Mark Wahlberg's Kids: Their Real-Life View of Dad

Wahlberg discusses family dynamics and recent life changes.

by Nouman Rasool
Mark Wahlberg's Kids: Their Real-Life View of Dad
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Hollywood icon Mark Wahlberg recently opened up about the parallels between his real-life parenting experiences and those depicted in his new film, "The Family Plan." In a candid interview with PEOPLE at the Las Vegas premiere, Wahlberg shared insights into his family life, striking a chord with parents everywhere.

Wahlberg humorously lamented about familiar parental challenges, saying, "I've got a teenager who won't stop playing video games." He added, "I've got a daughter who thinks she knows everything and [me and wife Rhea Durham] are complete idiots in many, many ways." These remarks highlight the relatable struggles faced by parents navigating the complex waters of raising teenagers.

Wahlberg Family's New Start

Last year, the "Mile 22" actor discussed on "The Talk" his family's move from Los Angeles to Nevada. The relocation was motivated by a desire to offer his children a better life and support their aspirations.

Reflecting on this significant change, Wahlberg told PEOPLE in October that his wife and four children have "finally adapted nicely to their new lives." He observed with satisfaction, "The kids are all out at school, and everybody's happy." "The Family Plan" features Wahlberg in a role that resonates with many: a former assassin-turned-suburban father.

In one memorable scene, he and co-star Michelle Monaghan sing along to Vanilla Ice's iconic hit "Ice, Ice Baby." When asked if this moment reminded him of his past as rapper Marky Mark, Wahlberg responded with a blend of humor and nostalgia.

"Marky Mark wouldn't have done Vanilla Ice. I'm a little bit more amendable now," he said, acknowledging the fun and irony in the situation. As "The Family Plan" gears up for its theatrical release tomorrow, Friday, audiences are eagerly anticipating a film that promises to blend action, humor, and heartfelt family dynamics.

Wahlberg's personal reflections add a layer of authenticity to the movie, making it a must-watch for fans and families alike.