Mark-Paul Gosselaar Reveals He Dated 'Saved by the Bell' Co-Star Elizabeth Berkley

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Elizabeth Berkley were an off-screen couple during their Saved by the Bell days!

The 44-year-old actor was a guest on Anna Faris' Unqualified podcast earlier this week and revealed that Zack Morris and Jessie Spano were an off-screen item during some of the run of the teen show, which ran from 1989 to 1993.

"We dated. If you want to call it dating, sure," he said of Berkley, 46. "You're in an environment, you know how it is when you're working on a set, and we were young, I mean we were young. There's no one around really. I mean, you work and live in a bubble." 

"You're in L.A., right. You're in your cars and you come to set and you do your work and you're with these beautiful women and then you go back in your car," he continued. "You're not going to school, so you don't have a lot of choices. People say, ‘Well didn't you go out?' Not really."

PHOTOS: Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Elizabeth Berkley during their "Saved by the Bell" days

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SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'Screech's Woman' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zachary 'Zack' Morris, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessica 'Jessie' Myrtle Spano -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'Screech's Woman' Episode 5 -- Air Date 09/16/1989 -- Pictured: (l-r) Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zachary 'Zack' Morris, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'Screech's Woman' Episode 5 -- Air Date 09/16/1989 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zachary 'Zack' Morris, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'From Nurse to Worse' Episode 16 -- Air Date 12/15/1990 -- Pictured: (l-r) Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'From Nurse to Worse' Episode 16 -- Air Date 12/15/1990 -- Pictured: (l-r) Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'House Party' Episode 5 -- Air Date 10/06/1990 -- Pictured: (l-r) Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
CENTURY CITY, CA - JULY 19: (L-R) Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez, Dennis Haskins, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Lark Voorhies attend NBC TV Summer Press Tour on July 19, 1990 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 3 --Pictured: (l-r) Top: Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle; Middle: Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers; Bottom: Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'My Boyfriend's Back' Episode 8 -- Air Date 10/05/1991 -- Pictured: (l-r) Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris -- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: HAWAIIAN STYLE -- Air Date 11/27/1992 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
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While he and Berkley had an off-screen romance, Gosselaar was being driven to work by either his mom or manager and had no idea about his teen heartthrob status.

"No social media. The only barometer was whether or not you were on Teen Beat, on the cover. If you weren't on the cover you weren't sh*t," he said. "And the other one was if you went to a mall signing and depending on and depending on the crowd size. So you go to The Mall of America and you do a crowd signing, if 2,500 people show up you're like, 'Oh, I'm pretty hot sh*t.' But that's pretty much it. Or people come to the show, it's taped in front of a live audience."

"There was really no way to gauge how big you were," he added.

All that success "came to an abrupt end" for the actor when Saved by the Bell: The College Years wrapped in 1994 and he, after deciding to officially pursue acting as a career, didn't work for two years.

"It was two years of not knowing where my paycheck was going to come from," he said. "I was detailing cars with my cousin and trying to find my life. It was important because I thought at first my sh*t didn't stink... It humbled me to the point of now I understood how important and how much of a blessing it is that we get to do this for a living."

Though he's certainly thankful for his Saved by the Bell days, Gosselaar admitted that it would be a "deal-breaker" if a girlfriend referred to him as his iconic character in the bedroom.

"That'd be a deal-breaker. That'd be a deal-breaker," he reiterated. "It really would. Yeah, no. Sorry... I wouldn't trust anything that came out of her mouth afterwards. At the point everything is based on a character that I played rather than me... I'd never been in that position. It'd just feel so icky. I'd feel really weird about the whole thing."

PHOTOS: Mark-Paul Gosselaar then and now

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GOOD MORNING, MISS BLISS -- Pictured: Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
Teen actor Mark Paul Gosselaar holding hand to mouth in portrait shot. (Photo by John Storey/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zachary 'Zack' Morris -- Photo by: Sheryl Noday/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 2 -- Pictured: Mark-Paul Gosselaar -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 2 -- Pictured: Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 2 -- Pictured: Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Mark-Paul Gosselaar speaks onstage during The Passage panel during New York Comic Con at Jacob Javits Center on October 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for New York Comic Con)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 02: Mark-Paul Gosselaar arrives at the FOX Summer TCA 2018 All-Star Party at Soho House on August 2, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Mark-Paul Gosselaar attends the 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
THE PASSAGE: Mark-Paul Gosselaar in THE PASSAGE premiering Monday, Jan. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar arives at Monster Jam Celebrity Event at Angel Stadium on February 24, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Feld Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Mark-Paul Gosselaar is seen on February 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
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