Hollywood’s Mark Wahlberg Credits ‘Faith … Family … Hard Work’ For His Success

Patrick Burke
By Patrick Burke | January 18, 2012 | 6:06 PM EST

In a candid interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Oscar-nominee Mark Wahlberg opened up about the positive impact of his Catholic faith, family and hard work on Jan. 13, saying, “I had to focus on my faith. My faith has really allowed me to overcome a lot of things -- and hard work.”

“If I don’t go to Mass necessarily every day, I definitely go to church every day,” said Wahlberg. “That’s how I start my day. I like to get in there for about 15 to 20 minutes, say my prayers.  …  I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, brother and uncle, a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me and a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing.”

Wahlberg also discussed his rough background in Dorchester, Mass., where he got involved in drugs and with the wrong crowd. He was incarcerated at the age of 17 at which point he realized the need to make a change. After entering prison, he recalled pondering, “Do I want to now get in jail, start getting high, doing that whole thing? Or am I just going to, you know, focus, start going to church and get out of here and never look back?”

Later, Wahlberg said, he moved out of Dorchester and relied on his faith and hard work to stay out of trouble. He is currently a highly successful and well known actor/producer and is married with four children.

Wahlberg added that he was “blessed, very blessed.  I’m the luckiest guy in the world. And I’m happy.”

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