Mila Kunis: You run out of stories about your life to tell your kids


Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher recently appeared on the podcast, Teach Me Something. Mila and Ashton are famously private with their kids, even withholding their name and genders for some time from the public. Virtually the only information they give us about their kids is through the lens of their parenting, which is a smart way to satisfy their fans interest in their family life while still mainly protecting their kids privacy. While on the podcast, they told listeners that they have issues when it comes to telling their kids stories. For Ashton, it’s his inability to play convincing characters and for Mila, it’s lack of history. She said their kids know every story about them so they have to make stuff up.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher‘s on-screen humor is translating smoothly into their life as parents!

The spouses recently recorded an interview for Brit + Co founder and CEO Brit Morin‘s new iHeartRadio podcast Teach Me Something New, where they discuss their careers and their shared parenting dynamic when it comes to their two kids: son Dimitri Portwood, 3, and daughter Wyatt Isabelle, 5.

“I sometimes try to read our daughter’s books in the characters’ voices, and [Wyatt is] like, ‘Dad, can you just use your real voice?’ ” Kutcher, 42, says in a sneak peek from the episode exclusive to E! News. “I’ll do Peppa Pig with an English accent. And then Daddy Pig, the whole thing. And she’s like, ‘Dad, just do your regular voice.’” Kunis, 36, says she and her husband are “silly at home,” joking that they are “very goofy parents when it comes to our children, but that don’t have skill.”

“I think we’re very comfortable with ourselves acting a fool at home, but maybe that comes from the idea of being comfortable in your own body, and in your own skin, and in your mind and not having a fear of making a fool of yourself,” Kunis adds.

Tales about fictional pigs only go so far, though. The couple tells Morin that Wyatt has taken to wanting to hear stories about her parents’ lives — something Kutcher is “really good at,” his wife praises.

“[Wyatt] now knows everything about us. I mean, literally, she’s like, ‘Tell me a story from your life?’ and you’re like, ‘All right, let me think about a story,’ ” says the Bad Moms star. “But then after a while, you run out of stories. So [Ashton] has to go and start creating stories from real life. Because you literally run out of stories.”

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So two things: the first is that as parents, it is our God-given right to retell our stories as many times as we want so as far as I am concerned, I can never run out of stories. The second is, making up stories and having your kids believe them was one of my favorite perks of parenthood. My daughter believed for much of her early years that I dumped Simon LeBon for her father, after she caught me looking at a photo of him. This ‘fact’, by the way, made her father infinitely cooler in her estimation.

I appreciate that Mila and Ashton are goofy at home. Like Melissa McCarthy said, I think it’s helpful for kids to see their parents let their guards down. I am finding it hard to believe, though, that children as young as Dimitri and Wyatt are jonesing for the stories of their parents’ lives. Maybe my kids were just roundly disinterested in us as people, but I don’t think they ever asked us for backstory before they hit their pre-teens. But since it is an issue in the Kunis-Kutcher household, maybe they just need more material to work with? I hear Demi Moore has a book with a few stories in it, perhaps that could jog Ashton’s memory.

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  1. Lady Baden-Baden says:

    Ha! You make me laugh Hecate. I always enjoy your posts.

    And I agree – my kids are only just starting to ask and show interest in me as an actual person with a life (rather than just ‘mum’) and they’re coming up to 10 (twins). Previously, they’ve been far too self-involved, which is probably as it should be. Oh, and I also tell them that Oscar Isaac and Alexander Skarsgard are my “next husbands” whenever they catch me drooling. It’s usually met with an eye roll.

    As for Kutcher and Kunis – they’re so blah. I maintain she could do better!

  2. Lily says:

    She’s so skinny

    • Meg says:

      In recent candid pics she does look even smaller than usual. Ashton comes across like an ass so I fear he makes comments about her body after two kids. I wouldn’t put it past him

  3. nicegirl says:

    Bam!!! Read Demi’s book for a few reminders, Ashton! Your posts are very funny, H. Thank you!

    I don’t buy that their little ones are jonesing for stories, either. LOL. All kids are different, but that seems very young ages 3 and 5. Of course their kids wanna know everything about them, they are a family of ultra special snowflakes, didn’t’cha know? Their kids are INQUISITIVE. Lol

  4. nicegirl says:

    Also the Simon le Bon story is fabulous.

  5. Anonymouse says:

    Run of stories? Never. I have too many, and most are waiting for my audience to reach an appropriate age.

  6. Marieke says:

    My nearly 4 year old is always asking for stories about when I was a child and her favorite ones are ones involving me throwing up, which she finds hilarious! And I can’t think of very many stories. Relatable!

  7. Meg says:

    I love assuming that even Ashton kutchers daughter thinks he’s a bad actor. just stop trying LOL

  8. Vanessabee says:

    The only stories my son (11) is interested in are stories about me that are embarrassing- like, “I sneezed and peed” or similar.

  9. Leonz says:

    the best part of this whole post is the mention of Simon LeBon. Just saying