Who is Mark-Paul Gosselaar's mother? Past interview clip sparks interest

Amber Peake November 17, 2021
Who is Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s mother? Past interview clip sparks interest
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Saved By The Bell actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is trending on social media after a past interview clip where he talks about his mother went viral on TikTok.

As the video is shared online, fans of the actor are curious to know more about Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s mother and family life.

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Interview clip on the actor’s mother resurfaces

In 2015, Mark-Paul Gosselaar featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. While talking to the late-night talk show host about the origins of his last name, Gosselaar went on to reveal his mother is Indonesian.

He told Fallon: “Did you know that my mother, and I’m saying this as if I’m excited about this, but my mother is Asian. My mother is from Indonesia.”

The clip resurfaced on social media this week as a user uploaded the throwback video to TikTok. It has now amassed more than 25,000 likes and over 340,000 views.

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Who is Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s mother Paula?

Mark-Paul Gosselaar is the son of Hans and Paula. Gosselaar’s mother Paula previously worked as his momager as she managed his early career. 

However, Gosselaar and Paula went their separate ways professionally in the actor’s late teens as he tried to gain more control over his career. 

While the pair have since reconciled, Gosselaar opened up on his decision to “fire” his mother on The Hollywood Reporter podcast Awards Chatter. He explained: “There’s a fine line between being a manager and being a parent.”

Before she managed her son, Paula was reported to have worked as a hostess at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. However, not much is known of her life in recent years as her Facebook doesn’t seem to have been updated for some time. 

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s family life explored

Mark-Paul Gosselaar is the youngest of four siblings as his parents, who have since separated, also share son Mike and daughters Sylvia and Linda. 

Gosselaar has mentioned his siblings in interviews over the years and, chatting to Social Pulse, revealed his confusion about his name compared with those of his brother and sisters. 

He explained: “I’m trying to figure out why my parents named me Mark-Paul because my other brothers and sisters have very generalised, Americanised names.”

Gosselaar is now a father of four himself. He has son Michael Charles and daughter Ava Lorenn from his first marriage to ex-wife Lisa Ann Russell. He also has son Dekker Edward and daughter Lachlyn Hope from his current marriage to Catriona McGinn.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.