Cautious. A guy's guy. Likes life over-easy.
The quintessential Everyboy, Tom's the kind of guy who can chat up a jock and an emo-boy with equal aplomb. While he likes to think this is a sign of his well-rounded personality, the truth is Tom likes to be liked. Conflict doesn't sit well with him, so he's always done what it takes to please. Tom likes things straight, simple, and easy. For him, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and that's exactly what he walks.
Of course, such a journey can get a little dull. That's where Jessie comes in. See, Jessie taught Tom to see things differently. For her, it's not the destination that counts, it's the ride. Adventurous, driven, and unafraid to offend, Jessie pulled Tom to places he'd never been. At six, she dared him to eat a rotten egg. At fifteen, she dared him to ask the unattainable Becky White out. And while the egg thing didn't work out too well, snagging Becky was one of the most intensely satisfying moments of Tom's life.
With all their history, Tom never believed he'd think of Jessie like that. Yet one day after school they found themselves chatting about everything from the death of his pet gerbil to the origin of the universe, and something happened. And while Tom was surprised by the sudden passionate kiss, he was even more surprised how much he liked it. Being with Jessie felt so wrong and so right at the same time. The secrecy of their fling only intensified his feelings, and gave him an adrenaline high that never left. Soon Tom found himself taking risks he'd never taken before. So when Jessie challenged him to propose during a game of truth-or-dare, he didn't back down.
Though Tom fancies himself an incurable romantic, deep down he's plagued with doubt about the marriage. Maybe it's because in spite of having other girlfriends, Jessie's the first he went all the way with. Or maybe it's because the marriage is so impulsive, so spontaneous, so counter to his conservative Jewish upbringing. You see, Tom is his mother's son, and a part of him can't help but weigh every decision carefully. So maybe the real reason he married Jessie was to rebel. Or maybe it was the unlimited sex.
Tom's not sure university's for him, which is another way of saying he's got no clue where he's going. What's important for him right now is independence, which is why he'll take a series of jobs, including a doomed stint at Jessie's mom's NGO. The jobs are a necessary means of buying independence, but they will force Tom to make a difficult choice and drop out of university. Or was it an easy choice?
Adept at both comedy and drama, Michael’s acting career began at the age of 10 in the short Canadian zombie movie Night of The Living. From that point on Michael has amassed an enviable list of leading roles in film and television. Some of his series include: Zack Files, Blake Hosley High, Re-Genesis and more recently he played Derek in the internationally famous series Life with Derek for 4 seasons. His film credits include: The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson, Blithe & Virginia, Shades of Black, Defending My Children, and Jenny Queen Of The Light, which earned a 1999 Gemini nomination for best youth program.
An arts school graduate, Michael has also been active writing scripts for Family Biz and Life With Derek and is currently developing two series with a major production studio.