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In the February issue of CosmoGIRL!, which is available on newsstands now, Ashton Kutcher dishes about being in LOVE, his fear of failure, and how NOT to get Punk'd.
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CosmoGIRL!: You're very popular in Hollywood these days. Were you popular in high school?
Ashton Kutcher: It's funny, I was having a conversation with my dad, who's 50 -- I'm 25. We sat down a couple of weeks ago and talked about both of us feeling like we don't have things in common with other people. That's the same problem the kids are having in high school. They feel like they're not popular because they feel like they're not fitting in. When it comes down to it, it's about you feeling like you're good enough. When I was in high school, I had one really close friend. Everybody else was coming and going and doing their thing. As I came to be a senior, I had more friends and more acquaintances, and I started to get to know more people and just really accept people for who they are. And that's a big part of it.
CG!: You have a twin brother, Michael. What was it like growing up with him?
AK: There are upsides, and there are downsides. Your best friend is always with you -- you never have to look for someone to play with or somebody to talk about stuff with because there's always that person there. But at the same time, when you want to be alone, when you want to be an individual, it's very hard to do because there's always somebody there.
CG!: How are you guys alike and how are you different?
AK: We have the same last name...
CG!: Seriously . . .
AK: I think we're different in a lot of ways -- in the way we work, in the way we attack things, the way we go about things. But what makes us happy is the same. What makes us feel good is the same. Where we find our happiness and where we find our satisfaction are very much the same.
CG!: So, what's your new movie Butterfly Effect about?
AK: It's about giving up yourself for the benefit of others. I try to do that on a daily basis or whenever it's possible. I'm trying to put other people's needs first. I guess I just try to maintain a self-awareness while giving to others. I think that by giving to others, in a way, you're giving to yourself.
CG!: This film is a departure from comedy for you. Was it a challenge to take on such a serious role?
AK: I like to try different things. I think that's what keeps it interesting. If we did the same thing every single day and stayed in our little sealed way of life and never branched outside of what we do on a normal basis, things would get pretty boring, pretty quick.
CG!: Your show Punk'd was definitely NOT boring?we're really going to miss it. How'd you come up with the idea for it?
AK: I always wanted to have a show like Saturday Night Live. As a kid I loved that show, and I always wanted to make some kind of sketch comedy show that also dealt with real life stuff and real life people. My original idea was to make a sketch comedy show where the host didn't even know he was hosting. So that's what I set out to do. But I also had to figure out how to give each segment a point that made sense, made it relatable, and taught a lesson without shoving it down anybody's throat. I wanted to show where peoples' values lie and what's really important in life.
CG!: Well, you're one important guy to us, Ashton!
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