Mark Consuelos Joins "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" Cast

**This interview was originally written for NoReruns.net**

By Jamie Ruby


Mark ConsuelosMark Consuelos is probably best known for his role on the popular soap opera All My Children, where he played Mateo Santos and was nominated for an Emmy. He has also appeared on other television series such as Friends, Third Watch, 1-800-Missing, and Hope & Faith, which starred his wife Kelly Ripa. Consuelos also appeared on film in movies such as My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Killer Hair, and Cop Out.

The actor recently talked to the digital press about joining the cast of I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

Mark ConsuelosConsuelos was originally offered the role on the series. "They called me and asked me if I was interested in doing the show, they told me the role. I thought it was really funny; I play a Spanish teacher. I guess Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran are going to go back to school, like a community college, and one of the courses they take is Spanish. I just thought it was funny because I really don't speak Spanish and to play a Spanish teacher it kind of tickled me a little bit."

The actor was happy to get back into acting again. "For a while I did some hosting...and that was a lot of fun, but I think I find it more natural just to be going back and doing the acting. And I Hate My Teenage Daughter was extremely funny. Katie Finneran and Jaime Pressly are hysterical and I was psyched to do the job."

Consuelos always takes something away with him from each new role. "I think the one thing I took away from it is that I really enjoyed the medium in doing the sitcom, the multi-cam live audience situation. It's a lot of fun; I mean to get that instant feedback from the fans, from the people watching the show, the audience watching the show, is pretty exciting."


Fox Conference Call
I Hate My Teenage Daughter
Mark Consuelos

February 27, 2012

JAMIE RUBY: How did you get the part on this show?

MARK CONSUELOS: A really good way. They offered me the role, that's probably the easiest way I can get the job.

JAMIE RUBY: Can you talk about that a little more?

MARK CONSUELOS: No, they called me and asked me if I was interested in doing the show, they told me the role, I thought it was really funny, I play a Spanish teacher. I guess Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran are going to go back to school, like a community college, and one of the courses they take is Spanish. I just thought it was funny because I really don't speak Spanish and to play a Spanish teacher it kind of tickled me a little bit.

JAMIE RUBY: I guess that would make it hard. As a follow-up; besides that, what did you find the most challenging?

MARK CONSUELOS: I wouldn't say I found anything too challenging, I was just really happy to be working on sitcoms again. You know, I did Hope & Faith a few years ago when it was on with Kelly and had such a great time doing it and had really only done one hour's before that, but I kind of really liked the multi-cam half-hour life. You know you go in there for a few hours the first day, a couple of hours the second day, and then on show night it's a live audience, which I really enjoyed.

QUESTION: You've done soap operas, you've done hosting, and now you're doing sitcoms again. Is that the medium that you prefer and why do you prefer that medium?

MARK CONSUELOS: I'm glad to be getting back and just doing the acting. For a while I did some hosting, like you said, and that was a lot of fun, but I think I find it more natural just to be going back and doing the acting. And I Hate My Teenage Daughter was extremely funny. Katie Finneran and Jaime Pressly are hysterical and I was psyched to do the job.

QUESTION: How you feel about the soap opera worlds decreasing? I know you got your start on soap operas?

MARK CONSUELOS: Yes, it's kind of sad. I started out on All My Children and you never thought about that show going off the air and that just went off this past year and it's sad. I think that there are so many great actors that get their start; they work really, really hard. And to now I think we're down to like three or four soaps total in all the networks. It's kind of sad for me.

QUESTION: When you started working with Jamie and Kate, did you find there was a bit of instant chemistry between all of you?

MARK CONSUELOS: Well I would like to think so, but definitely between them. They are; they play best friends and the comradery on set and on stage, and even with the whole cast was just evident as soon as you got there. But the one thing I love about, you know to act a sitcom life is that you're laughing all day. That's usually a good sign that the show is good. So that was pretty evident from the start.

QUESTION: What were some of your most memorable moments from being on I Hate My Teenage Daughter? It's got to have a little flubbing sometimes.

