Mila Kunis on Ashton Kutcher: ‘this pandemic just feeds into our co-dependency’

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We haven’t heard much from Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher during quarantine. One of the last times we talked about them, they’d developed Quarantine Wine that was regular wine, but with blank labels to write the names of the people you wished you were drinking with. However, they gave all the proceeds to charity so that was good. Then they told everyone they got their single friends teach their kids in Zoom school to give themselves a break. And now, Mila told ET that she and Ashton took a Superbowl commercial recently took get the hell out of the house for two days. However, leaving the kids ended up being weird for them, because they are so co-dependent as a family. And apparently, the pandemic’s been feeding that.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher reunited on the small screen — but their kids weren’t very happy about it.

The couple, who appeared together on That ’70s Show, are featured in an upcoming Cheetos Super Bowl commercial, airing Feb. 7. Two teasers have dropped over the last couple of weeks. The opportunity, Kunis told ET’s Nischelle Turner, was one that they could not pass up.

“It’s so silly! Ashton and I, we never work together. I mean, I know we worked together before…And in the midst of quarantine, they sent us this ad to do and every time I’ve ever been offered a Super Bowl ad it’s always a female having to be scantily clad,” Kunis explained while promoting her upcoming film, Breaking News in Yuba County. “And this one comes around, I started laughing so hard and Ashton was like, ‘This is kind of funny.’ And I was like, ‘We should do it!’”

However, the commercial’s comical element wasn’t the only reason the couple said yes.

“Also it was quarantine and we were stuck with our children for nine, 12, months at this moment, and I was like, ‘Two days, baby! Two days off.’ Literally we were like, ‘Yeah, OK, let’s do it.’ And so we did it,” she said with a laugh. “And I hate saying it but we were like, ‘Freedom!’…It was amazing!”

“I love my children so very much! So, so much!” she was quick to note, before adding that she has “never been so excited to wake up at five in the morning to be like, ‘I’m going to work!’ And I literally skipped out of the house. My kids were like, ‘You’re abandoning us!’ And I was like, ‘Relax.’”

Kunis and Kutcher are parents to 6-year-old daughter Wyatt and 4-year-old son Dimitri. The actress added that “it was really weird” for them to be away from their children while filming the commercial, as they are all “co-dependent.”

“Our whole family is already co-dependent, so this pandemic just feeds into our entire co-dependency,” she relayed. “And my husband and I were super co-dependent for like eight years and in this pandemic our kids are like, ‘Where are you going?” And I was like, ‘The bathroom.’ We haven’t left each other. We’re in the house. Yeah, it was really weird for them. They forgot that we have to go out of the house…”

[From ET]

I’m fascinated to see what the post-COVID landscape of this country (world) will look like. We’ll be studying the effects for decades. But if the Kunis-Kutchers are a co-dependent family, that’s probably why we haven’t heard anything from them. Would co-dependents thrive in this environment? It makes sense the pandemic would feed that type of a relationship. I don’t fully understand co-dependency and all if it’s nuances, but in my general understanding, that’s probably something else we are going to have to deal with once lockdown is done, isn’t it? There will be relationships that will have to be retrained to function apart from each other after getting to be together 24/7 for 12 months. I’m not too worried about Mila and Ashton, though, if they are dancing out the house at 5AM to get away from their kids. It sounds like they’ll handle reentry just fine. That’s no judgement from me, by the way. People keep asking where everyone is going once we are free to do so and I keep getting depressed that I can’t afford to travel anywhere. But I can afford a weekend stay at some motel. Hell yes, I will take two days away from any or all members of my family. Honestly, I bet they’d pack the car for me, too.

There are two teasers for this Cheetos ad that Mila and Ashton are in, posted below. Mila said in the interview that it was so funny. That is not represented in the teasers, but maybe they’re just saving the best bits for the Superbowl (although MC Hammer’s teaser managed to be funny in the teaser – just saying). Mila is also promoting the Breaking News in Yuba County Movie that she’s starring in with Allison Janney, Regina King, Wanda Sykes, Awkwafina, Samira Wiley and Juliette Lewis. Now that looks funny.

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  1. Midge says:

    She is gorgeous and seems pretty cool and grounded. Ashton always seemed like a douche but they are the real deal, which is nice to see for 2 people who have been famous for most of their lives.

