Superstar actor Mark Wahlberg recently visited New York City, but instead of going to a Broadway play in his free time, the actor chose to go to church.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Wahlberg said he prefers going to church on a Saturday night, to seeing a Broadway show.
"That's what it's all about. You know, for me, it's just the way I love to start my day, finish my day," Wahlberg told the Christian news outlet.
"I've been very blessed and very fortunate. And it's because of the focus that I put on my faith and on my family that have allowed me to accomplish so many things. Also, with the failure and disappointment and loss, life is not easy," he added.
Wahlberg is preparing for the release of his new film "Instant Family" which tells the story of a couple who become parents overnight after they decide to foster 3 kids, including one troubled teen.
The films story is based on the real-life events of Sean Anders – the film’s director – and his wife.
While talking about the film Wahlberg said, "Just like this movie, this couple brings in three beautiful kids. And there is this kind of honeymoon period. And then there's this very difficult time when reality sets in. But ultimately, they fall madly in love with each other. And they want to fight for these kids.”
He stressed, "There's nothing more important than faith and family."
Though "Instant Family" is not a faith-based film, it certainly evokes emotion and highlights the difficulties the foster care system regualrly faces.
"Things that matter are hard," Wahlberg’s character says in the film, and when asked to reflect on this line the actor said, "Doing the work, it's rewarding; doing the right thing, it's rewarding. You always feel, even if things don't go the way you want, you feel good knowing you did everything you could to accomplish your goal no matter what that is.”
"It's when you don't give it your all and then you have this regret and this, 'What if?' kind of sort of thing going on. Things are difficult. It's so much better when it's earned. So for people to come together to work through hard times, all those things," he continued.
"Instant Family" comes out in theaters on Nov. 16.
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