Sophomore Michael Perez got to meet his childhood crush and perform in a Netflix show through his role in "Insatiable." Perez played Jon, a computer geek and hacker, but here at UNC he studies vocal performance. Staff writer Krupa Kaneria talked to Perez about his role in "Insatiable" and his life outside of acting.
The Daily Tar Heel: What do you like doing in your free time?
Michael Perez: I am a music major studying vocal performance. A lot of what I do in my free time is acting or singing. I am in the a cappella group Achordants, and that takes up a lot of my time. I am the business manager for that.
I do a lot of acting classes. I try to do as much theater as I can. I enjoy Rubik's Cubes, and I enjoy playing chess. I enjoy video games and Super Smash Bros.
DTH: How long have you been acting?
MP: I have been acting pretty much since I came out of the womb — like “Ta da!” I have been interested in performing ever since I was little. I was always dressing up and getting into character, putting on little shows.
I started acting professionally when I was about seven years old. That’s when I did my first professional show, which was "The Music Man," and I played Winthrop. That’s when I got my agent, and I have been doing it ever since and have really loved it.
DTH: What has been your favorite or most interesting role that you have played?
MP: That’s a hard question. I like to think that with each role, there has been something fun to do. One role that stands out is playing Lysander in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” That one was fun because I really enjoy Shakespeare and the language was really interesting. The story is so complicated so the language is very dense and rich.