The space race has been a hot topic for weeks after Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson launched their respective spaceships. But, long before Branson and Bezos’s dreams became a reality, Ashton Kutcher was all about civilian space travel. He even purchased a ticket to be part of Branson’s expedition. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, as his wife Mila Kunis vetoed the idea. Kutcher ended up selling his ticket. Now, the Bad Moms Christmas star seemingly backtracked on making her husband sell his ticket, but only after the billionaire space race began.
Having a young family and thriving career would make anyone reexamine their head-in-the-sky dreams. That seemed to be the basis for Mila Kunis stopping Ashton Kutcher from pursuing a trip to space. So, selling his ticket seemed reasonable at the time. Looking back on the practical decision, while speaking with People Magazine, the actress seemed to regret telling her husband “no” to space travel:
I want everybody to know I probably would have let him to go to space now, but now it's too late.
Mila Kunis seemed remorseful for stopping her husband’s dream of space travel. But, given everything the couple had on the line, Kunis’s concerns for her family were perfectly valid. Civilian space travel hadn’t been proven yet, and her husband’s life could’ve been in danger. This decision proved how influential Kunis has been on Kutcher. Despite Kunis’s sentiment, Kutcher could still go into space with Richard Branson if another trip were to happen. The star did give a little more insight into this family decision.
Mila Kunis spoke on how the couple came to their final choice, noting how her opinion on Ashton Kutcher’s desire seemed to shift over time. Kunis went into more detail about how she went from being okay with Kutcher’s space dreams to vetoing the idea.
We get together nine years ago and he was like, 'I have a ticket to go to space.' I was like, 'Oh, okay.' I was like, 'That's fun, have fun.’ Years goes by then all of a sudden we have a baby and he's like, 'I'm going into space.' And I was like, 'That's irresponsible, you cannot have… This is not what you do. You are a father.' I was all so hormonal and I was like, 'You can't, you're going to die. The thing's going to explode and you're going to die — and you're going to leave me with the babies.'
Given Kunis’s new mom status at the time, her request made sense, as Ashton Kutcher wanted to participate in something that may or may not have been very dangerous. The actress did refer to her husband as a “sweet man” for passing up the opportunity. And, she now calls herself “selfish” for not letting Kutcher go, despite her love for Star Trek.
Given Ashton Kutcher’s priorities at this point, Mila Kunis was just a wife and mother worrying about her husband’s safety. With civilian space travel becoming even more of a reality, Kutcher and Kunis in space might be another collaboration between the couple.