Allow Mila Kunis to tell the story of how she and That '70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher got together. It is, quite simply, the better version of her movie Friends With Benefits, and Kutcher's No Strings Attached, and, like, a lot of rom coms of late:
"We started dating with the idea we're both never going to get married," Kunis said to Howard Stern on his show today . "[Kutcher] just got out of a marriage. I got out of a long relationship. I was single and having the best time ever. I was totally dating, having a great time, and I was like, 'I'm never getting married.' He's like, 'Great, neither am I!' And we're like shaking hands on it and we're like, 'Life is great!' A year later, we're like, 'Tomorrow, let's get married.'"
"If we just paid attention to these movies [we did], we should know sh*t like this does not work out in real life," Kunis said. But even if the whole "no strings attached!" thing didn't last for them—they're now married with a one-year-old daughter and a second kid on the way— the story of how it all happened is kind of hilarious. Kunis very generously tells it, and the entire thing is worth listening to. Below, the best bits recapped.
First, Kunis realized Kutcher was attractive, at an award show. They had changed a lot because, as Kunis said in an earlier interview, there was a point when she hated Kutcher. "I think we both had to go through a lot in our lives to become the people who we were…" But through it all, they'd kept in touch...through AIM:
When we first ran into each other, we'd always kept in touch on like AIM…so we always kept in touch since after '70s. We'd pop up on each other's thing and be like "Hey, oh my god! How are you? How's life?" "Like everything's good!" "Great!" [I wasn't thinking about him romantically], no, not at all!
And then we ran into each other at a party, at an award show. So I see this guy, and I see his back, and he's really tall [Kutcher is 6'2; Kunis is 5'4], and I was like who's that tall guy?…And I'm standing there like this, literally like "Hmm..." and I'm wearing this big poofy dress, and [I] look[ed] ridiculous, and then he just turns around, and it was like literally, if we were in a movie, the music would just start playing and violins would go. I just went [gasps]. Like, I think he for the first time ever took my breath away...I was like, "F*ck, he's good looking."
They chitchat, then he invited her to his housewarming party. That's where she made the move.
I brought a girlfriend with me. I was like, "You have to come with me, because just in case." So lo and behold he was trying to set me up with a friend of his…[a] not actor-famous friend. And so I didn't know this. So I walk in—but I literally was like, "Why am I nervous?"...There was less talking [more action that started things with us]. I didn't know that I was supposed to meet his friend until much later.
Kunis's friend, who was a great wingwoman, leaves. And Kunis and Kutcher begin to kiss at the party, in private. "So then we end up having a lot of talks about how this is a huge mistake and how he needs to go and be single and I need to go and be single. It was super private for a very long time."
Kunis stayed the whole night—a first:
It was the first time ever that I ever slept over at a guy's house since becoming single. He didn't let me leave. At 2 in the morning, I was like "I'm going to call an Uber." And he was like, "You're crazy" and I was like, "BYE." When I was single, I was so adamant about never staying at a guy's house, that I was like peacing out. And he was like, "You're not leaving." And that was the first time [I didn't.]
So they became friends with benefits—and Kunis explains exactly why it worked:
We both were in agreement. Like, "Yeah, this is just fun. Just fun," shook hands on it, "this is just fun." Three months later, I was like, "This isn't fun anymore." We were always open. We were incredibly open with one another in regard to like where we were with our feelings. We found out we would literally attempt to see other people and then like that night we'd be like, "Hey, what are you up to? Wanna come over?" It ended up being just having fun to genuinely wanting [more]—when I realized I was nervous [about him going out with someone else and me losing him], was when I spoke to him. I was like, I don't like this anymore.
He didn't seem to either, and the rest is history.
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