I have been a fan of Mark Consuelos since his “All My Children” days. What is he working on now?
—Clarice Kane, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Consuelos, 41, guest-starred on several series in 2012, including “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and also had a recurring role on “American Horror Story: Asylum.”
“I really love dramatic roles,” Consuelos says of his role as Spivey, who plays one of the inmates on “Asylum.” “The great thing about this job is that, although it’s extremely dramatic, it’s so much fun. It is a drama, but it’s not a procedural like a cop show. This is extreme drama, and it’s so fun to play. I think that typically I wouldn’t be given the opportunity to do this job or play this character, so I hope that opens me up a little bit to more opportunities.”
When not acting, the Spanish-born father of three has also been a regular guest host with wife Kelly Ripa, 42, on “Live With Kelly and Michael.” But Consuelos, who holds a marketing degree from the University of South Florida, also works behind the camera.
Right now, he and Ripa are developing a comedy pilot for ABC through their production company MiLoJo Productions (named after their children Michael, Lola and Joaquin), in which Consuelos would play a blue-collar handyman from Queens.
“I like aspects of both acting and producing,” he says. “I think that for a couple of years I focused more on producing because I wanted to be close to home after traveling a lot for work. Now that the kids are a little bit older, I’m enjoying acting again and taking these jobs.”
One plus of taking the role on “Asylum” is the status it has given him with his oldest son. “I have one 15-year-old son who loves the genre and he’s been watching it, which I’m kind of on the fence of whether or not he should be able to watch it, but I’ve gotten an incredible amount of street credibility for being on ‘such a cool show,’ as he puts it.”