Revolving around a group of models who live together in the Big Apple (or a Los Angeles soundstage facsimile thereof), A Beautiful Life has Barton playing Sonja, an experienced supermodel in danger of becoming ... well, less super.
Barton describes Sonja to People as "bitchy ... a totally different character for me." (Which Marissa was I watching?)
The new role hits close to home in that Barton has in the past modeled for the likes of Calvin Klein, Aeropostale and Dooney & Bourke. Similarly, the series' subject matter stems from Kutcher's own early, pre-acting/producing/Demi days.
Says Barton, "Ashton developed it about his life growing up as a model from Iowa, so it's about the whole fashion world that he was in."