Have you ever wondered what it’s like to walk a red carpet with a Hollywood A-lister? Well, Ashton Kutcher has the answer. In a recent interview, the actor opened up about his experience walking the red carpet with his co-star Reese Witherspoon and the viral memes that followed. Read on to find out why Kutcher says he was in a no-win situation and why his wife, Mila Kunis, had to step in!
When Ashton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon hit the red carpet for the premiere of their Netflix rom-com “Your Place or Mine”, the internet was quick to pick up on their awkward chemistry and turn it into a viral meme. But what was really going on? During an appearance on the “Chicks in the Office” podcast, Kutcher revealed that he was in a bit of a no-win situation.
“Here’s the thing: if I put my arm around her, and was like all friendly with her, I’d be having an affair with her. Like, the rumor would be that I’m having an affair with her,” Kutcher said. “If I stand next to her and put my hands in my pockets so there’s no chance that that could be the rumor, then the rumor is we don’t like each other.”
Kutcher added that he has not seen the countless memes about his red carpet photos with Witherspoon, but his wife, Mila Kunis, had to intervene. “My wife called me. She texted Reese and I together and said, ‘Guys, you gotta, like… act like you like each other’.”
Kutcher’s thoughts bring to mind the social media craze that was ignited after Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain showed off sizzling chemistry at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. The two’s chemistry was so off the charts as they walked the carpet for “Scenes From a Marriage” that rumors about the duo dating and having extramarital affairs circulated afterward.
Kutcher also revealed that his red carpet awkwardness was due in part to his hearing impairment. “I don’t know who’s calling my name, but I know there’s a lot of people yelling, ‘Reese! Ashton! Over here!’” the actor said. “If you’re gonna tell me, in that entire 20-minute period, at one point you’re not gonna have an awkward face on, then you’re better than I am and I’m cool with that.”
In “Your Place or Mine”, Kutcher and Witherspoon star as lifelong best friends who live on opposite coasts. When they decide to swap houses and lives for a week, they’re forced to confront the possibility that maybe they do have some loving feelings for each other after all. The rom-com marks the feature directorial debut of Aline Brosh McKenna and streams Feb. 10 on Netflix.
So, what can we learn from Ashton Kutcher’s experience? Well, it’s clear that walking the red carpet with a Hollywood A-lister can be a tricky situation, and it’s important to be aware of the potential rumors that can arise. But it’s also a reminder that we should never judge a book by its cover – just because two people look awkward on the red carpet doesn’t mean they don’t actually like each other!