Mila Kunis X Gwen Stefani on the Cover of Marie Claire Telling it All

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Mila KunisMila Kunis Telling It Like It (Actually) Is

Fleeing religious persecution, her family emigrated from Ukraine when Kunis was 7 years old, with just $250 in their pockets. Because of this and a naturally resilient, suffer-no-fools disposition, she understands that life is full of challenge and sorrow and that a spot of precipitation during a stroll is neither.

There’s something so empowering about being, ‘Whatever’s going to happen is going to happen.’ Over the past four or five years, I’ve realized how much I enjoy that feeling.”

Marie ClaireON THE HURDLE OF MAKING WOMEN-CENTRIC CONTENT IN HOLLYWOOD:

“I do sometimes come back from work like, ‘What the f*ck?’ But anger is good. It motivates us to strive to be better.”

Mila Kunis, Marie ClaireON WHAT MOTHERHOOD HAS TAUGHT HER:

“What motherhood shows you is how selfless you can get. I’m ragged tired. Who cares? My kids are healthy, I’m happy.’”

ON WHAT SHE WANTS TO TEACH HER DAUGHTER:

“What I want my daughter to learn from me is the value of hard work.”

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani believes in miracles. Like actual, physical miracles. Which sounds weird until you think about her life over the past few years. “The whole thing has been crazy,” says Stefani, shaking her head with a bemused smile. “I mean completely, totally crazy.

By “whole thing,” of course, Stefani is referring to the wild ride that began with her very public 2015 breakup with Gavin Rossdale, her husband of 13 years, amid allegations of his infidelity, followed by a Rocky-worthy career comeback in which the 48-year-old—after years of being blocked creatively—channeled the pain of divorce into her first number-one solo record, “This Is What the Truth Feels Like.” Then there was the little matter of falling head over heels in love with fellow Voice judge/country crooner Blake Shelton on national TV, to the delight of viewers everywhere. And, finally, there’s the fact that two years in, Stefani and Shelton seem more truly, madly, Instagram-tastically crazy about each other than ever.Gwen Stefani Marie Claire

“For a long time, I could not understand why I’d had so much heartache in my life,” says Stefani, who’d been in only two serious relationships before Shelton—one for seven years with No Doubt’s Tony Kanal, the other for 20 years with Rossdale, the father of her three boys. Both men broke her heart. “I have parents who are still married and in love,” she says. “I had such loving role models. I didn’t understand it.”

ON WHAT HEARTBREAK TAUGHT HER:

“What I learned was that my heartbreak was supposed to happen, that it was my purpose to write about and share my story. I met at least 50 to 100 people before each show on my tour and got to hear that my truth and my story translated, and I feel very lucky and honored knowing that.”

 Marie ClaireON FINDING SPIRITUALITY:

“…Spiritual exercise got me somewhere. Some people like to meditate, do yoga, or just take quiet time, but for me–instead of how you talk to yourself, you pray. You surrender and ask for guidance. It’s not all about you.”

Gwen Stefani Marie Claire, The Voice ON LIFE WITH BLAKE SHELTON RECENTLY NAMED PEOPLE’S “SEXIEST MAN ALIVE” AND HOW THEY SPEND THEIR TIME ON SHELTON’S RANCH IN OKLAHOMA:

“It’s very tribal. Blake has a sister, she comes with her kids. We cook and get muddy and dirty. There are ATVs. Being a mother of three boys, it’s kind of the perfect place. Everything is real now, whereas before, things didn’t seem so real.”

ON WHAT’S SHE INTERESTED TO DO NEXT IN MUSIC:

“I would love to do something like [write a musical], just be a part of a writing thing, because that confidence has come back now, and I know I have something to offer. It used to be such a stress; there was so much doubt in me–now it’s like, Well, just go and write a song.”