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Viral Joshi talks her conversation-starting ‘Indian Matchmaking’ date

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Viral Joshi joined the cast of Season Two of “Indian Matchmaking” because she was hungry. The 31-year-old once was an extra in “Iron Man” movies and said she had the best crepes of her life on set. One day, over brunch, she remembered those crepes — and looked up casting calls. Season Two of “Indian Matchmaking” came up in the search results.

Coincidentally, she was single and looking to meet someone of South Asian descent. But maybe it’s not a coincidence. Viral believes in fate, and believes this is hers.

“In the Indian culture, we believe when we’re born, there’s a star map. And in that star map, it basically says your whole life was on these dating apps. I had a voice on the inside that said, ‘This isn’t it.’ When this opportunity came up, I gravitated toward it,” she said.

Viral is the first to admit that, before “Indian Matchmaking,” dating wasn’t working for her: She had an average of about one date a year.

Working with Sima Taparia, the Mumbai-based matchmaker at the center of the show, she was able to focus on her list of “criteria,” including someone also speaks her native language of Gujarati. She develops a connection with Aashay, an Indian man living in the U.S., over rock climbing and a marathon five-day date in New York.

Below, Viral talks about her relationship with Aashay now, her “Indian Matchmaking” experience and having bold conversations early on.

What made you say yes to going on the show?

I had tried every method under the sun. Dating apps. My friend network, even when I travel for work. When I’m in the airport lounge, I would look around, or when I would have lunch in the hospital. Nothing I was doing was working. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So I was like, I gotta switch it up. I’m only getting older.

My track record was one date a year. How many years would it have taken, if that’s my rate? I needed help — and I knew preserving the Indian culture was very important to me. So who better to work with like the iconic Sima Taparia? Someone who can really understand what I’m looking for and why I’m looking for it, more importantly. I had to call in the big guns.

What wasn’t working?

When I started off on this journey, there are moments where I think about someone from my past. I’m still a little fragile from that ending. So when I’m going into this, I’m always doing a little mini internal comparison. Oh, I have to go through all this because it didn’t work out with that guy who I thought was my 100 percent. You have to put that behind you and just take one step forward. You can’t force someone to like you if they don’t appreciate you for who you are.

At one point, you tell your date his photos don’t reflect his appearance accurately. How do you feel about that conversation?

I think a lot of people will resonate with the experience I had, and then I’m excited to see if everyone either agrees with me or disagrees with me. I just needed to call it out for what it was. And then you know, talk about it.

Do you stand by your decision to bring up that topic?

I thought a lot about what to do before going on the date. I was like, Do I say anything? Do I not say anything?

Outside of that one factor — physical attraction — I do think we hit it off. He met a lot of the criteria that I was looking for. If there was that physical attraction (problem), I could have seen myself going on another date with him. But I felt it was important to tell him in the moment like, ‘Hey, I’m having a great time. I feel like you’re having a great time. But this is why I don’t think I would see you again.’ It was hard conversation. He was very, very nice. He took it really well. Can’t say I would have reacted the same way. But it was a good experience.

I think it’s better to be honest than to ghost someone. I’ve been ghosted before. It’s a very hollow feeling, because you’re like, ‘What did I do wrong?’ I wish someone had given me some feedback so I can be better for the next person. It breaks people’s self confidence a lot. And I didn’t want to do that to him.

But you wouldn’t necessarily want to have those comments directed at you.

True, but I think the way he took it, and he was like, thank you for the feedback. What’s frustrating about situations where the photo doesn’t necessarily represent the person is — what else am I not fully seeing? If this was if I feel it was misrepresented at this at this early in the game, like what else could there be? What else is like not exactly what was on this profile?

You and Aashay hit it off. Where does your connection stand now?

We’re still in touch. Long distance has its nuances. We’re still trying to figure out what that looks like for us. All our friends are like, ‘What’s next? What’s next? You guys are hitting it off!’ I’ll visit him. He’ll come down here. We talk a lot on the phone. So we have a strong connection. I think we’re really working on building a foundation.

