Georgia native Michael Mealor’s career as an actor was nowhere in his sights during his early years.

He spent his youth taking in the outdoors with friends from his neighborhood and was deemed more of an athlete. Stereotypes and preconceptions steered Mealor away from theatre initially. He simply never saw reaching Hollywood as tangible goal. But with time, the young man discovered the potential he truly had for the performing arts. He eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and modeling and quickly signed with the revered Wilhelmina Modeling Agency.

Michael is now popular for portraying Kyle Abbott in the Emmy Award-winning sitcom The Young and the Restless. The prodigal son of Jack Abbott receives mass praise for his presence on set.

He’s also appeared in other TV series like Supergirl, Chasing Life, and the Roadies. He has modeled for brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Coca Cola and partook in videos of musicians like Lady Gaga and Britney Spears.

While the camera is off he enjoys getting active, boxing, and working on automobiles. Chilled sat down with Mealor to find out his most favorable drinks and eats.

Chillin' with Michael Mealor, denim shirt, portrait

Chillin’ with Michael Mealor

Photo by Wes Klain

Tell us what projects you are working on.

I’m current heir to the throne of Jabot cosmetics over at The Young and the Restless. I play the hockey loving, sports car driving Kyle Abbott, who is highly-skilled in the art of board room warfare.

With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?

Laying on my floor with my music playing as loudly as possible. I’m a self-proclaimed cinephile so I probably have a movie queued up somewhere. All the while, living a life through meditated eyes with my nose in a book. Or simply gazing at a good burrito or two.

When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?

The Los Angeles food scene keeps getting better and better so I’ve gotten to know a few chefs and will follow them to their new openings. I’m all about the care and freshness that has been put into the preparation of the food. You can tell when it has been thrown together. Find me at: Jon and Vinny’s, Dialogue and your friendly neighborhood sushi spot.

What types of dishes do you usually order?

Somehow it always ends up being one of the richest dishes on the menu. A pizza, pasta with cream sauce, crispy rice with spicy tuna, you name it! Lately, I’ve tried to cut back on my dairy and meat intake, but it’s been a struggle.

Do you cook?

Nope. Don’t judge.

Chillin' with Michael Mealor, hand on head pose, dark grey background

Chillin’ with Michael Mealor

Photo by Wes Klain

What types of drinks do you order when you are out?

Wine and beer are dear to my heart, but if I’m out, I’m ordering tequila. I don’t touch anything else. I wear jeans and t-shirts every day of my life. My order is equally simple. A good anejo tequila on the rocks wins every time.

Do you prepare drinks at home?

From time to time, but given my go to order, a good bottle and a solid icemaker does the trick.

Do you own a home bar?

I don’t! I’m an apartment dweller so there isn’t much, but I have always wanted a bar cart in the corner. Just from a design standpoint, I think they can be beautiful.

If you own a home bar, what is it stocked with?

I have always had an urge to travel the world in search of rare bottles of alcohol from native countries and bring them back with me. Maybe it’s an excuse to escape to roads less traveled; maybe it’s an excuse to drink a little. Either way, if I had a home bar, overseas is the direction I would head.

Have you ever been a bartender?

I have not. I’m sure there is more than meets the eye, but it always seems like a fun job where you get to express a bit of creativity from time to time.