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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Explains How the 'Saved By the Bell' Cast Stayed Grounded (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Dec 1st 2011 6:30PM
Mark-Paul Gosselaar told 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) the secret to keeping teen TV stars grounded: cancel their shows every season. Gosselaar, who became tremendously popular at the age of 12 as the star of 'Saved By The Bell,' explained that the cast of the now-beloved show stayed modest because they had no idea they were popular.

"We were just doing this little show that got canceled every single year we did the show. But it was like, 'Oh, they're bringing you back because they have nothing on the schedule.'" And without Twitter, paparazzi or the Internet, Gosselaar explained that "we didn't have big heads because we didn't think we were doing anything that people were watching."

But people were watching, and after the show was hit with its final cancellation after six seasons, it went into syndication where it attracted a whole new generation of fans.

Julie Chen asked which generation produced the girl who had Zack tattooed on her body, and Gosselaar had to correct her before answering, saying that the fan was actually not a girl. "I think he tattooed me either on his calf or his thigh. I don't know, I wasn't looking too closely," he said, although he did notice that it was in the neon colors of the show and that it read 'Zack Attack!' Awesome.

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