Mila Kunis attends the Marine Corps Ball with Sgt. Scott Moore
Mila Kunis kept her promise to attend the Marine Corps Birthday Ball with Marine Sgt. Scott Moore.
The "Friends With Benefits" star attended the Marine Ball in Greenville, North Carolina on Friday night, after Moore asked the actress to be his date on YouTube in July. The 28-year-old actress was picked up from the airport and brought to the convention center for the Ball, where she met Moore, who recently returned from seven months in Afghanistan.
The event celebrated the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps and though media was not allowed inside the event, local station WNCT quoted Marine spokesperson Capt. Scott Sasser as saying that Kunis and Sgt. Moore enjoyed the night.
"To think about the things our marines and sailors did over there, it's humbling. You see the medals on everyone's chest of the accomplishments they made and to just talk with and see not only the marines who came back alive but the one who have come back wounded. Our wounded warriors are in there and you can see firsthand the sacrifice a lot of people have made," Sasser told the local CBS station. "She's going to get a chance to learn about the Marine Corps and were all going to have a great time celebrating the Marine Corps birthday."
Sgt. Moore, of the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, created the YouTube video inviting Kunis in early June. In the video, which can be seen below, Sgt. Moore says, "Hi Mila, I just want to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the Marine Corps Ball with yours truly."
The actress accepted the invitation during an interview with Fox News while she was being interviewed with her "Friends With Benefits" co-star Justin Timberlake.
Timberlake reportedly told Kunis, "Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? You need to do it for your country."
The actress then asked her publicist if she knew about the video before telling Timberlake, "I'll go, I'll do it for you. Are you going to come?"
At the time, Timberlake said he wasn't invited, but it wasn't long before he got his own Marine date. Timberlake attended a different Marine Corps Ball on November 12 with Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, who also invited the star via a YouTube video in July.
De Santis said, "I had a really good experience. He had a big smile on his face and so did I."
Following the event, Timberlake said it was one of the "most moving evenings I've ever had" in his personal blog.
"I knew I would have an evening that I wouldn't forget," Timberlake wrote. "Something I could tell my friends about. What I didn't know was how moved I would be by the whole experience."
Marine Sgt. Scott Moore said he got some high-fives from his fellow Marines after word got out that Kunis had accepted his YouTube invitation to attend the Marine Corps Ball with him.
"The idea behind my YouTube invitation to Mila Kunis came about after some Marines from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, and I were hanging out talking. One of the Marines bet that I wouldn't make the video and post it," Sgt. Moore said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "Of course, a bet between Marines must be honored, so I took the chance."
When he found out the actress had accepted the offer, Sgt. Moore said at the time, "My initial reaction was disbelief. It's going to be a great experience to meet her, and it's going to make the ball more special for everyone."
Check out Sgt. Moore's invite below.