George Lopez and his daughter Mayan created a sitcom together
George Lopez's daughter Mayan Lopez is following in his comedic footsteps.
The stand-up star welcomed his daughter with his then-wife, Ann Serrano, on April 2, 1996. The couple divorced in 2012 when Mayan was 15 years old. In the years since, Mayan started acting and now shares a sitcom with her dad called Lopez vs Lopez.
In 2022, Mayan told PEOPLE about how she got her love of comedy from George. "I inherited wonderful gifts from my dad, but I had to train and hone them," she said. "The biggest life lesson he taught me was to try to be the best comedian I can be."
The same year, George got candid about fatherhood on his Facebook page.
“Being a father doesn’t come with instructions. We make mistakes (A LOT), we struggle with ‘how to be protective and still show love’ and in the end, all we really want is a hug and that smile that lets us know it was all appreciated," he wrote alongside a photo of himself holding Mayan as a baby. "What we all strive for is to give these kids a better life and a better shot at it than we had.”
When talking about their sitcom with PEOPLE in 2022, George said, "My dream collaboration with Mayan is to spend the rest of my life around her."
Here’s everything to know about George Lopez's daughter, Mayan Lopez.
She’s an actress
In 2022, Mayan told NBC Insider about her childhood dreams of being an actor. "I wanted to be an entertainer since I was 5 years old. My mom always loved showing me old movies, and the George Lopez Show started when I was five, so that was really when I wanted to do it. It’s so fun to look back and see that."
As a child, she fantasized about performing on Chicago’s Second City stage, and she eventually achieved her dream in 2017. She has also acted in a few short films.
Before these roles, Mayan made two guest appearances on the George Lopez Show when she was a child.
"It was my first and really my only experience in front of the camera for a very long time because I think my parents wanted me to have a childhood," she told the outlet. "They didn't want me to get caught up in the machine at that age, which I really appreciate. But I loved it, getting in the costumes and the makeup."
She and George were briefly estranged following her parents' split
Mayan and George didn’t speak to each other for a few years following his split with Mayan’s mom.
"We all love each other, but we have our own dysfunction like any family after a divorce," Mayan told PEOPLE in 2022. After some time, she said she was ready to reconnect with George.
“I think the longest I didn’t speak to my dad was almost three-and-a-half years because it was just painful," Mayan told Today in 2022. "I think time was really the biggest healer.”
She said that the COVID-19 pandemic also helped bring their family back together. The trio would FaceTime, share meals and create TikTok videos together.
"We really became a family again," she told PEOPLE.
She created a TV show with her dad
Mayan and George started starring in Lopez vs Lopez in 2022 as an estranged father and daughter who are reconnecting, which was inspired by their real-life situation.
The concept for the series came about in a 2020 TikTok posted by Mayan, which detailed how her dad’s infidelity affected her family.
“My mom didn’t want me to post (it),” she told Today. “So I don’t know how great of an influence I am ... I aired out my family dirty laundry. But hey, that makes the foundation for a great show!”
The video caught the eye of a producer and Mayan and her father realized the series was a great opportunity to reconnect.
“I think when we got presented with this opportunity, we kind of just jumped on it because I think our story can be so many other people’s stories,” she said. “Whether it’s divorce or your parents are estranged or you have one parent that you’re closer to than another, it’s universal themes of family and love and the pain of reconnection.”
The show helped heal their relationship
Mayan told PEOPLE in 2023 that the themes of Lopez vs Lopez have sometimes been a little too real. "My character got to have Christmas with her family, and I got jealous because I hadn't had Christmas with my family since [my parents had] gotten divorced," she said.
For Mayan, the show has also helped her resolve issues with her dad. “We are, yes, father and daughter between scenes. He'll give me a hug, he'll give me a kiss," she told PEOPLE in October 2023.
"We're always connected, but we can put our hats on and be creative and critical of each other in ways that it's just two performers talking to each other and to feel safe, which is something that I haven't always felt with him.” She added, “To feel that now, it's very healing."
She’s supportive of her dad
George is a philanthropist as well as an actor and Mayan regularly shows her support for her dad's charitable ventures.
She attended the George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic in May 2023 and reflected on the times she didn't attend because of their rift.
"The last couple of years that I've been being here, to be able to support him, to be able to support this charity, it just all rings true to reconnection and connecting what's most important," she told PEOPLE at the time.
Their show was honored at an awards ceremony
Mayan and her dad were honorees at the 2022 National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Awards for authentic storytelling in Lopez vs Lopez.
“This year’s honorees have helped push the industry forward and have been instrumental in the movement for an increased and accurate representation of Latinos in Hollywood from the very start of their careers,” said NHMC president and CEO Brenda Victoria Castillo.
She loves doing comedy, even on TikTok
Her dad has even spoken out about her popular account. “I have no control over [Mayan’s TikTok], but I wouldn’t tell her what to do anyway,” George told Variety in 2022. “One time I was with Anthony Anderson, golfing, and he says, ‘Did you see Mayan’s TikTok?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I did.’ He said, ‘What did you think?’ I said, ‘I can’t think anything!’ ” George recalled laughing.
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