Ashton Kutcher started off his career as a comedic actor, but has steadily expanded into producing, investing and philanthropy, revealing the serious purpose and gravitas beneath the goofy veneer.
He’s not only become a parent to two kids with his wife, actress Mila Kunis, but also invested in measures to fight human trafficking, for example.
Kutcher recently won the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character award in his native Iowa, where he reflected on his journey. He talks about being arrested at age 18 for breaking into his high school, learning from his mistakes and growing into his current role as devoted family man.
“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 said in his acceptance speech.
The usually private actor also talked about the importance of his family in helping to build his character, from the willingness of Mila to call him out on his subconscious entitlement to his twin brother, who has cerebral palsy.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Listen to Ashton’s candid, humble, moving speech below. It’s long but worth every minute…