Flaunt Magazine has released a new article on Michael, utilizing photography by Jonny Marlowe and an interview conducted by Madison Douglas!
Michael Cimino has charmingly become Hulu’s leading man in the hit series Love, Victor. Set in the world of Love, Simon, the TV series focuses on Victor Salazar (Cimino) and the unique challenges he faces navigating his sexuality within the world of his tight-knit Colombian-American family.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Cimino started acting at the age of eight after joining an acting group taught by a fellow church member. He moved to LA at the age of eighteen after deciding to forgo college in order to take acting more seriously. Soon, he appeared as Bob Palmeri in the 2019 release of Annabelle Comes Home. Now 21, Cimino has already stolen the hearts of so many and has no plans of slowing down. A prominent face of “New Hollywood,” he is excited to be a part of the movement pushing greater equality and inclusion in the entertainment sphere. We asked Cimino some questions, and he politely offered up some answers.
Where do you hope to see change in the world?
I hope to see change in a lot of places. But I think a great place to start is with systemic racism and animal agriculture/industrial farming (which is the single leading cause of climate change).
Do you feel like you’re a part of ‘New Hollywood’? How so?
I mean… I hope so… I didn’t get an invitation in the mail but, like… I show up to all the meetings with banana bread. But, in all seriousness, I think that young Hollywood/‘New Hollywood’ is happening right in front of me. And ‘New Hollywood’ is making strides towards equality that I don’t think was as prevalent before my time.
What’s one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned throughout your time of acting?
How hard you need to work to accomplish your goals. And that even though sometimes someone might be more talented than you now, doesn’t mean you can’t catch up if you work harder than they do.
Describe a life experience that was very challenging but ultimately made you stronger?
When I was 18 I moved to LA on my own. I saved up $3,000 (which sounds a lot to a kid, but to anyone that lives on their own, they know it’s not much). And in a few months, I was dead broke. There were times where I had to make ends meet in odd ways. I ate rice and beans almost exclusively for like two or three months. But it showed me how to be adaptable, which I think is now one of my greatest strengths as an artist.
Ideal shoot location?
It is my dream to shoot a movie or a show in New York.
If you weren’t acting, what would you be your professional pursuit and why?
If I never had any passion for the arts, I’d probably be building cars. I love to work on cars. I love to drive fast.