In the age where relationships in Hollywood are notorious for their instability and fickleness. Hollywood heartthrob Ashton Kutcher and Russian born beauty Mila Kunis went from being friends with benefits to husband and wife in just a few years time. It is inspiring at this age to see how these two lovers keeping their romantic flame alive despite knowing each for almost two decades.
Having met on the sets of the hit tv show “ That 70s Show” as teenagers they developed a close friendship initially. As the years wore on their friendship developed from just friends to friends with benefits and eventually walking down the aisle.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis met in early part of 1998, playing fresh-faced dysfunctional teens, Kutcher (20) as “Michael Kelso” and Kunis (14) as “Jackie Burkhart” in the hit tv show “That 70s show.”
Mila born in then USSR moved to the United States in 1991 aged 7 with her parents. In a story similar to " Never Been Kissed" Mila got her first kiss in one of the episodes of "That 70s Show" which aired in 2001, coincidentally it was with Kutcher. Even after the show finished in May 2006, the duo kept in touch with each other but was never romantically involved; during this time both actors were involved in other serious relationships.
Kutcher and Kunis at a sports event, source: Elle
In the spring of 2012, rumors started circulating about a possible romance between the two. With pictures surfacing of their date in April confirming the rumors. Mila later went on record saying she developed a crush on Ashton earlier while working together on the sets of “That 70s show.”
In an interview with Howard Stern in 2016, Mila said she was attracted to Kutcher (6’4”) unknowingly, as he was seated in front of her in an award show. Recalling the encounter, she said:
“Who's that tall guy?” Then he just turns around and it was literally like if we were in a movie, the music would start playing and the violins would go...I think for the first time ever he took my breath away...I was like f**k, he's good looking.”
Still, Kutcher having no idea about Mila’s feelings, planned to set her up with his friend. Everything unfolded when he invited her over for a housewarming party, she made her move while waiting for Kutcher’s friend.The sparks quickly flew between the two with Kunis’s friend who had accompanied her leaving the party as a dutiful wing woman. The pair then ensued in kissing in private, with conversations that carried on through the night as Mila explained "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."
Kutcher and Kunis watching Chicago Cubs, source: Elle
The couple now were living out their movie lives (“No Strings Attached” for Kutcher and “ Friends With Benefits” for Mila), both just wanted to keep their relationship casual and fun, so they started their friends with benefits.
In contrast to fallings of their onscreen counterparts, Mila explains why their relationship 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.”
Coming out clean, Kutcher also shared similar sentiments and with both wanting out of their relationship both started dating exclusively.
After committing to each other, the couple was seen in many sporting events sharing romantic glances, holding hands and even kissing on camera. According to Daily News, the couple got engaged in early January 2014 and Kunis showed off her engagement ring in Lakers game. Only a few days later after the kiss cam moment, Kunis was pictured with a baby bump, rumors started circulating about Mila being pregnant with couple’s first child.
Kunis and Kutcher at Billboard Music Awards 2016, source: Daily Mail
On April 2014, Kutcher and Kunis reunited onscreen with Kunis making a guest appearance in “Two and a Half Men.” Later in the same year, the couple welcomed their firstborn daughter Wyatt Isabella in September according to Elle.
After popping the question in the early part of 2014 and dating for several years the couple tied the knot in 4th July 2015. The whole wedding was a top-secret affair as both pairs valued privacy more than media ruining their day. The couple was reluctant to make their wedding public keeping fans guessing for several months. Kunis even joked when she was asked whether she is married by saying maybe in Late Late Show hosted by James Corden. In an interview with Elle in 2012, Kutcher explained why he values privacy and he has learned from his past relationship how it benefits personal life; he further added that he wants to keep his personal life private and would do anything to keep it that way.
The couple was keen to expand their family further and the rumors of Kunis being pregnant with their second child circulated in June 2016. Soon after on 30 November 2016, the couple welcomed their second baby boy Dimitri Portwood Kutcher.
Secret wedding of Kutcher and Kunis, source: Arabia Weddings
The real-life rom-com of Kutcher and Kunis is nothing short of fairytale romance in Hollywood compared to frequent celebrity doom and gloom relationship news. This endearing love story gives hope of finding love when least expected and how it morphs into beautiful companionship as life rolls on.