Who would of thought all those years ago when he was dancing around with his pants falling down as lead man in Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch that Mark Wahlberg would turn into a big softie surrounded by wife Rhea Durham and their four children – Ella, 7, Michael, 4, Brendon, 23 months, and Grace, 7 months?
Well that’s exactly what’s happened from Boogie Nights to a much more family friendly The Other Guys, Wahlberg has gone from Hollywood bad boy to grown up family man right before our eyes.
His latest offering, The Other Guys, features a much more grown up Wahlberg arrived in theaters this weekend. The Will Ferell / Wahlberg collaboration captured the top spot in the weekend’s box-office haul taking in $35.7 million and kicking Leonardo DiCarpio’s Inception down to the second spot at $18.2 million.
So what does Mark think about his life today?
On meeting his wife Rhea Durham:
“We met in New York City, while I was doing a press junket. I asked her if she wanted to come out with me, and she said yes. Then I asked her if she wanted to come to church with me the next morning, and she said yes again. So that was our first date: St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.”
On how he approaches fatherhood:
“I’m trying to be the best dad I can. I’m probably softer than I should be, but I’m pushing myself to be harder. What I do everyday is pray for the strength to be a good servant, father and husband. I ask for the ability to raise my kids, to teach and protect them, and to be disciplined and firm and loving and nurturing.”
On his favorite dad time:
“When we watch TV before we all go to bed and they snuggle around me – that’s what I love.”
On the idea of his kids seeing Boogie Nights:
“I know that’s something I’m going to have to face at some point. I just hope it’s not in the near future. I hope they realize that it’s a good movie, and it was an opportunity to grow and show my talents as an actor. But I certainly don’t want them to see it before they’re ready.”
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