He realizes he can’t always be perfect. “I think one of the big turning points for me was coming to the awareness that I’m not really afraid to fail. I’m afraid to be my best. ... In an audition you do your very best and don’t get the part, what do you have left? But the truth is if you do your very best you’ll be at peace with what you put out there. And if you’re the right person for the job you will be (cast) or not, and there’s nothing you can do about that. I think that’s one of the things that’s been helpful for me, and I think it’s one of the things my family — we sort of all seem to be on the same page — let’s not be afraid to be our best.”
Divorced from his wife, Kimberly Fey, Wahlberg has two sons, 20 and 11. He says the birth of his first son helped set him on the straight-and-narrow.
“It sounds cliche, but I stopped living for me and started living for him. It stopped being about my legacy and became about my ability to provide for him. I was 23. I was terrified.”