Aside from their adorable relationship on and off the screen, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are lovable for plenty of other reasons. We’ve loved watching from the sidelines as “Jackie and Michael” raised IRL kids of their own. And although their characters on That ’70s Show didn’t have kids, we know that if they had they’d be as goofy as the actors who played them. In Teach Me Something New, an iHeartRadio Original podcast hosted by Brit Morin, the dynamic duo explained how they incorporate their acting careers into their kids’ lives: By practicing different character voices when they read to their kids. Because, really, can a story be told any other way?
“Do you know what’s really funny is I sometimes try to read our daughter’s books in the characters’ voices, and she’s like, ‘Dad, can you just use your real voice?'” Kutcher says. “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.'” Stop trying to distract the girl, daaad!
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Kunis chimed in by admitting that the pair acts “silly” around 5-year-old Wyatt Isabelle and 3-year-old Dimitri Portwood: “I think we’re silly at home,” she told Morin. “We’re very goofy parents when it comes to our children, but that don’t have skill. I think that’s just being idiots. 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.”
The couple’s children, though, always keep them on their toes. Sometimes, Kutcher shared on the podcast, the kids make special requests that require more creativity than simply reading a children’s book.
“Every night, our daughter demands that I tell a story from real life,” Kutcher explained.
Kunis added that “he’s really good at it. [Our daughter] 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… But then after a while you run out of stories. So he has to go and start creating stories from real life. Because you literally run out of stories.”
The main takeaway? Reading to your kids is anything but boring — if you’re goofy enough, that is.
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