EXCLUSIVE: Mark Wahlberg admits he's 'overprotective' about his daughter's dating life


As an action star, Mark Wahlberg is ready for any trouble that comes his way, but off screen, the father of four admits that there's one thing he's not ready for just yet -- his daughter having a dating life.

The 46-year-old Transformers: The Last Knight star opened up to ET's Carly Steel at the premiere of his upcoming action epic in Chicago on Tuesday, and he admitted that he's a bit "overprotective" when it comes to his 13-year-old girl, Ella Rae.

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Wahlberg recently revealed that a young man had taken an interest in Ella, saying that the potential suitor brought his mom around to meet him, in an attempt to win some points in Wahlberg's favor (although it sounds like it didn't work too well).

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Mark Wahlberg (R) and Ella Rae Wahlberg leave the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: (L-R) Mark Wahlberg, Ella Rae Wahlberg and Rhea Durham attend a basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 2: Mark Wahlberg and Ella Wahlberg attend the Operation Smile's 2015 Smile Gala on October 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 02: Actor Mark Wahlberg, wife Rhea Durham and daughter Ella Rae Wahlberg attend Operation Smile's 2015 Smile Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 26: Rhea Durham, Mark Wahlberg, Brendan Joseph Wahlberg, Grace Margaret Wahlberg, Ella Rae Wahlberg and Michael Wahlberg attend Safe Kids Day at The Lot on April 26, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Model Rhea Durham, daughter Ella Wahlberg and actor Mark Wahlberg arrive at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Mark Wahlberg, Brendan Wahlberg, Ella Rae Wahlberg, Rhea Durham, and Michael Wahlberg attend the US premiere of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Actor Mark Wahlberg (R) and his daughter Ella Rae Wahlberg arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Lego Movie' at the Regency Village Theatre on February 1, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer Fergie, actor Mark Wahlberg and daughter Ella Rae Wahlberg pose in The Sims 3 Pets green room at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: Actor Mark Wahlberg (R) and daughter Ella Wahlberg attend the Minnie Gifting Lounge during the 2013 Radio Disney Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Disney)
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"Nobody is a good type or sort. For me, you know, I'm super overprotective," he explained. "But he's just a very nice, young, smart boy who is very polite and well prepared."

The actor said that his paternal instinct even extends to his 16-year-old Transformers co-star, Isabela Moner.

"She's a sweetheart, she's growing up too fast," he reflected. "It's just the fatherly thing in me, you know? I just don't want [her] being anything other than sheltered and protected."

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Wahlberg made his time in Chicago a family affair, hanging out with his wife, Rhea Durham, and their kids - Ella, Michael, 11, Brendan, 8, and Grace, 7 -- before the star-studded premiere.

According to the star, his family saw the movie earlier that day and his kids were "very excited" about this latest installment in the Transformers franchise. And apparently, they aren't just saying that to get in their dad's good graces.

When it comes to critique, Wahlberg said his kids don't hold back. "They pull no punches," he admitted. "They're very honest."

Transformers: The Last Knight explodes into theaters on Wednesday.

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American rapper and actor, Marky Mark, aka Mark Wahlberg, circa 1991. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
Marky Mark (Mark Wahlberg), rapper and actor, circa 1991. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
Donnie Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg during 1991 MTV Rock 'n Jock Basketball in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark) performing for KIIS FM concert with his group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
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Marky Mark aka Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio enjoying the night life at Club USA in New York City, 1994. United States. Mar-94, Club USA NY (Photo by Steve Eichner/Getty Images)
Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark) during Calvin Klein Presents Fall 1995 Collections at the 'Race to Erase MS' Benefit at Saks Fifth Avenue Store in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Mark Wahlberg looking around corner in a scene from the film 'Fear', 1996. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1997: Actor Mark Wahlberg on set of the movie 'Boogie Nights ' , circa 1997. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 07: Actor Mark Wahlberg in his room at the Regency Hotel. (Photo by Pat Carroll/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, : US actor Mark Wahlberg arrives for the premiere of his new film 'Three Kings' 27 September in Westwood, CA. Wahlberg co-stars in the action-adventure with George Clooney about several US soldiers who plot to steal gold from the Iraqi government after the Gulf War invasion. AFP PHOTO Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
Mark Wahlberg Bei Pk Zu Seinem Neuen Film 'Three Kings' In Berlin . (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
Actor Mark Wahlberg visits 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on October 12, 2000 at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Mark Wahlberg unveils 'Planet of the Apes' action figures and signs autographs at FAO Schwarz in New York City. 07/25/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
Mark Wahlberg during Toronto 2001 - UTA Movieline Party at Club Monaco Store in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 5: : Actor Mark Wahlberg rides a beach bike on the set of the 'Italian Job' on October 5, 2002 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg at the premiere of 'The Truth About Charlie' at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, Ca. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Bacon attend the 2004 IFP Gotham Awards at Pier Sixty December 1, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Mark Wahlberg at the Kate Hudson, 50 Cent and the Cast of 'Four Brothers' Visit MTV's 'TRL' - August 9, 2005 at MTV Studios - Times Square in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Mark Wahlberg hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the second round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at the TPC of Tampa Bay. Saturday, February 25th, 2006 (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 09: Actor Mark Wahlberg accepts an award onstage at the 2006 National Board Of Review Awards Presented by BVLGARI at Cipriani 42nd Street January 9, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images for The National Board of Review)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 09: Actor Mark Wahlberg arrives at 'We Own The Night' Premiere at the Chelsea West Cinemas on October 9, 2007 in New York City (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 7: Mark Wahlberg and son arrives for the 20th Anniversary 'A Time For Heroes' Celebrity Carnival Sponsored By The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at the Wadsworth Theater in Westwood, California on June 7, 2009. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 5: Mark Wahlberg poses for a photo during a portrait session in Los Angeles, California on December 5, 2009. (Photo by Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images) Reproduction by American tabloids is absolutely forbidden.
Mark Wahlberg attends Golf Digest's U.S. Open Challenge Pre-Event Party at Pebble Beach Resorts: Beach & Tennis Club on June 8, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
Actor Mark Wahlberg attends his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Cermony on July 29, 2010 in Hollywood, California.
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 567 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark Wahlberg in an interview with Jimmy Fallon on January 9, 2012 -- Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 21: Actor Mark Wahlberg arrives at the Premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Ted' sponsored in part by AXE Hair at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 21, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 04: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was processed using Digital Filters) An alternative view of Mark Wahlberg at a photocall for 'Broken City' at Hotel Ritz Carlton on February 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Model Rhea Durham, daughter Ella Wahlberg and actor Mark Wahlberg arrive at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Mark Wahlberg after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 08: Mark Wahlberg at the 'Ted 2' Press Conference at the Montage Beverly Hills on May 8, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
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