Michael Aaron Gallagher is best known for his work as an entertainment journalist, celebrity photographer, actor and film producer. As the owner of the global entertainment news website StayFamous.Net, he has interviewed and photographed some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
An award-winning writer, his work has been read by an audience of more than 75 Million readers in the United States. He has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. He is a former TV Critic for the Sunday Edition of The Post Standard newspaper (an S.I. Newhouse publication) and Syracuse.com.
He has been quoted on Access Hollywood and his opinions have appeared in USA Today, New York Post, New York Daily News, The Saturday Evening Post, twice in People magazine (including the “Sexiest Man Alive” issue), TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Elle, Allure, Marie Claire, Nylon, Redbook, Self, Live Happy, American Songwriter, Country Weekly, Money, Business Week, Success, Smart Money magazine from The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Town & Country, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, House & Home, Style at Home, Kiwi, HGTV Magazine, Dwell, Experience Life, Family Tree Magazine, Life in the Finger Lakes, Men’s Journal, Motor Trend, Details, Maxim, Cigar Aficionado, Psychology Today, Skeptical Inquirer, Ideas and Discoveries, Scientific American Mind, Popular Science, New Scientist, Archaeology, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, American Scientist, Architectural Digest, American Journalism Review and Smithsonian. In February 2009, his TV review was featured in the television section of MSNBC.com. In the September 2011 issue, actress Rachel Bilson (Hart of Dixie) answered his fashion question in her column for InStyle magazine.
Television & Movies
As a journalist, Michael Aaron Gallagher has interviewed hundreds of people including some of the top movie stars, recording artists and celebrities. Some of his most prominent celebrity interviews in television and film include actor Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), comedian George Lopez (Saint George), comedian Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), actor Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings), actor Dylan McDermott (The Practice), actress Chloë Sevigny (American Horror Story), actor Colin Hanks (Fargo), actress Queen Latifah (Steel Magnolias), actor Jimmy Smits (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith), actress Diane Kruger (Troy), actress Rachel Nichols (Continuum), actor John Ratzenberger (Cheers), legendary news anchor Ted Koppel (Nightline), television host Jerry Springer (The Jerry Springer Show), billionaire Mark Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks), actress AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer), actress Elisha Cuthbert (The Girl Next Door), actress Ashley Tisdale (Scary Movie 5), actor Jason Biggs (American Pie), actress Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), actress Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), actor Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), actress Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage), actor Maurice Benard (General Hospital), actress Judy Greer (The Wedding Planner), actor Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), actress Ally Walker (Profiler), actor Timothy Olyphant (Justified), actor Walton Goggins (The Shield), actor Rockmond Dunbar (Prison Break), comedian Louis C.K. (Louie), actor Chris Geere (You’re the Worst), actress Aya Cash (You’re the Worst), actress Kether Donohue (You’re the Worst), actor Desmin Borges (You’re the Worst), comedienne Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), actress Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity), actress Flora Spencer-Longhurst (The Bastard Executioner), actor Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), actress Ariana Richards (Jurassic Park), Nicole Gale Anderson (Mean Girls 2), Chelsea Kane (Baby Daddy), Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars), MTV’s Jared Kusnitz (Underemployed), Disney Channel’s Debby Ryan (Jessie), Disney Channel’s Alyson Stoner (Phineas and Ferb), Disney Channel’s Mitchel Musso (Hannah Montana), Disney Channel’s Adam Irigoyen (Shake It Up), Disney Channel’s Doug Brochu (Sonny with a Chance), Disney Channel’s Audrey Whitby (So Random!), Disney Channel’s Ainsley Bailey (Shake It Up), Disney XD’s Kelli Berglund (Lab Rats), Disney XD’s Evan Hofer (Kickin’ It), Nickelodeon’s Victoria Justice (Victorious), Nickelodeon’s James Maslow (Big Time Rush), Nickelodeon’s Gracie Dzienny (Supah Ninjas), Nickeolodeon’s Autumn Wendel (Every Witch Way), Nickelodeon’s Jackson Brundage (One Tree Hill), Nickelodeon’s Jailen Bates (W.I.T.s Academy), Cartoon