this was the first time i met michael, in 2009. he was immediately cool, immediately funny, brilliant, intimidating, but always warm. i ran into him and auditioned for him a bunch over the next 8 years, and he only became more and more those things. he made me feel like we were friends, even though we'd never gotten to sit down for that drink or that meal. i was looking forward to it. he was a class act and a total talent. he pushed me forward, and everyone around me. he started conversations and changed perspectives with everything he did. and he did so much. too young. too young. the world is breaking more hearts than usual this year. RIP michael.