Mark Wahlberg is determined to finish his high school. The 41-year-old actor, who dropped out of school when he was in the ninth grade, has enrolled a new online program based in New Orleans to get his diploma. He will start hitting the books again later this month.
"I am going back now. They have this new program in Massachusetts now where you can actually take the courses online, so I'm starting this month; I'm gonna go and get my high school diploma," he said during an interview on "Late Show with David Letterman" recently.
"It's an actual diploma," Wahlberg told David Letterman. "I've got to take on all the courses I've missed so I'm a little nervous." The "Contraband" star additionally dished on, "They're going to give me whatever credits I already have, which is probably like one or two."
He hoped to take advantage of his spare time in between shooting his movies so that he can speed through the tests. "I have a lot of down time on sets and in trailers so I just wanna blast through. Hopefully be able to do it in six to eight months," he said. "I'm going to make it happen."
Would he pursue a higher education after graduating? Yes, he would. Staying true to his career in movie industry, the husband of model Rhea Durham gushed, "I would love to, at some point, go to film school."
Wahlberg once attended Copley Square High School on Newbury Street in Boston, but never graduated. The father of four revealed his plan to go back to school last year, explaining he wanted to become a better role model for his children.
His kids, however, were not the only reason he wanted to complete school. He felt the need to do so after he was asked to be a spokesperson for U.S. fast food restaurant Taco Bell's Graduate To Go program. "They asked me to do this and I was like, 'Dude, I never graduated, why would you pick me to do this?'," he recounted.