Mark Wahlberg says getting his high school diploma in June was “a huge sense of relief.” The dad of four told People at the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens event that his children were a big motivation.
The 42-year-old actor explained, “I didn’t want the kids saying, ‘You didn’t do it, so why do I need it?’ They are all wanting to do things in their future that require an education.”
He added, “I wondered, ‘Why didn’t I do it when I was there?’ It’s so much harder at 41 going back and trying to do all these difficult tasks.”
He admitted the most challenging part was math and joked, “(I’m) good at counting money and keeping track of my money.”
Wahlberg took online classes and hired a tutor and studied on the set of Two Guns. He kept it a secret from costar Denzel Washington.
“Denzel was always asking me what I was doing but I didn’t want to share that information with him. Nobody knew, because I felt like I don’t like to count my chickens before they hatch, so I didn’t want to say that I was doing it until I actually finished it. What if I said I’m doing this and I didn’t finish it?”
Next up for him is Transformers: Age of Extinction. Speaking to MTV News in another interview – he revealed that his children Brendan, 4, Grace, 3, Michael, 6, and Ella, 9, will be seen in the upcoming fourth installment in the franchise.
He said, “My kids just did a cameo [as] just scared people in the street looking up, but they did a great job.”
He continued, “I was so nervous because Michael doesn’t have time for bad performances. You have to understand; you’re shooting a $300 million movie… You’ve got a lot going on. He’s got five, six takes. If you ain’t got it, you’re done. I didn’t want to see my kids get clipped. They were excited about, but they started to get mad at me because I’m trying to over-direct them. It went great.”