Michelle Clunie Biography, Age, Brian Singer, Children, Career, Movies and Net Worth

Michelle Clunie Biography

Michelle “Renee” Clunie is a 49-year-old American actress. She is known for her roles on Showtime’s series Queer as Folk as Melanie Marcus and as Ellen Beals on Make It or Break It. She also stars on MTV’s Teen Wolf as Mrs. Finch.

she has studied ballet, tap, jazz, and violin and was awarded a scholarship to The Academy of Professional Ballet. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in acting after she sold her violin for $ 200.

Michelle Clunie Age

Clunie was born in the year 1969 November 7. She is 49 years old as of 2018.

Michelle Clunie Family

She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Information about her parents and siblings if she has any is not disclosed.

Michelle Clunie Partner | Bryan Singer

In October 2014, It was announced that Clunie was expecting a child with Brian Singer, an American Producer, director, and writer of film and television. Brian singer is also openly bisexual. She later gave birth to their son the following January. Clunie and Singer have been friends for the longest time. Clunie was singer’s first serious girlfriend and admitted that he was attracted to her and is still attracted to her. The two dated for 5years but are now good friends. They had been planning about having a kid together for years and agreed on co-parenting.

Michelle Clunie Children

Dashiell Julius William Clunie-Singer was born in January 2015 to his mother Michell Clunie and Bryan Singer. He is 4 years old.

Michelle Clunie Career

She was 23 years old When her Los Angeles stage debut got her a Dramalogue Award for Best Actress in Dean Orion’s A Comedy of Eros performed at the Skylight Theatre. Clunie’s other Stage performances include her role as Abby in Neil LaBute’s West Coast premiere of The Mercy Seat at the Ford Theatre that won her the Backstage Readers Best Performance Award, and the world premiere and Off-Broadway production of US, which Clunie wrote and performed at New York City’s Lion Theatre at Theatre Row.

Michelle Clunie Photo

In 1995, she was cast in The Usual Suspects, an Academy Award-winning film and also played a supporting role in Lost & Found. She had recurring roles in the series The Jeff Foxworthy Show and had guest roles on ER, Without a Trace, House M.D, The Tony Danza Show and NCIS. She played a lesbian character Melanie Marcus in the US adaption of Queer as Folk and starred as Mrs. Finch, the biology teacher on MTV’s Teen Wolf.

Michelle Clunie Net Worth

Clunie has an estimated net worth of $3 million.

Michelle Clunie Jason Goes To Hell

Clunie plays Debora in horror movie Jason go To Hell. It’s about a man, Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) who need to find a way to escape certain death. When his bloodied remains are sent to the morgue his heart, still intact, is able to hypnotize a coroner and take over his body, after being blown away by a team of FBI agents. He heads back to his favorite stomping grounds: Crystal Lake after brutally dispatching a couple of FBI agents and another teen massacre while a hunter (Steven Williams) discovers the only way to kill him.

Michelle Clunie Movies

Year

Title

Role

1993

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

Deborah

Sunset Strip

Jonesy

1995

The Usual Suspects

Sketch Artist

1996

Space: Above and Beyond

Jennifer Brandt

The Jeff Foxworthy Show

DeeDee Landrow

1997

Boy Meets World

Kelly

Night Man

Megan Farrell

1998

The Tony Danza Show

Maggie

1999

Lost & Found

Gail

V.I.P.

