Mark-Paul Gosselaar Reveals He Once Dated This ‘Saved by the Bell’ Costar
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Elizabeth Berkley played childhood best friends on the ’90s sitcom Saved by the Bell, but it turns out that things were more than platonic off-screen, as Gosselaar just revealed the pair were once an item.
“We dated,” Gosselaar admitted as he delved into some Saved by the Bell nostalgia on the latest episode of Anna Faris Is Unqualified. “If you want to call it dating, sure,” he joked. “You’re in an environment — you know how it is when you’re working on a set. And we were young. I mean, we were young. There’s no one around, really. I mean, you work and live in a bubble.”
As Faris’ co-host and producer Sim SarnaIf teased Gosselaar about dating his costars throughout his time on the hit show, the one-time teen heartthrob admitted that the environment made it easy to develop close relationships with one another.
“You’re in LA, right? You’re in your cars and you come to set and you do your work and you’re with these beautiful women and then you go back in your car,” Gosselaar, who is currently starring on Fox’s new show The Passage, said. “You’re not going to school, so you don’t have a lot of choices.”
Gosselaar and Berkley’s characters, Zack Morris and Jessie Spano, briefly flirted with an on-screen romance during the show but ultimately opted not to ruin their friendship. Zack, of course, was primarily coupled up with Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen), while Jessie dated Mario Lopez’s A.C. Slater.
Gosselaar also had an off-screen relationship with Lark Voorhies, who played Lisa Turtle, Screech’s longtime crush.
Some of the Saved by the Bell cast members still spend time together in Hollywood. Gosselaar and Lopez even recently reunited for a jujitsu workout.
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