They may be one of the most famous couples in the world, but Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher haven’t forgotten their roots. So, when it comes to raising her children, the actress takes an interesting approach. Indeed, while promoting her movie Bad Moms, Kunis revealed how she has been misleading her kids without their knowledge. What’s more, fans seemed to admire her bold decision.
Kunis was born in Chernivtsi in the Soviet Union on August 14, 1983. Then when she was aged seven, her parents decided to move to the United States. They made the change in order to try and provide a better future for their daughter and her brother Michael. But Kunis has stated that they relocated to Los Angeles with just $250 to their name.
A couple of years later, Kunis joined an acting class as an after-school hobby. She quickly found an agent and began appearing in commercials and minor television roles. Then, in 1998, she landed the part of Jackie – one of the main characters in That ’70s Show.
Kunis was only 14, and the casting team had been looking for an actress that was 18 or over. But when they found out that she was younger than they had first realized, they still hired her. The show ran until 2006, and during that time Kunis also began voicing the character of Meg on Family Guy.
The star subsequently made the transition into movies with the success of Forgetting Sarah Marshall in 2008. Then, two years later, she was nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for her performance in Black Swan. She also rubbed shoulders with celebrities in her personal life; Kunis started dating the former child actor Macaulay Culkin in 2002, but they split in 2011.
The following year, Kunis began a relationship with Ashton Kutcher, who had portrayed her love interest Kelso on That ’70s Show. Sweetly, Kunis has since revealed that he was her first kiss. And although the pair had stayed friends after the series ended, things hadn’t turned romantic between them for another six years.
You see, Kutcher had previously been married to Demi Moore between 2005 and 2011. He and Kunis then got together in April 2012 and became engaged two years later in early 2014. The pair also welcomed their first child, daughter Wyatt Isabelle, in October of that year.
Then Kunis and Kutcher wed in California in July 2015; they are now additionally parents to a son named Dimitri Portwood, who came along in November 2016. A few months before Dimitri was born, however, Kunis was busy promoting her movie Bad Moms. And she frequently received questions about her own parenting methods.
That August, Kunis appeared on Australia’s Kyle & Jackie O Show. There, the radio hosts discussed how the comedy film touches on a message of preventing entitlement. In addition, they asked the actress how the couple are making sure that their children don’t grow up expecting to be handed everything.
Kunis admitted that the couple had talked about the subject years earlier. “The one topic of conversation we had even prior to ever having kids was always, ‘How do you raise a child to not be an asshole?’” she said. Then, she revealed that she and Kutcher are deliberately deceiving their kids for their own good.
Kunis herself is apparently worth $55 million, while Kutcher’s wealth is said to be a cool $200 million. But because of their own upbringings, the celebrity parents don’t want to spoil their kids. “It’s so important, because we both came from pretty solid poverty backgrounds and grew up very poor and are very much self-made and are very aware of what a dollar’s worth because it was 100 percent earned by us for us,” Kunis said. “Nothing’s been handed to us and our kids won’t know what that’s like.”
Kunis also confessed that while she’s glad that her children will never have to worry about their finances, she wants them to have a good work ethic. “On one side it’s beautiful – they’ll never know what it’s like to have ketchup soup for dinner – but on another side, they’ll also never know how to appreciate things,” the star explained. So, Kunis and Kutcher decided to tell their children that their parents’ money is not their own.
“It’s a matter of teaching them from a very early age that mommy and daddy may have a dollar but you’re poor,” Kunis said, which made Kyle and Jackie O laugh. “You are not rich, you are very poor. You have nothing. Mommy and daddy have a bank account.”
Kunis additionally revealed that she and Kutcher bonded over their poor childhoods, and while they find it amusing now, they were difficult times for them both. “Sometimes we think it’s fun to swap stories, and our parents always think it’s funny when we’re like, ‘Remember how poor we were?’ Now it’s funny to laugh about it, but let me tell you: 20-plus years ago it was not so funny,” she explained.
Kunis also divulged that she swapped the pricey Tiffany & Co. ring that Kutcher proposed with for a wedding band from Etsy. “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.’ And so, I was like, our wedding bands are going to be wonderful and beautiful and simple,” she said.
The actress added, “[My ring] is like 1 millimeter platinum, and his is like 2 millimeters with yellow gold. [They were] made by a wonderful little old lady in Middle America who has no idea what she did and for whom.” And Kutcher has stated that while he will help Wyatt and Dmitri, they won’t inherit his and Kunis’ huge fortune. So the couple are certainly in agreement about teaching their children the value of money.
“I’m not setting up a trust for [Wyatt and Dimitri]; we’ll end up giving our money away to charity and to various things,” Kutcher said during an appearance on Dax Shepard’s podcast Armchair Expert. “So, if my kids want to start a business and they have a good business plan, I’ll invest in it, but they’re not getting trusts. So, hopefully they’ll be motivated to have what they had or some version of what they had.”
Kunis and Kutcher are not alone in their decision, however. Talking of his children, Gordon Ramsay has said that his fortune is “definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it’s to not spoil them.” Bill Gates also plans to leave his kids with just a “miniscule portion” of his riches, while Sting has told his children that they have to work to make money of their own.
Kunis and Kutcher have now been together for six years and happily married for three. Their daughter Wyatt is nearly four and their son Dmitri will turn two in 2018. And many have praised the couple for making sure their children don’t grow up with silver spoons in their mouths.
“She seems very grounded,” one commenter shared of Kunis on a 2016 Daily Mail article about the couple. And another added, “These two have worked since they were both kids. I think it’s great that they are going to teach their children the value of money. So many of the children of these celebrities don’t appreciate what they have.”