Who Mario Lopez
Accomplishments Host of Extra; NuvoTV’s Mario Lopez: One-on-One (new episodes return early 2014); Fox’s The X Factor (Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m.); and Premiere Radio’s ON With Mario Lopez
Base Los Angeles
What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
First I turn on my local news channel because I want to see stuff like the weather and traffic, but then I go to my Twitter after that when I’m eating breakfast. Twitter to me is like Google but with feedback. I think it’s great for news but also connecting with fans. If I’m not on Twitter or watching the morning news, then I like to read the paper, usually the L.A. Times. I’m a little old school that way.
What do you like most about using social media?
I’m on Twitter, but that’s it. I first got into Twitter a while back because I had to for the show. At first I was like Fred Flintstone, not really into it. I was reluctant to embrace any social media, but now I really like it. It turns out that Twitter is perfect for my ADD—140 characters, quick, easy, direct.
Your dog Julio also has a Twitter account, right?
Yes, my dog has his own Twitter account, and a pretty good-sized, loyal following. My wife actually runs it, so when he’s being naughty—and he’s a pretty salacious little guy—she’s to blame, not me.
Whose idea was it to put him on Twitter?
It was my wife’s idea. She sort of takes on a personality when she’s tweeting as Julio. He’s like the Dos Equis man—you know, “The Most Interesting Man in the World”? He’s like The Most Interesting Dog in the World.
Where do you get your entertainment industry news throughout the day?
Mostly from the papers or on Twitter. I follow outlets like The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
Are you a TV junkie?
I hardly have time. With all the jobs I’ve got, it’s tough to watch TV. Usually there’s either a cartoon or some form of The Real Housewives on our TV at home because of my wife and my daughter. I do watch Boardwalk Empire and Homeland—at the moment, those occupy my Sunday nights. And I love to binge-watch shows, but when I do, it’s usually just catching up on my DVR.
How do you wind down before bed?
I always read. I have a spiritual book I read every night. Right now I’m reading All My Strength by Eddie Robbins and Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado. It’s not really a novel; it’s a series of stories.
Do you read any magazines?
I read Time magazine, Men’s Health and Cigar Aficionado. I follow The Ring for boxing, and I also read MaxBoxing.com on the Web.
What’s your favorite app?
I have an iPhone, but I don’t have many apps. I like Uber, though. And my daughter [Gia, age 3] plays all these princess games, Disney games, stuff like that. She actually has her own iPhone. She knows how to turn it on and everything. It’s just for games though—she’s not making calls or anything.