Mark Wahlberg says having daughters has improved his relationship with women.

The 42-year-old actor - who has kids Ella, 10, Michael, eight, Brendan, five, and Grace, four, with wife Rhea Durham - admits he was initially nervous about having a girl but says his bond with the female members of his household is ''wonderful''.

He said: ''When I first found out we were having a girl [first], it was like a little kick in the stomach. My mother was like, 'That's what you get!'

''But it's really been the greatest thing ever, because I have a wonderful relationship with [my daughter] that's helped in my relationships with women in general.''

The 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' actor admits he is much more protective of his daughters than his sons and is more strict with the girls.

He told Britain's GQ magazine: ''My wife is very particular about what the kids can watch.

''I have a bit of a double standard. My boys, they want to watch everything, but I'm very protective of my girls.''

As well as his acting career, Mark is also a successful producer and says stepping behind the camera has been good for family life.

He said: ''Producing helps, actually. I get to spend more time at home, work from home. There's enough time in the day to do it all and still get eight hours of sleep a night.''