    • molly says:

      I was basically going to say this exact thing. Ha. She’s so pretty and seems like a great hang. Ashton appears to have grown up quite a bit in the last decade, and I genuinely wish them happiness together.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      I can’t see her as likable after her statements early in their marriage, about her work and talking down her upbringing like she wasn’t very well off because her mother worked at CVS (as a pharmacist) among other things. They were far from grounded and the nose was high into the clouds.

      • Lexy says:

        I find that unfair. Her parents were immigrants, and didn’t speak English when they moved here. She did a interior decorator tv show that showed the apartment that she grew up in, and it was quite tiny for a family of four. She has also said that they went without a lot so her and her brother could do extracurriculars.

      • ASHBY says:

        @Wiglet Wacher :

        She seems down to earth, especially considering where she is from, it’s hard to explain to Americans.

        I’ve followed her career very closely, because I’m only a year younger and we have very similar immigrant stories, although my family doesn’t come from Ukraine, but next door – Slovakia.

        My grandparents are also Holocaust survivors.

        I understand were she is coming from. I remember a lot of things that my family had to go through to survive in a new country without any language skills and coming from a completely different COMMUNIST world.

        My parents had no idea what a ” RESUME ” is, talk about starting from scratch with two little children.

        Immigrants understand immigrants.

        I wish her all the best!

      • tcbc says:

        It’s also entirely possible that the pharmacy took advantage of her mother’s immigrant status to pay her less than she deserved. That happened to my friend’s mother, who also immigrated from Ukraine, and she was (and is) a doctor. Thankfully, in my friend’s mom’s case, it was sorted out, but only after her co-workers raised hell on her account.

      • Watermelon says:

        ” interior decorator tv show” – probably for Houzz; AK has shares in it.

        I remember her talking up her brother being smart (think he’s a research scientist or engineer or some sort?) and how he got little pay relative to her movie pay cheques. She seems humble but I still to this day question her taste in choice of a life partner / father to her kids. e.g., behaviour re Demi Moore and why did he go to that seedy massage parlour (years after committing with Mila) when he could hire the most expensive masseuses in LA to do a home visit?

      • lucy2 says:

        I’ve listened to her talk about her family in interviews and never got that impression.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        The interview I’ve referenced she has a clear attitude so I stand by my statement there.
        Her mother’s job was noted as very good in other interviews and references.

        Pharmaceutical positions in stores vs a pharmacist in a hospital is very cushy. The pay is only slightly less from around low 6 figures. The hours are also preferable for family.

        I’m not saying others can’t like her. I am saying since that interview and the surrounding time of being rude to fans and reporters I haven’t found her likable Or interesting. People can change. Maybe she’s leveled off.

    • Ariel says:

      He seems like the kind of guy who treats the “right” girl like gold, but has no respect for most women , including the ones he dated before her (see: January Jones).

  2. Michelle Connolly says:

    Ha, this is my partner and I. We’ve been together 2 years and are still stupidly affectionate and huggy, all the time. We’re really annoying, I know. We always used to joke that we wished we worked in the same office so we could have hug breaks.

    I get stressed from too much time around other people, when I was single for years I was more than happy in my own company to recharge – he’s literally the only person I can get that same recharge feeling around.

    I have no idea how we’re going to adjust to life when things open up as he’s in sales and will have to be meeting people IRL, we’ve got WAY too used to hourly hug breaks, hahaha!

    • Ines says:

      My husband and I met at work. This was a small company, so we were in the same team. Then we started dating and when we moved in together we would car share, work together all day, have our lunch break together, head home and spend all evening together.
      Then I got contacted by an amazing company for a really good job opportunity, which I took. However, this job involves a lot of international travel (before the pandemic, that is).
      People were “it’s good for a relationship to spend time apart”, or “I could never spend so much time with my other half anyway”, but we used to love it, and the travel has been hard. So we are really enjoying the pandemic imposed working from home routine. I haven’t been anywhere since I managed to fly back home on the last seat in the last plane out of Cairo before they shut down the airport last March.
      I’m hoping not to travel as much once things get back to normal.

      • Michelle Connolly says:

        I totally get this. He used to have to travel to speak at conferences about once a month and we really missed each other, but I used it as an opportunity to hang more with friends that live further away and we don’t see as often.

        Not that we cut ourselves off, we used to see friends together about twice a week pre-pan which was great, and saw friends alone too. We used to say the nicest thing aside from seeing our friends, was the opportunity to miss each other for a little while and see each other again.

        I think it’s quite rare to be able to spend SO much time with someone and not have them get on your nerves, we’re all clearly very lucky!!

