Growing up in rural Iowa, Kutcher showed no interest in becoming a financial wiz. Although he partied a bit in high school, he still maintained good grades and enrolled in the University of Iowa in 1996 to major in biochemical engineering. He continued partying in college and joined a fraternity, but he also took his studies seriously.
The following year, however, a talent scout spotted him and encouraged him to enter a male modeling contest, which he won. That changed the entire course of his life.