#1 | BRENDA SONG ABOUT WORKING WITH MIKE ON “SECRET OBSESSION”: “During one of our first make-out rehearsal scenes we were going to kiss, and then he started playing A Whole New World on the side of the bed”.
#2 | BRENDA SONG ABOUT WORKING WITH MIKE ON “SECRET OBSESSION”: “He was like a big brother to me. We were so comfortable with each other, and so when we had to do our big make-out scene at the very end we could barely keep a straight face”.
#1 | “I come from a military family. Throughout my adult life, I’ve been very involved. I worked with the VA for a year, started a charity to help veterans that come back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD, all kinds of different stuff. For me, this is kind of a dream job, to be able to continue to hopefully honor and tell the story of sacrifice and service that you all live on a daily basis”. (Mike about his leading role as Adam Dalton on NBCs The Brave)
#2 | “A bucket-list opportunity in my career, getting the opportunity to pay homage to my family members, some of my nearest and dearest friends that come out of this community and making sure I do them justice”. (Mike about his leading role as Adam Dalton on NBCs The Brave)
#3 | “All the water stuff was pretty wild. They had a 40-foot-deep water tank and wave makers that made five-to six-foot swells. And we have several scenes where I’m swimming through an underwater hallway. I had the wonderful pleasure of swimming this entire corridor with the little kid in the movie on my back”. (Mike about the most challenging scene in Poseidon)
#4 | “I’m a sucker for love stories, and people always laugh when I say this, but my favorite movie of all time is My Fair Lady”. (Mike about why he wanted the lead role in Wuthering Heights)
#5 | “We were pumping dry ice; One second I was breathing and another second I had no oxygen left. I had to punch my way out and I ruined my cocoon in the process”. (Mike about filming the cocoon scenes in the final Season of Under The Dome)
#6 | “Marriage is certainly something you don’t rush into, but when you know, you know. She’s my best friend and I knew one of two things was going to happen: We were either going to get married young and grow up and grow apart, or grow up and grow together. Fortunately, we grew together”. (Mike about marrying young)
#7 | “The great thing about sci-fi is that the fans and the audience are unlike any other genre out there. They are constantly looking for great content and good stuff. They don’t care where it comes from, they’ll latch onto it“.
#8 | “Television moves so fast. A series moves at such a rapid pace and things are changing, episode to episode, where you’re going, Wait, why am I doing this? This last episode, you told me I was doing this. You’re shooting at a moving target“.
#9 | “Film is very much about sitting around and talking about ideas, and that’s the stuff that I love, but I haven’t experienced that yet in the television that I’ve done so far. It makes me long for movies again because, creatively, I always have a much more fulfilling experience there“.
#10 | “I found that inevitably you cannot fit everything that is in that book into what is inevitably going to go on screen”. (Mike about the Childhood’s End novel)
#11 | “When you choose a show you really don’t know where it’s going to go. Sometimes things let you down and sometimes things just surprise you and fulfill you way more than you thought”.
#12 | “Normally I can’t watch playback. I can’t watch anything because I know that it’s so rough and there’s going to be effects that are added, there’s going to be sound effects, there’s going to be so much stuff that happens between this point and that finished product that it just ruins the illusion for me”.
#13 | “For me, whatever the outcome, it’s nice to sit back to something and say, Man, I’m really proud of that. I’m real proud of the experience that I had, I’m proud to be a part of something so iconic whether anyone watches it or not. They can’t take away the experience that I had”.
#14 | “I come home more exhausted after a day of emotional work on set than I’ve ever had in any sporting event I’ve played or anything. It’s draining. But it’s also part of the fun”.
#15 | “The word Wife kept flashing in my head”. (Mike about his wife, Courtney)
#16 | “I look forward to going home and play board games”.
#17 | “It gives you something real to come home to. I’m addicted to her”. (Mike about his daughter Cassy)
#18 | “She’s the greatest! Lynette is a miracle-worker. She accomplishes more in one month than most teachers do in years! She makes you strong – and she’s tough in a good way”. (Mike about his acting teacher Lynette Sheldon)
#19 | “Music is just a huge part of my life. It affects moods. I’ve always found it insane how you can hear one song, and it takes you back to a specific, specific moment in your life, and you remember it vividly like it was yesterday”.
#20 | “My wife is a terrific Southern cook. My favorite of all the great things she cooks is trash potatoes. That’s mashed potatoes with sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese, and horseradish. It’s a total gut bomb”.
#21 | “When my wife and I met, I couldn’t talk to her, and my defense mechanism is sarcasm. I belittle someone with verbal pokes and prods. I did it to her out of complete awe. When friends introduced us, I said Hi, and turned my back. Later, I called my mom and best friend and said, I think I just met my wife“.
#22 | “The Dome is a metaphor that could mean anything – It could be nuclear fallout, terrorists… I’ve always been fascinated with stories where people’s roles are flipped on their heads, be it the Wall Street guy, the techno guy, etc. All of those things are only successful when there are people and money around”.
#23 | “I grew up a plumber’s son in Philadelphia”.
#24 | “On paper, actors are the dumbest group of individuals essentially out there. Most of us have not gone to college. However, we never stop learning. Because of what we do, we’re constantly researching, constantly learning”.
#25 | “When I graduated from high school, I weighed 125 pounds because of wrestling. Suddenly, I realized I could eat whatever I wanted, plus, creatine was new at the time. I went from 125 to 175 pounds, working out like crazy. I was yoked. But I wasn’t drinking enough fluids and ended up with a kidney stone – And 3 weeks of pure hell”.
#26 | “My whole life, I wanted to be a fighter pilot, It’s what I wanted to do. I set up all of my classes for it, but I got lazy my senior year in high school and didn’t get my paperwork in”.
#27 | “I roll out of bed, walk into the garage, work out, and go about my day. I’ll bring my daughter out there in her ExerSaucer. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to a gym”.
#28 | “I have such an eclectic taste in music. Come to a backyard BBQ at my house, and I will run the gamut from Skynyrd to Sinatra to ’90s grunge, rap, R&B, and classic rock. I have issues. If I had to pick one, I love this country artist named Craig Morgan. His music and his songs are so relatable and tell such vivid stories”.
#29 | “I do things that are very uncharacteristic of a normal workout routine. I hate cardio. Absolutely hate it. I grew up as a wrestler, so it was constant cardio, cardio, cardio”.
#30 | “I have many friends in Special Forces, and the amazing thing about these guys is how quickly they can read someone”.
#31 | “My ultimate way to relax is on the front porch rocking chair with a glass of Whiskey, a cigar, cicadas chirping away, buddies and guitars out”.