Mario Lopez: Things ‘Will Get Very Real’ with Another Baby

04/07/2015 at 11:00 AM ET

There’s nothing better than going home after a long day’s work and hearing the word “Daddy!”

Well, at least according to Mario Lopez.

In a recent interview with Mini Magazine, the Extra host could not help but dish about his life at home.

“If it’s a horrible day — tough or long — I come home, go to the door and little kids yell, ‘Daddy!’ it makes it all better,” Lopez says. “It’s only complemented my life.”

Mario Lopez family Mini Magazine
Gretchen Easton/Mini Magazine

Lopez, 41, and wife Courtney, 32, seem like the perfect team for their children Gia Francesca, 4, and Dominic, 18 months.

“Mario works so hard for our family, but no matter how long of a day he’s had, he comes home and is so present,” shares Courtney. “I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect father for my children. He is everything.”

And Lopez feels the same way about his better half. “[Courtney] is very smart and patient, but also strong and stern,” he explains.

“The kids respect her when she tells them something. She is very authoritative.”

Though Lopez is the ultimate career man, that hasn’t stopped him from staying grounded and knowing what’s really important. “My family is my number one priority — that always comes first,” the Saved by the Bell alum explains.

“Sometimes I travel on the weekends and, fortunately, I have a supportive family back home that understands that.”

Mario Lopez family Mini Magazine
Gretchen Easton/Mini Magazine

Yes, the couple have their hands full with two children, but a third is definitely not out of the question.

“I think once we go to number three, we are going to be outnumbered — then it will get very real,” Lopez jokes. “You don’t realize the amount of love that you have for these new little humans. It changes your whole perspective and all your priorities.”

With four years of experience under his belt, the proud father has some last words of wisdom for not only himself but for fathers everywhere.

“No need to stress and worry about every little thing,” he notes. “Things will take care of themselves, and children are a lot tougher than you think they are.”

Mario Lopez family Mini Magazine
Gretchen Easton/Mini Magazine

— Christina Dugan

FILED UNDER: Babies , Kids , Mario Lopez , News , Parenting

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taylor on

Beautiful children 🙂

Trisha on

Mario is so phony,Courtney looks 40!!

Taylor on

Seriously Adorable!! So cute
God Bless that sweet family 🙂

Shell on

I think he is creepy. Hope he is the true family man he says he is. Hmmm.

Mom on

Mario remember when you used to call the JabbawockeeZ The Masked Men? Well my daughter’s enjoyed you on ABDC so we celebrated my retirement in Vegas with Jabbas Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon!!! Thankyou for giving us GREAT fam moments!!!

Candie on

I know I may sound mean but for some reason he comes across as one of the most insincere, self-absorbed, pretty-boys on the planet. I find it hard to believe he has a ‘hard day’ at work, every. It seems like a hard day of work might might be if he gets his mani-pedi messed up. Sorry, he just rubs me the wrong way.

Nicole on

His children are really adorable. They seem like a very happy family.

AppetiteDeluxe on

Didn’t he cheat in all his relationships? He cheated on the first wife Ali Laundry then when he was engaged to Karina Smirnoff he admitted to infidelity as well lol I would tell his wife to run but too late

Rachael on

Beautiful family but he is… strange. Never a hair out of place and perfectly groomed.

Hally on

Beautiful family! He was my childhood crush and I guess if I couldn’t marry him, Courtney was a good choice! 😉

Alissa on

It’s interesting that the wife says he’s a great father, but nothing about him being a good husband….I wonder if Mario’s pattern of cheating goes on the weekends away…

Lauren! on

I guess it takes this long for a man to grow up. I just can’t get over what he did to his girlfriends in his past. KARMA DID NOT HIT HIM AT ALL. He is more successful than before.

Anonymous on

Wettyuuiop@

sue on

His son has the same greasy slicked back hair. Uggg.

Sara K on

His daughter is his total twin! Not feeling their little man’s rat tail though. :/

gely on

I’m very happy for Mario Lopez having 2 wonderful kids and one to come….and has an amazing carrier I’m glad he is happy with his future

Jo on

I remember when I watched his show and he said that he wished that his daughter wouldn’t grow up to be left handed because he sees that as masculine. I am a female who is left handed.

What really bothered me was when the doctor told them that because she was bleeding (while pregnant) she would not be able to be sexually active and he was upset.

Lala on

What unfortunate looking children, especially the girl. She’s going to have a hard time growing up in Hollywood. And, did they get the parents ages reversed? She looks soooo old.

rebecca on

He’s a good guy and he takes care of himself, he’s into fitness