“We’re loaded with females,” the actress, 45, admits to V magazine for its spring preview issue, on sale Monday. “Recently we added a male puppy to our family mix. We had all female dogs before that.”
Moore also says she does other little things to keep things gender-balanced in the household. “Thank goodness I have a male assistant – otherwise Ashton would have gone from being a single guy with a male roommate to being overloaded,” she says.
Still, Moore says, Kutcher, 29, rolled with the punches once the two of them got together. “I definitely can’t answer for him but I think it certainly wasn’t a difficult transition. Ashton’s relationship with his own mother is really wonderful, so it made the transition to being with a woman with daughters something he didn’t bat an eye at. It also says a lot about the confidence that he holds within himself as an individual.”
Having been isolated in Idaho, Moore says that she finds the fact that her three daughters are stepping out more in Hollywood – in particular, daughter Rumer Willis, 19, is making a name for herself in town – “a little bit scary. It’s hard to say no to curious teenagers when exciting events or things are happening. You can’t live in a bubble. A key thing, and I’ve said this before, is to try to help your children be good decision makers.”
About their Idaho upbringing (Rumer’s sisters are Scout, 16, and Tallulah, 13), Moore says, “I’m grateful for the grounding that being away from [Hollywood] gave them. As to being back, I’m still learning, too. Can I say that I’ll look back and everything was the right choice? I’m sure I won’t. But that’s part of understanding that none of us are perfect, and I’ve never been exactly in the place that I am right now.”
On that topic, being “older” in Hollywood, Moore says: “It’s important not to get yourself obsessed, because it’s a game you’re going to lose. When people get too obsessed we start to see these faces that don’t move and are so manipulated that there s no life to them anymore. One of the most important things about anti-aging is really in your thinking, it’s what you believe.
“If you think you’re old, feel that you’re done growing, then you’re going to have a stale life force around you. I’ve always enjoyed being childlike and placed an importance on being silly and playing and remembering not to take myself too seriously, because I certainly have in the past.”