Love on the Spectrum’s Michael Theo has become an international star since the Aussie docu-series dropped on US Netflix!
Appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show in late October, Michael chatted to the famous talk-show host about his experience on ABC’s hit dating series, which follows people with autism as they explore love and relationships.
“I wanted to be on Love on the Spectrum because it was my best chance to help me find a partner,” he explained.
In the second season, which was recently released in America, Michael tried his hand at speed dating. There, he met Heather, and while the two formed a close bond throughout the five-episode run, things didn’t work out in the end.
Given this, Ellen wondered if the 27-year-old would ever appear on another reality dating show — namely The Bachelor.
Michael’s answer? “No.”
Elaborating on why this was, Michael revealed that he felt he wouldn’t be able to be himself on the show.
“I’ve heard that the men are not really allowed to be themselves,” he confessed, adding: “They’re also hairless and chiseled, which I am not.”
And as people who (sadly) watch The Bachelor religiously — we can’t argue with Michael’s logic. There has literally never been a hairy and/or rugged man to step foot on that red carpet. We digress.
What Is Michael Looking For In A Woman?
When asked what he’s looking for in a woman, Michael had the most wholesome answer EVER.
“Basically a beautiful, loving woman with a warm heart, who comes from a good family and doesn’t commit any wrongdoings.”
Said wrongdoings include: “Engaging with weapons or drugs, or breaking the law, getting in trouble with the police.”
Michael’s Tips For Finding Love
Chatting to Ellen, Michael discussed his number one tip for finding love.
“Don’t give up,” he admitted. “Give others a chance, and be yourself above all else.”
The breakout star also revealed his brother had given him some key dating pointers, such as knowing when to change the topic and the importance of maintaining eye contact.
Why Michael Believes Austim Is A Gift
Having been diagnosed with autism at 5-years-old, Michael has grown to learn that his disorder is more of a gift.
“People with autism, or Asperger’s, have more gifts than neurotypical people do, such as being highly intelligent, being able to do puzzles very well, being able to remember lines… [and] having photographic memories,” he said.
As for the love and support he’s received since starring on Love on the Spectrum, Michael confessed it’s been “overwhelming”.
Despite this, he’s “surprised” he hasn’t had a “long line of women lining up to ask [him] on dates”. And TBH, same! We think Michael’s a catch!
What’s Next For Michael?
While there’s no word yet on whether Love on the Spectrum will return for a third season, Michael definitely has big plans for the future. To begin with, he’s launching a podcast!
Named “Mr A+”, the podcast aims to bring “love and light into people’s lives”.
In a teaser trailer for the show, Michael revealed he’d talk about his many passions, but also laid down the law as to what WON’T be featured in the podcast.
“Rules for the podcast include no controversial topics such as politics, religion, past wars, weaponry and drugs,” he explains. “And most importantly, it has a strict no COVID talk policy.”
Despite not having an official release date, Michael teased the first episode will be coming soon — so go subscribe wherever you get your pods!!
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