This week’s #mancrushmonday is a award-winning actor, producer and writer Michael Barbuto.
Hailing from Toronto, Michael completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre at the University of Guelph in 2003. Upon graduation, he was accepted into the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood, CA. During his time at the Academy, Michael honed his skills as an actor and performed in several plays once joining the Academy’s elite Company program in 2005-2006. It was during this time that Michael starred in the North American Premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s remake of A Few Good Men.
Currently, Michael is starring as Lane Stanley in YTV’s newest hit sitcom The Stanley Dynamic. He has guest starred on Lifetime’s hit sitcom Sherri and FX’s hit drama Nip/Tuck. Barbuto has also appeared in a number of Hallmark Channel Original Movies, including, The Note and An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving with Orphan Black star, Tatiana Maslani. Micheal is also the Founder of Hogtown Productions that has produced Feature Films, Television, as well as award winning shorts. Hogtown’s first short film, Ride with a Girl took home the prestigious Bronze Remi Award and the Best Picture prize at the Houston International Film Festival. Hogtown’s feature credits include critically acclaimed horror film, Happy Camp that was co-produced with Drew Barrymore and Flower Films and released across North America last year. (Michael penned the script and starred in the lead role.) Other feature credits include, Luminol Entertainment’s “Bleed Out” that was co-produced by Hogtown and starred Michael alongside “Girlicious” Pop Star Sensation, Nichole Cordova. Hogtown’s television credits include the half hour comedy series, “Ash Global” where Michael penned the pilot and also co-starred alongside comedy greats Adam Rey, Maronzio Vance and long time screen legend, Lorenzo Lamas.
Let’s find out what’s going on behind those blue eyes, shall we?
What is your definition of romance?
When passion and comfortability work hand in hand with one another. If you can achieve that, then pretty much anything you do will be romantic.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
In 10th grade, I pretended to be a vegetarian so I would have something in common with my childhood crush… I made it until Wednesday… Wednesday was Hotdog day. Needless to say, we never dated, but I still love Hotdogs…
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention? I knew a girl who attempted to get a tattoo on her arm that said “Mike”. She called it off after the tattoo artist finished the “M” and the “I” because it hurt… I truly hope she finds happiness with a guy named ‘Mi’…
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Don’t be an ass… Treat everyone with respect and dignity. You’ll get a lot further in life by doing so… And don’t wear loud T-shirts.
Describe your love life in one word.