Interview with Mila Kunis of ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’
Mila Kunis talks about getting out of Los Angeles and being invisible.
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great And Powerful” uncovers the origins of the beloved wizard character first brought to life in L. Frank Baum’s book “The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.” As a cinematic prequel to the book, the eye-popping action follows the story of Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics. When Diggs is hurled away to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot – until he meets three witches, who aren’t convinced that he’s the great wizard everyone is expecting. Reluctantly drawn into epic problems facing Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it’s too late.
Sam Raimi is the acclaimed director behind the action-packed spectacle, which boasts a stellar cast including James Franco (“Freaks and Geeks“) as Oscar Diggs, the predestined wizard; Mila Kunis (“Family Guy“) as the tormented young witch Theodora; Rachel Weisz (“The Mummy”) as Theodora’s older sister, Evanora, the witch who rules over the Emerald City; and Michelle Williams as Glinda, the good witch.
With the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD of “Oz The Great And Powerful” just released, we chat with Mila Kunis to discover more about the project…
Geek Smash: How did you get involved with “Oz The Great And Powerful?”
Mila Kunis: When I first met with “Oz The Great And Powerful” director Sam Raimi, we talked for four hours about the different characters – but from the very beginning, I gravitated toward Theodora. I had a great meeting, but I never thought for two seconds that I would appear in the movie. But then, a week later, Sam called and offered me the role. I was like, “What? Seriously?”
GS: What was it like to walk on to the set of “Oz The Great And Powerful” for the first time?
MK: Production designer Robert Stromberg did such a beautiful job designing the sets. When you walk onto the set, you see it and you feel it. You can stand in Glinda’s castle. You can stand in the Emerald City. You can stand in the cemetery or in the Whimsy Woods. Everything was tangible and real. It was amazing.
GS: How much did you enjoy working with Sam Raimi on the project?
MK: I love Sam. He’s great, he’s brilliant, he’s sweet, he’s kind, he’s generous, and he’s wonderful. He’s a great director.
GS: What did you learn from working with him?
MK: What did I learn? I learned a lot of things. I learned how to wear a corset and I learned how to fly. I learned a lot about patience, too. Sam is incredibly patient with his crew and his cast. He’s also incredibly trustworthy. Oh, and I learned that it gets very cold in Detroit [where the movie was shot] during wintertime and very hot during spring!