Backstage Interview with 'Survivor: Samoa' Contestant Mick Trimming

One could easily point to Mick as being too glossy for reality TV. With perfectly hairsprayed brown locks, a chiseled face and a medical blue sweater, he's got an airbrushed quality to him that is wholly Los Angeles, where he works at Cedar-Sinai hospital.

I choose to look at Mick from the opposite perspective. He didn't hit the mark as a TV character because he didn't play to the cameras. Mick is an anestheseologist, and presumably brilliant, in a way. But he is also a low key guy, and when I caught up with him on the red carpet he answered most of my questions concisely, in simple language. Mick could be described as 'pleasant,' even 'agreeably bland.' He wasn't a great television character, but he's definitely real. Just don't touch the hair. It's not quite as real as his personality.

Mick told me which former Survivor he admires, whose jury vote he thought he might have gotten, why he believes Foa Foa got decimated, and how he kept Russell from burning him. One never would have thought of the words 'old married couple' to refer to Mick and Russell. But read on.

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