We all lost a very talented man recently, he touched our lives through his movies, made us laugh with his stand-up shows, and was just a great character for the world to have. While many of us didn’t get the chance to experience meeting Robin Williams personally, actress Mila Kunis did and she also received some life advice, which she carries with her to this day.
Kunis told Esquire recently, “…There are sometimes when you meet somebody and they say one thing and for the rest of your life you carry that one thing and they don’t even know that they impacted your life.” This is precisely what happened when she met the legendary Robin Williams for the first time on the set of her then TV series, That ’70s Show.
While on-set, Kunis who is now 31, recalls herself tagging along with co-star Kurtwood Smith to meet the late comedian. She was shy but remembers Williams telling her: “Remember this moment. Remember this because things like this don’t happen very often. Remember this time.”
“Having somebody of Robin Williams’ stature tell me to just acknowledge something meant so much,” Kunis says. “He didn’t mentor me. He just said, ‘Step back and appreciate this. You’re having an amazing time.’ I was so nervous. And he said, ‘Relax. And don’t forget to enjoy yourself because things like this don’t happen to everyone.’”
Years later when filming The Angriest Man in Brooklyn together, she reminded him of his advice that he had given her. “And he said, ‘It stands true. Today, right now, at this very moment, step back and appreciate it.’ And I went, ‘Okay.'”