Milo Manheim is just starting out. He nabbed the lead role of Zed in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Zombies, while still in high school, and with only one IMDb credit to his name at the time. He became a household name overnight after DCOM debuted in 2018.
Milo is a quadruple threat with a background in musical theater that helped to grow his A+ comedic timing abilities in Zombies, Zombies 2, and American Housewife: he sings, dances, acts, and plays many musical instruments.
In order to learn more about him, Seventeen.com chatted with Milo, and it’s fair to assume he’ll be your latest teen crush.
Milo Studies At The New York University
Milo went to New York University after graduating from high school in May 2019 (where he shook his green Zombies hair like the legend he is). At the Tisch School of the Arts, he is a drama major, with hopes to graduate in 2023.
Milo Manheim Began Acting With His Mom’s Show “Ghost Whisperer”
Milo’s mom is Camryn Manheim, an actress who has been in a myriad of TV shows* and films, including Ghost Whisperer.
Camryn would take Milo to set up with her as a single mother, so he grew up behind the camera, “watching it all go down and seeing how it all works.”
He mentioned to his mom one day in 2009 how cool it would be to be in front of the camera for an episode. She said that maybe they could make it happen, and not long after that, Milo graced our TV screens with his lovely face and long locks.
“They gave me the [script] two hours in advance or something. So, I was just 8 years old or whatever, reading it, going through it, trying to memorize it,” Milo said. “I’d never really done anything like that before. I went in and they offered me the role and I did it.”
His other IMDb credit came nine years later, with Zombies.
He Was Into Theatre Before Making It In Movies & TV
Milo also enjoys attending Broadway shows in addition to doing theater, many times with his mom, who starred in the Spring Awakening revival from 2015-2016 on Broadway, as well as in Off-Broadway productions.
Coincidentally, Milo’s “favorite show of all time,” is Spring Awakening, and he has acted twice in productions of it.
I love everything about [Spring Awakening] and seeing my mom in it was incredible. If she can do Broadway, I feel like I can,” he said, laughing. “That’s what she told me.”
Rent, Dear Evan Hansen, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and A Chorus Line are some of Milo’s other favourite shows.
“The reason I love theater so much is just the people,” he shared. “It’s less about the show and more about who you do it with.
Milo Manheim Was Discovered For Zombies While He Was Performing In Theatre
After doing Ghost Whisperer, Milo may have (temporarily) stopped acting for television and film, but he did not stop acting altogether. He did musical theater, and it was actually how the lead role in Zombies ended up being played.
A casting agent who saw the show asked Milo while performing in Rent if he’d consider auditioning for a Disney Channel movie, which turned out to be Zombies.
“I was a little bit skeptical, but I did it, and it ended up working out pretty well, if I do say so myself.”
He Met Baby Ariel Before Zombies 2 Happened
Milo and Ariel’s characters are at odds with each other in the DCOM sequel, since Zed isn’t a fan of the werewolves joining the society of Seabrook. But when they came across IRL, Milo and Ariel hit it off quickly.
Milo shared how they were together on a plane and he posted about it and the new relationship was approved by the fans.
I think that’s why they were looking for her for the movie; it’s because we had this little thing going on on Instagram where we were commenting on each other’s posts, and she seemed like such a nice person.
He admitted that because “she has a very large social media following” and is a huge influencer, he was a little apprehensive about working with her on the project. Fortunately, she was so easy to work with and they got along well, “the sweetest person, literally just bubbly, always”.
In reality, Milo said how nervous the Zombies 1 stars were for the new cast members who joined because they knew how nervous it can be to come into the middle of such a big project, but from the get-go, they all meshed together so well.
It would’ve been weird without them.
Milo Manheim Was In Dancing with the Stars
Milo partnered with Witney Carson in 2018 and came second in the 27th season of DWTS, earning a perfect score on their final dance together (60 out of 60).
Prior to doing DWTS, Milo filmed the first Zombies film, so he had a different approach to the choreography of the franchise going into filming Zombies 2.
DWTS changed the attitude for Milo, though making Zombies 1 was all about having fun and being OK when you made a mistake. There is a lot of hardcore pressure to the competition display and you really put your body through the ringer.
I thought that I was in pretty good shape, to begin, but I was so wrong,” Milo admitted. “[Witney] killed me every single day, but obviously it was worth it … I definitely think that the work ethic I sort of discovered and created on Dancing with the Stars helped me so much in Zombies 2.
He Is Also A Chef
Milo expressed how he really loves cooking when asked what particular fans might not know about him.
His specific dish? He primarily likes making steak. Talking about the same, he once said,
I love to make steak. I’ll eat a steak any single day of the week.
Manheim Is An YouTuber As Well
Milo and Mason have been BFFs for years, as demonstrated by this throwback video. They started their YouTube channel, Milo&Mason, in 2018, but since February 2019, they have not uploaded a new video (as of this writing).
They had to take a break because Milo went to Toronto to film Zombies, but they have plans for more videos to be made. Milo shared how Mason will soon join him at NYU, so in the near future, they’re hoping to make more vids.
He Is An Expert At Playing Five Differents Musical Instruments
Milo plays the guitar, the piano, the percussion, the ukulele, the horns and the “dabble[s]”
He grew up playing the piano, but he fell in love with playing the guitar as he got older. Talking on the matter, he says,
There [are] pianos everywhere you go, but you can bring your guitar anywhere you go, which I love. It’s so therapeutic for me to just sit down and play a little tune
Apart from playing music, he is also into writing songs. Talking about his capability at writing songs, he says that he is “not very good at it, but trying to get into it.”
Milo Manheim During The Pandamic
Milo devoted himself to college studies after his job in “Zombies 2,” before the Covid-19 pandemic forced him to return home to spend the quarantine with his family and closest friends, who he often likes to call his family all by preference.
The success that followed his involvement in Disney’s “Zombies” and DWTS has made him a star among the young and adolescent public. On his social media, Milo has a decent number of fans and thousands of girls pining for him.