10 Questions with Mark Consuelos

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motorsports
Mark Consuelos joined the cast of All My Children in February, 1995, as the only son of the Santos family. Consuelos joined the cast just three months after he graduated from college with a marketing degree.

Mark was born in Zaragoza, Spain, and grew up in Lebanon, Illinois and Tampa, Florida. He attended Bloomingdale High School (Illinois), and Notre Dame University, before receiving his degree in 1994 from the University of Florida.

Mark is married to co-star Kelly Ripa, who plays Mateo's wife, Hayley, on the show, and is now Regis Philbin's co-host on Live. Mark and Kelly were married in Las Vegas in May 1996, the day after a spur-of-the-moment proposal over pizza and wine. As for Mateo and Hayley, well, they've been married three times already, and we're hoping the third time sticks. ("Hayley Vaughan and Mateo made their third trip down the aisle in June 2000. Will Hayley's mother Arlene and father Adam threaten to break up their wedded bliss?")

Consuelos and Ripa were honored with the 1997 Soap Opera Award for Hottest Romance. In May of 1999, Mr. Consuelos took home his second consecutive American Latino Media Arts Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Soap Opera.

In his off time, Mark enjoys traveling to Italy, which he does once a year. His hobbies include working out and playing many sports, particularly softball and soccer. The youngest of three children, he has a brother, who is a doctor, and a sister, who is a lawyer.

Mark was in Long Beach, California, for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in a 10-lap sprint to raise money for charity. SportsHollywood asked him a few questions.


SportsHollywood: What's the fastest you've ever driven outside of a race?

CONSUELOS: I'd say 105... maybe 110...

SportsHollywood: What kind of car do you drive every day?

CONSUELOS: I drive a BMW X-5.

SportsHollywood: How did you get interested in car racing?

CONSUELOS: I'm a guy. Guys like cars. I learned it from my dad. He's a guy. It's a guy thing.

SportsHollywood: Which is a bigger dream-come-true: Becoming a famous actor or being able to drive over 20 mph on a street in Southern California?

CONSUELOS: I'd take the latter.

SportsHollywood: How many speeding tickets have you gotten in the last year?

CONSUELOS: I have... wait, in the last year? NONE!!!

SportsHollywood: Which is scarier: Going 100 mph on a track or going 5 MPH on the 405 freeway with all the drive-bys?

CONSUELOS: I think the 405 with all the drive-bys.

SportsHollywood: Do you plan to use a stunt man for sharp turns?

CONSUELOS: No. Just for the porno afterwards... JUST KIDDING!!!

SportsHollywood: Rate the competition here: Who are your biggest threats?

CONSUELOS: Darra Torres. When you see the instructors they all hop into her car before anybody. First I thought it was because she was hot, but I think it's because they're pushing her. She's fast. A little squirrely, but fast. She's got a great shot.

Consuelos & Tracy
Consuelos gets driving tips from last year's winner of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, CART driver Paul Tracy. (Photo courtesy of Toyota Motorsports)
SportsHollywood: If Piper Perabo crowds you, do you feel any pangs of remorse if you drive her into a ditch at 100 mph?

CONSUELOS: Nothing! I'll put her right into the wall.

SportsHollywood: Favorite sport.

CONSUELOS: Formula 1 racing.

SportsHollywood: Favorite sports movie?

CONSUELOS: Victory, because I'm a soccer guy. But I can't wait for Driven. I so wanted to be in that movie. I'm at all those races already, anyway.

SportsHollywood: How do you go to the bathroom in a racing suit?

CONSUELOS: I just use diapers.

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Interview by Dan Mahin and Jeff Hause

Mark Mark Consuelos: Actor
Birthplace: Zaragosa, Spain
Birthdate: March 30
Height: 5'10"
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Home: New Jersey, with his wife and son, Michael Joseph, born in June, 1997.

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