Mark Wahlberg honored his late sister as he celebrated his daughter’s 18th birthday Thursday on social media.
“Happy B -day my Ella,” Wahlberg caption to throwback photos. One picture showed the actor “Joe Bell” and his daughter as a baby, and the other showed him with his big sister, Debbie.
“wow where time flies. So proud of you !! Always a bitter Sweet day. Miss my big sister Debbie,” he added. “Ella’s guardian angel.”
Wahlberg used his experience as a father to help him prepare for his role in “Joe Bell.”
The actor portrays the true story of the blue-collar father from Oregon who made it his mission to spread the message of bullying after losing his 15-year-old son, Jadin, to suicide in 2013. It is revealed in the film that Jadin, a sophomore, had been subjected to ruthless abuse at school and on social media over his sexuality.
A bereaved Joe Bell would quit his job to launch the foundation, Faces for Change, in honor of his son and later pushed forward with an idea to go across the continental United States to fight bullying.
“Hopefully it might bring a cure and more importantly prevent other families from having to go through the same thing,” Wahlberg told Fox News.
Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.
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