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10 Quick Questions for Mario Lopez

‘Access Hollywood’ host turns 50, prepares for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Photo Collage: MOA Staff; (Source: Chris Haston/NBCUniversal)

Mario Lopez, 49, developed a serious following as high school jock A.C. Slater on the hit TV show Saved by the Bell, but these days he’s the one interviewing actors and other celebs as cohost of NBC’s Access Hollywood and Access Daily with Mario & Kit. Here, he shares whether he’s still in touch with his sitcom costars, his plans to celebrate his 50th birthday, and what he’s doing to keep in shape. 

You turn 50 this month. What do you have planned to celebrate?

I’m gonna take a week off of work, and I’m going to Mexico with about 30 of my closest family and friends. It’s gonna be Lopez-palooza down there. My wife [actress Courtney Lopez] has a bunch of stuff planned. I’m looking forward to it.

Any plans to join AARP?

I hadn’t thought of it, but I think I’ll get a kick out of it. So now that you mention it, sure, why not?

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Lopez, far right, starred as jock A.C. Slater on the NBC sitcom “Saved by the Bell.”

You recently posted a video with Tiffani Thiessen on Instagram. Do you stay in touch with your other Saved by the Bell costars?

I do. Tiffani and I got something to eat together, and I’m gonna see Mark-Paul [Gosselaar] this weekend. We train once in a while in jujitsu. So, fortunately, I do.

Is jujitsu your favorite way to stay in shape?

I’m really into jujitsu and love martial arts. And I still box. … I always say I train for sanity, not vanity. It’s a de-stressor. Other than that, I’ll take a class with my wife — spin class or whatever she wants — once in a while, and we’ll stay active together.

It seems like you’re not aging. You look the same as your A.C. Slater days. What’s your skin-care routine?

Well, thank you. That's very nice. I don’t have a routine. I take a shower. I guess I’m lucky. But I drink a lot of tequila. It’s like embalming fluid — it keeps me preserved.

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You’ve interviewed dozens of celebrities over the years. Do you have any wish-list names to talk to?

You know, I’ve knocked everyone off my list who, growing up, I’ve been wanting to meet, because I’ve been doing this for 15 years now. I feel very blessed and fortunate. Obviously, there’s a lot of up-and-coming young talent that would be great to meet, but all my favorites growing up — [Sylvester] Stallone, Arnold [Schwarzenegger], [Al] Pacino, Robert De Niro — I have gotten to meet. They’ve been great, fortunately.

Did you have a role model in the industry?

Dick Clark was my role model. And after working with him, I always said that I wanted to be the Latin Dick Clark. It was an honor to call him a friend and to have worked with him.

You’ve been vocal about the importance of your faith over the years. Has that helped you stay grounded?

I feel very blessed for the long career. It’s going on almost 40 years now. I’m honored to get a star on the Walk of Fame this coming year. I owe a lot of that to my family and to my faith. I think it’s helped keep me grounded and focused and remain disciplined.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Work hard, stay focused and do the right thing. There will be enough time for all the other shenanigans later.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

Don't worry about what other people may see you as or may want to put you into a certain box. There are no rules. Just focus on being the best version of you. 


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