About 12 years ago, Michael Cuomo was a bright-eyed young intern here at Baltimore magazine. After graduating from Loyola University, he moved to New York to study journalism at NYU. Somehow, he got bitten by the acting bug. So he dropped out of school and started taking acting classes with famed acting coach Joseph Chaikin.
Off-Broadway work and commercials—like the current one for an AT&T netbook where he’s trying to explain the nature of his device to TSA workers (“It’s a computer AND a phone”)—followed.
Now he’s at the SXSW Film Festival with his newest film, Happy New Year, where he plays a badly wounded (emotionally and physically) Marine staff sergeant being treated in the PTSD ward of a small VA hospital.
I caught up with Mike over the phone. Here’s a little taste of our conversation.