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In a move to rival Ryan Reynold’s loving words to his wife Blake Lively, Ashton Kutcher has one-up’d the aforementioned by praising the incredible character of his wife Mila Kunis.
Accepting an award for the Robert D. Pillar of character Award, Kutcher spoke at length about what it meant to have good character, using Kunis as an example. “I’m telling you, this morning, I woke up and she kicked my ass on character,” he said. “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!”
“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,” he continued. “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.”
That 70s Show actor also touched on how his character was affected/built on during his split from Demi Moore, whom he was married to for eight years. “Character comes out when those magazines tear you apart for something you may or may not have done and you gotta go out and perform tomorrow, with everyone looking at you like you might be an adulterer,” he said. “I had the great fortune of getting a divorce because I felt the impact of it and how much loss is in there and how much love is in there and that it’s not neat or clean or messy. And I understood finally my parents’ divorce in a whole different way.”
Ultimately Kutcher said he has learnt more about himself and his parents by becoming a dad himself to two-year-old Wyatt and four-month-old Dimitri. “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.
If you have a spare 15 minutes, watch his speech in full below.