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Why Jews will not be upset by the Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin split

by Danielle Berrin

January 4, 2011 | 1:33 pm

This one’s obvious: Because now there’s a chance that Mila Kunis’s future offspring can be married in Israel.

Kunis, the 27-year-old star of “Black Swan” was born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union to a Jewish family. According to Wikipedia, her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher and her father Mark is a mechanical engineer.

Of her religious affiliation, she told the Website JVibe.com:

I’m pretty Jewish I gotta say. I was never raised Jewish but all my friends are and I have the quirks of a Jewish person. I go ‘oy’ and people are like ‘oh you’re very Jewish’. And when I’m in New York, I become super-Jew. All of a sudden I talk like a Jew from Long Island out of nowhere. Once in my new york, I’m super Jewish. I’m in L.A. and I’m like a California surfer girl.

But she has also spoken about the difficulties of being a Jew in communist Russia (which you can read more about here):

[When] I was in Russia. I wasn’t allowed to be religious. My whole family was in the holocaust. My grandparents passed and not many survived. After the holocaust in Russia you were not allowed to be religious. So my parents raised me to know I was Jewish. You know who you are inside. You don’t need to tell the whole world. You believe what you believe and that’s what’s important. And that’s how I was raised. My family was like ‘you are Jewish in your blood’. We can celebrate Yom Kippur and Hannukah but not by the book.

More on the breakup, from the Huffington Post:

After quietly dating for eight years, Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin have quietly ended their relationship.

“The split was amicable, and they remain close friends,” a Kunis rep told the New York Post. The paper also reported that the pair ended things a while back, but kept it quiet while Kunis promoted her Golden Globe-nominated film.

Culkin, 30, the beloved child star of ‘Home Alone,’ began dating ‘Black Swan’ star Kunis, 27, in 2002, when she starred in both ‘That 70’s Show’ and ‘Family Guy.’ Culkin has stated that his love for the animated show helped begin their relationship.

In 2006, rumors spread that the couple was engaged. Kunis flatly denied that to Parade Magazine in 2007, but she did open up about how healthy and loving their relationship was at the time.

“We’re incredibly private, and I think we relish the privacy we do actually have and are able to sustain it,” she said. “We enjoy each other’s company. We like to read books or play video games or watch TV or go to the movies. And he’s an amazing cook. He makes dinner every night.”

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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