A self-proclaimed country boy, Behling was born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Columbus, Indiana on 10 acres of sprawling land. His affinity for the great outdoors was born there while tending to livestock, mowing grass, and caring for multiple dogs. At just 16 years old, Behling discovered his love for the medical profession while watching his grandfather heal others as a cardiovascular surgeon. His mother worked as an operation nurse and health educator.
Growing up in the Midwest allowed Behling to participate in a variety of sports. After several years of hard work, it was no surprise that he earned an athletic scholarship to run track at Indiana State University. His events included the 4X4 relay and hurdles. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and mother, Behling enrolled at Indiana State University, where he majored in pre-med (including a biochemistry path). It was there that Michael discovered his true passion. After two years of college, he withdrew to pursue an acting career and enrolled in acting classes to perfect his craft. In 2017, Behling booked a role on “Empire,” which catalyzed his career in television and film.
Next up for Behling is the classic remake of the Cinderella franchise with “A Cinderella Story: Starstruck,” launching on HBO Max November 2021. Behling stars as Jackson Stone, a famous actor and singer bringing big-city charm and dreams to the small town in a big Hollywood production. The project stirs up dreams in Finley Tremaine, a downtrodden small-town teen with hopes movie star dreams.
Behling has appeared in campaigns for Isotoner, Nike and Finish Line, Jordan Brand, True Religion, Reiss, Kitson, and Microsoft, among many others. He has guest starred on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
When he is not filming, Behling enjoys hiking and exploring outdoor activities with friends and family. He remains committed to animal welfare programs and is a staunch advocate for mental health awareness. Behling is actively involved in youth programs with The Boys & Girls Club of America and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
|2021||A Cinderella Story: Starstruck||Jackson Stone||Direct-to-video film|
|2017||Empire||Handsome Dude||Episode: "The Lady Doth Protest"|
|2018-present||All American||Jordan Baker||Main role|
|2019||Grey's Anatomy||Brady||Episode: "Good Shepherd"|
- He is biracial and was adopted by a white family.
- He has a huge love for donuts, as he’s eating them constantly on set.