It seems odd that Mark Wahlberg, a star who became famous in the 90s for, let’s be honest, rapping while partially clothed, is now a star who talks so openly about his faith.
But the committed Catholic and accomplished actor does that on a regular basis, telling TODAY recently, “Even with my faith, I don’t force it on [my kids]. But they know that dad can’t start the day without being in prayer, can’t start the day without reading my Scripture or going to Mass. And hopefully, instead of forcing that on them, they’ll say, ‘Well, if it works for dad, maybe it’ll work for us,’ and they’ll kind of gravitate toward it on their own.”
It’s with his four kids in mind that the Wahlberg family recently made a huge life change, kissing Hollywood goodbye and moving to the suburbs of Las Vegas. Wahlberg told Fox News Digital that the move was mostly about giving his kids a better life and a chance to thrive. Though Vegas may seem an odd choice on that end, the Boston native is quick to defend his new hometown.
“It just has the best of both worlds,” he said. “I know a lot of people, when they think Las Vegas, they think the Strip. But just about 15, 20 minutes away, there’s a whole lot of other amazing areas that are all about family and community.”
Wahlberg shares four children ranging in ages from nineteen to thirteen with his wife Rhea Durham. He wanted to get them out of Hollywood to give them a more full life, saying the move is “really about giving the kids an opportunity to pursue their goals and dreams.” So far, he says the move has definitely proven to be the right choice for his family.
“The kids are really happy, and it’s all about them,” he said.