the Twilight saga about a girl torn between vampire and werewolf boyfriends (Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner). He plays a human who has an unrequited crush on her.
He began his acting career at the age of 10 in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) as Artim, a boy from a non-technological planet who bonds with the android Data. His touching performance won him a Young Artist Award.
Next came a series of paranormal and science fiction roles, including a clone of Colonel Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) who just wants to be a normal teenager on Stargate SG-1.
On Joan of Arcadia (2003-2005), he played Luke Girardi, younger brother of the girl who talks to God, who has a homoromantic buddy-bond with his best friend Friedman (Aaron Himmelstein), although he dates girls also.
Ryan Gosling), who is dating his sister.
The Grind (2009) is about a grifter, Luke (C. Thomas Howell), who depends on his friends Josh and Courtney (Michael, Tanya Allen) to get him out of a jam. They start a sleazy website, but things go sour, and Luke has to rescue them from the Mexican mafia.
In Lost Dream (2009), college student Perry (Michael) falls for nihilistic free-spirit Giovanni (Shaun Sipos), who is involved in risky sex, drugs, and games of Russian roulette. He must save Gio before it's too late.
Heterosexual in real life, he is a gay ally who publicly voices his support of gay marriage.