Written by Victor Barreiro Friday, 08 October 2010 00:00
You may not recognize her name at first glance, but the multi-talented Michelle C. Bonilla has been entertaining audiences since she was eight years old. The Hollywood native is best known for her role on the Emmy Award winning drama ER as Harm. Now, Michelle adds executive producer and screenwriter to her long list of accomplishments thanks to her short film “Slip Away”. Also, while the Alma Award winning artist may have a busy work schedule, she is never too busy to give back to the community as she's involved with several charities.
Congratulations on “Slip Away”. Tell me about your latest project.
'Slip Away' was inspired by true events that happened in my life. It came about as a last resort of dealing with the pain of being in a relationship with someone who has an addiction. When I was writing the script, I found it very therapeutic and it gave me a chance to research what others went though in this situation. The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Project, whose sole purpose is to help women in the arts, is the official fiscal sponsor of 'Slip Away' and they believed in my project from the very beginning.
We've seen you in a number of roles as an actress, but what character have you not played and would one day like to?
I would absolutely love to play an attorney…some fabulous, hard ass, kick-ass, 'for the people' type of character who is by no means perfect. Does this sound like Glenn Close's character in 'Damages'? Absolutely!
As an openly out lesbian, what are your thoughts on the recent overturning of California's Proposition 8?
I feel one step closer to truly being free! I am thrilled that I finally have a choice as to whether or not I will embark down the road of marriage. This is a loaded and controversial case to say the least, but a very important one. Of course, we all know that the proponents of Proposition 8, will want to appeal Judge Walker's ruling, and it is within their right to do so. However, the question is “why”? Why indeed do they care whether or not someone else marries another of the same sex?
It's 2010 and yet same sex marriage is still not recognized in a number of states. Why do you think that is?
I think fear and hate are the main reasons same sex marriage is not recognized in a number of states. Plain and simple. Fear and Hate.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Continuing to be gifted with opportunities to work on fantastic projects that inspire and challenge me. Whether I will act, produce, write or direct them, or all of the above, will remain to be seen. I am an artist, plain and simple, and am honored to have worked with wonderful people. I am excited to know my future holds more opportunity to work with even more of them.