Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis had a somewhat unconventional honeymoon. With Kutcher inviting his folks along for the ride, the married couple’s post-wedding break was looking a little odd before it even began. But things got even stranger – not to mention more dangerous – when they actually set off. Here’s a look at how the A-listers’ romantic getaway turned into the holiday from hell.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1983, Mila Kunis relocated to Los Angeles with her family when she was seven. After taking an interest in acting she enjoyed an early supporting role in Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. Then in 1998 she played the younger version of Angelina Jolie’s titular character in Gia.
Kunis got her big break when she landed the role of Jackie Burkhart in teen comedy That ’70s Show. Soon after, she replaced Lacey Chabert as the voice of Megan Griffin in the animated hit Family Guy. Kunis enjoyed long-running stints on both shows and in 2008 became a big-screen leading lady in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Kunis went on to star in the 2008 video game adaptation Max Payne, 2009 comedy Extract and 2010 post-apocalyptic action movie Book of Eli. In 2011 she received critical acclaim for her committed supporting performance in the Oscar-laden smash Black Swan. She later starred in romantic comedy Friends with Benefits, fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful and the Wachowskis’ space epic Jupiter Ascending.
Kunis fronted the start of a successful comedy franchise in 2016 with Bad Moms before joining Kate McKinnon in The Spy Who Dumped Me. But, of course, she became just as renowned for her high-profile relationship with Ashton Kutcher. The pair had first met on the set of That ’70s Show but only started dating over a decade later in 2012.
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1978, Kutcher studied at the University of Iowa and initially pursued a career as a model before switching his attention to acting. Following his breakthrough role in That ’70s Show he appeared alongside Seann William Scott in the stoner comedy Dude, Where’s My Car? In 2001 he showcased his more dramatic chops in Texas Rangers.
But it was in the comedy genre where Kutcher’s career thrived. He enjoyed box office success with Just Married, Guess Who and What Happens in Vegas. He also fronted the MTV prank show Punk’d and produced reality series Beauty and the Geek. Other notable Kutcher films in the ’00s included supernatural drama The Butterfly Effect and action movie The Guardian.
Kutcher continued his winning streak with parts in romantic comedies Valentine’s Day and No Strings Attached. He then took over from Charlie Sheen as the leading man in long-running sitcom Two and a Half Men. In 2013 he portrayed Steve Jobs in a biopic of the Apple co-founder and three years later originated the role of Colt Bennett in Netflix comedy The Ranch.
Of course, both Kutcher and Kunis had relationships with other high-profile stars before getting together. The former married Demi Moore in 2005, but six years later the Ghost actress announced she was filing for divorce. Kunis, meanwhile, spent nine years with fellow child star Macaulay Culkin.
Kutcher and Kunis announced their engagement in 2014, the same year their first child, Wyatt Isabelle, was born. They then walked down the aisle together at a ceremony in Oak Glen, California, in the summer of 2015. A year later they added to their family unit with the birth of their son Dimitri Portwood.
Kutcher and Kunis may appear to have a perfect marriage but they didn’t exactly enjoy the perfect start. While promoting The Spy Who Dumped Me on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2018, the latter described their first getaway as husband and wife as “a real-life National Lampoon’s honeymoon.” And Kunis insisted she wasn’t embellishing things for effect.
Kunis revealed how the pair and their young daughter Wyatt had some unlikely company for the getaway – her in-laws. She also told Fallon that they all headed out on the road in an RV she’d bought for her husband’s birthday. “Not the most luxury of RVs, but fine,” Kunis admitted.
Kunis continued, “So we’re in our little tin can on wheels and my in-laws are in what my husband coined ‘the Taj Mahal of RVs.’ It is, like, a double pop-out, it’s got jacuzzis… everything. We, again, with our 10-month-old, are in a tin can on wheels.” And then disaster struck.
Indeed, just eight hours into their journey and with the temperature outside reaching 110 degrees, the RV’s air conditioning suddenly stopped working. And then things got worse. Kunis told Fallon that she and her family were lucky to escape with their lives when Apple Maps sent them down what turned out to be a mountainside fire road.
“We all had to jump out of the vehicle and walk for like three miles while my father-in-law drove the van,” Kunis confessed. “Ashton navigated him over gigantic boulders because there had just been a massive flood. Guys, this was like day two.”
But Kunis and her family’s ordeal didn’t end there. Kutcher’s mother then decided to help out by using her travel book to find a Napa Valley RV park. The only problem was the travel book in question was out of date. As a result the family ended up heading out to an RV park next to two prisons 60 minutes outside Napa.
“And my husband looked at me and goes, ‘I quit,’ and I was like, ‘me too, let’s go,’” revealed Kunis. Luckily the disastrous trip doesn’t appear to have been an omen. Shortly before Kunis’ appearance on Fallon’s show, she and Kutcher celebrated three years of married life.
That wasn’t the only time that Kunis opened up about her relationship with Kutcher during the promotion of The Spy Who Dumped Me. While appearing on Marc Maron’s podcast, WTF, the star admitted that she and Ashton didn’t exactly fall head over heels in love at first. In fact, when they first got together, their relationship was entirely a physical one.
However, Kunis eventually began to develop feelings for her former That ’70s Show co-star. She told Maron, “I felt like I got punched in the gut, literally overnight. 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.”
Thankfully for Kunis, Kutcher soon let her know that he felt the exact same way. In fact, the very next morning he turned up to her home and suggested the pair should move in together. Kunis was initially reluctant to make such a commitment, but an insistent Kutcher declared, “I’m not going to lose you,” and the rest is history.