On February 10, 2023, the romcom "Your Place or Mine" with Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher will be launched on Netflix. Why the premiere photos of the film couple look so strange, explained lead actor Ashton Kutcher now in an interview.
They are absolute icons of the 2000s and will finally star together in the Netflix romcom "Your Place or Mine" starting Feb. 10, 2023: Reese Witherspoon ("Naturally Blonde," "Little Fires Everywhere") and Ashton Kutcher. But on the red carpet for the comedy's premiere on Feb. 2, 2023, the acting duo didn't look like they had any chemistry at all. What was going on?
Ashton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon: This is why they stand strangely distant on the red carpet
Admittedly: The premiere pictures from the red carpet of "Your Place or Mine" look weird. Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher, who first have a one-night stand and then a platonic relationship with each other in the Netflix romcom, look like they don't like each other – they stand there too distant, as if they can't stand the closeness of the other person. In English, there is a word that does not translate well that accurately describes the condition: awkward. Strange, distant, causing discomfort. No wonder that since the "Your Place or Mine" premiere the rumor mill is now boiling: The two could not stand each other, it is said. But is that true?
In an interview with the podcast "Chicks in the Office," Ashton Kutcher explained, "No matter what I do on the red carpet, I can only lose." There is no way for him to do everything right on the red carpet, says Ashton Kutcher:
"If I put my arm around her and am charming, it creates a rumor that I'm having an affair with her. If I stand next to her and bury my hands in my pockets, one hundred percent of the time it doesn't create that rumor, it creates the rumor that we don't like each other."
But it's not just the rumor mill that's to blame for his slightly insecure behavior on the red carpet, according to Ashton Kutcher: the actor contracted the rare autoimmune disease vasculitis three years ago, which has destroyed his vision, hearing and balance. And his sense of hearing in particular has not recovered one hundred percent: When photographers now call his name on the red carpet, he often doesn't know where to look because his hearing seems to be permanently damaged. Quite apart from that, Ashton Kutcher is simply human: "If someone never makes a funny face in the twenty minutes on the red carpet, they're clearly better than me. And I'm cool with that."
"Your Place or Mine" premiere: here's what Mila Kunis and Reese Witherspoon had to say about the red carpet appearance
Even Mila Kunis, wife of Ashton Kutcher, is trying to convince the two of more interaction together on the red carpet: in a group chat, she wrote the two to please act like they like each other on the red carpet. And that doesn't seem to be a lie, either, as Reese Witherspoon confirmed on the "Today with Hoda & Jenna" podcast that Ashton Kutcher is not only super professional, but also super funny. "We just had so much fun together when we were filming 'Your Place or Mine,'" Witherspoon refuted any rumors that might have arisen after their red carpet appearance together.
However, Reese Witherspoon and Mila Kunis' relationship is also special: the two are close friends. That's why shooting with Kunis' husband, Ashton Kutcher, would have been so nice for Witherspoon: "It's just fun when you know a friend so well – and then also get to know her life and soul partner," Reese Witherspoon describes her shooting experience on the set of "Your Place or Mine." "Every time Ashton wore a funny outfit, I immediately asked Mila via text message, 'What's he wearing again today?'"