He’s 100 percent of my checklist. The physical attraction is there the chemistry is there. Do I think I like are there certain things that I would love to like change about him? Yes. Like I hate that he’s always late. But it is what it is. 

How has your checklist of criteria evolved over the years and since joining ‘Indian Matchmaking’?

When I made my checklist, when I was looking at it later, I was like, ‘Am I just looking for like the male version of myself?’ When you are those three things I say — self-aware, self-actualized and self-assured, — you know what you bring to the table, what you’re looking for and what you’re not going to compromise on. We’re talking about the rest of our life.

What’s nice about working with (Sima) is she really goes down into your checklist and says, ‘You’re looking for this, but why?’ So it gives you a moment to introspect and think about why do I want these qualities.

You emphasize it’s important to be with someone who is and speaks Gujarati. Why is that a priority for you?

In my family, everyone, we’re all Indian, and we’ve all always married Indians. So when we have Thanksgiving or big holidays, it’s nice to see that shared commonality in language, culture, food, traditions and religion. I think it just makes it easier to blend families. They can bring their own experience of how they celebrated other customs and we merge that together.

I had a really close relationship with my grandma. The only way that was possible was to speak the language.

I really love being Indian. It was hard growing up being Indian back in the ’90s. But now I’ve embraced it and now I love it. Wouldn’t wish anything different for me. I want to keep that going.

Speaking of merging: You have an epic closet and a system for everything in your house. Are you nervous about having to merge wardrobes?

Aashay is very into style. Just as much as I am. That’s new for me. I tell him, “You’re the best-dressed guy I’ve ever dated.” I’m gonna have to either knock down this wall and make a bigger closet or I’m gonna have to get rid of stuff, which is going to be its own problem. I think we’ll keep a pretty strong divide if we have to merge closets so I can keep my system the way it is. He can do whatever he wants. I don’t have to really look at it. I can’t make him make his closet have a Dewey Decimal System. I can’t force that onto someone else. But that’s also not a deal breaker. So I have to embrace him for who he is.

After all this, do you feel pressure to settle down?

I think since my parents got married a little like later in life, both of them were 32, I never received a lot of pressure from them because they always reinforce that good things take time. I only want to get married one time. It’s better to take your time with it. Don’t feel rushed or pressured into it.

Is there anything you want to tell people, based on your experiences on the show?

Know your self worth. Know when to compromise. Know when maybe you’re asking for too much. Know that when it’s meant to happen, it will happen. Don’t lose hope. I was really crushed when I went on this journey. My life’s taken a total 180. Just hang in there. Working with Sima Aunty gave me that glimmer of hope that I needed.

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The Billboard Latin Music Awards kicked off Thursday and celebrated the best in Latin music over the past year.

Once again, Bad Bunny lead the pack going into the star-studded awards show, with a whopping 23 nominations – – one more than last year. Meanwhile, Colombian singer Karol G nabbed 15 nominations, seven of which are for her song, “Mamiii,” with Becky G.

The big show — which coincided with Billboard Latin Music Week in Miami, which began Sept. 26 and runs through Sept. 30 — featured performances from 17 different artists, including Elvis Crespo, Eslabon Armado, Farruko, Grupo Firme, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Pepe Aguilar, Maluma and Christina Aguilera.

See the complete list of winners below (bolded) and check out ETonline.com for all your Billboard Latin Music Awards coverage.

OVERALL ARTIST CATEGORIES / CATEGORÍAS DE ARTISTAS

Artist of the Year / Artista del Año 

Artist of the Year
Bad Bunny
Farruko
Jhayco
Karol G
Rauw Alejandro
 
Artist of the Year, New / Artista del Año, Debut

Ivan Cornejo
Los Gemelos de Sinaloa
Los Lara
Luis R. Conriquez
Yahritza y Su Esencia
 
