It’s a real-life Hollywood fairytale: after playing a couple on-screen as Kelso and Jackie in That 70’s Show, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis reconnected years after the show went off the air and are now happily married with two little ones. From the sitcom to the decade of distance before reconnecting, here is everything you need to know about Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis' relationship.
- Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis met on the set of That 70’s Show, where they played on-again and off-again couple Kelso and Jackie.
- Ashton went on to marry actress Demi Moore after he left the show in 2005, while Mila was in a long-term relationship with Macaulay Culkin from 2002-2011.
- They reconnected in 2012 at the 69th Golden Globe Awards and got married on July 4, 2015.
- The couple shares two children together: Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher, born in 2014, and Dimitri Portwood Kutcher, born in 2016.
1998: First Meeting
When Mila was just 14 years old, she met Ashton on the set of Fox’s That 70’s Show, where the two played on-again-off-again couple Jackie Burkhart (Mila) and Michael Kelso (Ashton). Although casting directors required all lead actors to be over the age of 18, Mila was able to lie her way through the audition to get the part, which she admitted to in a 2012 interview with Jay Leno.
"I told them I was gonna be 18, which, you know, I've said this story before—it's not technically a lie, cause at one point, given all things went right, I was gonna be 18," she said. "They figured out sooner or later that I wasn't, but that's OK."
The lie worked, but their age difference proved awkward at times, particularly when it came to on-screen romance. Mila’s first-ever kiss was a scripted one between their characters, Jackie and Kelso, which Ashton didn’t realize at the time. "I'm the first guy she kissed? Oh my god, I had no idea," he told People in 2001. "I'm so glad I didn't know that or it would've been too much pressure."
September 24, 2005: Ashton’s First Marriage
Ashton married actress Demi Moore, who was 15 years older than him, after dating for two years. The couple made headlines for their wide age gap, which Demi called “silly.” The couple wed in a Kabbalah ceremony at their home in Beverly Hills, and Ashton became a step-father to Demi’s three daughters from her marriage to Bruce Willis.
January 2011: Mila’s Break Up
Mila dated former child star Macaulay Culkin from 2002 to 2011, at which time the couple called it quits.
November 17, 2011: Ashton Gets Divorced
After six years of marriage, Demi made the difficult decision to divorce Ashton. The same day Demi announced her plan to file for divorce, Ashton tweeted, "Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail."
January 15, 2012: Reuniting at the 69th Golden Globe Awards
Not long after news of Ashton’s divorce broke, Mila and Ashton ran into each other at the 69th Golden Globes. "I was looking around, and there was a really beautiful man from the back," Mila told Marc Maron on his podcast in 2018. "I was literally like, 'Oh, he's kinda hot.'...And then he turned around, and I was like, 'Oh, my God, it's Kutch.'"
Mila experienced a bit of deja vu seeing him again after so many years. "I thought it was the weirdest thing that I was checking this guy out, and it was someone that I had known forever," she recalled.
The timing was right for the two to reconnect, and at the end of the night, Ashton invited Mila to his upcoming housewarming party in the Hollywood Hills.
January 2012: First Kiss
On the night of Ashton’s housewarming party, the two shared their first kiss. Ashton recalled how it happened in Elle. "I think I was smoking cigarettes at the time, and I was still a smoker," he said. "And she had quit smoking and she was like, she wanted me to like shotgun a cigarette smoke so she could breathe it in and I was like, 'All right.'"
He continued, "And I started doing this. And gradually through the night, it got closer and closer and closer...It was kind of obvious that things were happening."
January 2012: The New Couple Keeps Things Casual
Things escalated quickly after the two reignited the flame at Ashton’s house party, and the two began to hook up regularly starting in January 2012. "It was the first time ever that I ever slept over at a guy's house since becoming single..." Mila told Marc Maron. "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.]"
It was around this time that Mila and Ashton starred in two separate movies with similar plot lines about a “friends with benefits” relationship gone wrong: Mila in Friends With Benefits and Ashton in No Strings Attached. “We lived our movies out," she said. "We were just like, let's just hook up. Let's have fun. We're both single. We both trust each other. Everything's great."
April 2012: Moving In Together
After a few months of casually seeing each other, Mila decided she wasn’t happy with the relationship as it currently stood. "I was like, you know what, I actually care about you. I don't want to mess anything up so I'm just going to walk away before it becomes too much," Mila told Marc Maron.
Before she had a chance to end the relationship for good, Ashton asked her to move in with him. "If we just paid attention to these movies [we did], we should know s--- like this does not work out in real life," Mila said on the 2018 "WTF" episode.
February 2014: Engagement
A few months after Ashton and Demi’s divorce was finalized in November 2013, Ashton popped the question. Mila was first spotted showing off her 5-carat Tiffany solitaire diamond engagement ring worth a reported $250,000 on February 27, 2014, according to People.
The rock is so impressive that Mila actually avoids wearing it out in public, she admitted in an interview with Australia’s Kyle & Jackie O radio show. “My engagement ring is in a safety deposit box, and I’m like, ‘I can’t wear this because someone’s going to chop my hand off for it.’”
May 9, 2014: Pregnancy Reveal
A few months after news of the couple's engagement broke, Mila revealed that she was pregnant on Ellen, saying she had been craving sauerkraut and pickles throughout her pregnancy.
October 1, 2014: Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher Is Born
On October 1, 2014, the couple welcomed their first child, Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher, at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Per Us Weekly, Ashton told Conan O'Brien that parenthood is “the greatest thing on earth.” He continues, "We're really privileged that we have time and can afford to take time. So we don't have a nanny or a night nurse or any of that stuff. It's just the two of us."
July 4, 2015: Wedding in California
After three years of dating, the couple tied the knot at a private ceremony in Oak Glen, California, on the Fourth of July. Speaking to Glamour in 2016, Mila admitted that she didn’t believe in marriage, however.
"I grew up in West Hollywood, and my brother has reminded me that when I was like 12, I said, 'When gay people can get married, then I'll get married.' I was ahead of my time. The Supreme Court decision [on same-sex marriage came down], and that's when Ashton and I got married,” she said.
November 30, 2016: Dimitri Portwood Kutcher Is Born
The couple welcomed their second child, a son named Dimitri Portwood Kutcher, at the end of 2016, completing their family.
December 3, 2017: First Red Carpet Together
The notoriously private couple walked the red carpet together for the first time since becoming a couple at the Breakthrough Prize Awards in 2017—five years into their marriage!
February 7, 2021: Super Bowl Commercial Co-Stars
For the first time since That’s 70’s Show, Mila and Ashton starred together on the small screen alongside Shaggy in a 2021 Super Bowl commercial for Cheetos.
"It's so silly!" Kunis told ET about the commercial. "Ashton and I, we never work together. I mean, I know we've worked together before [on That '70s Show and more]...but in the midst of quarantine, they sent us this ad to do."