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Mark Consuelos in "For the Love of Grace," which airs on the Hallmark Channel.

He started out as a soap-opera stud on "All My Children," but actor Mark Consuelos thinks of himself as anything but. He eloped with former co-star Kelly Ripa, who now co-hosts the morning show "Live With Regis and Kelly." The couple live in New York City with their three children.

Born in Spain, he spent a lot of time in Italy because of his mother's Italian heritage. He stars in the Hallmark Channel original movie "For the Love of Grace," which premieres at 7 p.m. MDT Saturday.

Q. When you first got into acting, did you imagine yourself as a leading man?

A. No, I still don't. I doubt I ever will. No. (Laughs) Kind of like the dorky friend of the lead.

Q. You play a guy who deals with depression. Have you ever had to deal with depression or suffered a big loss?

A. No. You know what, thank God. I've been very fortunate.

Q. Your character is a good cook. Who does the cooking in your house?

A. My wife cooks. I barbecue.

Q. Was your mother a good cook?

A. Yes! She's Italian, and she can cook an old shoe and make it taste good.

Q. Is there any kind of professional competition in your marriage?

A. (Laughs) No. Absolutely not. We're very much a team. I'm her biggest fan. She is mine. You know what's good for one is great for the other.

Q. Who is more of a workaholic, you or Kelly?

A. I think we both have a pretty good balance. You know, I hate sitting, but I think Kelly could probably be on vacation more. (Laughs)

Q. As far as raising the children, how do you do it with the careers?

A. It's not that bad. You know, she has a morning job and she's done by, like, 10:30-11 o'clock. When I do work it's kind of like in fits and starts. I go away for a few weeks at a time, and then I'm done. We've both made a few sacrifices in not taking work when it seems the schedule would be a little too intense.

Q. Any more children in your future?

A. No, three is a great number. (Laughs)

Q. How comfortable are you doing interviews?

A. Umm, as comfortable as one can be. How's that? I'm never really comfortable talking about myself. You know, I read articles, too, and I'm like, "(Gosh), that sounds bad." It's usually because I'm reading an article about myself.

Q. How about being the interviewer, like when you sub for Regis?

A. I'm just a fan. I hope I'm OK with people when they come on. He is the best interviewer. He is really, really good. I think people are secretly bummed or not so secretly bummed when they see me sitting there and not him.

Q. Would you say you were a lady's man before you got married? Did you date much?

A. No. I was not a lady's man, nor did I date a lot. I usually had a girlfriend. That's about it. I wouldn't say I was the best boyfriend. But, yeah, I was kind of like a nerd.

Q. Now I have read different reports about when you met Kelly. Such as it was love at first sight. Is that true?

A. Look, I never thought I had a chance with her, first of all. Second of all, she is great to be around, and I watched her be friendly to a lot of people. Not romantic or anything like that, but she was great. We were working together, and you never want to screw up that relationship. So it was a little complicated. But it turned out OK.

Q. Do either of you regret not having the big wedding?

A. I can't speak for her, but I probably regret her not having one. But from my personal view I never really wanted something like that.

Q. Would you say you are more religious or more spiritual?

A. I would say a little bit of both. Not too much of either. How's that?

Q. Very diplomatic. If you believe in destiny, which you've said in the past that you do, how does that conflict with free will?

A. I think it all comes down to this—You have got to know what you can control and what you can't. I think a level of awareness when it comes to that lets free will and destiny do their thing. Does that make sense? I could run for office.

Q. You could with these answers!

A. Yeah, there would be way too many investigations.