Ashton Kutcher can’t help but gush about his adorable family and life with wife Mila Kunis, and he continued to pay tribute to them when accepting an award on Saturday, April 8.
The 39-year-old was awarded the Robert D. Pillar of Character Award in his home state of Iowa which is given to “individuals who demonstrate good character as a role model.” Kutcher began his speech by joking that he might be first person given the “character award” who “had deferred judgement for a felony burglary for trying to break into his high school,” and “got pulled over by a state trooper while tripping on mushrooms,” and had his “name splashed across every gossip magazine as an adulterer, like, five years ago.”
He also opened up about when your true character shows by talking about his twin brother, Michael, who has cerebral palsy and had a heart transplant when he was young. “[Character] comes out when you’re walking your brother home from school and some kid hits you in the back of the head because he wants to fight with your brother and you say ‘no’… That’s when character comes out.”
He continued his 16-minute speech with a special shout-out to his wife Mila Kunis and their two children Wyatt and Dimitri. “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you learn from the mistakes that you make and how you perceive the world that’s coming at you. Because life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you. Every single time. And as long as you have love and kindness and optimism and a pursuit of something greater in your heart, you’re the lucky one. So this award is for you. It is for my family, it’s for all four of my parents, it’s for my wife, who kicks my ass on character every day.” He added, “I’m telling you, this morning, I woke up and she kicked my ass on character. I thought I was awesome because I got up early and helped with the kids before she woke up and I let her sleep a little bit and then she’s like, ‘Well, now you’re gonna act tired? I do it every day.’ But it was a character moment, right? Because she’s right!”
“When I had these kids, my wife and I had these kids and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honor, my first response was, I wanted to call my parents and say, ‘I’m sorry, because I never knew how much you loved me,'” he said.