Mary Tepsin

2000

Diagnosis: Murder

Maeve Michaels

Battery Park

Mrs. Fleishman

2000–2005

Queer as Folk

Melanie Marcus

2002

Judging Amy

Nancy

2005

The Unseen

Kathleen

2006

House M.D

Judy

Without a Trace

Cindy Peterson

2007

The Closer

Dr. Leonard

2008

Solar flare

Jamie

Leaving Barstow

Sandra

2009

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Paulla Kingsley

2010

The Mentalist

Tara Harrington

2010–2011

Make It or Break It

Ellen Beals

2010

Lie to Me

Jane Prescott

2011

Detroit 1-8-7

Alex Bergman

In Plain Sight

Sage Lorne/Britt Parnell

2012

Magic Mike

Dallas’ Girl

2013

NCIS

Meredith Dunn

2014

Death Clique

Tina

Bones

Suzanne Levitt

2015-2017

Teen Wolf

Mrs Finch (AP Biology Teacher)

2015

A Sort of Homecoming

Amy Hartinger

Michelle Clunie Interview

Source: Call Me Adam

1.Who or what inspired you to become a performer? There are so many people who have inspired me over the years but the true source of my inspiration came from a man named Milton Katselas. He took me under his wing when I was nineteen and I became his muse. He opened me up to the world of Paddy Chayefsky, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Clifford Odets – all the greats. I remember he used to make me read “The Fervent Years” over and over. Right after “Queer as Folk” ended, I went to Los Angeles and stopped by his master class. I hadn’t seen him for some time because I was on location for five years. We ended up doing a workshop of that sweet little scene in “Golden Boy” with a wonderful actor, Michael Pena, the one between Lorna and the boxer. It was great to be back in the theatre with him – finding moments, carving out behavior. We had a ball. All the crazy dramatic things we did together over the years, to end it on this very romantic scene was, well, beautiful. He died shortly after that. He believed in me as an artist. He encouraged my strength and my curiosity as well as my  desire to pioneer. He talked to me about women who paved the way for others like Ida Lupino, the first female director. He understood that I would never be a cookie cutter actress. I would have to do it my way. He taught me to follow my heart.2. Who haven’t you worked with that you would like to? I’m working with her. Jennifer Gelfer my director and I have been looking for a project to do together since the beginning of time. I always say it is the collaboration that has been waiting to happen since 1992.

3. What made you want to write “US”? What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? This is something I have wanted to write for over twelve years. I  always wanted to do a female version of “After the Fall.” I wanted the “Maggie” character in that piece to be the protagonist. I always found  her so much more interesting, not so dry and obsessed with herself like the “Quentin” character. Instead of  taking inventory of her entire life, she is taking inventory of her relationship. That was the original inspiration and concept, it has evolved a great deal from there. I also wanted to play a bit with the microcosm (Us) and the Macrocosm ( US) as well as set it in 2008. I shifted the “Maggie” character from a singer to an actress wanting to become a writer and I shifted “Quentin’s” character from a lawyer to a politician which as a device enabled me to talk about and weave in the politics of that year. I sometimes think this is my way of standing up for the “Maggies” of the world, for the “Maggie” in “After the Fall”. She doesn’t have to  self-destruct…she can grow. My “Maggie” is a fighter. I have a god-daughter and I often read her bedtime stories. I actually change the stories as I am reading them aloud. I make the princess stronger. I make the Heroines save themselves instead of waiting for a prince. I turn them into stories about strong women who overcome and change and take charge of their lives and help the world. Pretty soon she will start reading and I know it sounds crazy but I have this deep-seated desire to correct all the fairytales and stories about women before she can read. I want to her grow up without any propaganda about her strength or power. I guess in that way my  god-daughter, Olivia, has inspired me to turn all the negative fairytales and myths about these archetypal women into real, modern stories with truly happy endings. “Maggie” doesn’t have to destroy herself…she simply has to stand up for herself. That is on the micro level…on the macro level…I want audiences to walk away with the feeling we can change, that people can change…I want them to feel optimistic.

4. What do you identify most with about your character “Maggie”? Her passion for the best of America, for the progressive movement. Her ability to laugh and smile in the face of adversity. Her sexuality. The way she loves and wants so badly to believe in her partner. Her undeniably optimistic outlook. Her desire to write. Her desire to have a love that is real and lasting. Her wonder at the world and curiosity. Her searching to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

5. What excites you most about having your playwrighting debut here in NYC? Everything. New York. Theatre Row. Taking the subway down to the rehearsal hall. Knowing that when faced with a cushy offer to do my play in Los Angeles I said, “No, It’s a New York Love story…it has to have its first production in New York!” Also, I am having a love affair with the city. For the first time, I am living in New York, unencumbered, with a play in production. It’s a good time.

