Real World 21 casting for activists, “people who are passionate about the world,” have “depth”

Although years have passed since anyone cared about The Real World, and The Hills now defines the network, MTV has renewed its once-groundbreaking series for a 21st season and producers are searching for seven people, including those who are activists or have “depth.”

Casting director Damon Furberg told me that producers “are once again looking for people with career goals — this time not specifically entertainment-related,” including “‘activists’ who are passionate about political, social, or environmental causes.” He added that “these qualities are not a requirement–just something were looking out for.”

The Hollywood-set season searched for people with entertainment industry career aspirations, and that focus on finding people with actual lives is continuing because, as Furberg said, “we’re generally looking to attract some depth this season, and the easiest way to express that is by asking for people who are passionate about the world around them and have an aspiration, cause or a political issue that is important to them.”

Those interested in applying should sober up–or not!–and send in a video, attend an open casting call, or, in a series first, upload a digital video. The deadline for submitting tapes is Jan. 28.

Real World 21 is Now Casting! [Bunim-Murray]

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