Ashton Kutcher has a lot of love for his family. The actor gave a sweet tribute to his wife, Mila Kunis, and their two children, 2-year-old Wyatt and 4-month-old Dimitri, as he accepted the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award, which is given annually to "individuals who demonstrate good character as a role model," in his native Iowa on Saturday. "This award 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 said. "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 are my kids. 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.'"
After giving a shout-out to his parents, who divorced when he was 16, he referenced his own divorce from Demi Moore in 2013. "I had the great fortune of getting a divorce because I felt the impact of it and I felt how much loss is in there and how much love is in there and that it's not neat or clean or messy," he continued. "And I understood, finally, my parents' divorce in a whole different way."