Months after making a life-changing move from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Mark Wahlberg is opening up about what went into his decision.Speaking to Fox
Speaking to Fox News Digital, the 51-year-old actor said: ‘It’s really giving the kids a chance to thrive.’
The longtime entertainer shares four children — Ella, 19, Grace, 13, Michael, 17, and Brendan, 14 — with wife Rhea Durham, 44.
The filmmaker continued, ‘It just has the best of both worlds. I know a lot of people, when they think Las Vegas, they think the Strip.
‘But just about 15, 20 minutes away, there’s a whole lot of other amazing areas that are all about family and community.’
New insight: Months after making a life-changing move from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Mark Wahlberg is opening up about what went into his decision; seen this week in Vegas
With his family: Speaking to Fox News Digital, the 51-year-old actor said about his recent move: ‘It’s really giving the kids a chance to thrive’
The devoted dad stressed to the publication that the relocation was ‘really about giving the kids an opportunity to pursue their goals and dreams.
‘My daughter’s an equestrian,’ he noted. ‘My son’s a golfer. My oldest daughter, now she’s off to college. My son’s a junior.’
Shifting the focus to his endeavors, he added, ‘There’s lots of opportunity here as well for me. We’re trying to create a studio. We’re trying to build the shoe factory. We want to create lots of jobs here.’
During an appearance on The Talk last fall, the businessman said, ‘I moved to Nevada where, after this gubernatorial election, hopefully it will go to legislation and get a bill passed so we can get a tax credit for the state — build a state-of-the-art studio here and make this Hollywood 2.0.’
And the executive producer told Fox last April, ‘We’re always looking for new opportunities and new adventures.
‘I hope to create of a lot of opportunity here. And I moved to California originally to make movies. I’ve made three movies in the last 15 years in LA. So, as you know, it’s been difficult.
‘The kids are really happy, and it’s all about them.’
Wahlberg put his 12-bedroom, 20-bathroom Beverly Hills mansion on the market for $87.5 million in April 2022. TMZ reported the sale price to an unknown buyer as just above $55million.
Brood: The longtime entertainer shares four children — Ella, 19, Grace, 13, Michael, 17, and Brendan, 14 — with wife Rhea Durham, 44; pictured in 2015
He told Fox he was ‘hoping to enlist the help of’ the state’s Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo ‘to further his plans for a Vegas-based film studio.’
The business-savvy star said, ‘There’s lots of opportunity for growth here. And the government, especially our new governor, is really looking for opportunities to create jobs outside of gaming.
‘So we’re looking to create 10,000 jobs on the studio alone. The average salary would be $100,000 more than what it is now.
‘We want to train people both in front of and behind the camera, create jobs, most importantly, first and foremost, for locals.’
Speaking of the benefits of living in the income tax-free state he raved, ‘When I moved here, I brought probably like 15 or 20 people that work with me also moving here.
‘They went from three-bedroom houses that they were really struggling to pay rent for. And now they have a six-bedroom house. And it’s, you know, half the cost.’
Wahlberg, a Boston native, added, ‘And, you know, they walk their dogs. They’re in a gated community. They’ve got the school right there two blocks down the road.’
‘It’s just a much better lifestyle here and more affordable,’ he punctuated.
Lovebirds: Mark and his longtime love Rhea, who’s a model, married in 2009
Mark is already establishing roots in Nevada — on Monday he attended the grand opening of Wahlburgers At Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino alongside his older brother Chef Paul Wahlberg, 59.
Wahlberg and his brothers Donnie and Chef Paul founded Wahlburgers in 2011.
Then in 2016, Las Vegas Wahlburgers opened at the Grand Bazaar Shops at the Horseshoe, formerly Bally’s.
At Monday’s event Wahlberg and Chef Paul were given the Key to the Strip.
During the gathering the actor-turned-entrepreneur said the second Las Vegas opening was ‘really exciting.’
He revealed, ‘It’s actually a location that I happened to find with some of my friends that worked both at MGM and Mandalay Bay.
‘Our first restaurant in Vegas, the Horseshoe, is our largest revenue earner in all of our 90 something restaurants in the portfolio. So it’s a great market for us.’
He continued, ‘What we find is that people from all over the country and people from all over the world who have had Wahlburgers and want a taste of home end up gravitating towards those locations. So it’s really exciting.’
The restaurants now boast nearly 100 locations across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Dedicated: The devoted dad stressed to the publication that the relocation was ‘really about giving the kids an opportunity to pursue their goals and dreams’; pictured in 2014
Wahlberg, his brothers and other family members starred in the A&E reality series Wahlburgers from 2015-2019.
The series followed the evolution of the family business for 10 seasons.
Wahlberg told Fox News Digital about the success of the brand, ‘I did, and I didn’t [know it would become so successful]. I obviously had a huge belief in my brother Paul as a chef and his culinary skills, which is why we decided to do the restaurants in the first place.’
‘Having 97 locations — we’re now in Australia, New Zealand — it’s hard to predict that kind of growth,’ the ambitious multihyphenate said.
‘I mean, we have a huge business with our retail beef at home. The show was obviously a great marketing tool for us to not only kind of show what we were trying to create as a family, but also it really gave people an opportunity to feel like they were a part of the growth of the business from its infancy and to where it is today. It was great to build the brand, great to have that kind of brand recognition.’
New business: On Monday Mark attended the grand opening of Wahlburgers At Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino alongside his older brother Chef Paul Wahlberg, 59; seen here are County Commissioner Michael Naft (R) John Cestare, John Sullivan, Bobby Azinian, Mark and Paul