Along with Regina King, Ben McKenzie, Johnny Galecki and Steve Molaro, Michael took part on a USO tour in Japan on May 4 through 12, 2012. The tour consisted of a series of USO meet and greets, base visits and unit tours.
Michael was in attendance at the 16th Annual PRISM Awards on April 19, 2012. Chitra Elizabeth Sampath won the award for writing "Failure Drill," which was part of a three-episode arc in Season 4 that portrayed John Cooper's addiction to prescription pain pills and Ben Sherman's escalating intervention.
During hiatus between Seasons 4 and 5 of Southland, Michael co-starred in Chavez, a film directed by Diego Luna and based on the life of civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Chavez was filmed in Hermosillo, Sonoro, Mexico.
Michael was in attendance at the HFPA and Instyle Miss Golden Globe party on December 9, 2010.
Michael appeared as Kip Tanner in the independent film Satin (2010).
Along with his fellow Band of Brothers castmates Ron Livingston and Richard Speight, Michael appeared at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on November 13, 2010, to see the Lake Erie Monsters hockey game in support of Wounded Warriors, a nonprofit veterans organization whose mission is to raise awareness and meet the needs of injured service members. The trio mingled with guests and signed autographs at the afterparty.
Michael and Rachael Cudlitz attended the 8th Annual BAFTA/LA TV party held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on August 28, 2010, in Los Angeles, California.
On August 28, 2010, Michael and Rachael Cudlitz attended the L'Oréal Paris pre-Emmy Cocktail Reception held at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
In June 2010, Michael began work on location in New Orleans for the film The Grief Tourist. His character is named Jim Tahana. In August 2010, it was discovered funding for this independent project had been embezzled. Filming resumed in September 2010, however, in Los Angeles and wrapped on October 8, 2010.
In April 2010, Michael worked on location in New Orleans to portray Detective Calgrove in Killing Karma for WWE Studios.
During the interim period between the cancellation of Southland by NBC in 2009 and the subsequent pick up of the series by TNT, Michael worked with Bruce Willis on Surrogates and finished a film in Oregon called Rogue River, an independent horror movie that a friend of his produced.
Michael's greatest inspiration comes from his twin boys, who are home schooled because he believes this method is a very nurturing way to educate children.
When he was growing up, Michael's favorite television programs were The Blue Knight, Baretta, Starsky and Hutch, Police Story, Police Woman, The Rockford Files, NYPD Blue, and Third Watch.
Michael initially auditioned for the role of Det. Russell Clarke in Southland, but was cast in the lead as Officer John Cooper.
Michael Cudlitz: (when told Southland had been renewed for a 4th season) We were cautiously optimistic, but optimistic nonetheless. We know it's a business, but hopefully the business for our show makes sense.
Michael Cudlitz: (when asked how he deals with his fans who recognize him on the street) All who approach me have been very appreciative and kind. I like to think of it the way my son does, 'My dad's not famous, he's just popular.'
Michael Cudlitz: (to TV Guide January 2011 regarding his former occupation as a set carpenter) Yes, I'm still in the union. I was the construction coordinator on the original Beverly Hills, 90210 [before I got my role on it]. I stopped doing carpentry full time only after I got Band of Brothers.
Michael Cudlitz: (discussing his lifelong desire to be an actor with Luaine Lee, The Detroit News, January 22, 2011) Since the third grade. I don't think it occurred to me, but I did it. I was involved with the school plays. At that age it wasn't a choice, just something I happened to be involved with. My mother used to tell me I would get up in front of the TV and act out all the commercials in between the TV shows.
Michael Cudlitz: (discussing how much of Michael is in John Cooper) I don't but I think I'm goofier than Cooper and a lot less confrontational. My wife says I'm nothing like Cooper, and she's seen me do a lot of stuff. I've been told I move completely different when I'm Cooper. I've had friends who've come on set and they were just, like, 'I didn't even want to talk to you, you're like in cop mode.'
Michael Cudlitz: (discussing Southland and Third Watch) The connection to Third Watch is Christopher Chulack. This is the show that he envisioned. He was talking to John Wells about doing a police drama in Los Angeles, and then they brought in Ann Biderman to write the script. This is a show he's been wanting to do for a very long time.
Michael Cudlitz: (when asked if he was feeling smug about NBC's decision to cancel Jay Leno's 10 p.m. show) No. That's like poking the monkey in the cage. They're a major network; they've got issues and are gonna deal with whatever they're gonna deal with. I hope they put five more hours of scripted drama back on television. Right now it's about our show succeeding and getting our people back to work.
Michael Cudlitz: (when asked if he had any concerns about portraying a gay character on Southland) Absolutely not. This is one of the most exciting roles I've ever offered, if not the most exciting.
Michael Cudlitz: (responding to an observation that he gets a lot of "uniform" roles) Interestingly enough, my more high-profile things are in uniform. But if you look at my full body of work, there's a lot of stuff that's not in uniform. But I do a lot of stuff in the service and I think that's just how I'm built physically. It just serves the roles. There's an energy as well to it. And I'm fine with it.
Michael Cudlitz: (when asked by a Chicago Sun-Times columnist Cindy Pearlman if he gets feedback on his role on Southland from real cops) I'd say about 98 percent of the feedback I get from real cops is positive. We show it as accurately as possible. We're probably the most accurate cop show on the air other than an episode of Cops. Yet some of the real cops are negative about the show and criticize because it's too real. They don't want their personal stuff portrayed. But these guys have complicated lives. I guess no one wants anything bad about them on TV. I remind them that it's a one-hour drama and not a documentary.
Michael Cudlitz: (explaining why he is so passionate when talking about Southland) No one's sitting back just sort of like collecting a paycheck. Everyone's learning every day. If we come on the set and something doesn't work, the writers are very open to making it work. Chris [Chulack], the directors... this is a very, very fluid situation, and one that I have never experienced before, where everyone really is so available to change when it means changing to better the show.
Michael Cudlitz: (defending his emotional outrage after the cancellation of Southland) I used to work on the crews. That's what [angered] me the most, and [angers] me off to this day. I paid my way through college working on crews. That's what touched me the most.
Michael Cudlitz: (regarding his use of Twitter to rally fans and save Southland from cancellation in 2009) This is direct fan reaction. This isn't someone stopping you on the street and saying, "Dude, I love your show." These are very, very active fans who care about the show. It was very humbling. More than anything, it showed here's a group of people who feel strongly, and are vocal about it. You realize your words actually have power.
Michael Cudlitz: (defending his forthright criticism of NBC after Southland was canceled in 2009) I don't back off of anything I said. It's all true, you know? It's the truth. It's not sour grapes; it's not me whining... [My critics] can just go pound sand.
Michael Cudlitz: (discussing his outspoken behavior regarding the abrupt cancellation of Southland by NBC) I wouldn't take anything back. Maybe I'd clarify. What really pissed me off about it wasn't that the show got canceled. It was the way it was done. My biggest concern at the time was the crew. I paid my way through school doing construction and I understand how the crew works. And to be blindsided like that is completely uncalled for.
Michael Cudlitz: (when asked if he is still recognized for his role in Beverly Hills, 90210) Absolutely. Up until Band of Brothers I thought my tombstone would read "Here lies Michael Cudlitz. Yes, he took Brenda to the prom."