14 things you probably didn't know about Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher recently starred in the Netflix film "Your Place or Mine" with Reese Witherspoon.
There are some things people might not know about the actor, however.
For example, Kutcher has two phone numbers, and he once auditioned to play Superman.
He had a brush with the law in high school.
When Kutcher was 18, he broke into his own high school with his cousin, setting off a silent alarm.
He was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary — a felony offense — and sentenced to 180 hours of community service and three years' probation. (His record was eventually expunged.)
"You'd walk down the street and feel people looking at you like, 'Oh, that's the kid that broke into the high school,'" Kutcher told The Seattle Times in 2006. "Then my girlfriend broke up with me. Then I lost my college scholarships and got kicked out of the National Honor Society and the choir and the play."
Kutcher added: "Getting in trouble, learning a life lesson — it straightened me out pretty quick."
Kutcher worked as a butcher and a janitor before making it in entertainment.
Growing up as part of a middle-class family in Iowa, Kutcher worked a number of odd jobs as a janitor, butcher, and factory worker before becoming a model and eventually, an actor.
Those experiences stuck with Kutcher, who told Dax Shepard on his Amrchair Expert podcast in 2018 that he wants his children to understand the value of hard work and money.
"I'm going to take them camping a lot just because I want them to be really resourceful," he told Shepard, adding that his children won't be receiving significant trust funds.
Kutcher added: "We'll end up giving our money away to charity and various things."
He also worked as a model.
Before Kutcher was an actor, he was a model living in a New York City apartment with other models.
Although Kutcher appeared in Abercrombie & Fitch catalogs and walked the runway for the likes of Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein, he struggled to make ends meet.
"I was fucking broke," he told Esquire.
Fortunately, Kutcher landed the role of Michael Kelso in the pilot for "That '70s Show" nearly a year later. The show made him a star.
But the successful actor still remembers his modeling days well.
"If you actually want to see an extraordinarily accurate depiction of what it's like to be a male model, watch the first 10 minutes of 'Triangle of Sadness,'" Kutcher said during another interview with Esquire, referring to a scene at the beginning of the film in which models are asked to give a serious "Balenciaga face" and a happy "H&M face."
"I remember living that scene," he added. "The depiction is so accurate. It's terrifying."
Kutcher has a knack for investing in successful tech companies.
In 2010, Kutcher founded the investing fund A-Grade investments with entertainment manager Guy Oseary and billionaire Ron Burkle.
Over the years, the actor has proven to be a savvy tech investor, having invested in companies including Airbnb, Uber, Spotify, and Warby Parker, to name a few.
He has a twin brother, and they've had a complex relationship.
Kutcher's twin Michael has been open about the brothers' complicated history. When Kutcher moved from Iowa to New York to pursue a career in modeling — and eventually acting — Michael struggled with his identity.
"That's a part of being a twin," Michael said on "The Checkup With Dr. David Agus," a six-part docuseries that examines the health struggles of famous people. "Until he went out to New York, when we were in our 20s, I always felt like we were one. I wrote him a letter and I was like, 'I feel like a piece of me just went away.' So I really struggled for a lot of my early adulthood, trying to figure out who Michael was."
The brothers eventually worked things out.
"We both kind of came head to head with our differences, and it was through a conversation where we were like, why aren't we as close as we used to be?" Kutcher also said in the docuseries. "Because it's easy when you've sort of pent up this jealousy or anger or frustration or pity or all of these variable things — they all become walls between people."
He really loves country music.
Kutcher loves country music, particularly artists like Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, and Garth Brooks.
"Garthy Garth," he told Wired, referring to Brooks. "We actually share the same birthday believe it or not. And I shared burgers with him one year, because I was like, 'Come on, man. We both came out of vaginas on February 7th. Isn't that crazy?'"
Kutcher first proclaimed his love for Mila Kunis one drunken evening.
Kutcher eventually wound up marrying former "That 70s Show" costar Mila Kunis in 2015. Getting to that point was a memorable journey, the two have said at various points.
During an appearance on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" in February, Kutcher recalled how he initially confessed his feelings to Kunis.
"I remember it distinctly cause I came into her house, and I was singing this Kenny Chesney song, and I was like, 'You and tequila make me crazy,' cause there had been a little too much tequila consumed, and they both make me crazy," he recalled.
After serenading Kunis, Kutcher told her he loved her.
Kunis, who wasn't entirely convinced given his drunken state, told him to tell her that again in the morning if he really meant it.
The next morning, Kutcher said, "I woke her up, and I was like, 'Hey, I love you.'"
He has webbed feet.
During an interview with Jonathan Ross on BBC One in 2009, Kutcher revealed he had webbed feet.
When Ross called Kutcher's feet "freaky deaky," the actor joked, "They're slightly webbed! When everything else is this good-looking, something's got to be busted."
Kutcher has two phone numbers.
Kutcher likes to have two phone numbers, he told Wired: one is so Kunis can get a hold of him, and the other is a number used to message with his fans.
He manages all those messages using the text-messaging service Community, which other celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Amy Schumer, John Legend, and Kerry Washington have used.
"I reply daily to someone or a few people," Kutcher explained.
His Twitter account became the first one to reach 1 million followers in 2009.
Kutcher was the first Twitter user to have more than 1 million followers, crossing the mark in April 2009, according to Today.
The actor beat out CNN Breaking News, which was also on the threshold.
"We now live in an age in media that a single voice can have as much power and relevance on the Web, that is, as an entire media network," Kutcher said on "Larry King Live" days after achieving the milestone. "And I think that to me was shocking."
He was hospitalized after trying Steve Jobs' diet to prep for the 2013 film "Jobs."
To prepare for the role of Apple cofounder and former CEO Steve Jobs, Kutcher adopted Jobs' fruit-only diet, which landed him in the hospital days before filming started for "Jobs."
"First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to, like, some severe issues," Kutcher said at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. "I ended up in the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was, like, doubled over in pain.
Kutcher added: "My pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was really terrifying."
Kutcher once auditioned to play Superman.
Several actors have played Superman on the big and small screens, and while Ashton Kutcher wasn't one of them, he once confessed he auditioned for the role.
"I wore the Superman suit," Kutcher told MTV News in 2010. "I did a screentest in the Superman suit."
The actor recalled auditioning with Keri Russell, who was reading for the role of Lois Lane. But even Kutcher admitted his audition was off.
"It did not feel right," he added. "I hadn't worked out or done anything right."
"I was like a rail with fake muscles. It looked funny," he said.
He ran the New York City Marathon in November 2022.
Kutcher ran the New York City Marathon in November 2022, placing 8,139th place out of 47,743 runners, according to People.
In the run-up to the event, the actor raised over $1 million to help fight child sex abuse through his foundation Thorn.
"I ran under an alias, and then they reset it to my name after the race," Kutcher told Wired. "They had two undercover police officers that were running with me during the marathon. I was like, 'I don't think I need security.' They were like, 'Oh, we should just have these people here.' But halfway through they disappeared. I think they had not prepared to run a marathon."
Kutcher practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Kutcher typically does a 45-minute workout involving Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a grappling art that works every muscle in the body, according to Men's Journal.
The routine includes a 15-minute warm-up, scissor sweeps, and triangle chokes where the person pulls their opponent's head down and squeezes their upper body with their legs.
"I think I'm OK," Kutcher told Wired. "I think I could always be better, and I don't train enough to be like, great,"
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