GORGEOUS Mila Kunis knows only too well just how fickle the world of celebrity can be.
One minute she’s named the sexiest woman alive… the next she’s papped without a scrap of make-up on.
It would be enough to send most movie stars into a diva-style strop.
Incredibly, Mila never looks at pictures of herself and she never reads what is written about her, either.
Which is just as well, after she was snapped cosmetics-free walking the dog with boyfriend Ashton Kutcher this month.
Turn the clock back two months and Mila was being crowned the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine.
And the modest star admits she finds it awkward to know how to respond to such an honour.
She says: “I don’t know how to answer that question without sounding like an a******. Either way, I am damned.
“It’s a great honour, I think it’s nice.”
Despite the accolade she says she never reads what is written about her.
She says: “I don’t Google myself, I don’t know what people are saying and, frankly, I don’t care.
“I don’t use Facebook or tweet. But there are other versions of them. There’s a network called Pack, which is a private version of Facebook, which is great.
“There are ways around these things. I’m online all the time, it’s how I get my news, information, it’s how I go shopping, everything.”
And as for those unflattering photos, she says: “I can avoid it.
“If you see a photo of yourself — just scroll right past it.
“I don’t need to feel bad about myself. And they are never good things, good things don’t sell.
“Also, it’s not real life. Just because one person online says you’re fat or ugly or tall or short, that doesn’t make it true.
“It’s one person who’s got nothing better to do.
“And it goes the same for the one person who says you are beautiful, stunning, tall, short, whatever. Skinny, anything positive that is said that you are wanting to read, you should accept the negative because they go hand in hand.
“I would rather not accept anything. And it makes no difference.”
Mila has lived her life so far in fast-forward.
A child star at 14, she has notched up more than 20 TV and film roles — including the voice of Meg in hit cartoon show Family Guy — and had an eight-year relationship while still in her twenties.
And although she turns 30 next year, the Black Swan star has no intention of slowing down.
Mila, who split from long-term love Macaulay Culkin in 2010, says: “People are a little timid about saying, ‘You know, you are turning 30 next year,’ and I’m like, ‘I know! It’s going to be awesome!”
The Ukrainian-born actress has already achieved so much.
Having moved to Los Angeles when she was seven, she enrolled in her first acting class two years later and then worked her way up the ladder the hard way.
Her parents, pharmacy manager Elvira and taxi driver Mark, emphasised the importance of education and Mila initially tried to balance going to college with the TV role that launched her as a household name in That ’70s Show.
She says: “I realised acting could be a career and not just a hobby.”
By that stage of her career, Mila had already won the YoungStar Award two years running as well as three consecutive nominations for Young Artist Awards. When her eight years on That ’70s Show ended in 2006, Mila had been shortlisted for the Teen Choice Award seven years on the trot.
But Mila was not an actress to be typecast or fail to launch herself as an adult star.
Her recent hits include Black Swan, for which she achieved a Golden Globe nomination, Ted, Friends With Benefits and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Next up is Oz: The Great And Powerful, with Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and James Franco, which will be released next year and is a tale close to her heart. Mila says: “I was nine years old and the first book I ever read in English was Return To Oz.
“I was doing an interview two years ago, way before this movie even existed, and I was asked what movie I remembered seeing as a child that changed my life.
“I said The Wizard Of Oz. It’s such a magical, beautiful movie, with so many lights and colours. It’s so fantastical that you just kind of want to immerse yourself in it as a kid.”
Oz: The Great And Powerful tells the story of Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician who is hurled away from his home in Kansas to the colourful land of Oz.
There he meets three enchantresses — played by Kunis, Weisz and Williams — and sets out on a journey to discover who is good and who is evil.
But while it might sound great fun working with two other brilliant Hollywood women, Mila admits a lot of time filming in Detroit was quite lonely. “I hung out with the others as much as I could,” says Mila.
“I was there for six months. Rachel popped in for the first month and then the last. Michelle was there in the beginning, then came back halfway through — so it was just me in Detroit.”
Despite her huge success, Mila remains a down-to-earth girl.
She would rather have a nice birthday card than an expensive present.
And since abandoning her quirky obsession with salt and pepper pots, there is nothing in particular she collects. Mila explains: “I had a baby collection of salt and pepper shakers and then I had enough.
“I had ten of them and I was like, ‘OK, this is a bad idea. What am I going to do with all these salt and pepper shakers?’ So that thing ended.
“I love thoughtful gifts. It doesn’t need to be grand, but give me a thoughtful card and I’m happy.
“I am really lucky where, if I want something, I am in a position to be able to provide for myself. But if somebody walked past something and they know I love tea, let’s say, and they gave me a beautiful bag of teas, that’s more than enough for me.”
As 2013 approaches, Mila says she will be escaping LA for a peaceful new year. But she won’t be making any resolutions.
“I don’t make New Year resolutions,” she says. “What’s the point? You might as well just do it every day anyway. And this is the truth — I try to better myself every day.
“Every day I try to do something different and better and make it a habit. And if I can put it into a muscle memory, then I feel like it’s a good thing.”