Michael had originally tested for the role of Rafael when the character was first created, but at the time the role went to A.J. Lamas. When the show opted to recast the role, Michael was called back.
Born in Miami, Michael's parents were both born in Cuba, and his mother's family was from Spain. He has an older brother and two younger sisters. Before turning to acting, Michael was in school with plans to be a doctor, and was interested in plastic surgery.