Over the last 20 years, Ashton Kutcher’s celebrity has evolved from goofy young actor on “That ’70s Show” and “Punk’d” to successful startup investor, sitcom star and father of two. And despite two high-profile marriages, he’s managed to (mostly) stay out of tabloid headlines.
From his humble beginnings growing up in the Midwest to one particularly weird physical attribute, here are some interesting facts you may not know about the star.
His Real Name Is Christopher Ashton Kutcher
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Ashton Kutcher was known as “Chris” as a kid. He dropped his first name and started going by his more unique middle name when he began pursuing acting and modeling jobs as a teenager. At 20 years old, he moved to Los Angeles after landing a role on “That ’70s Show.”
He Did Mila Kunis’ Chemistry Homework
Although he played the not-so-bright Kelso on “That ’70s Show,” in real life, Kutcher had been a biochemical engineering major at the University of Iowa. (He dropped out his freshman year in order to pursue modeling.) Mila Kunis revealed that her co-star and future husband helped her with her high school chemistry homework during the show’s run.
He Has Slightly Webbed Toes
On a British talk show, Ashton Kutcher revealed that he has connected toes. He even took off his shoes to show the audience. “When everything else is this good-looking, something has to give!” he joked. Syndactyly, as it’s called, occurs in an estimated 1 in 2,000-3,000 live births.
He Dated January Jones Before She Was Famous
Before January Jones became famous as Betty Draper on the TV show “Mad Men,” she was a young actress with a well-known boyfriend: Ashton Kutcher. The couple dated from 1998 to 2001, and some believe that Kutcher is the ex-boyfriend who wasn’t supportive of her acting career. In 2009, Jones told GQ, “The guy I was dating when I first got to L.A. was not supportive of my acting … He was like, ‘I don’t think you’re going to be good at this.’ So — f*ck you! He only has nice things to say now.”
He Has A Twin Brother
Ashton’s fraternal twin brother, Michael Kutcher, was born with cerebral palsy. Ashton spoke about his brother while accepting Drake University’s Robert D. Ray Pilliar of Character Award in 2017.
“I was born a twin and from the moment I came into this world, I had to share it with someone,” he said in his speech. “I shared every birthday, every Christmas, I shared my bedroom, I shared my clothes, I shared everything I had in this world and I didn’t know that there was another way because I always had my brother with me.”
He Got Over His Divorce In An Unusual Way
After splitting from Demi Moore (to whom he was married for eight years), Kutcher mourned the breakup by spending a week alone in Montana and fasting.
“Right after I got divorced, I went to the mountains for a week by myself … I did no food, no drink — just water and tea,” he revealed on the Armchair Expert podcast. “I took all my computers away, my phone, my everything. I was there by myself, so there was no talking. I just had a notepad, a pen and water and tea — for a week.”
He Was A Boy Scout
Kutcher credits his experience as a Boy Scout with helping him become the person he is today. He tweeted his support of the youth program becoming more inclusive and changing their name to the Scouts BSA.
“There is not one thing I learned as a scout that would have been diminished by inclusion of all. In fact one of the best experiences I had as a scout what when we were lead by a woman ranger while hiking Philmont New Mexico,” he wrote on Twitter.
He Was An Early Adopter Of Twitter
Speaking of Twitter, Kutcher was an early adopter of the social platform. In fact, he even became the first account to reach 1 million followers in 2009, beating CNN. Today, he has over 18 million Twitter followers.
His Favorite Football Team Is The Chicago Bears
Kutcher doesn’t just root for the Chicago Bears to win every year. In an interview with Men’s Health, he described his love for the team as “really obsessively unhealthy.” In 2007 when the Bears made it to the Super Bowl, Kutcher was there cheering on his favorite team with his then-wife Demi Moore and extended family, including her ex, Bruce Willis.
He Got Into Trouble In High School
Long before he was pulling pranks on “Punk’d,” Ashton Kutcher was getting into trouble as a kid. He reportedly broke into his high school as a teenager and received a deferred judgment for a felony burglary. He’s also said that, in his younger days, he was pulled over by a state trooper while high on mushrooms.