MARK CONSUELOS: Yes, there was this one time. I guess I'm teaching the class how to say burrito as I'm spelling it; you know, B U R R I T T O, or however you spell it, and I spelled it incorrectly and it was a take and people were just cracking up. I like what, what's wrong? And you spelled burrito wrong. It was just hysterical, it was very embarrassing.

QUESTION: Now you're a part of the social media network, Twitter; why is that such an important place for you to connect with fans?

MARK CONSUELOS: Listen, I don't know if it's an important place for me to connect with fans, I just find it interesting and fun. I think the one thing that's great about it that's pretty instant and you get feedback and you can give information and get information pretty quickly. I think that's probably the best thing about it.

QUESTION: What do you think were the three key elements that you brought to the role of Alex?

MARK CONSUELOS: Three key elements. Well, he was very tan, that's for sure. I hope he was funny and I hope he had chemistry with Jaime Pressly because they go on a date in the second episode, which is really fun. So there's tan, funny, and hopefully I had some chemistry.

QUESTION: What experience did you take away from the role that you haven't ever had before?

Mark ConsuelosMARK CONSUELOS: Oh, great question. Every job is new. You know you take something new away from it. I think the one thing I took away from it is that I really enjoyed the medium in doing the sitcom, the multi-cam live audience situation. It's a lot of fun; I mean to get that instant feedback from the fans, from the people watching the show, the audience watching the show, is pretty exciting.

QUESTION: You said that it was great to get back into doing sitcoms. What prompted this, where you decided to go back to audition, or what happened?

MARK CONSUELOS: Well, you know I've always been limiting the shows that I can do to kind of New York. Because my family's in New York and the kids and just our life's there and it's kind of hard to commit to a whole season or a regular role on a sitcom, on a one-hour that's shoots in LA. And this was just a couple of episode arc, which made it that more appealing. I'm like, I can go out there for a few weeks, do the show, and then I'm done. That was kind of the appealing part to it.

QUESTION: Will you be doing other things, have you been doing more auditioning, will we see you in some other things, do you have anything coming up?

MARK CONSUELOS: I am pounding the pavement, so I hope to have more stuff imminently to talk about.

JAMIE RUBY: What would be your ultimate dream role?

MARK CONSUELOS: Oh my gosh. It would be something that, I guess it would be on the show Breaking Bad mixed with Mad Men and The Walking Dead, something like that. And it would be shot in New York City and I only had to work a few days a week. I think that would probably be the dream role.

JAMIE RUBY: Well, that sound like fun.

MARK CONSUELOS: That's not too demanding, right?

JAMIE RUBY: No. What's something that your fans would be surprised to know about you, do you think?

MARK CONSUELOS: Well as it pertains to this role, I play a Spanish teacher, I don't speak Spanish; I speak Italian, that's my first language. We recently went to Spain and I thought, because they say Italian and Spanish are so similar, I could not communicate at all, it was really hard. I had really bad Italian, which I don't think I get, but the two languages aren't that easy to communicate. I made do, I made it back from Spain to the United States. So I guess I survived. But I guess that would be the thing; I don't speak Spanish.

QUESTION: Do you have any other producing projects lined up?

MARK CONSUELOS: Yes. We have a show with CMT; I'm not sure we can actually talk about it; we're in production right now. I'm not sure if we can; I probably can, I just don't want to get in trouble, but we're shooting right now, it's a great show that we're really psyched about, and yes, and were doing six episodes of that. And I hope you'll talk about that soon.

QUESTION: Since the title is about dealing with a teenage daughter on this sitcom, how are you dealing with a teenage son in real life?

MARK CONSUELOS: Oh my gosh. I mean obviously, I think what I love about the title is that obviously it's in jest and nobody hates their kids. But there are moments in the day in your relationship with your kids that you're like aw, I can't believe they did that or I can't believe I'm—, they're a high emotional moment. But with our son it's great; it's an adventure. You know you think that as the older they get you're going to be out of the woods with just issues and problems, but you're never out of the woods; you're always kind of like in the position of you watching them breathe and make sure they continue to breathe when they're newborn babies and it just changes just a little bit when they're 14.

