About Mark Consuelos and Ripa Kelly
Mark Andrew Consuelos (born March 30, 1971) is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Mateo Santos on the ABC soap opera All My Children (1995–2001; 2010) and as Hiram Lodge on The CW drama Riverdale (2017–2021).Mark Consueloswas born in Zaragoza, Spain, to an Italian mother, Camilla, and a Mexican father, Saul Consuelos. He attended Bloomingdale Senior High School in Valrico, Florida, and then went to University of Notre Dame before transferring to and graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in marketing in 1994.Consuelos had a starring role in the educational serial Connect With English, which aired on public television stations as part of the Annenberg/CPB Project.In the early 1990s Consuelos was an entertainer (dancer) with the Suncoast Calendar Men, based in Clearwater, FL. He left in 1995 when he got the part on All My Children.
Kelly Maria Ripa (born October 2, 1970)is an American actress, dancer, talk show host, and television producer. Kelly Maria Ripa was born and raised in Berlin, New Jersey,the daughter of Esther, a homemaker, and Joseph Ripa, a labor union president and bus driver who attended Rutgers University. Ripa graduated from Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey. During her high school years she was a cheerleader and was encouraged by her drama teacher to pursue acting. “I owe so much of my career to Jim Boeckle,”she said. “He thought I was a natural performer and so he gave me the lead in the next show.”She starred in local theater productions and was discovered while performing in The Ugly Duckling during her senior year.She attended Camden County College studying psychology, but dropped out and moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.
Mark Consuelos and Ripa Kelly love story
Mark Consuelos didn’t think he had a shot with Kelly Ripa the first time they met. The actor, then 23, was auditioning for a part on the ABC soap All My Children and Ripa, an established cast member, was assigned as his screen test partner.He got the part, and he and Ripa became fast friends playing love interests Hayley and Mateo. Soon, they were dating in real life too, a secret they kept from their colleagues. Ripa liked the way she felt safe around him. “I was drawn to Mark because he was positively an alpha male, and I didn’t think I would be drawn to that. But I just worship him,” the Live! host toldElle in 2013.Just months later, the couple went for a walk in the park followed by pizza and wine at Mark’s apartment and he proposed marriage. “I said, ‘Ask me when you’re serious.’ And he said, ‘I am serious. Let’s go to Vegas tomorrow and get married’,” Ripa shared with her morning show audience.They eloped to Las Vegas on May 1, 1996
Mark Consuelos and Ripa Kelly marriage
In 1995, Consuelos met Kelly Ripa, his co-star on All My Children.The two eloped on May 1, 1996.
Mark Consuelos and Ripa Kelly childrens
The couple have three children: Michael Joseph (born June 2, 1997), Lola Grace (born June 16, 2001) and Joaquin Antonio (born February 24, 2003).