Soon-To-Be Dad Mario Lopez Says Will Smith is His Daddy Role Model

Tue, July 20, 2010 10:00pm EST by 6 Comments


The ‘Extra’ host tells which celebrity dad is inspiring him as he counts down the days till his own little bundle of joy arrives.

Extra‘s Mario Lopez just can’t wait to be a daddy. He’s super excited and with D-day just around the corner for his girlfriend, Courtney Laine Mazza, Mario’s been busy preparing to be a first-time father. And guess who he says is his celebrity daddy role model? Will Smith!

“Will Smith seems like a great dad,” Mario told exclusively at mur.mur nightclub at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ on July 17. “There’s a lot of dads, but his kids are little stars and they seem to be doing well!”

Mario confessed that he’s a little scared about his impending fatherhood. “I’m just nervous about everything because I’ve never done it before and I’m worried,” he said. “I’m fired up and we’re going to be playmates. I’ve been around babies and kids all my life, so it’s not foreign to me.”

Like most first-time parents, he’s been inundated with parenting tips from friends and family. “I’ve gotten a lot of great pieces of advice but one constant is ‘get your rest now,'” said Mario. “I think you have to make your own way and if you come from a place of love and try to do the right thing, there’s no way you could fail.”

With a big smile on his face, it was clear that Mario was thrilled to talk baby, and he told us that he’d love to have more children, but just doesn’t know how many yet. “I’d like to have more later on,” he said, “but I want to get through the first one first.”

And luckily, the pregnancy has been an easy one for Courtney. “She’s like the best pregnant girl,” Mario bragged. “She hasn’t gotten sick once, she hasn’t really been moody . She just sleeps a lot and is craving a lot of cherries and strawberries.”

Unfortunately, Mario couldn’t tell us if he’s having a boy or a girl as the couple has decided to wait to find out. “It’s one of life’s great surprises,” he said. “It’s pretty exciting anticipating.”

We might even see one of Mario’s former Saved by the Bell co-star Tiffani-Amber Thiessen show up on his new reality series. “She just had a baby and I’m so happy for her. I hope we can arrange play dates,” Mario said. “That’d be fun!”

Sounds like Saved By the Bell: The Next Generation. We’d definitely tune in to watch that!

– Lindsey DiMattina

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West Chase

Posted at 10:47 AM on August 16, 2010  

Mario Lopez is apparently hosting the Annual Celebrity Gala on Aug 28, 2010, in Laguna Beach at the Festival of Arts – Pageant of the Masters venue.

I wonder if he’ll bring Courtney, too?

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Posted at 12:36 PM on July 29, 2010  

I bet Courtney is controlling everything, Mario has lost his manhood to “the Italian Boss”

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Posted at 12:27 PM on July 21, 2010  

Smart girl. She’s trapped a rich man for life.

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Posted at 10:12 AM on July 21, 2010  

Funny Mario says he wants to wait to have children and Courtney states on YouTube she intends to get pregnant again immediately!

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Posted at 10:30 AM on July 21, 2010  

I saw that You Tube video-what woman makes a statement like that? She’s 7 mos pregnant and already thinking of getting pregnant right away again. How about getting thru the 1st one, Courtney, and enjoying the baby for awhile?

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Posted at 1:29 AM on July 21, 2010  

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