The Ukrainian-born actress moved to the US with her family when she was seven years old and admits it was terrifying when she first had to mix with other children because she couldn't speak English.
She said: "It must have been frightening because I blocked it out. I don't have any memories.
"Apparently, my parents tell me, I cried every morning and when I came back from school.
"When I wrote my essay for college, it was about imagining what it was like being blind and deaf at the age of seven because that's what it felt like."
Mila's family had little money when she was growing up but she insists financial benefits have never been her motivation to do well.
The 28-year-old beauty added in an interview with the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "For me, it was never about the money because my parents had always instilled into me that money is the root of all evil.
"I believe that 100 percent. I was a happy nine year old and my family was p**s poor, I'm telling you."