Mark-Paul Gosselaar had more than one pretty woman to crack in his youth. (February 15)

Happy Birthday b-b-b-b-b-b-b (go Bayside!) Mark-Paul Gosselaar! The actor may have been immortalized while Zack Morris, a high school student conspiracy, had turned 45 on Friday. Although maybe take a "time out" before you remind him. When this reporter said, in light of this landmark event, that United States, TODAY wanted to talk about all his years in the industry, he said, "You make me feel good about my age."

Gosselaar said that his move to the camera began at the age of 4 years. A friend of her mother, who was a model, encouraged her to have her picture taken and to call an agent. According to Gosselaar, the local print jobs resulted in advertisements, which led to appearances in the '80s in series such as "The Twilight Zone", "Punky Brewster" and "Charles in Charge". Gosselaar then booked the role of Zack Morris in the "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" series with Hayley Mills, which lasted only one season before being redesigned under the name "Saved by the gong".

Yet it was only when "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" (1993-1994) provided "money in prime time" that Gosselaar really thought to play his part.

"I saw how much money I was earning to do something that I really liked and I decided that … I could categorize (my job) as an actor."

Gosselaar did not even take seriously "Saved by the Bell", predicting that each season the show would be canceled. It was created in 1989 and lasted four seasons, plus one season for university fallout.

"Every season, we said, 'OK, we ran and we'll see each other at some point,'" he said, "and then we were always surprised to come back."

Gosselaar says that he does not think the series "had such a cool factor" during filming.

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The cast of "Saved by the bell" poses on the beach. Top row, left: Dustin Diamond, Mario Lopez. Bottom row, left: Tiffani Thiessen, Lark Voorhies, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Elizabeth Berkley. (Photo: JORDAN LAZIC / NBC)

Gosselaar says the "awesome series" was about Californian teenagers:the next reboot) "Beverly Hills, 90210."

"It was high school," he says. "They were doing really annoying things for young adults."

Edgy would not necessarily be the way to describe the caffeine pill addiction that Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) had, which makes Gosselaar laugh when he's high.

"If I were to be in this situation now, I would seriously look at the producers and writers and say," Really, caffeine pills? That's what was addicted, "he admitted. "But at the time, we were just having fun together, we were having fun as actors."

Maybe a little too much fun behind the scenes. Gosselaar made headlines in January when he revealed that Berkley and himself had been outmoded. In the United States TODAY, Gosselaar has described love stories behind the scenes as being very connected.

"It was very incestuous," said Gosselaar, who was so fraternized that the executive producer of the series spoke to them.

"Peter Engel had to sit down a moment and say," Hey, we have a show to do, you have to calm down, because at some point, a person was not talking to him. " Another person was friends with the other person who did not speak so they did not talk to you, it was in high school in a kind of little bubble. "

"We were in a very tight situation for nine months of the year," he explained, "and your characters are bleeding a bit – I mean, you see it all the time in the movies, you see it on TV time with adults, Inevitably, kids will do something. "

After Zack Morris, Gosselaar continued to work regularly. From 2001 to 2005, he played his favorite character, detective John Clark, on "NYPD Blue" and also enjoyed success with the series "Franklin & Bash" (2011-2014). While he would like to be able to play Mike Lawson longer on Fox's "Pitch" (2016), he is now playing on "The Passage" from the same network. The sci-fi drama, which USA TODAY gave to ★★★ out of four, is based on Justin Cronin's trilogy: "The Passage", "The Twelve" and "The City of Mirrors".

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Saniyya Sidney and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in "The Passage". (Photo: Eliza Morse / Fox)

Mr. Gosselaar stated that he liked to play the role of the government agent Brad Wolgast, who meets Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) and refuses to deliver her to the government for being tested to ward off a pandemic World.

"It's a difficult role for me – it's physical," Gosselaar said. "It's just about all the things I'm always looking for and a role that will support your interest in the race for years to come."

Gosselaar described the first part of the two-hour finale broadcast on March 11 as "incredibly ambitious".

"What we are able to accomplish in eight days to film this episode would probably have taken a month of film," he said. He adds that the second half of the final is "a little different from what we showed you throughout the season".

From "Preppy" to "The Passage". The current Gosselaar show airs on Monday (9 EST / PST).

Contributor: Kelly Lawler

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