Topher Grace Talks to Movieline About His Valentine's Day Reunion With Ashton Kutcher
Topher Grace's post-That '70s Show career has, thus far, amounted to his role as Venom in Spider-Man 3, but that's about to change with the release of his next two projects -- Young Americans and Valentine's Day. In the former, the winsome 31-year-old actor stars with Michelle Trachtenberg and Anna Faris as an adulthood-fearing romantic. In the latter, he's part of a giant celebrity ensemble with Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, and old sitcom pal Ashton Kutcher. Grace talked us about his upcoming projects, the legacy of That 70s Show, and the movie he'd least like to star in.
Of Valentine's Day, a Garry Marshall movie also starring Bradley Cooper, Taylor Lautner, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, and Emma Roberts, Grace joked, "Well, as the biggest star of the movie, obviously, I just tell them all what to do, and they listen. They've been good sports about it. Especially Julia," adding, "No, I mean, it's fun. It's great for me and Ashton, we don't actually work together, unfortunately in the film. It's like Love Actually; we're all in different scenes, and some of us cross over. I get to work with Hector [Elizondo], and I'm with Annie [Hathaway] in most of my stuff. It's great, because sometimes I'm still in the hair and makeup trailer with Ashton, and we started working together back in 1998. So it's amazing to have a relationship with him."
Along with Kutcher, Valentine's Day reacquaints him the camaraderie of That 70s Show.
"I love in Valentine's Day, or being on the show, getting to know the new young stars. The great young ensembles," he said. "That's to me what it's all about. Cast Away is like my nightmare," he said, referring to the 2000 film in which Tom Hanks, an actor to which he draws comparisons, has only a volleyball as a co-star.
While a return to television acting isn't in the immediate periphery for Grace, he acknowledges that That 70s Show remains a hallmark that validates who he is and was:
"The thing that's important to me about that show is that when I started that show, I'd never acted before, never auditioned before. When people say that they identify with my character, that's coming from a really personal place. I was a loser teenage guy, and then I was a loser teenage guy who was on a TV show. I had a lot to say about it. It didn't take a lot of research."