Michelle is a trained actor who works in film, television, and theater. She was born in San Jose, California, to refugee and immigrant parents. She grew up mostly in Pennsylvania–first, outside the city of Reading, and later, in Lancaster County. From an early age, Michelle loved music. She played the flute and piano, and also studied classical voice.

Michelle studied history and English at the University of Pittsburgh. Upon moving to NYC, she trained in Meisner acting technique with Maggie Flanigan and Charlie Sandlan. She later studied on-camera acting with Heidi Marshall. Michelle has also studied and performed at the Peoples Improv Theater.

She is a proud dog mom to Ryder, a rescued beagle-shepherd mix!