Michelle Paradise is an American writer, producer and actress. She created, wrote and starred in the short film The Ten Rules and the television series Exes and Ohs, and subsequently became a writer and producer for the television series The Originals and Star Trek: Discovery.
Paradise was born in San Diego. She has two bachelor's degrees (in English and French) from Brigham Young University and a master's degree in comparative literature from San Francisco State University. While Paradise was at BYU she was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; she told an interviewer, "I was Mormon for about seven years and pretty much left the church after graduation ... all for reasons that are pretty personal." In 2007, POWER UP named Paradise one of its "10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz".