Living in the 70s
That 70's Show was a hit period sitcom series that ran from 1998 to 2006 and followed the lives of a group of six teenage friends in the late 1970s. Though it had a modest beginning, the show garnered a cult-like following and has helped launch the careers of many of its leads, including Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. Since its debut twenty-one years ago, the cast has all kept themselves busy. Let's take a look at what they are up to today.
Topher Grace (Eric Forman)
Then: Topher Grace starred as the geeky but lovable Eric Forman, who provides his basement as the hang-out spot for the group of friends. His relationship with his longtime love Donna Pinciotti is showcased throughout the course of the series. Grace was cast in the role after the show's creators, Bonnie and Terry Turner, saw him perform in a high-school play. He had never acted professionally before and That 70's Show was his first on-screen performance. Grace portrayed the role for seven seasons, but left the final in order to film Spider-Man 3. He returned for the series finale.
Now: Since starring as the hilarious Eric, Grace has found success in both film and television. He went on to appear in films such as Mona Lisa Smile, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Take Me Home Tonight and most recently in the science fiction thriller Predator. Other television credits include Robot Chicken, Workaholics, Get Shorty and Love, Death & Robots. Grace will be appearing in the upcoming miniseries The Hot Zone as Dr. Peter Jahrling, as well as the hit Netflix series Black Mirror.
Laura Prepon (Donna Pinciotti)
Then: Laura Prepon portrayed Donna Pinciotti, the confident and headstrong girl-next-door who is also the love interest of Eric Forman. Like many of her fellow castmates, Prepon had very little acting experience prior to her role on the show. She studied drama and acting and appeared in plays such as Ascension Day and A Woman of Property. Her other acting credit included the Levi Strauss internet-based soap opera They Go On, in 1997. Prepon worked as a model and did shoots in places such as Milan, Brazil and Paris.
Now: Prepon appeared on That 70's Show for the whole duration of the series, from 1998-2006. Donna's signature red hair was dyed blonde due to Prepon's role in the 2006 psychological thriller Karla. The actress would go on to appear in television shows such as October Road, How I Met Your Mother and Castle. She currently stars as Alex Vause in the critically acclaimed Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is The New Black. For her role she received a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014.
Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso)
Then: Ashton Kutcher starred as the dumb pretty boy Michael Kelso, who also served as the local idiot that skated by in life on his good looks. He was in a tumultuous relationship with Jackie Burkhart, whom he obsessed over following many of their break-ups. Before being cast on the show, Kutcher had a successful modeling career and appeared in commercials for Calvin Klein, and modeled in Milan and Paris. While starring on the show, he went on to act in films such as Dude, Where's My Car?, Just Married, Guess Who and The Guardian.
Now: Since stealing the hearts of girls as Michael Kelso, Kutcher went on to create a very impressive acting resume for himself. He created the hidden camera/practical joke MTV show Punk'd, which ran from 2003-2007. The actor found much success in film, having starred in hit movies such as What Happens in Vegas, No Strings Attached and as Steve Jobs in Jobs. Kutcher has had a lucrative television career as well, taking over as the lead for Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men as well as currently starring in Netflix's The Ranch. In 2012, he made That 70's Show fans gush when he began dating his co-star and once on-screen love Mila Kunis. They were married in 2015 and share two children together.
Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart)
Then: Mila Kunis portrayed the youngest member of the group, Jackie Burkhart. She started out the show as a spoiled and selfish rich girl, but eventually matured into a more genuine and thoughtful character. By the conclusion of the series, Jackie had dated three of the four guys of the group: Kelso, Hyde and Fez. At the time of casting, Kunis was just 14-years-old; she told casting directors she would be 18 but never specified when. Eventually producers figured it out but they believed her to be the best fit for the role. Prior to playing Jackie, Kunis had minor roles on shows like Days of Our Lives, Baywatch and 7th Heaven.
Now: Since her role as the wonderfully sassy Jackie, Kunis has arguably had one the most prolific and impressive careers of the cast. Since 1999, she has voiced Meg Griffin on the hit animated series Family Guy. Her breakout film role came in 2008 when she starred in the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Kunis appeared opposite Natalie Portman in the 2010 Oscar-nominated psychological horror film Black Swan. The actress would also star in Friends with Benefits, Ted, Oz the Great and Powerful and Bad Moms. She is married to her once fellow co-star Ashton Kutcher and has two children, a daughter and a son.
Danny Masterson (Steven Hyde)
Then: Danny Masterson portrayed the rebellious, conspiracy theory-loving Steven Hyde who would become Eric Forman's de facto adopted brother. Steven is sarcastic and anti-establishment, and eventually becomes engulfed in a love triangle with Jackie and Kelso. The casting director was initially hesitant to cast Masterson because he was slightly older than the rest of the cast. However, once he auditioned she was sold and re-defined the role of Steven Hyde. Prior to That 70's Show, Masterson appeared in Beethoven's 2nd and on the television sitcom Cybill.
Now: Since wrapping up the show in 2006, Masterson appeared on various television shows, including Entourage, Raising Hope and White Collar. Most recently, he starred in the upcoming dark comedy Killing Winston Jones, opposite Danny Glover and Jon Heder. He starred on the TBS sitcom Men at Work from 2012-2014, and teamed up with fellow That 70's Show co-star and close friend Ashton Kutcher for the Netflix comedy The Ranch. Masterson was a cast member from 2016-2018, but was ultimately fired from the show due to rape allegations made against him. The actor has denied the allegations vehemently.
Wilmer Valderrama (Fez)
Then: Wilmer Valderrama starred as the hormonal foreign exchange student Fez, whose home country remains a mystery to the gang throughout the show. He is often girl crazy and enjoys flirting with Donna and Jackie. Before signing on as the wacky but lovable Fez, Valderrama had appeared in many plays, including Rumors and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He was cast in the CBS miniseries Four Corners and on the Disney Channel show Omba Mokomba. White on the series, the actor made appearances on shows such as Grounded For Life, MADtv and Punk'd (alongside co-star Ashton Kutcher).
Now: Valderrama has gone on to find success outside of That 70's Show, with a slew of television roles. He hosted the MTV reality show Yo Momma, and voiced the titular character on the children's program Handy Manny from 2006-2012. Valderrama starred on Robert Rodriguez's horror show From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series from 2014-2016. He made an appearance on The Ranch alongside fellow co-stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson for four episodes, and currently stars as Nick Torres on NCIS.
Kurtwood Smith (Red Forman)
Then: Kurtwood Smith portrayed the perpetually disgruntled, short-fused patriarch of the Forman family Red Forman. Despite his tough exterior, Red often demonstrated a soft side to those closest to him. Before Smith was cast, producers initially sought Chuck Norris for the role, though he declined due to commitments with Walker, Texas Ranger. Smith was the only cast member who was born in Wisconsin, and modeled his performance off his own relationship with his father. The seasoned actor had much success under his belt before playing Red, having appeared in films such as RoboCop, Rambo III, Dead Poets Society and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.