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Mario Lopez: Clothing was my dream

Mario Lopez says launching his own clothing collection was always his "dream".

The host of the American version of The X Factor has discussed why he wanted to create his underwear line, Rated M.

The well-built Latino, who also models the range, had a strong idea of what he wanted from the label when he began work on it.

"It was always a dream of mine to get into the apparel business," Mario told WWD. "I didn't know how to begin, but I knew everybody needs underwear, so that was a good place to start. [I wanted the brand to be] fun, funny, sexy and a quality product at an affordable price. I'm a former inner-city kid and I knew Rated M would resonate with a young crowd, either Latinos or across the board."

The host of American show Extra spoke during filming of an episode of the hit series in New York City. The star revealed more about what the brand's name, Rated M, stands for.

"[The M in the brand's logo can stand for anything] man, magical, macho, Mario. The slogan is cheeky and fun," Mario explained.

Mario's brand also offers a sub-collection of work out clothing called Play. The star stays in shape by chasing after his two-year-old daughter, Gia, with his fiancée and Broadway dancer Courtney Laine Mazza. Mario's passion for exercise is what inspired him to launch Play.

"I'm constantly at the gym and sweating up a storm, and I love the stuff," he said. "I break a sweat every day - I just don't feel awake unless I work out. It's more for my sanity than vanity. It's a real stress reliever for me and it's one of the only things I do alone."

Mario has a love for fashion and carefully chooses his outfits depending on what his plans are for the day.

"It depends on the show," he said. "For Extra, we shoot outside and we had one hot summer, so I didn't have a chance to layer. I like polos, button-downs, thin sweaters - I like to think I'm conservative with an edge. But when I'm just hanging out, it's more athletic stuff. I like to be comfortable because I'm always on the go," he said.

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