Meet our #womancrushwednesday Melinda Michael! is a dazzling film and television actor.
Known in the industry as a ‘triple threat,’ Melinda has been classically trained in theatre, dance, voice and music, in addition to film and TV. Her love of performing began at a young age as she toured with the award-winning Amabile Choirs of Canada, who Melinda competed internationally with. At age of fourteen, Melinda had already sung for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Melinda studied at the internationally renowned Shakespeare School in Stratford, and the prestigious New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts to further hone her craft. She has starred in musicals such as Chicago, Once On This Island, The Wiz, M*A*S*H, and in iconic plays including Twelfth Night, Alice in Wonderland, and Carlo Goldoni’s The Mistress of the Inn. Most recently, Melinda’s knack for performing and her badass Martial Artist skills intersected in several combative genre-type roles, including the American-Canadian co production Subject 1. She has guest starred opposite Bill Skarsgard in the Netflix series Hemlock Grove and played a multitude of leading roles in award-winning feature films like Unhappy Happy, On Again Off Again, and The Money Movie, which just had its premiere screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in February 2016. iMelinda is currently filming a lead role in a new show debuting on Bell Media Fibe TV called IRL (In Real Life) a comedy showcasing the impact of social media.
Take a read of Melinda’ view on romance below!
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
Oh gosh, so many things flash through my mind. But when it’s really love, the first thing I can’t help but notice is this instant electrifying surge feeling run through my body. It’s a rare and special instinctive reaction. An energetic connection with someone is so powerful. When you have that happen, you know there’s more to this person’s appeal than just looks. A big smile can go a long way and It adds a certain amount of charm, friendliness, and approachability to a man. Then there’s always the: “Will he be taller than me when I’m wearing heels?”. I know… superficial physical needs… but that’s just me, I don’t want to be taller than him when I get dressed up, which in my industry is very often. #tallgirlproblems
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
Love yourself and be true to yourself. It always made me sad growing up to see my peers date just anyone and offer themselves so easily, usually because they couldn’t stand the feeing of being unloved (don’t we all?). The issue is that they were desperately searching for love and acceptance outside of themselves, rather than being comfortable and happy with just themselves. Know your worth. And don’t be afraid to be express yourself. Communication is key too. Everything is more seamless in a relationship when you communicate.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
A smoker. It’s just not cool or attractive to me. I don’t want to die a widow people.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
Graffitied a massive personalized message on the road for me that said, “I miss you Melinda and I love you 4 ever” outside my 3rd floor bedroom balcony in Italy. It was like my own Romeo and Juliette moment…gone bad. Instead of being flattered, I was horrified my name had vandalized a road older than Rome, and told him to get a toothbrush and start scrubbing. I do usually like surprises though!
What is your ideal first date / What’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
The best date I ever had was being driven to a surprise destination that turned out to be the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Los Angeles. (He knew of my interests in yoga and meditation.) It was so serene, more than I could have imagined. The nature, waterfalls, butterflies magically following me around, and the presence of such world-changing leaders left me speechless. Sometimes the most beautiful moments in life are when you can share in wonder and awe with someone in silence, and soak it all in.
My ideal first date would be flying to Italy, making our own pasta noodles together, popping our freshly made food in a basket, and enjoying it on a picnic. Ha! Let’s see if that ever happens.