Network’s Tristan Pasterick (Incredible Crew), actor Austin Butler (Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure), actor Thomas Kasp (Space Warriors), actress Teala Dunn (Enchanted), actress Lia Marie Johnson (Finding Cody), Kelly Hyland (Dance Moms), dancer and YouTuber Paige Hyland (Dance Moms), singer/dancer Jordyn Jones (Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition), YouTube star JennXPenn, AwesomenessTV star Meaghan Dowling (IMO), actress Savannah Lathem (California Solo), singer-songwriters Brandon Hudson and Savannah Hudson (Brandon and Savannah), actress and Youtuber Alexis G. Zall (Out of Reach), actress Jade Pettyjohn (McKenna Shoots for the Stars), actress Merit Leighton (A Tiger’s Tale), actress Mimi Kirkland (Safe Haven), model and actress Morgan Cryer, actor Noah Lomax (Playing For Keeps), actresses Bianca D’Ambrosio and Chiara D’Ambrosio (The Young and the Restless), actress Chelsey Valentine (American Horror Story: Asylum), actress Jaidan Jiron (Nickelodeon’s Deadtime Stories), actress Athena Baumeister (Seventy Nine), actress Mandalynn Carlson (Holiday Miracle), actress Isabella Palmieri (As the World Turns), actress Aisha Tyler (Ghost Whisperer), actor Holt McCallany (Lights Out), actress Callie Thorne (Rescue Me), actress Daniela Bobadilla (Anger Management), actor Daniel Gillies (The Vampire Diaries), actress Angelique Rivera (American Crime), actor Zach Sale (Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor), actress Mekenna Melvin (Chuck), actress Charlene Amoia (American Reunion), actress Natalie Zea (Justified), actor H. Jon Benjamin (Archer), actress Lizzie Brocheré (American Horror Story: Asylum), actress Kristen Renton (Sons of Anarchy), actress Winter Ave Zoli (Sons of Anarchy), actor Christopher Douglas Reed (Sons of Anarchy), actor Noah Emmerich (The Americans), actor Barry Floyd (The Game), actor Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness), German actress Lotte Flack (Pope Joan), Australian actress Selena Caltabiano (Neighbors), Israeli actor Alon Aboutboul (The Dark Knight Rises), Rani Bleier (Israeli TV Academy Award-winning director, screenwriter and head of the Israeli Directors Guild), actor Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H), actress Barbara Hershey (Black Swan), actor Philip Martin (Phil Spector), actor Shaun O’Rourke (Port City), acclaimed children’s author Bruce Coville, New York Times Best-Selling author Elmore Leonard, NY Times Best-Selling author Laurie Halse Anderson, screenwriter Christine Conradt (Summer’s Moon), novelist/screenwriter Allison Burnett (Resurrecting the Champ), Israeli Academy Award-winning writer, actor/director Craig Hurley (author of 27 and All Washed Up), writer/director Alex Goyette (Awesomeness TV), director and producer Dani Menkin (J’taime, I Love You Terminal), director Dallas Jenkins (What If…), director Geo Santini (Hotel California), executive producer Carlton Cuse (Lost), executive producer Peter Tolan (Analyze This), executive producer/showrunner Warren Leight (Lights Out), writer/director Jeff Schaffer (Curb Your Enthusiasm), writer/director Paul Leyden (Cleaners), writer/producer Jackie Marcus Schaffer (The League), show creator David Caspe (Happy Endings), creator/executive producer/writer Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), executive producer/writer Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), actor/co-creator Jason Gann (Wilfred), executive producer/creator/writer Josh Berman (Drop Dead Diva), executive producer/writer/director Craig Zadan (Drop Dead Diva), executive producer Neil Meron (Steel Magnolias), executive producer Dominic Ianno (Soul Surfer), Broadway star Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia), MTV host Lenay Dunn (10 on Top), television host Samantha Harris (Entertainment Tonight), TV host/actress Carly Steel, Hollywire TV host Chelsea Briggs, late night talk show host Jake Sasseville (Late Night Republic), celebrity chef Curtis Stone (Top Chef Masters), the “Bailey sisters,” actresses Karolyn Grimes (who played Zuzu) and Carol Coombs Mueller (who played Janie) in the classic 1946 holiday film, It’s a Wonderful Life.
Rachel Bilson (Hart of Dixie), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Ali Larter (Heroes), Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars), Whitney Port (The Hills) and Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) have also answered his questions during online celebrity Q&A’s. He has also composed the interview questions for a coworker to interview celebrity chef Anne Burrell (The Food Network), Oscar-nominated actress Mary McDonnell (TNT’s Major Crimes), actress Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Travel Channel host Samantha Brown, Fox News host Megyn Kelly and actress Mimi Kennedy (CBS’s Mom).
