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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s really weird, self-referential episode of ‘Two and a Half Men’

Kunis and Kutcher, together in public at last. (Sonja Flemming/CBS)

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are one of those super-famous couples that has barely ever confirmed they’re dating, let alone that they’re engaged or having a baby. Yet the tabloids have confirmed both stories for months, as the former “That ’70s Show” co-stars are constantly photographed traveling together, with Kunis wearing a giant diamond ring; they even made out on the Kiss Cam at a Lakers Game.

It happens: Some celebrities just don’t like to talk about their personal lives. It’s either because a) They have a huge payday lined up for which tabloid will get the exclusive once the wedding happens or the baby is born, or b) They have privacy issues. For some time, it seemed like the latter, as Kutcher had been stung by a very high-profile marriage and divorce from Demi Moore. “I am going to do everything in my power to have this relationship be private,” Kutcher told Elle Magazine last year, referencing Kunis. “People will fill in the blanks however they want.”

That hasn’t stopped the constant paparazzi attention or tabloids, and we’re starting to suspect the couple enjoys it way more than they let on, as they just co-starred in a bizarre, very self-referential half-hour of “Two and a Half Men.”

During Thursday’s episode of the raunchy CBS comedy, where Kutcher stars as beach house billionaire Walden, Kunis guest-starred as Vivian, a free spirited traveler who shows up on Walden’s doorstep just as he’s about to propose to another woman. Naturally, Walden falls for Vivian.

After a couple of inside jokes about Kunis’s real-life wicked witch role in “Oz the Great and Powerful” and their former sitcom (Vivian says her parents named her after a character on “that ’70s show…what was it called? ‘Maude.'”), Walden invites Vivian to stay the night. During dinner, they have this conversation:

“Good looking guy, rich, Malibu beach house. I bet you only date hot actresses,” Vivian says mischievously.

“God no, I’d never date an actress,” Walden replies with a knowing look. “They’re all crazy.”

“I’m sure they’re not ALL crazy,” Vivian muses.

“Trust me — they are,” says a deadly serious Walden. (Demi Moore, do not watch this episode.)

“I don’t get this whole fascination with celebrities anyway,” Vivian continues. “I mean who cares who’s dating whom, or who’s engaged to who, or who has a sex tape that no one will ever ever see,” she says.

Okay, it’s all a joke, we get it. But if either of them cry foul about  too much tabloid attention to their relationship, just remember they went on one of the country’s most popular sitcoms with an audience in the millions to talk about … well, their relationship.

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Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.



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