Ukraine-born Kunis, who won the Mastroianni award for best young actor at the Venice film festival last year, where the film was the opening night gala, was recommended to the film-maker by her friend Natali e Portman.

"I was in London, she was in LA," Aronofsky told me. "Natalie was so keen for me to look at Mila, who I’d seen inForgetting Sarah Marshall, that she hooked us up via iChat. Then she did the audition over Skype and I think that must be some kind of first."

According to Kunis herself, she and the director "chitchatted about the script" online and then she performed for him on Skype and he offered her the part with a casual message: "So, are you ready to do this?" I reckon it’ll all pay off with an Oscar nomination for this infectious young actress on Tuesday.

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