Ashton Kutcher paid homage to his wife, Mila Kunis, and their two children on Saturday as he accepted the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award at Drake University in Iowa. Kutcher, a native Iowan, got choked up as he spoke about his family, love and what character really means to him.
When talking about his twin brother who was born with cerebral palsy, Kutcher said, “Loving people isn’t a choice… We’re all created incredibly inequal to one another in our capabilities and what we can do and how we think and what we see. But we all have the equal capacity to love one another.”
Kutcher continued his declarations of love while crediting Kunis for teaching him about character. “This morning, I woke up and she kicked my a— on character… And she’s the best for it.” He continued, “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!”
Kutcher also discussed how parenting Wyatt, 2, and Dimitri, 4 months, has transformed him. He called it an “amazing honor,” and that “I wanted to call my parents and say, ‘I’m sorry, because I never knew how much you loved me.'”
Watch Kutcher’s full speech above.