Following the success of Million Dollar Listing LA, it was only right that Bravo take the franchise to the city that never sleeps!
On March 7, the network will debut Million Dollar Listing New York, which continues the same formula as its LA counterpart a.k.a following the professional and personal lives of three young
male real estate agents!
The press release promises “three of the most ambitious realtors give viewers an inside look into the aggressive, high-stakes world of New York City’s real estate market as they close multi-million dollar deals faster than a cab running a red light.”
The cast features from L to R: Ryan Serhant – who sold over $102 million in real estate in his first two years of business, Michael S. Lorber – who holds a law degree and has worked for Donald Trump, and Fredrik Eklund - who has more than 1.25 billion, yes billion, dollars in residential sales.
Now on to the juicy stuff as an insider sent us some gossip about the cast. For starters Fredrik is a former gay porn star! Yes Fredrik used to go by the porn moniker of Tag Eriksson and has starred in porn movies such as The Hole. ClASSy. Our insider reveals Fredrik had to leave his job at CORE because they allegedly did not want him doing the show due to his porn past.
When it comes to Michael, our insider tells Reality Tea that he is seemingly normal and that Bravo “cast him as the sexy, straight bachelor.” Looks at Michael’s photo again.. and allrighty!
As for Ryan, who is rumored to be dating Sonja Morgan, our source says he is a former model who was cast on the show at the last minute. Caroline Grane, Ryan’s business partner, was originally supposed to be the final cast member “competing with Fredrick while Michael falls for her romantically” but was demoted to having a supporting role after Bravo discovered Ryan. Caroline is reportedly none too happy about having a lesser role on the show.
With the gossip out of the way, you can read the official bios of the cast below!
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Ryan Serhant – Ryan is SVP, Managing Director for Nest Seekers International. He made a rapid rise as one of the top producers at the firm, selling $102 million in real estate his first two years in the business. Currently ranked the #16 broker in Manhattan by The Real Deal magazine, Ryan builds his growing reputation through hard work, client advocacy and innovative thinking. Setting his expectations high, he quickly became one of the youngest sales managers in history, heading sales on-site at development projects throughout Manhattan for some of the city’s biggest developers. Born in Texas and raised outside Boston with two brothers and three sisters, Serhant is no stranger to competition and thrives on the perseverance needed to rival the oldest veterans in the business. Before pursuing his real estate passion, Serhant received his BA in English Literature and Theatre from Hamilton College and then did a short stint on a popular soap opera and as a hand model.
Fredrik Eklund - Fredrik is Managing Director for Prudential Douglas Elliman. With more than 1.25 billion dollars in residential sales, he is known for being a “listings machine” working with the firm’s senior management team focusing on international sales, new developments and re-sales throughout Manhattan. Eklund is constantly rated as downtown’s “Top Luxury Broker” and was nominated as “Rookie of the Year” by the Real Estate Board of New York. He set record sales in 28 buildings in Manhattan last year and is often spotted showing apartments to top name celebrities. Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Eklund studied at the Stockholm School of Economics before founding an Internet company and working for the investment bank SEB in Stockholm, London, Singapore and Tokyo. In addition, he is the founder of a high end residential real estate brokerage in Scandinavia with 35 employees.
Michael S. Lorber - Michael is Director of Business Development for Douglas Elliman Worldwide Consulting. Since joining the company in 2006, he is a top producer for the firm focusing on International Project Marketing and multimillion dollar properties throughout Manhattan. Being the son of New York real estate giant Howard Lorber, his rise in real estate was a natural progression with his passion starting at an early age when he would attend open houses with his father. A native of Long Island’s South Shore, Lorber graduated from the business school at Babson College in Wellesley, MA with a BS in Real Estate and Finance. He spent his summers working for Donald Trump while in college before attending law school at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law specializing in tax law. After passing the New York State Bar Exam, Michael earned his MS in Real Estate at New York University. As an attorney, Lorber felt compelled to go for his brokerage license and pursue his real passion for real estate.