March 21, 2012 10:05 AM by Martha Zaborowski
For a man who has his own personal stylist and tailor, Michael Lorber is surprisingly a down-to-earth sweetheart. While working in the highly competitive field of New York real estate, Michael finds time to be actively involved in several charities benefiting cancer research, AIDS education, and the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Million Dollar Listing New York fans have taken to Twitter to agree that Michael is a “gentleman,” “adorkable,” and a “great catch.” Reality TV Magazine recently spoke to Michael about how he became involved in Million Dollar Listing New York, what it was like working for Donald Trump, and how he feels about his personal life being displayed on TV.
RTVM: How did you become involved in Million Dollar Listing NY, and why did you decide to do the show?
Michael Lorber: I saw a casting call for the show, and I went through the very long audition process for Bravo of “filming this” and “saying that.”
I’m not a huge fan of reality TV; but I did like the LA version of Million Dollar Listing. I wanted to go on the show to have people see that realtors are highly skilled professionals and not uneducated and aggressive like some people think.
RTVM: What are some noteworthy things that happen this season?
Michael Lorber: I think you’ll start to see me earn the respect of my dad [real estate giant, Howard Lorber]. The show portrays me to be bit of a novice, compared to the other guys [Fredrick Eklund and Ryan Serhant], but I have been working in real estate for six years. You’ll also see some of my personal life—like that date on last week’s episode, which was a little embarrassing.
RTVM: There was a story that said you were involved with a woman named Caroline Grane, who was originally supposed to be cast on the show. Is that story true?
Michael Lorber: Nothing about the Caroline Grane story was true; I never even met her.
RTVM: You used to work for Donald Trump. What’s he like?
Michael Lorber: Yes, I interned for Trump while going to law school. It was great working for him! He was one of idols growing up, and he is the best at branding and producing high-quality work.
RTVM: Your father, Howard Lorber, has been a pretty big deal in real estate for the past 10 years or so. Do you feel more pressure to succeed?
Michael Lorber: I do want to succeed and make him proud, not only as my dad but as my boss! But there might a misperception that I get most of my business from him—I don’t; he has a lot of people working for him and with him.
RTVM: You went to law school and now you’re a real estate broker. Why the switch?
Michael Lorber: I was always passionate about real estate, but I wanted to learn as much as possible and diversify myself. I actually use knowledge from my law degree every day in real estate.
RTVM: On the season premiere, you were very straightforward with your client about losing the listing. I thought that made you seem very honest and trustworthy. What are a few words you would use to describe yourself?
Michael Lorber: I would say I am sweet, smart, and hard-working.
And, well, speaking of honesty, I didn’t quite lose that listing. It’s kind of tricky to depict how real estate sales actually go down in New York. You’ve got a lot of co-ops where even if a buyer and seller agree on a price, the board can get involved and decide against a client.
RTVM: How would you describe your castmates?
Michael Lorber: I would say they’re competitive, aggressive, and also hard-working.
Although it’s fun seeing Michael’s shirtless and scrappy Million Dollar Listing New York castmates, watching Michael Lorber on Million Dollar Listing NY feels comfortable and refreshing in a way that a summer cottage does after being surrounded by skyscrapers.
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