George Lopez has opened up about when he knew he had to mend his relationship with his estranged daughter, Mayan.
The 61 year old comedianwho co-stars with her 26-year-old daughter in the new family comedy “Lopez vs. Lopez,” opened up about their past struggles.
“I was divorced, and then Mayan and I didn’t talk for a long time,” Lopez recalled during a Wednesday appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
He continued, “She took to TikTok to respond to a video someone made attacking me. It was a video of her twerking backwards.”
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“I realized I’m not the best of dads, but when your kid twerks backwards, you have real f—–g issues. I didn’t know it was that bad. “
After watching the clip, the actor said he realized he needed to “get out” and reconnect with Mayan. The “The Tax Collector” star explained that the two started going to therapy together.
“You have to be responsible for the trauma you caused,” Lopez said.
Lopez shares his only child with his ex-wife, Ann Serrano, 61, who donated one of her kidneys to him. In 2010, the the former couple broke up after 17 years together when Mayan was 14.
“I accept, for the first time in my life, my responsibility for marriage and as a father,” he said.
He continued, “I said, ‘Yeah, I’m responsible for this, and I’m going to spend the rest of my life fixing it.'”
Lopez joked that there was one particularly awkward part of the joint therapy experience.
“If you think the therapy is bad, what’s worse is the elevator ride afterwards because everything is heavy,” he said.
“You almost have to stagger it, like when you’re having dinner and you’re rushing, someone comes out the back, someone comes out the front. Don’t get in the same car when you’re doing trauma therapy .”
In “Lopez vs. Lopez,” the father-daughter duo play fictionalized versions of themselves as they try to mend their fractured relationship after a long period of estrangement. The show follows Lopez’s character George as he moves in with Mayan, her son and her boyfriend after his business fails during the pandemic.
Lopez and Mayan said that the pandemic also helped them bridge the gap between them in real life.
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“There was a time when we didn’t speak and were apart for about three years,” Mayan said in a recent virtual press conference via UPI.
She continued, “Really, the pandemic brought us together. I started doing TikToks with my family to reconnect, and [showrunner] Debby Wolfe saw one of the [the videos]and this whole ‘Lopez vs. Lopez’ idea kind of grew out of that idea.”
Mayan added, “It’s been the experience of a lifetime to be able to do this with my dad.”
Lopez said, “For Debby to see Mayan doing TikToks about our unfortunate breakup in our relationship and creating a beautiful thing out of something that was so painful and so much my fault, it’s just a wonderful thing. “
“Lopez vs. Lopez” will air on NBC on November 4.
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