Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Gil Macias has lived and breathed pop culture his entire life. His proximity to Tinseltown and the resulting up-close exposure to cartoons, superheroes, video games, and horror films sparked his creativity at an early age. Influenced by movies such as Alien, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, Gil gravitated toward art, film and entertainment journalism. In 2006 he joined Playboy as an Editorial Assistant, where he was instrumental to publishing each issue of the magazine. He eventually became the magazine’s Managing Editor, and would go on to write features for both the print edition and Playboy.com, including interviews with actors, directors, musicians, and other personalities from the entertainment industry. In addition to Playboy, his work has appeared at other print and digital publications such as Inked, Looper, Flood, and Thrillist. He is currently the Deputy Editor at AV Club.