Mark Consuelos - Host
Mark Consuelos stars as the host of NBC’s surprising new dating series “Age of Love.”
Consuelos has an extensive list of television credits and is perhaps best known for his role on the long-running soap favorite, “All My Children.” Playing the tormented Mateo Santos since he joined the cast in February 1995, Mark met his future on and off screen wife, actress Kelly Ripa, on the set. Consuelos starred with Vivica A. Fox in the hit series “Missing” as Antonio Cortez, a charming, strong, extremely intelligent and free-thinking FBI Special Agent.
Consuelos also guest-starred on “Hope & Faith.” He played former baseball star, “Gary 'The Gooch' Gucharez,” who left to play ball in Japan after beginning a romance with “Faith,” portrayed by Kelly Ripa. Additional television credits include the romantic comedy “Beautiful Girl,” and guest appearances on “Third Watch,” “Friends,” “American Family,” “Fortune Hunter” and “SeaQuest.”
Mark’s next film project is “Wedding Daze,” opposite Isla Fisher and Jason Biggs, out this summer. His film credits include “My Super Ex-Girlfriend,” starring opposite Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson. He also starred in the WWII action film, “The Great Raid,” directed by John Dahl.
Born in Zaragoza, Spain, Mark grew up in Lebanon, Illinois and Tampa, Florida. He attended Bloomingdale High School in Illinois and Notre Dame University before receiving a degree in marketing in 1994 from the University of Florida.
Consuelos’ early acting credits include “Hello, Dolly” at the Looking Glass Playhouse in Illinois. He has appeared off-Broadway in “Boy’s Life” by Howard Korder, “Orphans” by Lyle Kessler and the Penguin Repertory production of “One Shot, One Kill” by Richard Vetere.
Mark resides in New York City with Kelly and their children, Michael, Lola and Joaquin.
Interview: Mark Consuelos Hosts Age of Love
So, JD Roth sets up a 30-year-old tennis star with a group of 20-somethings and 40-somethings. Then host Mark Consuelos has to sort out the madness. Handling the day to day game of Age of Love challenged even Consuelos's own preconceptions.
"At first when JD told me about the show, my initial reaction was like all guys of course he's going to date younger women," said Consuelos. "And then I started to think about my own life and friends of mine, people just like you that are in these situations where they're very attracted to older women or are dating or thinking about making that move. And I think it's relevant."
Right now society faces a double standard where men can date drastically younger women, but women who do the same are labeled cougars. Perhaps a little dating show can change society. "I hope it does. And I also go out to dinner with my wife and her friends and my buddies. I'm on the knuckle dragger side of the conversation, though."
That's not to say that a man's man will be left out of the intellectual concept of Age of Love. "I think this show would appeal even to a guy's guy. I think if we all look at our past dating experiences, there's always been that one sophisticated person with a lot of life experience that was extremely attractive and would have been an interesting option to go, but 15 years ago it wasn't even a question. You heard about it, but now I think that you do see it more."
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