Sekou wasn’t familiar with Survivor before CBS called to recruit him

The first person to be voted off Survivor Cook Islands, Sekou Bunch, says that when he was recruited for the show, “he initially only viewed it as another acting gig,” according to the Calgary Sun.

Sekou is one of the three confirmed actors on the series, and tells the paper, “I just got through shooting the movie Dreamgirls and … I got this call. When they told me I had a one in 20 chance of making a million dollars, I thought, for seven weeks, it’s not a bad deal.” (Incidentally, Dreamgirls also stars American Idol 3‘s Jennifer Hudson.)

But he wasn’t familiar with the show. “If American Idol wanted me to go on, I’d say, ‘Wow, this is big,” but I didn’t realize (Survivor) was this big until the controversy came out. I was really stoked,” he says.

Like any good actor, he wants his one episode of fame to fuel his career. “I hope I get a larger audience to listen to my music — I think that may have happened already — and it will open me up to possible more film deals,” he said.

Booted ‘Survivor’ upset about loss [Calgary Sun]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.