In 2009, Michael Aaron Gallagher was quoted on the front DVD cover for the movie Sky Kids, starring Stephen Baldwin and Tom Sizemore (which was released in the United Kingdom) and on the official movie poster for 20 Mississippi. In 2010, he was quoted on the front DVD cover of The Two Plates (Maverick Entertainment). In 2012, he was quoted on the front DVD cover of Port City starring Jodie Sweetin (Full House), Matt Lutz (A Walk to Remember), and John Wesley Shipp (Dawson’s Creek). His movie reviews have also been featured on the official websites of Soul Surfer (TriStar Pictures/Film District), The Flyboys, (Dark Coast Pictures), and the Academy Award-winning American Documentary Inc. series POV (on PBS).
Over the years, he has attended numerous movie premieres and industry events including the world premiere of the Universal Pictures film The Express: The Ernie Davis Story, the Syracuse International Film Festival, the B-Movie Film Festival, the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival and the annual “New Technologies in Animation Forum” hosted by PIXAR Animation Studios.
As a press photographer Michael Aaron Gallagher has personally photographed more than 100 celebrities, including Kevin Costner, Alec Baldwin, Dennis Quaid, Tiger Woods, Jerry Springer, Hillary Clinton, Bob Newhart, Adam West, Frank Langella, Ed Harris, Edward James Olmos, Michael Madsen, Jennifer Taylor, Vincent Pastore, Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro, Jenni “J-Woww” Farley, Stephen Baldwin, Omar Benson Miller, Lynn Redgrave (1943-2010), Dan Aykroyd, Sarah Palin, Lesley Stahl, Tim Green, Jim Brown, Donny Deutsch, Ted Koppel, Samantha Harris, and Bob Costas.
The Music Business
Having grown up around radio stations and helping out at their events as a child, Michael eventually took to the radio airwaves for a summer internship in high school as a DJ for Z89. Since then, he has attended hundreds of concerts, enjoyed backstage passes and VIP meet-and-greets and worked with numerous contacts in the music business as an entertainment reporter.
He has interviewed recording artists and musicians in pop, rock, R&B, country, jazz, and instrumental, including Grammy award-winning saxophone player Kenny G, Grammy award-winning singer Jennifer Nettles of the country music duo Sugarland, Grammy award-winning band Train (Pat Monahan), Grammy award-winning band Blues Traveler (Tad Kinchla), singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, classic rock band STYX (Chuck Panozzo, James “JY” Young and Ricky Phillips), classic rock band Kansas (Rich Williams), Grammy award-winning singer and actress Brandy (Drop Dead Diva), Grammy award-winning Native American singer Joanne Shenandoah, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, Grammy award-winning lead singer Harry Wayne “KC” Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band, Grammy nominated country music singer Trace Adkins, Grammy nominated R&B legend Charlie Wilson, multi-platinum recording artist Clay Aiken, modern rock band There for Tomorrow (Maike Maile), entertainer Lance Bass (*NSYNC), boy band Mindless Behavior, country music singer Kellie Pickler (American Idol), country music vocal group Little Big Town (Phillip Sweet), country music group The Band Perry (Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry & Neil Perry), country music duo Steel Magnolia (Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones), country music singer Sunny Sweeney, country music singer Justin Moore, country music singer Chris Young, country music singer David Nail, country music singer Jake Owen, singer-songwriter Maddi Jane, singer-songwriter Tiffany Alvord, singer-songwriter Sara Skinner, musician Landon Austin, and Academy Award-nominated composer Patrick Doyle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).
