It is fair to say that Mario Lopez did not exactly have the same sort of childhood as the rest of us, as he was becoming famous on Saved by the Bell, while the rest of us were sat watching it. Mario has since gone on to become a household name around the world and now has a family of his own, with the television star recently talking about being a parent.
Lopez explained, "My parents showed me love -- not just with words but with their actions. The most important thing you can do with a child to show love is to spend time with that child. I have to think about four people now: my two children, my wife, and myself. Before it was just me and then me and Courtney. You drive slower, shop differently, listen more, and I found a deeper love I never even knew I had."
It was not just his advice on parenting and how becoming a father has changed him that Mario Lopez spoke about, as he also touched on his own childhood and how that has influenced his parenting. Mario says that he grew up in a rough neighborhood but, thanks to his parents, he managed to stay away from the wrong crowds.
Lopez added, "My childhood was great. I didn't grow up spoiled, that's for sure. I go into detail about how I grew up and what my neighborhood was like in my book. I will say this, no matter where you were raised, if you fall in with the wrong people, your life can be ruined forever. I lived in a tough town and I'm lucky I found a solid path with the help of my parents."
Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza married in Mexico on December 1, 2012 and have two children together, a daughter named Gia Francesca, who was born on September 2010, and a son called Dominic, who was born on September 2013.