Wahlberg, Hollywood’s highest paid actor in 2017, undertook his intense daily routine to prepare for his role in the upcoming film Mile 22. However, prayer has been central in his life for several years.
In 2010, Wahlberg told the Catholic Herald that “Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life.” Then he added, “The first thing I do when I start my day is, I get down on my hands and knees and give thanks to God. Whenever I go outside of my house, the first thing I do is stop at the church. The kids will be mad with me. ‘Daddy! It takes too long!’ I’m saying: ‘It’s only 10 minutes and this is something I really need to do.’ Because I do. If I can start my day out by saying my prayers and getting myself focused, then I know I’m doing the right thing. That 10 minutes helps me in every way throughout the day.”
Wahlberg has also expressed regret over some of the roles he played earlier in his career, especially one in an Oscar-nominated film in which he portrayed a porn star. He told Cardinal Blase Cupich at an event in Chicago that, “I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving because I’ve made some poor choices in my past.” When Cupich asked if he regretted any of his movie roles, he said, “Boogie Nights is up there at the top of that list.”
Wahlberg said he does not pray so he can have success but focuses his prayer time on his wife, his four children, and his character. “For me to sit down and ask for material things is ridiculous. It’s a much bigger picture than that. I want to serve God and to be a good human being and to make up for the mistakes I made and the pain I put people through. That’s what I’m praying for, and I recommend it to anybody.”
When asked about how he accomplishes all that he does, he told Men’s Health , “If you’re doing the right things, then there’s enough time in the day to get it all done.”