Skydiving is her second biggest passion, next to acting. She is also into motorcycles, as her father is a big biker.
After doing a two-second topless scene in Silent Warnings, Michelle vowed it would be her last topless scene. But after reading the script of the Tell Me You Love Me pilot, frontal nudity and explicit scenes were no longer an issue for her.
Michelle studied Scene Study and Film Technique under Sharon Chatten and took up the Improv Workshop at The Groundlings.
The Miser (O.C.C.C. Theater) as Marriane
Small Craft Warnings (Schimmel Center for the Arts) as Leona
Apartment 3-A (The Producers Club) as Annie
Top Girls (Schaeberle Theater) as Kit/Shona
Exhaust Pipes and Manifolds (Dixon Place Theater) as Barbara
The Monument (NYC Fringe Festival) as Anna
Michelle is 5' 6" tall. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
Her best first date was a motorbike ride to New Orleans. Also, she considers chewing with the mouth open as a boyfriend dealbreaker.
She attended John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, New York from 1994 to 1996.
Among the accents she can speak with are British, Southern, Spanish, New York, Italian, and Cockney.
Having a preferential taste for doing indie films, Michelle would love to work with Darren Aronofsky, director of Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Fountain (2006), and The Wrestler (2008).
Michelle appeared in the music video of John Mayer's song "Bigger Than My Body".
Michelle is known for appearing in the Burger King ad campaign series called "Lunch Break". She even has a pop reference entry in the online site Urban Dictionary: "The brunette girl from those Burger King 'office' ads. Often seen having a chuckle at the expense of the short, doofy 'I'm SPIE-cehhh!' guy."
Michelle: (on skydiving) I love it. I love everything about it. It's something I do by myself. It's an escape from Hollywood for me. There's a certain amount of freedom in jumping out of a plane -- you feel like you have control. Your whole life is in your own hands.
Michelle: I was a little out of control as a teenager, and I did some bad things. I found acting to be that outlet that allowed me to express my anger and my pain and my hurt and my fears without having to do anything bad, without having to be bad, or do anything bad.
Michelle: I am really comfortable with sexuality and nudity. I think it's just kind of the way that I was raised, just really liberal. And I am just comfortable with myself. My mom did a good job. I've got great self-esteem.
Michelle: Heartache sucks. It's not fun but everybody's gone through it at least once, but you find that over time you grow and you get on.
Michelle: I'm a person who's pretty honest, and more than anything else, I'm a really honest person. I'm really open. I don't like secrets. I think it takes too much energy and effort to lie about stuff. So it's a lot easier just to tell it like it is, and I've always been that way.
Michelle: (about onscreen chemistry) I don't know if it's so much a physical attraction. There are people you meet who you automatically connect with, they get you and you get them. And there are people you meet and you have nothing in common with.
Michelle: (on relating to her character on "Tell Me You Love Me") Her jealousy and the problems of fidelity were things that I'd experienced in my past relationships that ultimately damaged them and made me go through a whole emotional roller coaster – trying to find out what I really wanted and issues I needed to deal with within myself.
Michelle: A lot of sex is unsexy. You know that elderly people have sex, but it's shocking to see it. And they talk dirty!
Michelle: (on her sex scenes in "Tell Me You Love Me") We tried to do it as authentic as possible, but we were not having sex. This question is coming to me tenfold now. I'm actually kind of flattered. If you really believe I'm having sex, then damn, I need an Emmy.