of Tough Love Miami is no stranger to the glitz and glam of a television star. A Spanish network soap opera actress and TV host, the Colombian born Lopez was living the vida loca in Miami until she decided to put down the scripts to discover her love style, love hardships, and ultimately, love for herself. Unlike soap operas, there are no on-screen touch-ups or do-overs, and Claudia wouldn’t have it any other way. Holding nothing back, the buxom beauty discusses separating from her daughter’s father, her first date rules and her own mini Tough Love boot camp. – Mireya Fernandez (@MsMFer)
VIBE VIXEN: What made you interested in being on a show like Tough Love Miami?
CLAUDIA LOPEZ: Well, I work on television. I’m an actress, a TV host and a producer for Spanish networks, so I have been too busy to even think about dating or being in a relationship. But of course it’s always been my dream to transcend into the English market. An agent I know had approached me about the show, and I immediately said, no, then a casting director approached me via Facebook and told me more about the show. I was very hesitant, then I started to really think about it. I started evaluating my life, and I knew I had my issues. [Work] just became like a trend, from one shoot to the next set to the next shoot, so I figured it was the best opportunity to work and work on myself. I could be on television in the American industry and figure out what was going on with my love issues at the same time.
Would you say the show taught you the balance between work and a love life?
I can’t begin to describe all the ways it helped. I would have to live a hundred lifetimes to completely heal from everything that the show really helped me open my eyes to. I became very close with JoAnn [Ward]. She is a sweetheart. The entire production of the show was just so real and I just can’t emphasize that enough. It was a breath of fresh air. These were real scenarios and people really wanted to help us. I’m not saying I’m the relationship expert now, but I did learn a lot.
What have you been working on since the show?
I usually tend to sabotage relationships. I’m either scared to get hurt, or I pick the wrong guy. I set myself up, and I know these men are going to mess up. It’s the same story, and once again, I would bury myself in work. I’m now trying to find the right kind of guy and be open to a healthy relationship. Something to look forward to.
What is the most difficult moment in your love history to date?
It’s so hard to think of just one. I think that all breakups are difficult, especially when you break up with someone who is a good catch. That’s the hardest. You can’t actually force yourself to be in love. You cannot force yourself to be with somebody just because they are a good person. I was in a relationship [with] my daughter’s father. He was a good man, very decent, hard worker, loyal and those qualities should have been enough, but the love never grew from there. I was with him when I was really young and we grew apart. I looked for reasons to stay, just like a lot of women do. That was the hardest moment.