QUESTION: How is the chemistry on set for you? Are there any fun behind-the-scene stories you could share from your time on set on I Hate My Teenage Daughter?

MARK CONSUELOS: The chemistry was great. No, I got along really, really well with Jaime and Katie and the rest of the cast and they seemed to have it down pretty well. I think there's like maybe the seventh or eighth episode that I was in and they just had a really good thing going and it was just a good place to work.

QUESTION: You've had plenty of work in TV and films. Do you think that there's a formula for good comedic TV?

MARK CONSUELOS: Yes, it's got to be funny. Good and funny. I've read a lot stuff that's not funny and that's what I love about this feature episode, they're really funny and the two actresses are obviously super talented and work magic with these lines. And the writers are awesome on these shows. The table reads, we were just hysterically laughing, and that's usually a good sign when the table read; it goes very, very well. As the week goes on, when the audience comes to watch it, they're really going to enjoy it.

QUESTION: When did you realize that you wanted to be an actor? Was there someone that inspired you or did you just always know you wanted to be an actor?

MARK CONSUELOS: I guess as a little kid you fall in love with and going to the movies or being lost for those couple of hours when you're in the movie theater and watching those stories unfold and that whole experience. I guess that's the first thing that kind of motivated me or inspired me as to be able to tell those stories, or as an actor, it just seemed like a great thing to do and I think also I became an actor maybe out of desperation. I didn't know what else I could do. I know I didn't want to wear a suit every day. That's funny, some of the jobs I've had as an actor I've like played an FBI agent where I had to wear a suit every day anyway. So it was a passion of mine early on, and I kind of dabbled in a lot of things growing up. I really didn't pick what I wanted to do until late in college, but it's worked out well.

QUESTION: Is there any particular role that best suits your personality that you have acted in over the years?

MARK CONSUELOS: The roles that best suit my personalities are the ones they offer me. If I don't have to audition for it that's the ones that best suit my personality.

QUESTION: Who are you comedic icons?

MARK CONSUELOS: Oh man. Icons; I love Desi and Lucy. I love The Honeymooners, shows like that; All in the Family. It's funny when I first got the job, All My Children, when I went on the audition I misheard my agent; I'm like wait, All in the Family, they're bringing that show back? I was so excited, and they're like no, no, no; All My Children. I'm like, oh, okay, which wasn't so funny. But shows like that growing up I really enjoyed watching.

QUESTION: If you were to sit down and break bread with someone that's alive or dead, comedic role, who would it be?

Mark ConsuelosMARK CONSUELOS: Of like my favorite comedians, alive or dead? Maybe like Richard Pryor. I was a huge Richard Pryor fan growing up. And you know it's like your guilty pleasure as a kid getting ahold of those little cassette tapes and listening to those, like the language are so bad and he was just so funny. And then when you actually saw his shows, like when I got cable I'm old enough to know like when we got cable on our street and we were able to watch his live show on HBO or Showtime or wherever it was on and watch him perform; that would have to be Richard Pryor.

QUESTION: Did you play a lot of pranks in school?

MARK CONSUELOS: No, I wouldn't say that.

QUESTION: Would you ever do a drama or would you prefer to stay with the sitcom? What do you feel most comfortable—?

MARK CONSUELOS: You know, I've always done a lot of dramas, but the sitcoms to me I like because, like I said earlier, you end up laughing all day and that's a great life. And then hours, the whole hours your schedule on is to come or just, they're really civilized, you know, they're not these 12 hour days. So I'm probably leaning towards, if I had my choice I'd love to do a sitcom.

QUESTION: What makes you laugh, really laugh, like nothing else?

MARK CONSUELOS: I've got to say the thing that makes me laugh the most is when we are disciplining our kids. Like trying to be stern with them and they look at me at the dinner table, I'm like, I'm...you can do this and you should have turned in your homework or I'm trying to be really, really serious and my kids look at me and it's kind of like they start cracking up. And my wife and I are just trying to be, and she looks at me and she's going to break, and I'm not going to break, because if I start breaking then we're going to laugh and then the point is lost on them. So that really makes me laugh; when I have to like be the serious parent.

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