How Did Kelly Ripa’s Husband Know She Was the One?

Last August, Kelly Ripa explained to Bruce Bozzi on the Radio Andy podcast that she fell in love with her husband before ever meeting him in person. Did her husband, Mark Consuelos, fall for her the same way? How did Ripa’s husband know she was the one? The answers may surprise you.

Together 23 years and counting, Consuelos and Ripa are considered one of showbiz’s happiest couples. In 2010, Ripa revealed to Good Housekeeping magazine that she and her husband both grew up with good role models for marriage.

“Together our parents have been married for almost 100 years. We’re all swans; we mate for life.”

The head shot that changed everything

Ripa knew Consuelos was the one the instant she saw his publicity pic. The year was 1995, and Ripa’s daytime soap opera, All My Children, was looking to cast a Latino actor as her character’s love interest.

“They had been looking for this character for some time. They were looking really for a Latino actor, not an actor that was like — they didn’t want like a dark-haired guy. They wanted a Latino actor … I had auditioned every Latino actor in the city and around the city and then California. And then all of a sudden, Judy Blye Wilson, who was the casting director at All My Children, said, ‘I found him.'”

Not a ‘hopeless romantic’

Ripa never imagined she would grow old with someone. She was content to be single and had no plans to hook up. That all changed when Wilson presented her with a snapshot of actor Mark Consuelos.

“Judy showed me his picture and, Bruce, I’m not this person, at that point I was not a hopeless romantic. I never thought about getting married, it never occurred to me that I would grow old with someone. I just thought I would be living my single girl life in the city and sort of like moving… I had no responsibilities and I was earning a good living on this soap opera because I was there for almost seven years before Mark got there.”

Ripa also revealed that she knew Consuelos was the man for her after seeing a single photograph of the handsome Latino actor.

“I saw my husband in a photograph before I saw him. I knew when I saw his photograph.”

Consuelos got the job, and the Hayley Vaughn – Mateo Santos storyline kept All My Children viewers on the edge of their seats for five amazing years. As romance bloomed between their characters, so did the real-life feelings between Ripa and her co-star. A few short months after meeting, Consuelos proposed over a pizza dinner, and the pair eloped to Las Vegas in 1996.

So, how did Consuelos know that Ripa was the one for him?

On the February 20, 2019 broadcast of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, a caller asked Consuelos when he knew that Ripa was “the one.”

“Pretty early on. We would go out with groups of people from work and slowly each date would go that the group got smaller and smaller until it was just us two.”

Today, the lovebirds who fell in love so fast live in Manhattan and are parents to two teenagers, Lola and Joaquin, and a 21-year-old son named Michael. Consuelos and Ripa even worked together on Riverdale where he plays teenage character Veronica Lodge’s father, Hiram, and she portrays his extramarital love interest, Mrs. Mulray. Based on the Archie comic books, Riverdale airs Wednesday nights on the CW network.