Tour of the Year / Gira del Año

Bad Bunny
Los Bukis
Maluma
Marc Anthony
Ricky Martin & Enrique Iglesias

Crossover Artist of the Year / Artista Crossover del Año

Chris Brown
DJ Khaled
Ed Sheeran
Rvssian
Shawn Mendes
Skrillex
 

SONGS CATEGORIES / CATEGORÍAS DE CANCIONES

Hot Latin Song of the Year / “Hot Latin Song” Canción del Año

Bad Bunny & Chencho Corleone, “Me Porto Bonito”
Bad Bunny, “Tití Me Preguntó”
Bad Bunny, “Yonaguni”
Becky G & Karol G, “Mamiii”
Farruko, “Pepas”

Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event: / “Hot Latin Song”, Colaboración Vocal del Año

Aventura & Bad Bunny, “Volví”
Bad Bunny & Bomba Estéreo, “Ojitos Lindos”
Bad Bunny & Chencho Corleone, “Me Porto Bonito”
Bad Bunny & Rauw Alejandro, “Party”
Becky G & Karol G, “Mamiii”

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male /“Hot Latin Songs” Artista del Año, Masculino

Bad Bunny
Chencho Corleone
Farruko
Jhayco
Rauw Alejandro

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female / “Hot Latin Songs” Artista del Año, Femenina

Anitta
Becky G
Kali Uchis
Karol G
Rosalía

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group / “Hot Latin Songs” Artista del Año, Dúo o Grupo

Aventura
Calibre 50
Eslabon Armado
Fuerza Regida
Grupo Firme

Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year / “Hot Latin Songs” Sello Discográfico del Año

Music VIP
Rimas
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Hot Latin Songs Imprint of the Year / “Hot Latin Songs” Casa Disquera del Año

Carbon Fiber
Duars Entertainment
Rimas
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latino

Latin Airplay Song of the Year / Canción del Año, Latin Airplay

Aventura & Bad Bunny, “Volví”
Becky G & Karol G, “Mamiii”
Farruko, “Pepas”
Farruko, Víctor Cárdenas & DJ Adonis, “El Incomprendido”
Rauw Alejandro, “Todo de Ti”

Latín Airplay Label of the Year / Sello Discográfico del Año, Latin Airplay

Lizos
Rimas
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Latin Airplay Imprint of the Year / Casa Disquera del Año, Latin Airplay

Duars Entertainment
Fonovisa
Rimas
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latino

Sales Song of the Year / Canción del Año, Ventas

Becky G & Karol G, “Mamiii”
Farruko, “Pepas”
J Balvin & Skrillex, “In Da Getto”
Karol G, “Provenza”
Sebastián Yatra, “Dos Oruguitas”

Streaming Song of the Year / Canción del Año, Streaming

Bad Bunny & Chencho Corleone, “Me Porto Bonito”
Bad Bunny, “Tití Me Preguntó”
Bad Bunny, “Yonaguni”
Becky G & Karol G, “Mamiii”
Farruko, “Pepas”

ALBUM CATEGORIES / CATEGORÍA DE ÁLBUMES 

Top Latin Album of the Year / “Top Latin Album” del Año

Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti
Farruko, La 167
J Balvin, Jose
Karol G, KG0516
Rauw Alejandro, Vice Versa

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male / “Top Latin Albums” Artista del Año, Masculino

Anuel AA
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Rauw Alejandro

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female / “Top Latin Albums” Artista del Año, Femenina

Becky G
Kali Uchis
Karol G
Natti Natasha
Rosalía

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group / “Top Latin Albums” Artista del Año Dúo o Grupo

Aventura
Calibre 50
Eslabon Armado
Los Bukis
Maná

Top Latin Albums Label of the Year / “Top Latin Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año

Del
Rimas
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year /“Top Latin Albums” Casa Disquera del Año

Del
Duars Entertainment
Rimas
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latino

LATIN POP CATEGORIES / CATEGORIA LATIN POP

Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Solo / Artista “Latin Pop” del Año, Solista

Becky G
Camilo
Enrique Iglesias
Kali Uchis
Sebastián Yatra 

Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Duo or Group / Artista “Latin Pop” del Año, Dúo o Grupo 

