It’s easy to despise Ashton Kutcher. He’s got looks, money and a CBS show, Two and a Half Men, that’s as popular as when Charlie Sheen starred in it. (CBS just signed him for a second season.) And yet, you have to give Kutcher credit for getting after it. The dude is a successful web entrepreneur in his own right and has 17 producing credits to his name. Perhaps it’s not that far-fetched that he’ll be playing a young Steve Jobs in a movie next year. We just have a few questions for him.

MADE MAN: Where do you get your business sense?
I was a biochemical engineering major in college, and I’ve always stayed up with technology. About six years ago, I did a digital content deal with AOL, right as buffering was getting to the point where you didn’t have to wait 20 minutes to watch a video online. I just continued to pursue that and forged relationships. I have an appetite for it and just follow my passions and interests.

If you believe the good stuff people say, then you have to believe the bad stuff.

MM: You’re a serious guy in person but seem to specialize in characters that are fairly clueless…
I’m serious when I’m talking to the press because I’m always on guard! I never know what you’re going to ask and how you’re going to construe my answer. I try to maintain a pretty even pace when I’m speaking with the media. So, that might not necessarily reflect who I am.

MM: Some Two and a Half Men viewers see your character as an extension of Kelso from That ’70s Show. Is that a fair assessment?
There’s probably a childlike quality that we intentionally brought to the character in an effort to sort of soften him a little bit, and plus he was going through this sort of broken-hearted phase. Walden is probably far less of a ladies’ man per se than what Kelso was. I think he’s probably a little bit quicker, smarter, brighter. That being said, there are similarities in the way I deliver comedy. It’s probably that overtone that people are connecting to the most.

MM: You have been through a lot this year, some good stuff, some not good stuff. What have you learned?
You know, I’ve had a blast. Since I stopped doing That ’70s Show, I’ve always wanted to go back and do television. When I was working on that show, Robin Williams visited the set and said, “Man, I just wish I could go back and do a sitcom again.” And I never forgot hearing that. Right now I’m just focused the show and my anti-human trafficking organization. I just want to keep that moving forward.

“Why yes, I have lost weight. But it was just hair weight.”

MM: You totally changed your look for Men, cutting your hair and shaving the beard…
How it evolved is, these guys wrote a screenplay that dictated that I cut my hair and shave my beard at some point. When I’m not working on something specifically, I tend to just let it be a growing field, because you never know what you’re going to play. When I first met the producers, I was starting to get a little shaggy, and we just kept it in the script.

MM: Have you learned any lessons this year from mistakes on Twitter?
I think the biggest thing is that it’s a real-time service, and so the impulse is to stay ahead of the curve and know what’s going on. I just take that extra pause now and make sure that I’m fully educated on what I’m talking about. It’s a really great lesson for life, too, just taking that pause and being sure that what you’re doing is what you want to be doing.

MM: Is it hard not to pay too much attention to what people think about your work on social media?
If you believe the good stuff people say, then you have to believe the bad stuff. And then you allow yourself to be on a roller coaster of what other people think. So, I think you try to find the good in the bad and the bad in the good and balance yourself with sanity.