Dancing With the Stars standout and recent Nip/Tuck shower-scene-stealer Mario Lopez, 32, is in pain — for several reasons: The former Saved by the Bell star just strained a back muscle in rehearsal; he can’t recall which level of the L.A. parking garage his car is on; and this phone interview with EW is keeping him from a call with longtime pal Eva Longoria, who’s been offering advice on his Dancing duds. ”She’s like, ‘Don’t wear anything too tight or too flashy,”’ he recounts. ”’You still look kinda masculine.”’ But what will she think of his answers to our test?
Name: MARIO LOPEZ
1. My American Idol audition song would be:
I think I’m the worst singer ever. It’d be Bob Marley’s ”Could You Be Loved.” I’d kinda talk through it.
2. The last thing I bought on eBay:
A vintage boxing poster of Rocky Marciano.
3. Choose one:
A [X] Tyra Banks
B Heidi Klum
Tyra Banks. I like a little flavor in my ladies. She’s beautiful and voluptuous, and I like a woman with curves. A [X] Sylvester Stallone
B Arnold Schwarzenegger
4. What food do you sneak into the movies?
I like sneakin’ in a full-on meal. Sandwiches and burritos, followed by M&M’s and popcorn. I used to go in there with, like, Baja Fresh Mexican food, but the aluminum is too loud and people get mad. You gotta go in there with quiet food.
5. If the TV is on at 2 a.m., what are you watching?
I go straight to my TiVo to watch whatever I have recorded. I love Real Time With Bill Maher. If not, they always repeat SportsCenter on a loop.
6. The first famous person I befriended:
Ricky Schroder was shooting Silver Spoons when I was on the lot on Kids Incorporated [in the mid-’80s]. In my eyes, I was his friend. To him, I was probably just an acquaintance.
7. Pick a Jessica:
A Jessica Alba
B[X] Jessica Biel
C Jessica Simpson
D Jessica Tandy
Ooh, damn, that’s tough. [Thirteen seconds pass in silence as Lopez ponders it.] Let me preface it by saying you can’t go wrong with any Jessica there — including Tandy. It’s a tie between Alba and Biel. Maybe Biel, by a hair? But I love Alba, too. Dang.
8. What plastic surgery will you have in 20 years?
I’ll probably have a tummy tuck, because the way I eat, I’ll be a fatty.
9. The Rat Packer I most identify with is:
A Frank Sinatra
B Sammy Davis Jr.
C[X] Dean Martin
D Peter Lawford
Dean Martin’s the coolest guy ever. I try to emulate him. Guys like him. Girls like him. I have a Dean Martin talking doll!
10. The thing I want to buy but am too embarrassed:
A really nice sports car, but I don’t want to be looked at like the cheesy guy who’s trying too hard or who’s making up for his shortcomings.