Quickfire with New Kids on the Block’s Donnie Wahlberg
The singer and actor on pickle juice, politics and positivity
Donnie Wahlberg wants to talk some sense into US politicians
Guilty pleasure? Watching The Real Housewives with my wife [actress Jenny McCarthy]. We’ve just got into Ladies of London.
Who would play you in a movie of your life? My brother Mark [Wahlberg].
Where is home? Spread between Boston, New York and just outside Chicago, where we spend most of our time.
Career plan B? Police officer.
Biggest bugbear? The dishonesty of politicians in the US right now.
As a child you wanted to be… A professional baseball player.
Earliest memory? Playing with a car on the kitchen floor in Boston while drinking Kool-Aid.
Your best quality? My positive attitude – I try to stay grateful.
And your worst? When I’m not being positive or grateful, I get crabby.
Last meal on earth? Fried chicken and fish and chips – with homemade chips – followed by chocolate-chip cookies and ice cream.
Dream dinner-party guests? James Corden, Beyoncé and the major politicians in the US. I’d ask James to make them laugh, Beyoncé to serenade them – and I’d try to talk some sense into them.
Advice to teenage self? Don’t worry. Everything’s going to be just fine.
Secret skill? Removing snow. As a child, I used to make money shovelling snow for my neighbours. Now I’m an adult, I wait for the snow with anticipation.
Starstruck moment? When I met my wife on a TV show in 2012. I felt very shy around her, but I think that worked to my advantage.
Career highlight? Re-forming New Kids on the Block in 2008.
Big break? Meeting the producer Maurice Starr [who created New Kids on the Block] and Mickey Rourke, who cast me in the 1996 film Bullet. I’d wanted to act for years.
Favourite tipple? A pickleback – a shot of Jameson whiskey followed by pickle juice.
Hangover cure? My wife has a secret hangover prevention remedy: if you drink the remedy while you’re drinking, you won’t get a hangover.
What did you have for breakfast today? A shake with chocolate protein powder, almond milk, peanut butter and half a banana.
Top of your bucket list? I’ve yet to jump out of an aeroplane.
Biggest inspiration? My mum and my children.
What makes your life better? Gratitude and a heated toilet seat.
Your idea of a perfect day? Waking up with my wife, then maybe going to the diner for breakfast – and not leaving her side the entire time.
Worst job you’ve ever done? I worked with my dad for two summers driving his truck. He was a bit grouchy.
Last film that made you cry? Moonlight.
Where would you time travel to? The 1950s. It seems like the last great time of innocence and great music.
First record you bought? Lost In Space by Jonzun Crew.
Favourite book? I have two: the autobiography of Malcolm X and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama.
Biggest extravagance? I have a lot of expensive tennis shoes.
Biggest regret? I don’t have any – anything I regret I try to fix right away.
Style icon? US rapper Future.
Celebrity crush? I married her.
New Kids on the Block’s latest single ‘One More Night’ and EP Thankful are out now on Kobalt Music Recordings