Q and A With… Ashton Kutcher

The What Happens in Vegas star opens up about wild nights, Cameron Diaz’s secret talent, and more.

In What Happens in Vegas, you and Cameron Diaz are complete opposites—and yet you fall in love. Why do you think opposites attract?

I think like attracts like. So I don't think that opposites attract—only when you're talking about magnetic poles! Jack and Joy are kind of flip sides of the same coin. They’re both relationship-challenged, even though Jack’s pretty relaxed about it all while Joy’s more uptight. Romantically, they’ve both been looking for the wrong thing, which is probably what draws them to each other to begin with—even if they are really, really hammered at the time!

How was it to work with the very lovely Cameron?

Horrible. I mean, to show up to work and have to look at a good-looking woman who's funny and happy to be alive and joyous and nice to people, that's a nightmare! We had to deal with it every single day!

You know what I was shocked about is that Cameron's the fastest woman on planet earth! I trained for two months before this movie because I didn't want my leading lady to be in better shape than I was, and she still was! Like she's Superwoman!

Why do you think Vegas has such a sexy reputation?!

It’s really like a free pass to be your wildest craziest, funniest self. Because no one’s supposed to ever find out what you do there!

What’s the worst thing you’ve done in Vegas?

Gambling is probably the worst thing I've ever done there. I've had some really, really wild fun nights in Vegas! I ended up on stage once with this band, The Digital Underground, doing the Humpty Dance.

Your character fears marriage, did you?

Is that a loaded question?! Yeah, I never thought in my life, I never really thought I would get married. I watched my parents go through a divorce and I thought like—this is just not something people are supposed to do. On top of that, I sort of thought, "Why am I going to put a legal document on top of a really great relationship? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense." I don't do legal documents with my friends. I don't go out and do a contract, "Let's go down to the courthouse, Hey Rob, because now that we're friends, we need to verify our friendship! And then we need to get a license to watch the game together from here on out!"

I never really understood the whole idea of marriage until I met my wife. I just knew that that was going to be the person I was going to be with for the rest of my life. I knew that I had that desire and kind of took the time to understand a little bit more of what it was about and what it meant. I love it. I might be the most happily-est married—I don't know, is happily-est a word? I just made up a word. I am the happily-est married guy on the planet.

What do you think is the secret to a happy marriage?

I think guys grow up thinking the apex of a relationship is sex. So guys are like, “Someday, I’m going to have sex!” And that’s the goal, right? And I think that women are socially conditioned to say, “Someday, I’m going to get married” right? And it’s all about the wedding and the gown. But neither sex is socially conditioned to have the desire to be married. So it’s to get married, to have sex—but everybody’s missing what happens after that. Because being married is a lot of work. If people start the desire to work on their relationship, and set that as the goal, we’d be a lot better off.

Contributing entertainment editor Susan L. Hornik is based in Los Angeles.
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