The millions of viewers who watch Michelle Pollino on Fox News and Sirius XM Fox News Headline News, where she is a popular entertainment reporter, might not know that Michelle is bisexual.
Still, it’s not a secret she’s been keeping. Philadelphians have always known her to be an outspoken force, LGBTQ and, of course, all things Philly.
But now she’s gone national and very West Coast, known her for her joyful interviews with some of entertainment’s most vibrant and famous personalities. She can light up any room and just about any town that has glitz and a touch of glam: Michelle is at home on a Hollywood set, for sure, but you are just as likely to find her chatting it up with country music superstars on the streets of Nashville or megawatt Broadway stars in Manhattan.
Credit for her success must go to her versatility.
Pollino has always been entrepreneurially driven and knows first-hand the value of networking. As a budding filmmaker in Philadelphia she helped create a collective of writers and actors that inspired her move to Los Angeles. You might say she has always been aimed this way. Since 2002, Pollino has produced and directed several critically acclaimed films, and worked with talent like Judd Nelson, Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne.
And her latest project, a self-funded project that she’s seeking public support for, “D.I.Y. An American Love Comedy,” stars Gates McFadden (“Star Trek: Next Generation”) and James Eckhouse (“Beverly Hills 90210”), is certainly a breakthrough into Hollywood project. The film will present a look at marriage from a queer perspective. The couple getting married is a sexually fluid pair who seek a unique way to ‘make it official.’
Importantly, the film, like Michelle, is more B or Q than L or G. “Yeah, I’m openly bisexual as I have dated and am open to dating both men and women,” she declares.
“Everyday I have the privilege to talk about the entertainment industry on Sirius XM Fox News Headlines and Fox News. In my free time, I write and podcast or vodcast about the same, only I mix it with politics. Chances are you will find me digging deeper into the stories of the day, adding my own brand of humor and sensibilities to an already crazy world.”
But, on Nov. 4, Michelle will be at home right here in West Hollywood where she will emcee The Live Love Thrive Conference at City Council Chambers (www.360karma.com). This year’s conference has expanded to two days with the addition of SHE Tank on Nov. 3, a live event where women entrepreneurs pitch their business plans to female-run venture capital fund bosses. Both are being presented by 360 Karma and the City of West Hollywood.
Michelle says diversity is what she hopes people get about her. “We all have unique points of views, wants and needs,” she says.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
It just came naturally in my early 30s. I experimented in college then started having exclusive relationships with women in my 30s and have dated both men and women since.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Maria Bello, I’m a whatever too.
What’s Los Angeles’ best nightspot, past or present?
I’m not a nightspot girl. I’m a restaurant girl. I love finding new yummy places to explore in this amazingly diverse city.
Describe your dream wedding.
I’m not into marriage, I’ve never wanted to be nor dreamed of being married.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
What historical outcome would you change?
I wish 9/11 and the Holocaust never happened.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
On what do you insist?
To be heard.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
About Kevin Spacey accusations.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
The Spiritual Evolution of US.
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Listen to people you disagree with.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
I already did, twice—for the hell of it
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
The categorizing of one’s sexuality as the most important thing.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
What’s the most overrated social custom?
The air kiss.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
Connecting through storytelling.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
Why Los Angeles?
The weather. Certainly not the drivers