“Saved by the Bell” star Mark-Paul Gosselaar has revealed why he doesn’t want his kids to get involved in the entertainment industry the way he did.
Gosselaar had his big breakthrough in the industry as a teenager playing Zack Morris in the hit comedy series from 1989 to 1992. However, in a preview of Soleil Moon Frye’s upcoming Hulu documentary “Kid 90,” the actor explained why he would never subject his kids to the young Hollywood lifestyle he was once a part of.
“The rejection you face as a kid, I thought it was pretty brutal growing up, like the reasons you didn’t get [the role]. They’re like, ‘Hey, they just didn’t like your look.’ ‘Oh ok. Yeah, I’ll deal with that, ”he says (via People).
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The actor, 47, is the father of sons Dekker, 7, and Michael, 17, and daughters Lachlyn, 6, and Ava, 14.
In addition to the rejection, the actor explained that he was told in no uncertain terms as a child actor that show business was a place for adults. He even describes a time when he was told his childhood was essentially over if he was to be on “Saved by the Bell”.
“The director said,” As soon as you walk through those double doors to the stage, you’re not a child anymore, you’re an adult. You have to act like an adult, “” he recalls.
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He added, “This is one of the reasons I don’t want my kids to attend, is because I don’t think it’s a place for kids.”
Elsewhere in the preview, Fyre explains that she was also forced to grow a little faster than average as an industry woman.
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“It was intense when I was young, but as a teenager it was a whole new level of crazy because I grew so fast and men treated me more like a woman and not a girl. 13-year-old, ”the“ Punky Brewster ”star explained.
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Gosselaar’s time with the “Saved by the Bell” franchise did not end with the show’s conclusion in 1992. He also appeared in the spinoff series “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” from 1993 to 1994. Additionally, he appeared in the 2020 relaunch of the series for the Peacock streaming service.