BWD: Give us a little introduction to who you are?
Michael: I’m an actor, writer, producer, and director, even (I know, a lot of titles). I’m passionate about showcasing LGBT stories in an authentic way. Originally from Philadelphia, where Interested In is set, but currently live in NYC.
BWD: So tell us more about “Interested In” – what is the series all about?
Michael: Interested In is about the equally awkward and steamy sexual encounters of a recently out college student. It follows Parker’s life through vignettes as he begins to understand his new identity.
BWD: What inspired you to create a YouTube series?
Michael: I was so lost after I came out. Most of the queer narratives at the time ended when the gay character coming out. We’ve all seen that narrative, but I wanted to know what happened after the closet. So I picked up where those stories ended. I also wanted to create a sex positive, naturalistic show exploring the nuance of what it means to be a gay man. I actually wrote the first draft of the series in college (it was a long time coming). I was tired of playing straight characters in my acting classes. At the time, there were only a handful of gay roles deemed worth studying. So I created characters that I wish existed.
BWD: How many series are you planning right now?
Michael: I’m currently working on Season 2 of Interested In with the same team! We’re in pre-production and the season is looking amazing. We have some fantastic guest stars in the works. Be sure to follow us on Instagram to stay in the loop. And if you loved the series and want to help us out, you can make a tax deductible donation here (https://fiscal.ifp.org/project.cfm/2225/)!
BWD: Were any of the episodes based on real life experiences?
Michael: Ha! I never know how to answer this question. I think the heart of each episode comes from a real-life emotional experience. But I turned those emotions into something that I hope is relatable to watch!
Check out the first episode below and don’t stop until you’ve watched the full first season!
If you’re Interested In (get it) keeping up with the series and it’s fabulous creatures, you can find them all below!
Also currently streaming on Dekkoo.com through Amazon Prime