Interview with Mark Wahlberg
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Written by Kelli Gillespie
He’s an actor, husband, father and man of faith. Whether he’s at home with the family or filming on location, Mark Wahlberg finds a way to incorporate his work ethic with his values. Traveling the long journey to Hong Kong, Risen caught up with the star of the new Transformers: Age of Extinction to talk about everything from parenting to passions, and opportunities to optimism.
Interviewed for Risen Magazine at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Hong Kong
Risen Magazine: As a dad, you and your wife are raising four kids. What has been the most effective approach you’ve found when it comes to parenting?
Mark Wahlberg: The most effective thing is being engaged in every aspect of their life, but then also leading by example. It’s one thing to talk about it, but it’s another thing to do it. When my kids see me go to church everyday, when they see me get on my hands and my knees… they [can see] and know how grateful I am and how appreciative I am. Plus they know how thoughtful and aware we are of what other people don’t have. Hopefully that will rub off on them. But sometimes you have to just get down to old-fashioned discipline too. It’s important to be involved and communicate with them and make sure they can trust you, and share with you, and rely on you. They need to count on you to be there.
Risen Magazine: When it comes to your approach to acting, whether it’s a true story like Lone Survivor, or fiction like Transformers: Age of Extinction, what impact do you hope your work leaves on audiences?
Mark Wahlberg: Every movie is different, obviously. When you are talking about Lone Survivor, we really wanted to make people think and certainly pay tribute to those guys, and the sacrifice they make for us. Whereas in a movie like Ted, I just wanted to entertain people or make them laugh. With Transformers, we are just trying to entertain people but there is something special about the character and his optimism and hope. His faith in people and humanity is inspiring to me.
Risen Magazine: Optimism is a great quality. Do you tend to be optimistic when it comes to your life, or is that something you have had to develop?
Mark Wahlberg: It’s developed over time, and it continues to get stronger and stronger. Once in a while it’s tested. Obviously we live in the real world and bad things happen. But I remember the overall theme – having a bigger picture [than just a singular viewpoint], and having my faith, deeply rooted in Catholicism and the Lord.
Risen Magazine: When it comes to technology and the advancements, what is your relationship like with your smart phone or other devices?
Mark Wahlberg: Not a good one. I am definitely way behind. When I want to do something on my phone my daughter has to snatch it out of my hand and figure it out for me. But then it’s also scary because I want to be able to know what they’re [my kids] doing. My wife does a good job monitoring what is on their computer, but I have no clue.
Risen Magazine: When it comes to capitalizing on circumstances and converting them into successes, how do you handle opportunities that come your way?
WM: I treasure any opportunity that I have ever had. I don’t take things for granted. I was given one opportunity to get into this business and I’ve been holding on to it ever since – cherishing it, and nurturing it. Don’t squander any kind of opportunity that comes your way.
Exclusive Interview originally published in Risen Magazine, Fall 2014
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