Michele Morrow started her career as a horror movie actress, with more than a dozen titles to her name, and when she made the leap from horror to gaming she quickly rose to the top as one of the most in-demand hosts for video games and nerd culture. Her 2015 resume includes voice acting, podcasting, and hosting one of the biggest eSports events in the country.
Morrow can currently be seen hosting “Multiplayer,” an original video game debate show on Sling that asks a panel of YouTube stars critical questions, like: “You’re on Tinder and you see Princess Peach – do you swipe left or right and why?” Her return to BlizzCon as the co-host of the “Virtual Ticket” on DirecTV has added excitement this year, featuring one of the most anticipated games of 2016: “Overwatch.” With the massive success of newer titles, “Heroes of the Storm” and “Hearthstone,” combined with glimpses into the long awaited movie adaptation of “Warcraft” (Legendary Pictures), BlizzCon 2015 is set to be a huge success. As the voice of one of the lead Hero characters in “Hearthstone” (‘Alleria Windrunner’), Morrow has a special connection to Blizzard Entertainment and is thrilled to be back for a second year.
Morrow is taking her love of gaming to her own podcast, “Status Effect,” co-hosted by Nerdist’s gaming editor Malik Forté. The show – which will also be live streamed on Twitch – will be half interview, half gaming, giving Morrow and Forté the opportunity to get to know their guests and challenge them to a fan-favorite video game. Earlier in 2015, Morrow hosted ESPN2’s “Heroes of the Dorm” – inspired by the wildly popular “Heroes of the Storm” – a collegiate eSports event. Not only was the series ground-breaking because it was the first time live video games were broadcast on ESPN2, but Morrow was the first to ever host a series of this nature, on a network typically dominated by men. The series was talked about on nearly every major talk show and opened the door to many more eSports opportunities.
Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Morrow always knew she wanted to be in the entertainment industry. She majored in acting at the University of Washington in Seattle, and one of her instructors was none other than Joel McHale (comedian and host of E!’s “The Soup”). Moving to Los Angeles after graduating proved successful as she was cast in seventeen horror movies and secured supporting roles in television series’ like “Alias” (ABC) and “The Young and the Restless” (CBS).
In 2007, Morrow’s entire world changed when she was in a severe accident that left her in a neck brace for a year and a half and undergoing countless surgeries. Physical recovery was long and difficult, but the emotional strain was nearly unbearable. One night her boyfriend came home with “World of Warcraft,” and this small gesture changed the entire course of her life. She started playing, and meeting people online through gaming. She quickly realized that gaming was a healing output; there was an entire community of people – kids and adults who were sick, injured, laid off – in a similar place as her. She found a community she could communicate with and they helped each other find healing.
As she started to feel like herself again, Morrow began writing for HelloGiggles as the site’s first videogame writer, and continued on to write for Nerdist.com. Once she healed, BiteSize took notice of Morrow’s talent and she was soon hosting her own series, a nerd-centric talk show called “Chaotic Awesome,” attracting guests like Chris Hardwick (Nerdist) and Randy Pitchford (Gearbox). More on-camera jobs followed, including hosting with Larry King, and conducting interviews with celebrities including Melissa Rivers, Ed Begley Jr. and many of the top video game developers in the world. Morrow continues to be a presence on the Nerdist network with her weekly gaming stream, “Massive”.
Morrow currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their cat, Samus Aran. They both share a love of animals, gaming, and attending live concerts. Morrow’s passion for music is evident in her other hobby: creating original works of art. She is a commissioned artist who personalizes album cover collages, “Recycled Rock,” and most notably has a piece owned by a member of the Dave Matthews Band, as well as pieces hanging at Billboard in NYC and Ryan Seacrest’s offices, to name a few.
A passionate spokesperson for GameChanger Charity, Morrow donates her time to host and create memorable events and serves as a member of the board of advisors. GameChanger Charity has partnered with Childs Play Charity for a 15 hospital national “Gamers Give Back” tour, which will visit sick children across the country delivering hope, inspiration, and video games.