Michelle is a first generation Canadian of Chilean decent. Born in Calgary, she moved away at a young age, growing up mostly in Vancouver and Toronto. She never thought of herself as an actor until her grade 10 drama teacher asked her to join the Improvisation Team. Michelle loved making people laugh and decided she would dedicate her life to the art of storytelling.
She studied theatre at the University of Toronto, where she also studied Greek Theatre, Classical Literature and Sociology.
Michelle began her professional acting career on the stage, performing Shakespeare in the park, a British farce, and creating new plays with her peers. She also dabbled in live sketch comedy, notably performing at Laugh Sabbath nights in Toronto.
Her first appearance on the big screen was the lead role in George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead. Other notable television appearances include Supernatural, Package Deal, Stargate Atlantis, and The L Word.
Michelle and her family are passionate about board sports. She started snowboarding at the age of 12. She went to high school in Vancouver and taught snowboarding on weekends and after school. Her husband later taught her to surf on trips to Tofino, Costa Rica, Mexico and Hawaii, and it has become the family’s favourite activity. Her two children, Mara (4) and Noah (2) are on their way to learning how to surf as well.
A passionate advocate for women’s rights, Michelle has volunteered with Women’s Shelters across Canada for the past 15 years. In 2013 she became the “I Am Courage” Campaign ambassador for the Brenda Strafford Centre for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, and in 2015 she became the “My Homefront” campaign ambassador for Homefront, a Calgary based non-profit organization serving victims of domestic abuse.
Michelle hopes someday she will work with her heroes Tim Burton, Wes Anderson and Michel Gondry.