parents they made a great decision. At just 14 years old, she became one of the stars of That '70s Show, alongside her now husband and A Plus co-founder, Ashton Kutcher. By 1999, she became the voice actress for Meg Griffin on Family Guy. Now, her resume is full of feature films such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Black Swan, Ted, Friends With Benefits, and Bad Moms. 

Based on the words she chose for her six-word memoir, it's safe to say she appreciates her parents for the sacrifices they made so that she could have these opportunities. Her six words? 

"A better life for our children." 

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Kunis's parents moved her and her brother to the U.S. so they could have a brighter future. Now, Kunis is able to provide her daughter, Wyatt, and son, Dimitri, with the same opportunity. 

She has been very vocal about her appreciation for her parents' sacrifice in the past. In an interview with Glamour last year, she opened up about some of the challenges they faced as immigrants. 

"My parents went through hell and back," she said. "My parents, for years, worked full-time and went to college full-time. They would go to night school to learn English. My mom started working at Thrifty in Culver City as a box lady. That's what she did until she learned English; then she became a cashier. My dad worked — f--k if I know — seven jobs? He painted a house. He would deliver toilets. He drove a cab, delivered pizzas. Whatever he could do, he did. Ultimately, my dad owned cabs, and my mom worked her way up to manager of a Rite-Aid; they bought a car and a condo. But growing up poor, I never missed out on anything. My parents did a beautiful job of not making me feel like I was lesser than any other kids." 

Other celebrities with their own immigration stories have also contributed their own six-word memoirs to the book including Aziz Ansari ("Every immigrant's journey is truly incredible"), George Takei ("Even after internment, still love America"), and Regina Spektor ("America, thanks for adopting my family"). 

You can read more six-word memoirs when Six Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America is released on September 5. 

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