Justin and Mila: More Than Just Friends

BY Jeremy Kinser

July 25 2011 9:00 AM ET

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS MILA KUNIS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE STEAMY GRAB X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM

 I think Woody’s character does indeed defy conventional stereotypes
of gay supporting characters in romantic comedies with straight
protagonists.

Timberlake: Good, good. I hope that it feels
empowering to the gay community and I hope that it feels empowering to
the world, in that sense. Any way that we can take what has made
someone, who feels like they have been discriminated against,
uncomfortable and the discomfort of whoever is discriminating against
them. Anytime you can use humor to bring those two avenues closer
together and say, "Hey, man, we're just different." I was just really
proud that we were able to have that in the movie and I hope that it
speaks to people in a true, honest way and to anybody who feels
discriminated against because of their sexual preference.

Mila, you’ve been an outspoken proponent for equality and previously expressed to The Advocate how upset you were by the passing of California’s Proposition 8. You must be excited about New York legalizing same-sex marriage.
Kunis: Listen, my roommate's gay. You're talking to somebody who grew up in Hollywood, so I don't know otherwise. So my stance on it is I think people are scared of what they don't know. A lot of times people don't understand something because they're not around it. The second that you show them, they become a little more accepting, and they're more open to evolving and moving forward. And I think it's great that there are people in this world who are willing to do something that should have been done, 40, 50, 60 years ago. I also think it's great that “don't ask, don't tell” is over with. I think that a lot of things are moving in the right direction. And truly believe that in my lifetime gay marriage will be legalized [everywhere in this country]. I do. Like, federally legal. I do believe in that. I don't think it's going to be tomorrow. It's unfortunate that it's not, but if things keep moving in the direction that they are now, in 10, 20 years, yeah, I do believe it will be federally legal.
Timberlake: I was stoked. I mean, I was stoked that that happened. I think it's just ... we're people and we're different, all of us. And we should be using our differences to bring ourselves closer together. You know? Not be afraid of something that we don't know. Like Mila said, and you know, I have a lot of guy friends who are gay. Two of my best friends are a couple, and my conversation with them is, like, it's unfortunate that things take a while to progress like this, but it was a great, great victory for equality. I’m proud that New York has balls to stand up for what’s right.

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