As he got on the podium to accept the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award, Ashton delivered a heartfelt speech dedicated to his wife, Mila Kunis, and their two kids. The famous actor certainly had a lot to say in his 16-minute speech, but the most emotional part of it was without a doubt when he spoke about his family.
“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. 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,” said the actor during the speech.
“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!” he continued.
The famous actor also noted that having kids was the greatest lesson in character in his life. “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,” Ashton told the audience.