Michala Elizabeth Laurinda Banas
Mickey, Micca, Koo
November 14th, 1978
Wellington, New Zealand
John Banas and Laurinda Lewis
Leon and Alexis
"all kinds, it depends on my mood!" (especially Xavier Rudd, Nika Coster, Jamiroquai, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and George)
"Time After Time"
"junk food - I love the bad stuff" (especially chocolate)
Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Robert Downey Jr., Eric Bana
Favourite Movie: Edward Scissorhands
Favourite TV Show: The OC
Favourite Book: Billy
(by Albert French)
"Haven't seen them all, so don't know!"
Favourite Place to Shop:
music (singing, piano, guitar), going to the movies, going to see bands, making jewellery, hanging out with friends, boxing
Michala Banas was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1978, and moved to Australia when she was 10.
"I was very sick as a child", she told Girfriend Magazine
. "I nearly
died of whooping cough. I was born with a malfunctioning kidney and
didn't grow for the first few years of my life".
In January 2001, she wrote: "I
have been an actor/actress basically all my life - I did my first
television commercial when I was only eighteen months old! (not that I
knew what was going on). After that, I never really stopped. I guess
film work is in my genes, my father [i.e. John Banas] is also in the
industry as a writer/director/producer, and I just kind of fell into
Michala's first great accomplishment as an actress came in 1995,
when she played the role of Louisa Iredale in Mirror Mirror
and was nominated for the Best Young Actress Award in the 1996 New
Zealand Television Awards for her performance on the show. She says:
"When we shot Mirror Mirror seven years ago, I was only sixteen years
old ... , but it was one of the best experiences of my life so far."
When she was 18, Michala Banas moved to Melbourne and started doing
lots of guest roles for various television shows, including Blue
Heelers and Round the Twist. She then moved to Sydney and became a
familiar face on Australian television screens thanks to her role as
Marissa Taylor on Always Greener. The show was axed in 2003.
In addition to her acting career, Michala is also an accomplished
singer. She played in several bands (Cosmo [named after the famous
Seinfeld character], Pass the Peas), and she released a single called
"Kissin' the Wind" in 2003.
Michala joined the cast of McLeod's Daughters in 2004, a role which has allowed her popularity to grow even more - in and outside Australia.
Did you know that...
- Michala is the daughter of John Banas, who has written and/or directed episodes
for Blue Heelers, Water Rats, Stingers, and directed Mirror Mirror
- A few years ago, Michala wrote songs with her Always Greener
co-stars Daniel Bowden and Clayton Watson
- Michala and her Always Greener
co-star Clayton Watson dated for a year and a half prior to working on the show
- While shooting Always Greener,
Michala shared a flat with Bree Walters, who played Pip on the show.
Michala then moved to South Australia to work on McLeod's Daughters, and shared a flat with her co-star Rachael Carpani while both actressed were on the show
- Michala cannot drive a manual car, but she can drive a tractor!