OnlyOnAOL: What shocked Mila Kunis the most about motherhood

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Mila Kunis On "Bad Moms"

By: Donna Freydkin

One time in the not-so distant past, Mila Kunis and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, were leaving a restaurant with their daughter Wyatt, almost 2. It was close to naptime, the kid was on the verge of a meltdown, and Kunis turned to her better half, saying that their daughter was being, well, difficult.

She got side-eye from a bystander for being honest. But let's face it. Kids are irrational and demanding. They have tantrums in public. They demand all the berries. They won't share. And that's perfectly ok. Her husband got it. "That's how you know you've found your human," she says.

Kunis plays a woman on the verge of her own breakdown in "Bad Moms," a raunchy, honest, smart, spot-on comedy about women striving to have it all -- and failing. Kunis' Amy works full-time at a part-time job. Her husband doesn't pull his weight. Her kids are entitled. And she spends her tidbits of free time rushing from soccer to PTA meetings to vet appointments. She finds her soulmates in Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell, who help her face down her nemesis (Christina Applegate).

Mila Kunis visits AOL Hq for Build on July 20, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam Galai"I'm so proud of this movie," says Kunis. "If you're a guy you'll find it just as funny. Men innately struggle with the same issues. Men try to have it all. In the grand of scheme of things, it's the same idea. Humor is humor. It transcends everything."

In her real life, Kunis, pregnant with her second child, can relate. "I'm learning that it's ok to take a moment. And my husband totally supports that," she says. "I'm my own last priority. I can only be as good of a mom as I am of a woman. You have to be true to yourself and be a little selfish."

Mila Kunis visits AOL Hq for Build on July 20, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam GalaiMila Kunis visits AOL Hq for Build on July 20, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam GalaiMila Kunis visits AOL Hq for Build on July 20, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam GalaiAnd yet, motherhood is fetishized, and it's largely verboten to talk about how boring and exhausting so much of it can be. Which is why it's so refreshing to see a movie in which having a kid isn't the be-all, end-all path to self-actualization.

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"It's about somebody who's acknowledging reality and takes the power back in her hands to try and make herself a little bit happier. I know that I, as a mother of only 21 months, have completely put myself last, in every aspect of life," says Kunis.

She adores her daughter. "The type of love you have for this human is unexplainable. There's nothing she can do that wouldn't make me love her. I love my husband. I love my family. This is just different," says Kunis.

And Kunis has learned a few lessons over the past two years.

"Here's what shocked me the most. Before having a kid, I always wondered whether something was affected by nature versus nurture? What I learned from having a baby is that so much of who she is, is nature. I could nurture that nature. I can help mold who she is. I can't change her. It has nothing to do with my husband or I. She is who she is," says Kunis.

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Mila Kunis attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Jupiter Ascending" at TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Mila Kunis attends Burberry's "London in Los Angeles" event at the Griffith Observatory on Thursday, April 16, 2015. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Mila Kunis seen at Warner Bros' Los Angeles Premiere of "Jupiter Ascending" on Monday, Feb 2, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne seen at Warner Bros' Los Angeles Premiere of "Jupiter Ascending" on Monday, Feb 2, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Actors Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, and David Ajala arrives at the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Jupiter Ascending' at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 2, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19: Mila Kunis (L) and Ashton Kutcher attend a basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19: Actors Ashton Kucher and Mila Kunis react after being shown on the video board during the 'kiss me camera' feature during the game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 10: Actress Mila Kunis with Craig Ferguson on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON, scheduled to air Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 10: Actress Mila Kunis with Craig Ferguson on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON, scheduled to air Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Actors Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher attend the game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won 9-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 09: Actress Mila Kunis arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Third Person' at Pickford Center for Motion Study on June 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 09: Actress Mila Kunis arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Third Person' at Pickford Center for Motion Study on June 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 25: Actors Ashton Kutcher (L) and Mila Kunis attend day 1 of 2014 Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 25, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Actress Mila Kunis poses in the press room at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Actress Mila Kunis speaks onstage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for MTV)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 27: (L-R) President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures Dan Fellman, actress Mila Kunis and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara attend Warner Bros. Pictures' “The Big Picture”, an Exclusive Presentation Highlighting the Summer of 2014 and Beyond during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 22: Mila Kunis (L) and Ashton Kutcher attend a basketball between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Ashton Kutcher (L) and Mila Kunis attend basketball games between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Mila Kunis (Detail) attends a basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Jim Beam Bourbon welcomes its first-ever global partner and spokesperson, Mila Kunis, to the family with a 'Make History' cocktail reception on February 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Jim Beam)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Mila Kunis arrives to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 -- (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 03: Ashton Kutcher (R) and Mila Kunis attend a basketball game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Ashton Kutcher, center right, and Mila Kunis walk along the sideline before the NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears at Heinz Field on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 11: Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis watch from the stage as Robin Thicke performs during the 2013 Taste Of Chicago at Grant Park on July 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Mila Kunis (L) and Ashton Kutcher attend a basketball game between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
FOX's 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Actors from the FOX series 'That '70s Show'; L-R: Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Wilmer Valderrama and Laura Prepon reunite for FOX's 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL airing Sunday, April 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 16: Actor Ashton Kutcher (L) and Actress Mila Kunis during the FOX Television Critics Association Press Tour on January 16, 2004 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
383262 34: From left to right, 'That 70''s Show' cast members Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Danny Masterson arrive at the premiere of USA Films'' 'Traffic' December 14, 2000 at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Wilmer Valderrama, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Danny Masterson, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher attend 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 13, 1998 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THAT '70S SHOW - (Clockwise from top) Topher Grace as Eric, Wilmer Valderrama as Fez, Lisa Robin Kelly as Laurie, Ashton Kutcher as Kelso, Mila Kunis as Jackie, Danny Masterson as Hyde and Laura Prepon as Donna and on THAT 70s SHOW on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THAT '70S SHOW - Top row L-R: Wilmer Valderrama, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon. Center L-R: Don Stark, Tanya Roberts, Mila Kunis, Lisa Robin Kelly, Debra Jo Rupp, Kurtwood Smith. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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