Michael was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.
Michael showed up at "VH1's Big Night for a Big Cause" with a black eye he received in a hockey game where he received an elbow to the eye.
Before becoming an actor, Michael was a pool-hall hustler and once made $2,000 doing that in one night.
Michael was nominated for a French Caesar Award for Best Up-and-Coming Actor.
As of 2006, Michael resides in Los Angeles, California.
Michael is half Bulgarian.
Michael is the stepson of writer Ian La Frenais.
Michael speaks English and French fluently.
Michael is an only child.
Michael is a tennis fan and attended the 2006 Australian Open.
Michael finishes production of Rogue on February 10th, 2006.
Michael will be staring in the thriller Rogue along with Rahda Mitchell and Sam Worthington. Rogue is currently in production and set for release in 2007. Rogue is set in Australia.
Michael played the fiancé to Jennifer Lopez in Monster-in-Law. Lopez is the ex-fiancé of Ben Affleck who is now married to Michael's ex-girlfriend Jennifer Garner.
Michael calls his friend Greg Grunberg by the nickname "Gunny."
Michael loves motorbikes and started riding a bike of the Italjet brand when he was a kid.
Michael likes to take a stuffed animal dog around with him because "someone special" gave it to him.
Michael thinks Star Wars is one of the greatest movies of all time.
Michael's father Eddie died in 2001.
Michael likes the Japanese hair product Magic Move.
Michael had his first kiss at 15.
Michael has a tattoo of the initials SG, which stand for Shannon Gleason, who he was engaged to for around 10 years.
Michael loves Heinz ketchup, and he will put it on almost anything.
Michael's music tastes vary between Sinatra, Guns And Roses, Jimi Hendrix, and The Police.
Michael was the 2003 Choice TV Breakout Star in the Teen Choice Awards.
Michael dropped out of high school at age 16 because it was "too boring."
In his free time Michael likes to paint and play guitar.
Michael hates to shave.
Michael is a cousin to French singer David Hallyday and the nephew of Sylvie Vartan who is also a famous French singer.
Michael likes to play hockey, golf, tennis, and bowl in his spare time.
Michael is six feet tall.
Michael was deeply disappointed after missing out on an internet auction--to bid for a pillowcase with his face on it.
Michael's most hated baseball team is the Atlanta Braves.
Michael's favorite color is orange.
Michael tried his hand at fantasy football in 2005. His team, "Wizard Sleeves," got off to an awful 0-5 start.
Michael is a baseball fan and likes to attend Dodger games from time to time.
Michael was Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher, but refused to sign the release forms for it to air on tv. He and several other stars have threatened legal action against Kutcher for his "antics."
Michael's favorite NHL hockey team is the Los Angeles Kings.
Michael turned down a role in Scream 3 because he didn't feel it was the right move for his career.
Michael didn't move to the United States until he was a teenager.
In both Alias and Never Been Kissed Michael's characters both play hockey. In real life, Michael is a huge hockey fan and loves playing in charity hockey games.
Michael dated his Alias co-star Jennifer Garner. They had a messy break-up, but they have now worked things out, and remain good friends.
Michael is left-handed.
Michael: I have Mets stuff all over the house - pennants, T-shirts, hats.
Michael: I think it started when Jennifer began dating Ben Affleck. As a result, some fans maybe thought that I'd be madly jealous and that I would consequently leave the show so as not to be next to Jennifer.
Michael: In a weird way it's like church and therapy and exercise all rolled up into one. I mean when I play hockey I don't think about anything, which is good for me because thinking hurts my head.
Michael: Look, the good guy in the movie gets the girl.
Michael: Ultimately, what's sexy is how they wear something - not what it is - and how comfortable they are in it.
Michael: You have to learn to go with what you are.
Michael: You just have to keep plugging away and if you get lucky enough to get a job, you get one.
Michael: You know, I think even in the cast we often are amazed at how they keep coming up with new ideas because we all feel, you know, that it's been an amazing job to have and be part of.
Michael: You never know why or when the next job is coming. I actually like that.
Michael: You know, people see you in a certain type of movie and they sort of associate you with that genre.
Michael: When you do work you're lucky enough to go to interesting places and meet mostly interesting and talented people, so it's really a great job if you can work.
Michael: Well, along one's career you sometimes have to make movies that aren't very good to just work and pay the rent.
Michael: One day, I came across an article that implied that my presence in the 5th season of Alias was jeopardized. I was in shock!
Michael: I've been lucky enough to have a few Gucci suits flown my way.
Michael: I'm not a bling-bling guy; I can't pull it off. I just look like an idiot.
Michael: I'm friends with Hank Azaria; his closet looks like Barneys - all the suits lined up. I tried to separate my shirts from my pants; that was as far as I made it.
Michael: I would rather do movies because I'm very lazy and the hours are much easier.
Michael: I think the hardest thing about being an actor is between jobs when you don't know and wondering if you'll ever work again. It's kind of a crazy business.
Michael: I think the audience likes the conspiracies, the spy secrets... And there are stunts and the fact that, to some extent, fans feel close to the characters, particularly Sydney, who's still very popular to the audience.
Michael: I think New York is the greatest city in the world, and Paris is the most beautiful. But L.A. is a vibrant town with a lot of new ideas.
Michael: I just find the darker side of people much more interesting.
Michael: I honestly couldn't care less what people say about me, especially in this business that is based on being judged and rejected.
Michael: I hate gold. I'm sort of a sterling-silver guy.
Michael: I grew up in a village with 300 people, and style didn't exist.
Michael: Every actor will tell you it's so much more fun to play the bad guy because usually those characters are more complex and more broad and more interesting, and have more sides to them.
Michael: Especially these days television has gotten so good. I mean, some of the best acting and best work is being done on television.
Michael: Romantic comedies are great because there's nothing wrong with going to the movies for a couple of hours and having that warm, happy feeling and forgetting about your problems and whatever.
Michael Vartan: As an actor, it's fun to play the 'want what you can't have' aspect of the relationship.
Michael: Negative Seven. One director cut me out of my own character's wedding dance. - (when asked to rate his skills on the dance floor)
Michael: As an actor, it's fun to play the 'want what you can't have' aspect of the relationship.
Michael: Look at the size of my head. It's enormous... I look like one of those dolls you get at the ballpark!
Michael: On a personal level it's flattering to know there are people out there who actually care about the character I play. But, come on, it's a TV show... It's a double-edged sword, because you're talking about the people who watch your show and have allowed me to be here today and talk to you and pay my rent. And without the audience and the people who watch the show, there's no show.
Michael: Jennifer [Garner] and I are best friends. We have been friends for three years before our little 'whatever you want to call it.' We're still best friends now.
JJ Abrams: Michael is a very funny guy, he's a terrific musician. He's a great athlete. He's an artist. He's one of these guys who you might not know much about when you first see him, but you like him. And I think it's because he's a thoughtful person. He's a smart guy, and he's kind of fallen into this job that happens to be acting, and into the spotlight.
Jennifer Garner: Michael is so intense, very focused and contained. He can do these quiet, longing looks like no one else on the planet.
Michael: I find it the most bizarre thing and the most uncomfortable thing eve... It's amazing how much more handsome I've gotten since I've been on Alias. Where were all these girls when I couldn't get a job?
Michael: I was 15 when I had my real first kiss. [I was living in Normandy] and it was with a Dutch girl behind the bushes. When I kissed her I got that knot in the stomach, that warm feeling.