Bomba Estéreo
CNCO
Jesse & Joy
Maná
Reik

Latin Pop Song of the Year / Canción “Latin Pop” del Año

Becky G & Karol G, “Mamiii”
Karol G, “Provenza”
Rauw Alejandro, “Todo De Ti”
Sebastián Yatra, “Tacones Rojos”
Shakira & Rauw Alejandro, “Te Felicito”

Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year / “Latin Pop Airplay” Sello Discográfico del Año

Rimas
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina
WK

Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year / “Latin Pop Airplay” Casa Disquera del Año

Duars Entertainment
Hecho a Mano
RCA
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latino

Latin Pop Album of the Year / Álbum “Latin Pop” del Año

Becky G, Esquemas
Enrique Iglesias, Final (Vol. 1)
Jay Wheeler, De Mi Para Ti
Rosalía, Motomami
Sebastián Yatra, Dharma

Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year / “Latin Pop Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año

Interscope Geffen A&M
RCA
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year / “Latin Pop Albums” Casa Disquera del Año

Capitol Latin
Hecho a Mano
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latino
Warner Latina

TROPICAL CATEGORIES / CATEGORIA TROPICAL

Tropical Artist of the Year, Solo / Artista Tropical del Año, Solista

Carlos Vives
Elvis Crespo
Marc Anthony
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos

Tropical Artist of the Year, Duo or Group / Artista Tropical del Año, Dúo o Grupo

Aventura
Gente de Zona
La Sonora Dinamita
Los Ángeles Azules
Monchy & Alexandra

Tropical Song of the Year / Canción Tropical del Año

Aventura & Bad Bunny, “Volví”
Don Omar & Nio Garcia, “Se Menea”
Marc Anthony, “Mala”
Marc Anthony, “Pa’lla Voy”
Romeo Santos, “Sus Huellas”
 
Tropical Airplay Label of the Year / “Tropical Airplay” Sello Discográfico del Año

Columbia
Rimas
Saban
Sony Music Latin
WK
 
Tropical Airplay Imprint of the Year / “Tropical Airplay” Casa Disquera del Año

Aura
Hecho a Mano
Rimas
Sony Music Latin
Unisono

Tropical Albums of the Year / Álbum Tropical del Año

Buena Vista Social Club, Ahora Me Da Pena EP
Carlos Vives, Cumbiana II
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, De Trulla Con El Combo
Luis Vargas/ Frank Reyes, Grandes de La Bachata: Vol. IV
Marc Anthony, Pa’lla Voy

Tropical Albums Label of the Year / “Tropical Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año

BMG
Discos Fuentes
Sony Music Latin
The Orchard
Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year / “Tropical Albums” Casa Disquera del Año

Norte
Premium Latin
Sony Music Latin
The Orchard
Top Stop

REGIONAL MEXICAN CATEGORIES / CATEGORÍA REGIONAL MEXICANO

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Solo / Artista Regional Mexicano del Año, Solista

Carin Leon
Christian Nodal
Ivan Cornejo
Junior H
Natanael Cano

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Duo or Group / Artista Regional Mexicano del Año, Dúo o Grupo

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Eslabon Armado
Grupo Firme
Yahritza y Su Esencia

Regional Mexican Song of the Year / Canción Regional Mexicana del Año

Calibre 50, “A La Antigüita”
Eslabon Armado featuring DannyLux, “Jugaste y Sufrí”
Grupo Firme & Carin Leon, “El Tóxico”
Grupo Firme & Maluma, “Cada Quien”
Grupo Firme, “Ya Supérame (En Vivo Desde Culiacán, Sinaloa)”

Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year / “Regional Mexican Airplay” Sello Discográfico del Año

Afinarte
Lizos
Music VIP
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year /“Regional Mexican Airplay” Casa Disquera del Año
Afinarte
Disa
Fonovisa
Lizos
Remex

Regional Mexican Albums of the Year / Álbum Regional Mexicano del Año

Calibre 50, Las 20 Número 1 de Calibre 50 en Billboard
Eslabon Armado, Nostalgia
Eslabon Armado, Tu Veneno Mortal, Vol. 2
Ivan Cornejo, Alma Vacía
Junior H, Mi Vida En Un Cigarro 2

Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year / “Regional Mexican Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año

Del
Manzana
Rancho Humilde
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year / “Regional Mexican Albums” Casa Disquera del Año

Del
Fonovisa
JHRH
Manzana
Z Records

LATIN RHYTHM CATEGORIES / CATEGORÍA LATIN RHYTHM

Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo / Artista “Latin Rhythm” del Año, solista

Bad Bunny
Farruko
J Balvin
Karol G
Rauw Alejandro

Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Duo or Group / Artista “Latin Rhythm” del Año, Dúo o Grupo

Baby Rasta & Gringo
Los Legendarios
Piso 21
Wisin & Yandel
Zion & Lennox

Latin Rhythm Song of the Year / Canción “Latin Rhythm” del Año

Aventura & Bad Bunny, “Volví”
Bad Bunny & Chencho Corleone, “Me Porto Bonito”
Bad Bunny, “Yonaguni”
Becky G & Karol G, “Mamiii”
Farruko, “Pepas”

Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year / “Latin Rhythm Airplay” Sello Discográfico del Año

Republic
Rimas
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year / “Latin Rhythm Airplay” Casa Disquera del Año

Carbon Fiber
Duars Entertainment
Rimas
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latino 

Latin Rhythm Album of the Year / Álbum “Latin Rhythm” del Año

Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti
Farruko, La 167
J Balvin, Jose
Karol G, KG0516
Rauw Alejandro, Vice Versa

Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year / “Latin Rhythm Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año

Interscope Geffen A&M
Real Hasta La Muerte
Rimas
Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year / “Latin Rhythm Albums” Casa Disquera del Año

Carbon Fiber
Duars Entertainment
Real Hasta La Muerte
Rimas
Universal Music Latino

WRITERS, PRODUCERS, & PUBLISHERS CATEGORIES/ CATEGORÍA ESCRITOR, PRODUCTOR, EDITORA 

Songwriter of the Year / Compositor del Año 

Bad Bunny
Edgar “Edge” Barrera
Marco “Mag” Borrero
Roberto “La Paciencia” Rosario
Tainy 

Publisher of the Year / Editora del Año

Kid From The BKLYN Publishing, ASCAP
RSM Publishing, ASCAP
Sony Discos Music Publishing LLC, ASCAP
Universal Music Corp, ASCAP
WC Music Corp., ASCAP

Publishing Corporation of the Year / Corporación Editora del Año

Kobalt Music
RSM Publishing
Sony Music Publishing
Universal Music
Warner Chappell Music

Producer of the Year / Productor del Año

Jimmy Humilde
Marco “Mag” Borrero
Ovy On The Drums
Subelo Neo
Tainy

PREMIOS ESPECIALES / SPECIAL AWARDS
 
Premio Billboard Ícono / Billboard Icon Award:
Chayanne
 
Premio Billboard Espíritu de la Esperanza / Billboard Spirit of Hope Award:
Christina Aguilera
 
Premio Billboard Leyenda / Billboard Legend Award:
José Feliciano
 
Premio Billboard Salon de la Fama / Billboard Hall of Fame Award:
Nicky Jam
 
Premio Billboard Trayectoria Artística / Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award:
Raphael

The show aired live on Telemundo, and was simulcast on the Hispanic entertainment cable channel, Universo, Peacock, the Telemundo App, and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on Telemundo Internacional.

 

 

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“In college, I was hardworking, hungry, and eager. I had to be better than everyone else in the room as a music industry minor and videography major, which, at the time, were very male-dominated fields. I have many examples of inappropriate and nasty things done while I was a student and employee, but here’s the worst: One semester, I sought out an internship. My professor got me an interview with the manager of a band that happened to be my favorite band of all time. However, he sternly warned me, ‘Don’t go sleeping around with the band! I’m not going out on a limb to get you this internship just so you can fuck all the band members and cause mayhem! I don’t want to be responsible for another Yoko Ono!’ Then, during introductions, he winked and told the manager, ‘She’s pretty, but she’s smart, too! I already warned her about being a groupie and told her she isn’t allowed to flirt with the boys!'”

