Ashton Kutcher paid tribute to his wife Mila Kunis and their two children during an emotional speech while receiving the Robert D. Pillar of Character Award on Saturday (Apr. 9) in his native state of Iowa. The actor was recognized for his humanitarian work with the Native Fund, which provides financial support to members of the community.
The 39-year-old delivered a masterclass in the meaning of “character,” admitting that Mila “kicks his [butt] on character every day,” while his two children, Wyatt, 2, and four-month-old Dimitri, provided him with the “greatest lesson” on the matter. "But the greatest, greatest lesson in character in my life are my kids," he explained.
Ashton even revealed that he was called out on his own character that morning by Mila. "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 going to act tired? I do it every day.' But it was a character moment, right? Because she's right!”
The parents of two have been inseparable since their friendship turned romantic in 2012. The actor expressed how grateful he is to be able to share his life and the joys of parenthood with Mila, saying, "My wife and I had these kids and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honour.”
He then fought back tears as he paid an emotional tribute to his twin brother, Michael Kutcher, who was born with cerebral palsy. "I was born a twin and from the moment I came into this world I had to share it with someone. I shared every birthday, every Christmas, I shared my bedroom, I shared my clothes, I shared everything I had in this world and I didn't know that there was another way because I always had my brother with me,” said Ashton.
Ashton also used his moment in the spotlight to make a powerful statement about inequality. "My brother was born with cerebral palsy and it taught me that loving people isn't a choice and that people aren't actually all created equal. The Constitution lies to us. We're not all created equal. 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, and my brother taught me that." He concluded his speech with, "When I got older, I spent years and years feeling bad about it, our inequalities. He also taught me that he had gifts that I didn't have. Extraordinary gifts that I didn't have, and that every time I felt sorry for him in life, I made him less. He taught me that and he gave that to me."