Only in Catalina Magazine – Mario Lopez on the Job and at Home


The star of Extra sits with Catalina for an exclusive look at his busy life behind the scenes. PLUS: Catalina celebrity contributor, Sonia Manzano, tells readers how to keep the "Wise Latina" movement alive, and much more


NEW YORK, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In the current issue of Catalina, the star of the entertainment show Extra, and author of the new children's book Mud Tacos, Mario Lopez opens up about life on the small screen and off.


Mario Lopez becomes the second man to grace the cover of Catalina magazine, the national lifestyle publication "for the mind, body, and soul of today's Latina." (The first Catalina male cover model was Desperate Housewives' star Ricardo Antonio Chavira, in 2005.)


In his exclusive cover interview, Mario talks about how hosting Extra has changed his life: "I do get recognized a lot when I'm out in public," he tells Catalina, "but that's cool. I like it. It's like I have a lot of friends, but I've never been confused for another celebrity, which is good. I like people, in general, and I like hosting Extra so it comes across, hopefully. It's like I'm inviting million of people into my living room every night and they're inviting me into theirs."


He also shares the inspiration behind his new children's book, Mud Tacos, co-written with his sister Marissa Wong. Plus, peak into Mario Lopez's home with pages full of gorgeous photos taken by celebrity photographer John Russo.


For the entire cover story, check out the current issue of Catalina, or visit


Also in this issue:


— The Wise Latina Movement – In her opinion piece, titled The Wise Latina Movement, Catalina regular contributor Sonia Manzano ("Maria" from Sesame Street) pays tribute to the wise Latina movement, started this summer by Sonia Sotomayor supporters. Read the new issue to find out what this Sesame Street icon is doing to keep the movement alive.


— Fall 2009 "Must-read Books" – National best-selling author Caridad Pineiro brings you a list of her favorite Latino-authored books the season. From new non-fiction to controversial novels, Caridad has something for all readers.


— Men and Women Who Inspire – In honor of Hispanic Heritage month this year, Deloitte LLP – among the nation's leading professional services organizations, providing audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services through nearly 45,000 people in more than 90 cities – teamed up with Catalina to celebrate the achievements of those who are committed to helping Latinas succeed. Open to all Deloitte professionals, the awards recognized leadership, mentoring, and participation in the Hispanic/Latino(a) community – both internally at Deloitte LLP and externally. The list of winners are online at


– Features – In the issue, you'll also find Hollywood fitness secrets from the Latina stars you love; parenting tips from a mother of five, Rachel Campos-Duffy; a sofrito recipe, with a bonus shortcut, from Ugly Betty actress Ana Ortiz; and so much more.



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