“I had done nothing but exude professionalism and express excitement for the professional opportunity up to that point. I certainly hadn’t said or done anything to suggest that was in it to ‘fuck the band.’ I was too stunned to say anything other than, ‘Okay…?’

It was horrifying, embarrassing, and degrading, but I hadn’t learned to find my voice and didn’t know what I didn’t have to take yet. The music industry ended up being a brutal industry to be in as a woman. I could be standing behind a mixing board in a venue with my hands on the knobs, and a band’s tech would ask me where our sound guy was. During introductions with new bands or agents, I was almost always asked whose girlfriend I was (I couldn’t possibly be in the room as a professional!).

I was also consistently told to not entice my male cohorts by being so sexy if I wanted to be respected and taken seriously — but also was told to be as sexy as possible for shows and events. Ultimately, I got the internship and established a lifelong relationship with everyone I worked with, and that manager went on to mentor me for years. Unfortunately, I don’t see a whole lot of progress in the music industry, even today.” —Anonymous, Virginia, 42

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Mila Kunis Reacts to Ashton Kutcher’s Tequila-Fueled ‘I Love You’ Story (Exclusive)

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Mila Kunis is telling her sober side of her husband, Ashton Kutcher’s “I love you” story. ET spoke to Kunis at the premiere of her new film, Luckiest Girl Alive, where she confirmed Kutcher’s story, dished on the film and more.

Earlier this week, during a new episode of his Peloton interview and marathon training series, Our Future Selves, Kutcher spoke to Kenny Chesney, about the hilarious way his hit song, “You and Tequila” helped him drunkenly profess his love to Kunis for the first time.

“I showed up drunk at her house, at like two in the morning, and I just started screaming, ‘You and tequila make me crazy,'” Kutcher recalled. “And I told her I love her, and she said, ‘Don’t say it if you don’t mean it. Are you gonna love me in the morning when you wake up from this hangover?'”

And sure enough, Kutcher did, telling Kunis the next day that he indeed still felt the same way he did the night before during his drunken romp.

“It really happened,” Kunis said, corroborating her husband’s tequila-fueled tale. “Oh, I remember that night. I didn’t have tequila. I was sober and I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ It happened, guys.”

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As for when she knew she loved Kutcher, Kunis said it was at the same time.

In her new thriller, Kunis plays TifAni “Ani” FaNelli, a New York woman who appears to have it all, from the sought-after job at a glossy magazine to the dream Nantucket wedding. But all of that is threatened when a crime documentary director interviews her about a “shocking incident” that took place at her prestigious high school when she was a teenager. As a result, Ani is forced to confront the truth about what actually happened. 

It took seven years to make, a feat Kunis called “amazing.”

“I think it’s amazing that this movie got made… close to six to seven years to make it, so, the fact that it happened is a feat all in its own, and the outcome has just exceeded everyone’s expectation, myself included,” she said.

While she’s previously spoken to ET about how she got into character and portrayed some of the film’s toughest moments, Thursday night she was all about gushing over the film’s young cast, who all called Kunis an “icon.”

“That makes me feel very old,” Kunis quipped said after hearing about the praise from her young cast mates. “They are all insanely talented. They don’t need to look up to me, they’re incredibly brilliant without me, but yeah it’s kind of strange to be the old person in the room.”

One member of that young cast is Chiara Aurelia, who plays the teenage version of Ani. Aurelia, who also spoke to ET Thursday said she hopes viewers, both young and old, are inspired by the story told in the film.

“I hope people are inspired by this story,” Aurelia said. “I hope that it creates conversation. I think I hope that people are inspired, and hopefully show that you really can find your voice.”

Luckiest Girl Alive will be showing in select theaters on Sept. 30 and premieres on Netflix on Oct. 7.

For more on the film, check out the video below.

 

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