Behold the Compassion

March 7, 2013

The high stakes world of film, theater, and television can sometimes seem like a pretty Machiavellian endeavor. Stars are continually defending their honors and reputations on network interviews, or they’re engaging in take-no-prisoners Twitter battles with the media or their perceived rivals. Take Alec (“Listen, boy, I’m not your f***in’ chief”) Baldwin and Shia (“I’m a hustler, I don’t get tired”) LaBeouf exchange after the latter exited the Broadway show, Orphans recently due to “creative differences.” Taylor Swift recently may have damned Tina Fey and Amy Pohler to the ninth circle of hell for daring to joke about her love life at the Golden Globes this year. And Russel Crow defended his unassailable extraterrestrial evidence by calling UFO debunkers “egg beaters” (honestly, I’m not even sure what that’s supposed to mean).

But interestingly enough, the video that is getting the most juice this week is Mila Kunis’ outpouring of support for an inexperienced and unnerved BBC journalist while being interviewed for The Wizard Of Oz prequel, Oz: The Great And Powerful. Apparently, this journalist, Chris Stark, was only given ten-minutes notice that he would be interviewing Kunis in the hotel where she was staying. Mila showed extraordinary poise and unexpected compassion in helping the young man get his sea legs in a sometimes violent and tumultuous media ocean. It’s refreshing to see this kind of grace, lightness, and fun spirit in the midst of such a competitive and cutthroat industry. Besides revealing herself to be a real and supportive person, she helped this young, aspiring journalist to be seen in a positive light when he showed vulnerability. Makes you think nice guys, and gals, don’t always finish last.