6. What do you get from playwrighting that you do not get from performing? Well, they are such different beasts. As an actor, you have to find your way into the personal. You have to understand the writers concept and the directors before you can then add yours. You have to find the melody before you can riff on it. With writing, I am creating the melody. I feel with writing I can really dig into myself as an artist. I have really fallen in love with writing. It’s a very personal endeavor that then becomes very public…I never realized how ballsy you have to be to write. You are really throwing yourself out there as opposed to acting where you can always hide behind someone else’s creation, character, story but with writing…you can’t hide. You are saying this is me, this comes from my heart, my imagination.

Michelle Clunie as “Melanie” on Showtime’s “Queer As Folk”7. I first came to know you on Showtimes’ “Queer As Folk.” Looking back, what initially attracted you to the show? What do you miss most about the show? I want to go places where others are afraid to go and make them safe. I have a pioneering spirit. I get very, very bored – to say the least – if I do something that feels easy to me or has been done. It has to feel new to me, revolutionary to me. When I got the script for QAF I thought it was incredible and something I wanted to be part of. I had a great deal of confidence when I walked in the room and met the producers. I felt as though there wasn’t an actress around ballsy enough to play “Melanie” except for me. I grabbed my co-stars hand and walked into the final network audition and looked at thirty executives and said something like, “We have great chemistry, we’re your Mel and Linz.” I loved the boldness of that character…loved…loved loved. I loved that she cared more about her partner than she  did her hair. I loved that she cursed and drank and rode motorcycles. I loved that she wasn’t perfect. I loved that QAF went into some risky storylines and painted everyone as complicated. It wasn’t about how slick can we be, it was about how human can we be. And isn’t that what a good piece of art does? How much humanity can we share so that everyone experiencing it feels a little less alone. I also adored that she loved with her full heart and never took crap from anyone.

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer and playwright? I have learned that you have to push yourself past your comfort zone in order to grow. There were times when I wanted to give up, when I thought I was going to lose my mind with eight hour rehearsals and rewrites at night. I have fallen asleep many times with the script in my hand, eye drops on my chest and my glasses literally still on my  face. I have fallen asleep in cabs and dragged myself upstairs. I have stayed up until 4am going over moments with my director. I walked into the bathroom two weeks into rehearsal and looked at my director and said, “I can’t do this.” She looked at me and said, “Well, you’re gonna have to push me off a cliff to get me to give up.” She gave me the strength, she pushed me past my comfort zone. In that  moment she gave me a gift. We walked out of the bathroom, went back into the rehearsal room and did our first run through and a play was  born. I felt the play underneath me for the first time…it took flight. Afterward we looked at each other and she said, “Ya wrote a play kid.” We call it the day we gave birth. I could go into all the finer moments of which there are many but the biggest lesson for me is that if you want to expand, if you want to grow – you have to be prepared to be uncomfortable and push yourself beyond what you thought you could do. It is a great adventure to ask more from yourself.

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? I ran into the wonderful Judith Light backstage at a charity event. We hugged and I said, “Judith, I wrote my first play and it’s getting produced – I’m scared to death!” She looked me right in the eyes and said with that great smile, filled with so much humanity, “That’s the best place in the world to be as an artist! That’s perfect!” I have enormous love for her. It gets no better than the lovely, supportive, talented, classy Judith Light. I would LOVE to work with her and Jan Maxwell… and…and…

10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? A really sweet guy who is funny, who likes to travel and loves that I am an artist. Someone with good values who I can trust. A man who will have my back and who understands the power of partnership. A great lover. Someone who is interested in the world and helping others…who has a passion, something he really cares about in his life. A  strong…secure man. Someone who is worth dreaming about.

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