'Saved by the Bell' stars Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar recall 'shady' photographer: 'That was inappropriate'

Three decades after "Saved by the Bell" put Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar on the front covers of countless teen magazines, the former co-stars reflected on an "inappropriate" encounter that has stuck with them through the years.

Gosselaar recently stopped by "Access Daily," where he and Lopez joked about their sitcom days and an upcoming reboot of the show. Mid-interview, although the tone was lighthearted, the two recalled an alarming incident from their early teen years and indicated that their parents were too afraid to take any retaliatory action.

As Gosselaar poked fun at Lopez for constantly showing off his built physique, Lopez countered that there are photoshoot images where "we both have our shirt off."

"But who told us to do that? Why would they tell us to do that?" Gosselaar said.

"We're 15 years old, there's a shady photographer that's asking us — that dude was shady," Lopez said. "That was inappropriate."

"Seriously," Gosselaar added as co-host Kit Hoover started to respond. "We've got to ask questions. We need to do an investigation. We need to investigate this stuff, because how does this happen? We're 15 years old, and all of a sudden the guy goes, you know, 'Let's turn the fan on. Can you guys open your shirts?'"

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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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"That's a true story," Lopez said.

"Where were our parents? Where was everybody?" Gosselaar continued, which prompted Lopez to note that both men have immigrant parents — Gosselaar's are Dutch, Lopez's are Mexican. As immigrants, their parents didn't want to be "making waves," Gosselaar said.

Gosselaar then pointed out, "We were sexualized at that young age and we didn't think anything of it."

Access declined to provide further comment.

"Saved by the Bell" premiered in 1989 and ran through 1993.

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