December 12, 2014 08:00 AM

Life will never be the same.

Two months into the experience of being a father, Ashton Kutcher says it’s been completely transformative for him and fiancée Mila Kunis.

“It’s just how much you can love another person,” the actor, 36, tells Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Friday about what has surprised him most about fatherhood.

“You think you know how much you can love another person, and then you have a child and you realize you didn’t know. It’s infinitely rewarding.”

He adds: “There’s a great quote by Carlos Slim, and he said, ‘Most people think they need to make a better world for their children, but the reality is we need to make better children for our world.’ And I try to live by that. And I think I really look at this as the greatest opportunity of my life.”

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Kutcher and Kunis’s daughter Wyatt Isabelle is now 10-weeks-old. And the new parents are being totally hands on — they’re not even using a nanny. Mostly, Kutcher credits Kunis, 31, who’s home with the baby every day.

“She’s the greatest mom,” the Two and a Half Men star says. “I go to work every day, and I come home and she’s perfect. And it just seems like everything went amazing. And I know that something probably didn’t go amazing, but she never tells … it’s unbelievable. She’s incredible.”

The couple didn’t want to use nannies — at least, not at first — because they want a deep connection with their daughter.

“We just want to know our kid,” says Kutcher. “We want to be the people that know what to do when the baby’s crying to make the baby not cry anymore. We want to know, like, when she makes a little face or something, we want to be emotionally in touch with her. And I think the only way to do that is by being the one who’s there.”

Ashton also jokes that he was “ready to do all these things” with his daughter after she was born, only to realize that, well, she’s an infant and can’t do much yet — though she did recently find herself in the mirror, which he says was amusing.

“It’s like getting a new cell phone where all the features don’t work yet,” he says with a smile. “It’s like a phone that won’t take pictures, and you’re like, ‘Why won’t my phone take pictures?’ And it won’t make calls and it doesn’t do a lot, but it looks really cute.”

— Tim Nudd

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