Mila Kunis, 39, raised a total of US$ 37 million, equivalent to R$ 192 million at the current exchange rate, in a campaign created in support of refugees from Ukraine.
The actress and her husband, the actor Ashton Kutcher, launched the “Stand With Ukraine” (Support Ukraine in free translation) on a platformand fundraising, with support from flexport.org and airbnb.org, organizations that provide short-term supplies and housing to millions of refugees.
“We can’t be insensitive. Helping – not even asking, just doing – should be our standard norm,” she said in an interview with People.
In addition to getting her hands dirty, the actress also contributed $3 million (R$15.5 million) in raising money to support Ukrainians.
In the interview, Mila also highlighted that she couldn’t help but help her home country. She was born in the then Soviet city of Chernivtsi, but moved to Los Angeles, California, in the United States, with her family when she was seven years old.
“In a situation like that, we didn’t have time to think too much about things. Since I’m from Ukraine, I started getting calls from people who wanted to help and thought I knew about politics or knew about local NGOs. That was my perception: if they didn’t know who to turn to, how will anyone know? There were problems we knew we could help solve. So Ashton and I said, ‘Okay, let’s do this.’ Within 24 hours, we had the GoFundMe on board,” he said.
She said she has been teaching her children about her country and the war, but taking care to avoid going into detail about the problems of the conflict, such as starving children or killing innocent people.
“My children will always grow up eating my mother’s cooking. My parents and I speak Russian to each other, so they grew up with it. They naturally found pride in being half Ukrainian. That said, I’ve never been more proud to be from Ukraine . I’m so honored that my children can continue this heritage,” he said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised the couple for “inspiring the world” with their fundraising and said he was “impressed with their determination”.