Friends with breaks! Mila Kunis dished to Glamour’s August issue about her marriage with Ashton Kutcher, their past “friendship breakups" and the surprising thing that “saved” their relationship.
When the That '70s Show costars began dating in 2012, it took some time to adjust to each other’s different interests. “I love The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. He thinks that show’s killing brains,” the Bad Moms actress, 32, said of Kutcher. “He lives and breathes football. When we started dating, I downloaded the ESPN app to know if his team won or lost so I would know whether to call. If the Bears lose, your whole Sunday’s gone to s–t. So it saved our relationship.”
Although Kunis may not be a football fanatic and Kutcher, 38, has a distaste for reality TV, she says their longstanding friendship gives them a solid foundation for their marriage. “We can’t bulls–t each other,” she said. “I literally can’t lie to him. He can call me out on everything, and I can do the same, because there’s nothing about the other person’s face that we don’t know. We know when they’re acting, thus we know when they’re lying. Sometimes he’ll look at me, be like, ‘Really?’ And I’m like, ‘F–k.’”
The pair have known each other since their hit sitcom began in 1998, but Kunis wasn’t always so fond of Kutcher. “There’s nothing we don’t know about each other because we’ve known each other for so long: the ugly, the bad, the good. We went through a period where I thought he was crazy,” she revealed. “At the height of his career, I was like, ‘Ugh, I don’t like you. I don’t even know you anymore. You think you’re such hot s–t.’”
Throughout the years, Kunis said they had “full friendship breakups” even before they were ever a couple. “Then we’d get back together and be like, ‘Oh, sorry. I didn’t mean to overreact.’ ‘That’s OK.’ All the time. It truly is being married to your best friend,” she said of their relationship now. “That’s a cliché. It’s cheesy, but it’s true.”
Before they fell in love, she wasn’t sure she’d ever tie the knot. “Commitment sounded great, but I didn’t believe in marriage,” she said. “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 of their extremely private 2015 nuptials.
As parents to daughter Wyatt, and with baby No. 2 on the way, Kunis says they’ve learned just how tough parenting can be. “Children are f–king crazy. They’re also suicidal. Like, at the park, certain jungle gyms have an opening for older kids to jump out of. She’s 19 months; she can’t jump. She just walks off it as if she’s on a pirate ship,” Kunis told Glamour. "Another important thing to learn is that kids have a personality that has nothing to do with you. I have a really sweet daughter. She wants to hug all the other kids. I didn’t teach her to be sweet. It has nothing to do with me. I’ve realized you can control only so much.”
The Friends With Benefits actress hasn’t made a film in a few years, but she said that it was easy to turn down projects to focus on her family. “When I would get a call with an offer, I wouldn’t even flinch. I was like, ‘No, I’m pregnant.’ ‘No, I have a baby.’ I wasn’t ready to go back. I was so happy saying no that I knew it was the right decision.”
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