Ashton Kutcher pays an emotional and heart-warming tribute to his wife and children during speech.
After receiving the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award in his hometown of Iowa, Ashton Kutcher made a touching speech referencing family as having the biggest impact on his strength of character.
Beginning his acceptance speech, Ashton jokes that he is the first recipient of the character award to have a deferred judgement for a felony, and to have been publically accused of adultery. Extracting some laughs from the audience, Ashton uses these examples to demonstrate how making mistakes is character building,
“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.”
On a more serious note he spoke about his charitable work and became emotional when discussing his twin brother Michael Kutcher who was born with cerebral palsy.
Speaking of the lessons he’s learned from his family, Ashton said,
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.
Referencing his divorce with Demi Moore, the Two and a Half Men actor contemplates how knowing firsthand the pain and intricacies of divorce has developed his character. Speaking about his current marriage with Mila Kunis he describes the actress as “kicking my ass on character every day”.
I mean, 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!
But the greatest, greatest lesson in character in my life is my kids. That’s the real deal. When I had these kids, my wife and I had these kids and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honour, my first response was, I wanted to call my parents and say, ‘I’m sorry, because I never knew how much you loved me.’
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