With an Oscar nod and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to his credit, Entourage producer Mark Wahlberg has come a long way since his days of kicking rhymes with The Funky Bunch. Nonetheless, the Bostonian can’t help but look away with a shamed face when he recalls his past as early ’90s hip-hopster Marky Mark.
Mark, now 39, originally joined brother Donnie as a member of the pop boy band New Kids on the Block. He later quit the band after growing disenfranchised with the group’s signature bubble gum sound and eventually found fame as rapper Marky Mark. Four kids and almost two decades later, Mark admits he wasn’t as cool as he once thought!
“Ah man, embarrassed. I thought I was so cool back then, but when I see the footage…I remember seeing this thing on VH1, some ‘Sexy People Of The 90s’ show. My brother Paul was watching with me and my assistant. They were just killing themselves with laughter,” Wahlberg jokes.
“To top it off I was number one! So for ages after whenever they’d call, they’d be, ‘Can we speak to the ‘Sexiest Man Of The 90s’ please? They keep killing me.”