  3. Aang says:

    I so get this. All this togetherness is creating codependency. Yesterday I was out for my once weekly trip to the grocery store and my 20 year old was texting me “mama when are you coming back, I miss you.” We’ve reverted to her childhood habit of snuggling in bed every night while watching tv. She has to go to campus for a lab today and she’s got so much anxiety. I had to look at map with her, plan where she’d park, show her the building her lab is in, help her choose an outfit. She was living in dorms out of state before covid, so she is very capable of being independent. It’s like she became a kid again this past year.

  4. Maria says:

    This isn’t really what codependency means, lol.

    • Noodle says:

      @maria, I agree with you. As I read, I kept asking myself, are they really co-dependent? Are we working from the same definition of co-dependence, because co-dependency isn’t the most healthy family dynamic? But, maybe it’s like when people claim to be OCD because they like things neat and tidy? For their sake, I hope so.

    • Mmmmm... says:

      Thank you.
      Codependency is a very UNHEALTHY relationship dynamic that people undergo therapy to unravel. It’s toxic and it can ruin people’s lives. What she’s describing is just closeness. I wish people would learn this.

    • Amando says:

      Yeah this definitely isn’t codependency.

  5. Caitrin says:

    I absolutely loathe Ashton Kutcher, but I feel Mila’s comments very deeply.

    My husband and I have been working from home together since last March, and homeschooling our three kids during each COVID surge, and…well…the homeschooling has been brutal, especially during our work days, but we’ve gotten a lot closer. Since we can’t go on dates, we’ll take walks together while the kids are at school and just talk. A lot. I just haven’t gotten tired of his company, I guess?

  6. Piratewench says:

    Not sure the word codependent it quiiiite right, but her point is taken! And relatable! My husband already worked from home and I was already a stay at home mom, but we had our separate things each week, even just coffee or drinks with a friend. Now it’s just us all the time. I love it, and I feel blessed that my relationship can sustain this togetherness.
    I want my kids to go to school sooooo bad, for their sake and their enrichment and for the sake of my sanity lol, but I have become VERY dependent on the feeling of always knowing where they are, how they are, when they ate, how they are feeling etc etc. They snuggle up to me several times a day and it will be hard to be away from them when the time comes, maybe harder than ever before. Mila’s tone is just realistic and true, it is how it is for a lot of families after all the many months in the home together.
    I know it’s a blessing because I grew up in a home with a personality-disorder-parent. I hate to even think what would have happened if there was a quarantine when I was a child. It would not have been good, and I worry for other kids out there now. If you’re feeling over-attached that’s better than the alternative.

    • Raina says:

      I feel the exactly the same way about my kids! I’ve been feeling very safe and comforted that they are home with me all day. It’s going to be hard when they eventually go back to school. They are 10 and 12 — it’s not like we haven’t had years of being apart during the day. Now, the idea stresses me out.

  7. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    My husband and I have been together close to 30 years (married 25), and we are a co-dependent family. There. I admitted it. In fact, when the two older boys moved out, it took each one of us quite some time to breathe normally. If my husband is late coming home from work and forgets to call, it’s not just me who starts to panic lol. And when he gets home we pounce on him while he acts like we’re crazy. But when the roles are reversed, he’s wreckless with worry until I’m home. So yeah, this quarantine has been a superty duperty piece of cake! I shouldn’t admit this, but because our kids have so many years between them, there was a kid sleeping between us for roughly 20 years. More actually. Think about that. It blows my mind.

  8. Other Renee says:

    I consider myself to have been very blessed to have the spent the last year with my husband of 8 years. I work mainly from home these days. He’s a hospice and palliative care nurse who makes home visits to his patients. That means there’s a lot of time when he’s home charting, calling docs, ordering meds and medical equipment, speaking to families on the phone. This past year it’s been a lot of overtime. So he may be working behind a closed door but if he’s home, we can have lunch together. And breakfast and dinner. I know so many people who live alone and have been incredibly lonely. Zoom isn’t the same as personal close proximity.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Breaking News looks SOOOOOOO good! I can’t wait for that. What a fantastic cast.
    I’ve always like Mila as an actress, and she is stunning. I don’t care for her husband so much, but I get the impression this marriage and having kids has improved him a bit.

  10. Juju says:

    I always thought co-dependency was something bad.

  11. Carrie says:

    Isn’t Ashton one of the good guys? Something something about an app or some such to track down trafficked children?