PEOPLE's Hottest Bachelor Mario Lopez Talks Dating
06/18/2008 AT 09:00 AM EDT
As fans know, Lopez has mined his love of fitness to create his own book, Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness. The exercise guru, who is recently single, says that a full slate of projects has kept him off the dating market but that hasn't stopped him from thinking about dating completely.
"I like a girl who's from a modest sort of upbringing, because it's more relatable," he says, explaining what he looks for in a potential girlfriend. "I'm a first-generation American. My parents [Elvia and Mario Sr.] emigrated from Mexico and live in the same house I grew up in Chula Vista, Calif. I'd feel weird if the girl was a little too uppity or affluent, because I'm a very down-home kind of guy."
For the lucky ladies who do manage to snag a date, expect to be flexible. "I like to go to a place in Koreatown in L.A. where they have private karaoke," he says of his favorite date activity. "It's a great place to bring a girl and see how she reacts. If she rolls with the punches and has a good time, then I'm like, 'All right, this girl is cool!'"
Mario bares all in the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday – be sure to pick one up!