Entertainment Movies Ashton Kutcher Says Mila Kunis Told Him He Was an 'A------ for a Good 2 Years' Before They Dated "I knew that she didn’t need me. And she knew that I didn’t need her," Kutcher told Esquire of his now-wife By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE since 2016. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 31, 2023 01:09 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis in 2022. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Mila Kunis didn't mince words with her now-husband Ashton Kutcher early on in their romance. In a new digital cover interview with Esquire, Kutcher, 44, recalled how Kunis — whom he famously costarred with on That '70s Show and eventually married — told him " 'You were an a------,' after they started dating, referencing how he acted following his split from Demi Moore. " 'Was I?' " the Your Place or Mine actor recalled asking Kunis, 39. " 'Yeah, you were an a------ for a good two years,' " she said at the time, according to Kutcher. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human-interest stories. Ashton Kutcher for Esquire. Billy Kidd Ashton Kutcher Reveals How Wife Mila Kunis Supported Him Through "Life-Threatening" Health Scare Not that Kutcher disagrees, necessarily — but they might have different ideas about the timing. Earlier in his interview, while discussing his career taking off in the early 2000s, Kutcher said of that time period, "I was an a------." Now, the actor couldn't be more grateful for Kunis, whom he said "is so much cooler than" him. "The thing about Mila that made our relationship accelerate was that I had always admired her," Kutcher told Esquire. "Her talents, her skills, her gifts. But I knew that she didn't need me. And she knew that I didn't need her." Ashton Kutcher on the cover of Esquire. Billy Kidd Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis' Relationship Timeline Another big ingredient? "We already knew all of each other's dirt," he joked of himself and Kunis. The two began dating in early 2012, 13 years after they met as on That '70s Show. They welcomed daughter Wyatt in October 2014, married in July 2015 and welcomed son Dimitri in November 2016. Elsewhere in his Esquire profile, Kutcher reflected on how "lucky" he feels in his life, considering its trajectory and his support system. "And when you feel that lucky and fortunate and you have some self-awareness, you realize you didn't do it on your own. I didn't do any of this on my own," he said.