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INTERVIEW – ‘Lopez vs. Lopez’ Star Matt Shively

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The tenth episode of NBC’s hit show Lopez vs. Lopez, titled “Lopez vs Los Doyers” premieres this Friday. The series stars George Lopez and Mayan Lopez, and tells the story of the couple repairing their relationship. Also starring is Matt Shively, who plays Mayan’s partner Quinten Van Bryant. Following the last episode “Lopez vs Van Bryant”, where George sticks up for Quinten, this episode follows Quinten attempting to get closer with George by joining his fantasy baseball league. 

Best known for his role as Ryan Laserbeam on the Nickelodeon television series True Jackson, VP, Shively has also appeared on two other Nickelodeon shows, Winx Club and The Troop. Shively also co-starred in the ABC television program The Real O’Neals which debuted in 2016.

I got the chance to speak with Shively to discuss his journey with the show. Shively recounts his experience auditioning for the show exactly one year ago. He spoke about doing multiple auditions over Zoom, and even having to duct tape his phone to a wall so he could do a chemistry read with George and Mayan Lopez. Shively describes this show as “too good to be true,” thanks to the collaboration from the cast and crew around him, which he is not used to. 

In speaking with him it was easy to see his love for the character and this show. See my interview with him below and watch the new episode of Lopez vs. Lopez on February 3rd on NBC!

Lopez vs. Lopez

A working-class family comedy about dysfunction, reconnection and all the pain and joy in between. The cast includes George Lopez, Mayan Lopez, Selenis Leyva, Brice Gonzalez, Matt Shively, Laci Mosley (recurring).

Debby Wolfe (showrunner) will write and executive produce. Bruce Helford is a supervising writer and executive producer. Katie Newman, Michael Rotenberg and George Lopez executive produce. Mayan Lopez will produce. Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, will produce in association with Mohawk Productions, Travieso Productions, Mi Vida Loba and 3 Arts.

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Jorgie is a pop culture fan and contributor at POCculture.com. He loves learning about visual effects, production, film, and art, and how they all come together to make films like Star Wars.

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