As a press photographer with VIP access to shows, some of the recording artists he has personally photographed include Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antbellum, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole (1950-2015), Kenny G, Boyz II Men, MC Hammer, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Damian Marley, Fred Durst, Pherrell Williams, Akon, Kid Cudi, K-Os, Iyaz, Charice, Shontelle, Tinie Tempah, Drake, Taio Cruz, Kardinal Offishall, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Sara Evans, Justin Moore, Kellie Pickler, Katharine McPhee, Chris Young, Lights (Valerie Poxleitner), Kevin Rudolf, 3 Oh! 3, We The Kings, Spose, Blues Traveler, STYX, Kansas, The White Tie Affair, Simple Plan, Plain White T’s, Ed Kowalczyk, Safety Suit, Terrible Things, Hot Chelle Rae, Cartel, The Maine, Stereo Skyline, Artist vs. Poet, Jessie James, Elliot Yamin, Avenged Sevenfold, Flyleaf, All That Remains, Hollywood Undead, The New Cities, The Latency, Walk Off The Earth, Motion Picture Ending, Francis and the Lights, Spyro Gyra, Boz Scaggs, Richie Havens (1941-2013), Gil Scott Heron (1949-2011), John Hammond, Savoy Brown, Aaron Fresh, Mayday Parade, Drew Seeley, Drake Bell, Mitchel Musso, Jordan Pruitt, Keely Marshall, Aviella Winder, Ashlee Keating, Savannah Outen, Brock Storm.
In 2004, Michael Aaron Gallagher‘s idea for a fashion photo shoot was chosen by Tyra Banks as a semi-finalist for America’s Next Top Model’s Viewer Choice Challenge, something he credits for giving him the courage to pursue his passion for the entertainment industry. Since then, he has interviewed fashion icons Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (Full House), fashion publicist and MTV star Kelly Cutrone, fashion stylist Louise Roe (Plain Jane), former Victoria’s Secret model and public speaker Kylie Bisutti, and model Mercedes Yvette (America’s Next Top Model).
In 2008, Michael Aaron Gallagher attended his first movie audition and was offered a role as a character in the independent horror film Ms. Cannibal Holocaust (SRS Cinema) by award-winning Director Ron Bonk (Clay) and award-winning Executive Producer Jonathan Straiton (The Two Plates), which was released on DVD in 2012.
In 2012, he attended his second open casting call for the movie Adult World (starring Emma Roberts, John Cusack and Cloris Leachman). After director Scott Coffey saw Michael at the casting call, he received a callback and was asked to audition for a small role as an computer repair technician in a scene with Emma Roberts, although he was not offered the part.
In 2013, he was an extra in a scene with actress Michelle Hunter for the independent action thriller Iris (directed by Chris Steinberger).
In 2011, Michael Aaron Gallagher took on a new role as a film producer. He was credited as an executive producer of two New York city-based independent short films, Terminus by award-winning director Barnett Brettler and Other Days by director Adam Gundersheimer. He was an associate producer of First Kiss by director Yulin Kuang and Step One written by Hollywood screenwriter Allison Burnett (Resurrecting the Champ) and directed by Max Gold. He was also a financial backer of the films Kids on the Run by director Nolan Wilson Goff and No Hay Nada Mas (an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival) by director Giovanni Solis.
In 2012, he was an associate producer of Exiles, starring Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars) and Shane Coffey (Pretty Little Liars), an associate producer of Through a Child’s Eyes by director Ashlee Rose Scott and an executive producer of The Last Great Romantic Comedy by director Gustavo Sampaio.
At the age of 17, Michael Aaron Gallagher graduated from Columbia University‘s Earth Systems Field School at the Biosphere 2 Center in Oracle, Arizona, where he worked with scientists to study the loss of biodiversity within the marsh ecosystem. His white paper on the subject was published in Intertext Vol. 10 and received honorable mention for the Louise Wetherbee Phelps writing award at Syracuse University.
As a soccer player for 13 years, he represented the United States at both the 1997 World Scholar-Athlete Games and the 1999 Inaugural U.S. Scholar-Athlete Games, hosted by the Institute for International Sport in Kingston, Rhode Island.
He graduated with honors from Syracuse University, where he received a B.S. in Marketing Management from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He also holds an MBA from Columbia College, where his 150-page master’s thesis was a strategic audit of DreamWorks Animation SKG, with management recommendations for the Hollywood movie studio.
His poetry was selected for the 2011 Syracuse Poster Project series, on display in art galleries around the city of Syracuse. He was invited to be a special speaker at the 4th Annual Native Circle Festival, where he read his poem celebrating Native American culture.
In 2013, his short story “The Crystal of Oz” based on The Wizard of Oz books came in fourth place at the Oz-Stravaganza festival, the longest running Wizard of Oz festival in the world, held in Chittenango, New York (birthplace of author L. Frank Baum).
In the summer of 2015, his caption was chosen as a finalist for the San Diego Union-Tribune‘s cartoonist Steve Breen’s Caption Contest. He wrote the winning caption for a cartoon in the Fall 2015 issue of Modern Dog magazine.
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