ESQUIRE has unveiled an exclusive digital-only feature starring actor and venture capitalist ASHTON KUTCHER. To mark the occasion of its 90th anniversary year, ESQUIRE continues its legacy of innovation with a new twist on the cover-story format: a moving cover specifically for TikTok that nods to the power of a traditional magazine cover while enhancing it to create a new visual experience. The accompanying feature story is a deep dive into Kutcher’s life, including what he learned from his divorce from Demi Moore, a harrowing medical scare, having (and losing) children, his thoughts on That ‘70s Show co-star Danny Masterson’s court case, and more.
On becoming a stepdad to Demi Moore’s three young girls when the pair married in 2005: “I was twenty-six, bearing the responsibility of an eight-year-old, a ten-year-old, and a twelve-year-old. That’s how some teen parents must experience their twenties.”
On suffering the loss of a late-term pregnancy during his marriage to Demi Moore: “Losing a kid that you think you’re going to have, and that close to thinking you’re going to have a kid, is really, really painful. Everyone deals with that in different ways. I love kids. I wouldn’t have gotten married to a woman that had three kids if I didn’t love kids. The idea of having another kid would have been incredible. For whatever reason, I had to have that experience.”
On his divorce from Demi Moore: “Nothing makes you feel like a failure like divorce. Divorce feels like a wholesale f*cking failure. You failed at marriage.”
On whether there are any leftover Punk’d episodes: “Any celebrity that asked us to destroy the tape, I destroyed the tape. Every single f*cking last one.”
On doing That ‘90s Show, the continuation of That ‘70s Show, on which his wife, Mila Kunis, also starred: “[She] goes, ‘You know, we owe our entire careers to this show. It doesn’t matter what the script is, we’re doing it.’”
On That ‘70s Show and The Ranch costar Danny Masterson’s legal battle: “I wholesale feel for anybody who feels like they were violated in any way.”
More on Masterson: “I’m not the judge. I’m not the jury. I’m not the DA. I’m not the victim. And I’m not the accused. And so, in that case, I don’t have a space to comment. I just don’t know.”
On his wife, Mila Kunis: “The thing about Mila that made our relationship accelerate was that I had always admired her. Her talents, her skills, her gifts. But I knew that she didn’t need me. And she knew that I didn’t need her. We already knew all of each other’s dirt. My wife is so much cooler than me.”
On visiting Capitol Hill to drum up support in the fight the exploitation and sexual trafficking of children on behalf of his company, Thorn: “You know why lawmakers don’t want to do anything with that? Because kids can’t f*cking vote. He can’t believe it. What the f*ck are we doing? Who are we, as people, to not make this issue a priority?”
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