He Was Hospitalized After Following Steve Jobs’ Diet
To prepare for his role in the 2013 film “Jobs,” Kutcher tried to follow Apple founder Steve Jobs’ fruit-only diet. However, the diet backfired and he ended up having to be hospitalized. “My pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was really terrifying,” he revealed at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
He Is A Country Music Fan
Kutcher has stated that he is a big fan of country music, so don’t be surprised if you see him attend the Stagecoach Country Music Festival alongside wife Mila Kunis again in the future. Among his favorite country artists are Dierks Bentley and Sturghill Simpson. He also attended the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards to promote his Netflix series “The Ranch.”
He Was A Member Of A Fraternity
During his time at the University of Iowa, Kutcher joined the Delta Chi fraternity. However, he wasn’t a member for long, since he ended up leaving school during his freshman year to pursue an entertainment career. Kevin Costner was also reportedly a member of this fraternity during his college years.
He And Wife Mila Kunis Are Huge Fans Of ‘The Bachelor’
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis don’t just watch “The Bachelor” TV franchise — they are super-fans and they even appeared on an episode! In 2017, the couple showed up on “The Bachelorette” to help Rachel Lindsay find a husband. The couple called the show their “guilty pleasure.”
He Quit Smoking After Reading A Book
In 2006, Kutcher claimed to have stopped smoking after reading Allen Carr’s book, “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” However, it seems he may have had a relapse since then. His first romantic outing with Mila Kunis reportedly involved blowing cigarette smoke in her mouth.
He Lives Down The Street From Jennifer Lawrence
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis reportedly live a few houses down from actress Jennifer Lawrence, who said in 2015 that she liked to show up at the Kutcher-Kunis Beverly Hills home uninvited.
He Auditioned For ‘Superman’
In 2010, Kutcher revealed that he did a screen test for a “Superman” movie and even put on the suit, but he didn’t get the part.
“It did not feel right,” he told MTV News. “I hadn’t worked out or done anything right … I was like a rail with fake muscles. It looked funny.”
He Spent A Season Coaching High School Football
In 2008, Kutcher spent a season as the assistant coach of a high school football team in Los Angeles. He said it was something he had always wanted to do. He even motivated the team by inviting Michael Strahan to give an inspirational speech to the kids.
Before Becoming An Actor, He Worked Odd Jobs
Growing up in a middle-class family in Iowa, Kutcher worked as a butcher and a janitor, among other odd jobs, before embarking on a show business career. He certainly didn’t have a trust fund growing up and has said that he won’t be giving his kids trust funds, either.
He Is A Gun Owner
Kutcher revealed on Twitter that he has owned guns since he was 12 years old. However, that doesn’t mean he isn’t in favor of stricter gun laws. In February 2018, he tweeted, “Are you waiting for it to be your kid to change the laws? #gunReformNow”
He Got His Start As A Male Model
With his good looks and 6’2″ height, it’s not surprising that Kutcher began his career as a male model. He reportedly modeled for brands like Joe Boxer and Calvin Klein. He also walked the runway for Versace.
Like Many Of Us, He Has Failed At Pinterest Recipes
As a dad of two, Kutcher has tried to make cute creations for his kids, including pancakes in the shape of a character from the TV show, “Paw Patrol.” However, he shared on Instagram that he was humbled when his daughter asked him, “What’s this supposed to be?” Even celebrities are not immune to #PinterestFails!
He’s Very Religious
In an episode of the Armchair Expert podcast, Mila Kunis revealed that her husband was “very religious” when they first started dating. Even now, the couple celebrates their own version of Shabbat every Friday evening with their family. Natalie Portman, Kutcher’s co-star in “No Strings Attached,” also described him in a 2011 interview with USA Today as a “very serious student of Kabbalah and Judaism.”
He Practices Jiu-Jitsu
He’s Started His Own Venture Capital Companies
In addition to acting, Kutcher has been successful at his second career as a venture capitalist. He has even co-founded several VC companies, including A-Grade Investments in 2010 and Sound Ventures in 2015. He’s also appeared on the TV show “Shark Tank” as one of the shark business investors.