Hi, just wondering what’s your thought on Michelle joining WME? I was indeed more than surprised when I heard about the news earlier today. I remember you once said that joining a HUGE talent agency like WME surely had its pros and cons. I guess it still is a good thing in itself, right? I just don’t know what to make of it yet.
Also, now that Christian H represents her in the UK side and WME across the pond, what is the role of Sandra Chang? Head of her US management team? or sth else?
Amm … I have quite a few questions in my head but well, one thing is sure: She will have even more opportunities from now on.”—
Hi I’m away in New York City at the moment so I’m a bit out of touch.
Last week before the news of Michelle’s signing with WME came out, someone was telling me about all the top agencies competing to represent her and aggressively trying to poach her from Sandra Chang. I didn’t say anything in public but I was glad to hear confirmation that she was so sought after.
I’ve always found it curious why Michelle was so underrepresented. Sandra Chang is her American manager and Christian Hodell her UK agent. I hold them in high esteem but it does mean she didn’t have American agents. The difference between agents and managers is subtle. While most actors need only one, a star of her profile would normally have a team of agents.
Before Dan and Jess left Downton, they both signed with WME and each had at least three agents attached to them. AFAIK Michelle did have a music agent with WME, but the recent signing suggest to me she is preparing for the day Downton will end and is putting her team together for pursuing work in America full time.
If there is a sixth series, I imagine Michelle will be involved for only a few episodes if at all. WME has done a pretty good job for the other Downton alumni, so we’ll see what projects they come up with.