Mila Kunis knows that the gender wage gap is no myth. The sexism doesn't stop with salary, however. In a powerful essay posted Wednesday (November 2), the Bad Moms star shared her personal experiences with gender bias in Hollywood.
"Throughout my career, there have been moments when I have been insulted, sidelined, paid less, creatively ignored, and otherwise diminished based on my gender," she wrote. Her full story was first published on Medium, then on A Plus, a media company founded by her husband, Ashton Kutcher.
"I taught myself that to succeed as a woman in this industry I had to play by the rules of the boy’s club," Kunis continued. "But the older I got and the longer I worked in this industry, the more I realized that it’s bullshit!"
She mentioned specific instances of sexism — being told that she'd "never work in this town again" after refusing to do a half-naked photo shoot, for example — that drove her to eventually found her own production company, Orchard Farm Productions, two years ago. But despite this huge achievement, a major network's producer still called her a "mega star" because she was "soon to be Ashton's wife and baby momma." Ugh.
"This is the entirety of his email," Kunis explained. "He reduced my value to nothing more than my relationship to a successful man and my ability to bear children. It ignored my (and my team's) significant creative and logistical contributions."
Leave it to Mila to tell it like it is. Read her full essay here.