Michael Joseph Consuelos is famous for his appearance as the younger self of the actor, Mark Consuelos, Hiram Lodge, in the CW TV series, Riverdale. He isn’t as popular for his appearance as Lodge than for his relationship with Mark and Kelly Ripa as well.
Michael was born on June 2, 1997, in the US to his celebrity parents. By parents, yes, we mean, Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa. He was born just a year into their marital relationship. He has two younger siblings, Lola Grace and Joaquin Antonio.
Well, you might have seen him first in Riverdale, but let us tell you that it wasn’t his first movie. There are still a lot of things to be known about the young actor so, hope this helps. Here are a few facts of the celebrity child!
5. Son of Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
Everyone should know by now that Michael Joseph Consuelos is the eldest son of the celebrity couple, Kelly Ripa and husband, Mark Consuelos. He was born in 1997 a year after his parents eloped to Las Vegas to get wed.
One of his first siblings, Lola Grace, was born on June 16, 2001. She graduated high school in 2019 and chose New York University for further education. Similarly, the youngest member of the family is Joaquin Antonio, who was born on February 24, 2003.
The love between the family of five seems endless. Though Michael doesn’t use any social media platforms, he often appears on her mother and father’s Instagram posts. Here’s a happy birthday post from Mark to his son posted on his IG on June 3, 2016.
Did you find any similarity between the father-son duo? Well, it’s the facial structure and dark hair that he got from his dad. Besides, he’s received his bright blue eyes from his mother’s genes. Apart from the physical features, Michael also received the talent of his parents. It must be in the genes, right?
4. Graduated from NYU Tisch School of Arts
As the heading suggests, Michael Joseph Consuelos graduated from the Tisch School of Arts at New York University. He enrolled at the university to study film and TV production in 2016, and four years later, he’s now completed his Bachelor’s with a major in film making.
Since he graduated during the COVID pandemic, he had a graduation ceremony online. Though Michael didn’t stress over the ceremony, his mom had quite a quarantine anxiety because it was not what she’d expected.
We’ve had some quarantine anxiety in our house lately, but I think that’s seeming more from my end of things. Because I realize that my firstborn, my firstborn child, is graduating from college in a couple of days, and it’s definitely not what we expected.Kelly Ripa on her son’s online graduation.
While talking about her firstborn, she revealed that she wanted a big celebration for the huge achievement in his life since he’s quite a good person and a hard worker. But, as things stand, it impossible for now. While talking about her son, Kelly also went on to talk about the devastation the children are facing for not getting to celebrate their big day.
I think a lot of kids are devastated. And rightly so. They worked so hard, and they’re not getting to have their big day. But he truly doesn’t seem bothered at all.Kelly Ripa on kids’ feelings of devastation!
Although Kelly wasn’t able to celebrate her firstborn’s graduation, he didn’t forget to congratulate him on her socials. Look at this post!
During his four years at New York University, Michael was a part of their Men’s Cross Country Track Team. On the official page of NYU’s athletic division, he divulged that he chose NYU because he was “highly impressed with their film program.” Before entering university, he was a high school student of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School.
3. Fans Speculate He’s Gay
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos met for the first time at the sets of All My Children in 1995. Both of them fell head over heels for each other and walked down the aisle on May 1, 1996, by eloping to Las Vegas following a brief breakup.
Kelly was 25 when she met the love of her life, and Mark was 24. At the moment, Michael Joseph is 23 years old, and still, he’s single. He isn’t seen with any women so much so that his fans are now speculating that he’s gay. But is he? Well, we’re still unclear but, let’s give the chap a year or two at least. Who knows he might meet someone and marry her as his parents did.
2. No Interest in Acting!
Before getting a chance to play in Riverdale as his father’s younger counterpart, Michael Joseph Consuelos had no interest in acting. He never thought about becoming an actor until his appearance as Hiram Lodge.
I recently discovered I liked it. I think Riverdale was a really refreshing experience. Everyone was really cool. It was an amazing time.Michael Joseph on discovering his love for acting.
After the 5 feet 9 inches tall actor, who had to audition for the role of his father’s younger self in Season 3, played the part, he fell in love with acting. But, this wasn’t his first acting role.
Michael’s first role was in the children’s show, Duck Dodgers, in 2004, where he voiced the alien named, Gremmie. Following this, he voiced another children’s show, Go Diego Go! character, Wolf Pup. He has also appeared in a short movie in 2012, The Bensonhurst Spelling Bee as Mike.
Besides his acting roles, Consuelos has also been a production assistant for three episodes of The Goldbergs in 2018. During his sophomore years in university, he interned at the Burnhouse Productions in LA. In addition to this, it was also revealed by his mother, Kelly Ripa, on her TV show with Ryan Seacrest, Live with Kelly and Ryan, that he’s been producing the show (home-run due to COVID-19) for her.
This fact about Michael Joseph Consuelos might seem a little off, but it isn’t. He grew up in a pretty solid penthouse (which was sold for $20 million in 2014), before living a lavish life at a new $27 million townhouse on the Upper East Side. But, after he grew up, he moved out of his parents’ home and started living on rent in Bushwick, Brooklyn, but he doesn’t save enough money to pay his rent.
I think he loves the freedom. He hates paying his own rent, and he’s chronically poor. I don’t think he ever really experiences extreme poverty like now.Kelly Ripa talks about her son’s freedom.
This statement of Kelly sparked some backlash, but she bounced back, stating that she and her partner expect their son to work and earn a living.
Michael goes to college and is a senior and works full time. I didn’t grow up privileged, and neither did Mark. We work, and we expect our kids to as well.Kelly Ripa on her expectation from her kids!
Since Consuelos doesn’t save enough to pay his rent, he calls his parents now and then for some cash. While talking about this issue, his mom Kelly revealed what her parents did for her kids for Halloween.
My parents, for years, they always give my kids for Halloween, they mail them an envelope with $20 in it.Kelly Ripa on her parent’s, sending her kids gifts for Halloween.
Though Ripa always asked her parents to stop sending the gifts since her kids didn’t appreciate it, they continuously kept on sending the same envelope for years. Now, since Michael has been staying on his own, he’s learned to appreciate small things in life.
For years my kids sort of ignored the $20, but now that he’s living on his own, he’s called three times, ‘Halloween envelope arrived?’ Just so he can have electricity. He’s experiencing being an adult.Kelly Ripa on her son, learning to appreciate small things.
Well, living alone certainly teaches great deal of things. As Kelly revealed, her kids are now filled with gratitude.
They are also thrilled that they’re not having to do their own laundry and cook their own meals. They have a newfound appreciation for us (parents).Kelly Ripa on her kids’ newfound appreciation.
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