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14+ Interesting Things We Didn't Know About Ashton Kutcher

When it comes to Ashton Kutcher, there's the obvious, like how he's now married to his That '70s Show co-star, Mila Kunis, and how he's one of the highest-paid actors out there.

As for the other stuff? Well, here are 14+ interesting things we didn't know about the actor.

Mila might not even know some of these!

He has a twin brother named Michael.

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Ashton is super close to his brother, Michael, who has cerebral palsy.

The actor even once said that he wished he could give his heart to his brother who needed a heart transplant when he was a teenager.

His real name is "Chris"!

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After joining a modeling agency that already represented a guy named Chris, he started going by his middle name "Ashton" when he was 19.

Plus, it helped him stand out more in Hollywood!

He has webbed toes!

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“When everything else is this good-looking, something has to give!” the actor joked about his webbed feet before showing them off on TV.

He's not the only celeb with webbed feet—Dan Aykroyd and Danielle Panabaker also have it.

He used to work on a ranch!

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It's fitting that he's on the show The Ranch since the actor spent his childhood working on one!

This required him to do some unpleasant things like cut bull testicles...

He was discovered for modelling in a bar.

He was discovered by the husband-wife duo of Mother Model Management.

"Mary walked up to me and said, 'You need to do this,'" Iowa native Ashton Kutcher said in a 1997 interview. "So I entered a fresh faces contest."

He was fired from the movie, "Elizabethtown."

He was kind of doomed from the start since the film's director originally wanted Orlando Bloom for the lead male role.

Kutcher explained the firing on an episode of Hot Ones:

“So I went [to] audition, he cast me and then we started working on it. I think he wanted to see the character rehearsals all the way, and I probably wasn’t disciplined enough as an actor to get myself to a point where I was able to do that and show it to him in a way that he felt comfortable."

He studied biochemical engineering major at the University of Iowa.

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He may be good at playing "dumb" characters, but Ashton is anything but.

He's smart and has a good heart since he studied the subject in hopes of finding a cure for his twin brother’s condition.

He even used to help Mila with her chemistry homework while they worked together!

Before making it big as an actor, he had a string of odd jobs.

Since Ashton didn't grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth, he had to get by with several odd jobs.

This included washing dishes and sweeping up Cheerio dust in the same General Mills factory where his dad, Larry Kutcher, worked.

After he got divorced from Demi Moore, he fasted for an entire week.

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"Right after I got divorced, I went to the mountains for a week by myself … I did no food, no drink — just water and tea,” he said.

“I took all my computers away, my phone, my everything. I was there by myself, so there was no talking. I just had a notepad, a pen and water and tea — for a week.”

He was hospitalized for following Steve Jobs' diet for the biopic, "Jobs."

When preparing for the role, Kutcher adopted the fruitarian diet, which meant drinking carrot juice "nonstop, all day long."

While it may sound healthy, it soon led to him having "crazy pancreatitis."

He's a huge fan of the Chicago Bears.

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In fact, they're his favorite team!

Besides that, Kutcher is a huge sports fan! You can often spot him and Mila at different games.

He was arrested for stealing money during his senior year of high school.

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He wasn't just a bad boy with his show Punk'D!

He was arrested for felony burglary for trying to break into the school (he was given a deferred judgment).

He's a huge fan of the "Bachelor"!

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He and Mila have called the show their "guilty pleasure."

The couple even appeared on an episode of Rachel Lindsay's Bachelorette season to help her find love!

During college, he was in the same fraternity as Kevin Cosner.


Before they were in the movie The Guardian, Ashton and Kevin Cosner were Delta Chi brothers!

He once dated January Jones.

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Back when Jones was still unknown, she dated Kutcher from 1998 to 2001. Turns out, Kutcher was not the most supportive boyfriend.

"He was not supportive of my acting," Jones once revealed to GQ. "He was like, 'I don't think you're going to be good at this.’”