Mark Wahlberg joined the ongoing celebrity exodus from Hollywood last fall when he moved his family to Nevada.
the The actor is 51 years old, who recently celebrated the opening of his second Wahlburger restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, says he moved to provide a better life for his children. In an interview with Fox News Digital, Wahlberg was impressed by the positive effect the move had on them.
“It really gives kids a chance to grow,” said the “Father Stu” star.
“It has the best of both worlds. I know a lot of people, when they think of Las Vegas, they think of the Strip. But only about 15, 20 minutes away, there are so many other amazing areas that are more about family and community.”
Wahlberg shares daughters Ella, 19, and Grace, 13, and sons Michael, 17, and Brendan, 14, with wife Rhea Durham, 44. In April 2022, he listed their lavish estate in Beverly Hills for $87.5 million and later bought a home in The exclusive enclave of The Summit Club in Summerlin, just outside of Las Vegas.
The Boston native told Fox News Digital that the move was “really about Give children a chance to pursue their goals and dreams.”
“My daughter is a knight,” he added. “My son is a golfer. My eldest daughter, now in college. My son is young.”
“There are a lot of opportunities here too for me. We are trying to set up a studio. We are trying to build a shoe factory. We want to create a lot of jobs here.”
During an appearance on “The Talk” last October, Wahlberg revealed his ambitious plans for his new city.
“I’ve moved to Nevada, where I’m hoping, after this gubernatorial election, you’ll turn to legislature and a bill will pass so we can get a state tax credit — build a state-of-the-art studio here and create Hollywood Studio 2.0,” he said.
The “Boogie Nights” actor, an investor in sneaker resale market StockX, also shared his aspirations to build a shoe factory in Sin City and a factory for his own clothing line, Municipal.
Wahlberg told Fox News Digital he’s excited about it The future is in Las Vegas.
“We are always looking for new opportunities and adventures,” he said. “I hope to create a lot of opportunities here. And I moved to California originally to make films. I’ve made three films in the last 15 years in LA. So, you know, it’s been tough.
“The kids are really happy, and it’s all about them.”
“It’s a much better and more affordable lifestyle here.”
The former “Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch” star said he still “absolutely” aims to turn Vegas into “Hollywood 2.0.” In addition to his on-screen film and television career, Wahlberg has also enjoyed success behind the camera. He served as an executive producer on five HBO series, including “Entourage,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “How to Make It in America,” “Ballers,” and “McMillions.”
Wahlberg explained that he was hoping to enlist the help of newly elected Nevada Republican Governor Joe Lombardo to advance his plans for a movie studio in Vegas.
“There are a lot of opportunities for growth here,” he said. And the government, and especially our new governor, is really looking for opportunities to create jobs outside of gaming. So we’re looking to create 10,000 jobs in the studio alone. The average salary will be $100,000 more than it is now. We want to train people both in front of and behind the camera. Whether, creating jobs, and most importantly, first of all, for the local population.
“And then, I think we can attract a lot of people,” he said. “The housing market is great.”
Wahlberg explained some of the advantages of residing in income tax-free Nevada, where the cost of living is cheaper than in California. He cited the personal experiences of a group of his employees who Go to Vegas with him.
“When I moved here, I brought probably about 15 or 20 people who also moved here with me,” Wahlberg said. “They moved out of three-bedroom homes that they were really struggling to pay the rent for. Now they have a six-bedroom house. And it’s half the cost, you know.”
He continued, “You know, they walk their dogs.” “They’re in a gated community. They have the school there two blocks down the road.”
“It’s a much better and more affordable lifestyle here.”
On Monday night, Wahlberg hosted the red carpet event for the grand opening of the second Vegas Wahlburgers location at Shoppes at Mandalay Place inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Wahlberg and his brothers founded the restaurant and bar chain, which served fast food burgers Donnie Wahlberg and Chef Paul Wahlberg in 2011.
In 2016, the first Las Vegas Wahlburgers opened at Grand Bazaar Shops in Horseshoe, formerly Bally’s.
On the red carpet, the Key to the Strip was presented to Wahlberg and Chef Paul. Before the celebration, Wahlberg told Fox News Digital that opening the restaurant in Mandalay Bay was “really exciting.”
“It’s actually a site that I found with some of my friends who worked at MGM and Mandalay Bay,” he said. “Our first restaurant in Vegas, Horseshoe, is our largest revenue stream of all of our 90 restaurants in the portfolio. So it’s a great market for us.
“What we’ve found is that people from all over the country and people from all over the world who’ve had Wahlburgers and want a taste of home end up gravitating toward those locations. So it’s really exciting.”
Wahlburgers now boasts nearly 100 locations across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. From 2015 to 2019, Wahlberg starred alongside his brothers and other members of their family, including Durham and Donnie’s wife Jenny McCarthy, in the A&E reality series “Wahlburgers”.
The show follows the development of the business and the life of the Wahlberg family for 10 seasons. In his interview with Fox News Digital, Wahlberg reflected on whether he knew the series would become so successful.
“I did, I didn’t,” he admitted. “I obviously had a lot of faith in my brother Paul as a chef and his culinary skills, which is why we decided to start the restaurants in the first place.
“We have 97 sites – we’re now in Australia and New Zealand – it’s hard to anticipate that kind of growth,” he added. “I mean, we have a huge business with retail beef in the house. Obviously, the show was a great marketing tool for us to not only show what we were trying to build as a family, but it also gave people the opportunity to feel like they were a part of the growth of the business from its inception to what it is. It’s been great to build the brand, and it’s great to get that kind of brand recognition.”
Although he was involved with many other business ventures, twice Academy Award The nominee said that he is always on the lookout for great acting projects.
Wahlberg said he still loves working with “Steven Spielberg in the world, Meryl Streeps in the world, but also with The Next Generation.”
“I’m always looking for the next generation of filmmakers and talent. There are so many amazing, talented people out there. I’m always looking for small films, foreign films, independent work and trying to find the next thing.”
Although Wahlberg has built a long career as an actor, he told Fox News Digital that he’s willing to audition for roles and prove himself.
He said, “I wouldn’t mind auditioning, and proving I was the right guy for the part, but I hope someone will give me a job and give me a chance.”
“I’ve had the same situation since The late great Penny Marshall She gave me my first job. The late director and “Laverne & Shirley” star was credited with launching Wahlberg’s career in Hollywood when she cast him as the lead in her 1994 comedy “Renaissance Man.”
“If anyone is willing to take a chance, I promise I will do everything I can to be more forthcoming and give the best. What they are looking for, what my thoughts and visions of the material may be, I hope it will lead me to another job.
“But I had the same kind of work ethic that I had from the beginning, and it worked for me. My kids are like, ‘Wow, Dad, you don’t have to work so hard,’” or someone else says, “You know, why don’t you take it easy?” I’m like , “You know what? I really, really appreciate what I have, and I don’t want to change what I did to get here.”