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Jackie & Kelso Shouldn’t Be Together In That ’90s Show, Says Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis, who will be back for That ’90s Show as Jackie Burkhart, throws some playful shade at her character’s story with Ashton Kutcher’s Kelso.


Mila Kunis argues that Jackie Burkhart shouldn’t be with Michael Kelso, playfully questioning her storyline in That ’90s Show. The upcoming That ’70s Show spinoff will begin in the summer of 1995 and center around Leia Forman (played by Callie Haverda) as she spends the summer with her grandparents — Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith returning to their respective roles of Kitty and Red Forman — in Wisconsin. Unfolding more than 15 years after the events of That ’70s Show, the 1990s continuation will also see several familiar faces reprising their roles.

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Kunis spoke recently about what viewers should expect from That ’90s Show when it debuts on Netflix, saying those who loved the original will particularly enjoy the inciting incident of the series. Still, she had some jokes about whether the age of her character’s daughter makes sense. Now, Kunis has shared some of her other thoughts about Jackie’s storyline.

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While promoting her upcoming movie The Luckiest Girl Alive in an interview with Access Hollywood, Kunis explained why she thinks Jackie shouldn’t be with Kelso in That ’90s Show. Even though Kunis is married to Ashton Kutcher, who plays Kelso, and even though the two characters have a long romantic history, Kunis recounted the ending of That ’70s Show as proof they shouldn’t be together in the spinoff. Check out Kunis’ quote, via The AV Club, below.

My [real-life] husband [Kutcher] and I are together in it, which is weird ’cause we shouldn’t have been. You know what, I called BS. I was like, ‘My character would be with Fez.’ I think that I ended up with Wilmer’s character. And I was like, ‘Why are you and I together?’ And also, he was married when ’70’s ended to Shannon Elizabeth’s character, I think. And now we’re like, 20 years—no, 16 years later, whatever it is, and now we’re married with a kid. And I was like, ‘I don’t know about this one.’

Why Kelso & Jackie Are Together In That ’90s Show

Kunis correctly notes that Fez and Jackie are a couple by the end of That ’70s Show. In the case of Kelso, it’s hinted that he gets back together with Brooke since she’s the mother of his daughter. It seems That ’90s Show does away with this or otherwise discounts it, based on what Kunis shares. One possible reason is convenience. Topher Grace, who plays Eric Forman, previously said that he’s only in one episode of the new series despite the fact that he’s Leia’s father. If other returning actors also only appear relatively briefly, perhaps the writers felt that it was easier to use the limited screen time as a way to play into the real-life relationship which developed between Kutcher and Kunis in the years since That ’70s Show ended.

Another thing to consider is that some viewers felt the Fez and Jackie dynamic worked better with them as friends, considering how he pined over her despite the fact that she mostly showed no interest. Away from those specific relationship questions, Kunis’ teasing remarks get at the difficulty of spinoff sequels like That ’90s Show. It can be incredibly inorganic to bring almost all the same characters back in a satisfying way. But hopefully, despite some potential stumbles and changes, the 1990s follow-up can make it work.

Source: Access Hollywood (via The AV Club)

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