Mila Kunis' Days Of Our Lives Role, Explained
2024/02/07

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Before becoming famous for playing Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show, Mila Kunis appeared in one episode of the soap opera Days of Our Lives. The actor was 11 years old when she played a role in an episode that aired in 1994. Days of Our Lives premiered on NBC in 1965 and moved to Peacock in 2022, and throughout more than 14,000 episodes, characters from two memorable families living in Salem have experienced the traditional plotlines of the genre, from dramatic marriages to someone suffering from memory loss. Several other famous actors have also starred on Days of Our Lives, including Andrea Barber, Vivica A. Fox, and Jensen Ackles.

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Kunis has had a fascinating career, as she has played unforgettable characters in dark movies, from Lily in the 2010 thriller Black Swan to Ani FaNelli in the cast of 2022's Luckiest Girl Alive. However, her comedic roles are just as memorable, including relatable parent Amy Mitchell in Bad Moms. The actor's short appearance on Days of Our Lives may not get as much attention as her later work, but it's a key part of her resume.

Mila Kunis Played Hope Williams

Mila Kunis played the popular character Hope Williams Brady in a flashback scene of Hope as a young child in episode 7313. Although Kristian Alfonson portrayed this character the most, a few different actors played Hope at various ages. Hope's entire life was shown on Days of Our Lives, from her birth to when her mother Addie Horton (Patricia Huston) died after being hit by a car and her grandparents raised her. Kunis appeared briefly and helped flesh out Hope's arc, which included going to boarding school in 1983. Hope later became a police officer and married Bo.

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The end of the romance between Hope and Bo occurred in 2021, and then a year later, Thomas Banks shot and killed Hope. While Kunis is only a brief part of Hope's overall story, she helped the character appear sweet and innocent, which emphasized the tragedy that she experienced at a young age.

It Wasn't The Only Major Show For Kunis's Early Career

After appearing as Hope on Days of Our Lives, Mila Kunis portrayed two characters on Baywatch: Annie in season 5, episode 3, "Aftershock," in 1994, and Bonnie in season 6, episode 3, "Hot Stuff." Her talent was clear as Annie, a nature-loving child who shared her knowledge of the sea, and Bonnie, a visually impaired child who bravely tried to survive a fire in the brush. These characters were as charming as Mila Kunis's best movie roles. The actor then played opposite Beverley Mitchell, whom she'd previously shared the screen with on Baywatch, as Lucy Camden's rebellious friend Ashley in four episodes of 7th Heaven in 1996 and 1997.

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It's evident from Kunis's early TV roles that she was a star in the making, and she then landed her break-out role as Jackie on That '70s Show, which began airing in 1998. Jackie's love for Kelso and her sometimes ditzy nature were endearing, and Kunis's ability to craft memorable characters was also true of her brief appearance as young Hope on Days of Our Lives.

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