‘Luckiest Girl Alive’: Mila Kunis’ Advice to Chiara Aurelia: Interview

When Marcy Playground’s 1997 single “Sex & Candy” played through studio speakers, Chiara Aurelia’s eyes lit up. “I like this song!” she exclaimed during her photo session with StyleCaster in late September. She chose the playlist; The last of the 90s on Spotify. There are millennials who are actually at least a decade older than her that don’t remember the song, but you get the feeling that this 20-year-old wants some parts of her life to be a little simpler; they came back later. In ’97, people were sending less than 35 text messages a month (now about 50 per day, an increase of more than 7,000 percent) and the Internet could only be accessed via a slow dial-up connection, noisy and extremely slow. MSN Messenger — the instant messaging service originally created for American businesses but usurped by talkative teenagers — is still two years away. And Instagram? More than a decade in the future.

Chiara Aurelia

Photo: George Chinsee. Costume: Saint Art. Shoes: Malone Soulier. Earrings: Jennifer Fisher, Ring: Effy

As a Gen Zer in a hyper-connected 2022, Aurelia seems to wish she had grown up without it. It’s social media. “I really don’t like it,” she said. As a rising actress with 22 roles already to her name, including Cruel summer and Tell me your secrets, Aurelia laments the pressure she feels to have an “online presence” as it often conflicts with “having a life of your own”. She posts every few days but it’s definitely not a life lived through her phone screen. “There is something wonderful and special about being able to connect with people who see your projects and people who want to feel that connection, but I also don’t think it has to be,” she said. nature. “I think I’m probably in the generation without social media.” In her new movie, she will be like that.

Fall 2001 was the setting for Aurelia’s season in Netflix The luckiest girl alive, based on the 2015 best-selling book of the same name by Jessica Knoll. Aurelia plays the 14-year-old version of Mila Kunis’ character, Ani, an aspiring journalist on a mission to reinvent herself after suffering two injuries as a teenager at a private school. Ani survived a brutal gang rape at the hands of three famous male students and a school shooting that left seven students dead. With the keen and keen eye of director Mike Barker (The story of the maid, Outlander), Kunis was also a hands-on producer collaborating with the novel’s author, who was on set most days.

Chiara Aurelia

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How do you know you have received the part?

OH, [laughs] I have a story. Let me preface this by saying that I always play pranks on my manager and agent. We prank each other. I have been working with my agent since I was 10 years old. And my manager has been with us since I was 13 or 14 years old. So we are very, very close, like best friends. So anyway, I auditioned, I read the script and I loved it. I met Mike Barker, the director, and I slowly fell in love with the project. I can’t really talk about how much I love it because it’s a little bit scary when it comes to breaking my heart. I had another meeting with Mike and they wanted me to audition again. A few days later, I got a call from my agent and manager and they said, “Hey, it turns out they’re actually canceling your audition.” What did I say? Are they canceling my audition? ” and they said, “Yes, they found their girl.” My heart was broken. I was a little angry about it at this point. And then they said, “Because that girl is who she is.” you.” And I burst into tears.As a result, there were 10 members of my group, and my mother, on the phone.

What was your first day on set?

At least, we had a pretty stressful first few days. We rush in first. On the first day of shooting, we started with the shooting sequence. On the first and second day, we worked on the shooting sequence and then we moved on to doing the sexual assault scenes on the third and fourth day.

Well, just like that, one after the other. How do you mentally prepare for those scenes?

I don’t think you have to, but I would never work like this or be involved in something where I don’t feel so safe and comfortable. And I did. Part of the reason I wanted to work on this project is that every single person involved is truly amazing and amazing at what they do. Mike spent a lot of time talking to me, and so did Jessica and Mila. They spent a lot of time getting all the kids connected and getting to know each other. That really encourages this healthy and supportive work environment, which is a rarity indeed. It’s rare. I’ve also worked on other projects that also had that supportive environment, but especially since we’re filming during COVID, people can break up and so you can’t have as much time together. Our suit is like a warm blanket. Lots of women and people everywhere are dealing with some of the issues and themes we covered in the movie.

Chiara Aurelia

Photo: George Chinsee

How do you come down after scenes like this? What will you do at the end of each day?

I have a really good supportive family and group of friends, so it’s easy to go home and relax with them and watch a movie; can disconnect and resolve for the day here. And remember I am dealing with different things with Ani and we are different people. It can be a challenge at times, but I think it’s okay.

Part of the reason I wanted to work on this project is that every single person involved is truly amazing and amazing at what they do.

You and Mila share the fact that you started in this industry at a young age. Did she give you any guides or tips for navigating Hollywood?

We talked a lot. We talked a lot about the character. She makes herself very available and she is lovely. See her as a human being as a guide. Honestly, she’s one of the nicest, most generous people I’ve ever met in my entire life. And you meet her as a human being and you find out that she is a better human being than she is an actress. There is something to be said about just being able to witness and observe someone’s behavior and their personality and her elegance and grace.

The luckiest girl alive available to stream on Netflix.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Chiara Aurelia

Photo: George Chinsee

Photographer: George Chinsee
Stylist: Siena Montesano
Hair: Dj Quintero
Make-up: Samantha Lau
Costume: Saint Art
Shoes: Malone Soulier
Earrings: Jennifer fish
Ring: Effy

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