Ashton Kutcher returned to his hometown Iowa to receive the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award at Drake University.
Although the honor is to celebrate the "individuals who demonstrate good character as a role model," the 39-year-old star felt like he didn't deserve it.
In his speech, "That '70s Show" star joked that his childhood friends would definitely be surprised with his award as they know a different "Ashton Kutcher." "You know, I'm probably the first guy to get this award who had a deferred judgment for a felony burglary for trying to break into my high school," he said, according to USA Today.
Kutcher also believed that he might be the first person to receive this kind of award after being in every gossip magazine for adultery in 2013. "The Butterfly Effect" actor was talking about his high-profile divorce from his former wife Demi Moore in the said year because of his alleged cheating.
"Character comes when those magazines tear you apart for something you may or may not have done," he continued. What's harder is, when the time that he has to be out and perform; everyone is eyeing him differently like he is really an adulterer.
Kutcher and Moore have finalized their divorce in 2013 after six years of marriage, Refinery29 reported. The two broke up following the strong rumors that the "No Strings Attached" star had been cheating on his ex-wife.
However, after four years, he is now happily married to his wife of one year, Mila Kunis, whom he shares two lovely children; Wyatt Isabelle (2) and Dimitri Portwood (4 months). Evidently, Kutcher has been through a lot that made him learn a lesson that resulted for him to receive the character award.
He, then, also gave his gratitude to his children for helping him to become a better person. Kutcher went on to say that becoming a parent made him realize that character is one of the important things that he can give his kids as a father.