American actor Mark Wahlberg has made it clear where he stands on the subject of his faith and how it relates to his career as an artist.
Wahlberg is a devout Catholic, and he has stated that while his beliefs and faith are not common in the entertainment industry, he cannot deny them and is unapologetic about them.
The actor said he would not force his faith on others, especially his family, as he prefers people to do so voluntarily.
Mark Wahlberg says he can’t deny his faith
Wahlberg recently spoke with Savannah Guthrie on “Today” about various topics, including his Catholic faith and fasting.
While stressing what it’s like for him to be Catholic, the “Pain & Gain” actor said he’s always discussed it with others but would never try to “shove it down anyone’s throat” because he respects everyone’s faith.
Although he does not try to force his faith on others, Wahlberg, 51, noted that he cannot deny his faith because he considered the seriousness of such a crime. “It’s important for me to share it with people. But I have friends from all walks of life and all different faiths and religions, so it’s important to respect and honor them as well,” he explained, per people.
“It has helped me maintain discipline”
Wahlberg went on to reveal that his Catholic faith has helped him maintain discipline in most areas of his life. Discussing the need for a fast and what it entails, the actor revealed that it has more to do with detachment from anything and is not just limited to food alone.
He noted that it takes some discipline to successfully give up things that bring pleasure, and said it has helped him stay true to himself.
“Discipline has always been important to me in life,” Wahlberg shared per Insider. “When I started getting into movies and transitioned from music, I realized that I needed a lot of discipline in my life. And that discipline has given me so many other things.”
Wahlberg also talked about his fasting rituals while wearing an ash cross on his forehead to honor the Catholic tradition of Ash Wednesday.
He said he would prefer not to eat meat and only have a meal on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent season, as he pointed out that having such a discipline to distance himself from things helps “people become better versions of themselves.”
Mark Wahlberg takes a relaxed approach with his children
The actor described his approach to introducing religion to his children, noting that he doesn’t want to force them into it but hopes they find a way. Together with his wife Rhea Durham, Wahlberg has four children: sons Michael, 16, and Brendan, 13, and daughters Ella, 18, and Grace Margaret, 12.
“Again, I’m not forcing it on them,” he said, referring to his four children. “Before it was like, ‘OK, everybody has to go to Catholic school. We have to go to Mass every Sunday. But that can also create a little resentment. I want them to be drawn to that in a very natural way.'”
According to peopleWahlberg also discussed the same issue last year when he pointed out that he hopes his actions bring them closer and more naturally.
“They think dad’s crazy and he’s boring,” he said at the time. “But even with my faith, I don’t force them to do it. 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.”
He added, “And hopefully, instead of forcing it on them, they’ll say, ‘Well, if it works for dad, maybe it works for us,’ and they’ll kind of gravitate to it on their own.”
Mark Wahlberg wants to help more people
According to Entertainment tonightthe “Father Stu” star also revealed that he wanted to embrace putting out more faith-based content and “things that will help people” after his role as a priest in the film.
“I feel like this starts a new chapter for me in that now, doing things like this, real substance can help people,” he said at the time.
“I definitely want to focus on doing more. I wouldn’t say necessarily just faith-based content but things that will help people. So hopefully this movie will open a door for not only myself but for a lot of other people in Hollywood to create more meaningful content,” he added.
According to E.Tthe actor has a special connection to the film “Father Stu”, which is about a boxer who discovers a new vocation as a priest.