Mario Lopez Interview: Actor/TV Host Talks Little League World Series, 'Saved by the Bell' Revival & More {Exclusives

Mario Lopez first came into our collective pop culture heart as jock A.C. Slater on the iconic 90s high school comedy Saved by the Bell. Since then, he's gone on to a slew of projects, ranging from various screen appearances to work on Broadway and authoring a few books. These days, viewers can tune in to watch him host syndicated entertainment news show Extra.

We recently had the chance to catch up with Lopez. He'd just made an appearance at the Little League World Series as part of a partnership with Cannon to promote their line of PIXMA printers.

So we asked the former teen heartthrob-turned TV host a scattershot of questions, some he chose to answer and some he chose not to. Our inquiry about his feelings on a possible Saved by the Bell revival? See his response below. Questioning in regards Lopez's workout regiment? You bet we asked and he answered. His opinion of our Senior Editor's 53-page fan fiction epic, in which grownup A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano open up a husband-and-wife detective agency, however? No Answer...What up with that Mario?!

So enjoy.

Enstars: Are you a photography buff? Did that play a part in this partnership with Canon?
Mario Lopez: I've always loved taking pictures, especially of my family. I think it's a great way to capture some of life's most memorable moments, and by printing them out, you get to enjoy them for a lifetime. When Canon approached me with the idea of working together and partnering with Little League, I knew it was the perfect fit. Canon's PIXMA printer is the best way to print and share those precious memories.

What was it like to attend the Little League World Series? Would you go again?
I've always been a fan of baseball and have followed the Little League World Series in the past but always from my home. For the first time, I was able to attend and see the action in person. I'm definitely planning to attend next year and look forward to bringing my family.

What was the best part of going to the Little League World series?
One of the best things was to see the camaraderie among the teams. Yes they were there to compete against each other but they understand the journey it took to get there and were also really supportive of the other teams.

Did you root for any specific teams while you were there?
I was definitely rooting for Sweetwater Valley Little League team as they are from San Diego--just outside of my hometown. However, I'm really proud of all the teams as they worked really hard to get to the World Series this year.


(Photo:Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Canon)

If you could give your younger self any advice, what would it be?
I would tell my younger self to simply enjoy those years. I spent much of my earlier years focusing on my acting career and probably missed out on a few things happening around me - like playing for my local Little League team.

There's been a resurgence in classic 90s hit TV shows with revivals in the form of sequel series (i.e.: Girl Meets World, Fuller House). Would you support something similar for Saved by the Bell? Would you want to be involved?
I think a sequel series of Saved By The Bell would be fun, especially if it shared the moments high schoolers experience today. With everything on my plate right now, I don't know how involved I could be, but I would definitely support the show.

Television hosting seems like a really hard job. What do you to stay in tiptop shape -- mentally & physically -- for your position?
Exercise has always been really important to me and is the primary factor that keeps me in shape. I make sure I exercise at least once a day to keep my energy levels up and protect my body from the wear and tear of my career.

Has staying in shape gotten harder as you've gotten older?
No, staying in shape has been really rewarding in my most recent years. As I get older, I'm only motivated to push myself to new levels and really share my story of healthy living.

Do you have a specific workout or diet regimen?
I don't necessarily have one regimen that I follow. My advice would be to include a variety of exercises in your routine - it eliminates boredom and you will definitely gain more. Boxing is one of my favorite ways to workout

Do you have any other secrets to staying so fit?
My only secret would be to make sure you exercise at least once a day -- even if only for 20 minutes.

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