Sam, Beauty and the Geek
In the final moments of last week's Beauty and the Geek season premiere, the 18 newly paired hotties and nerds saw this year's biggest bombshell: an additional team of complete opposites in the competition — Sam, an L.A. club promoter, as the token male "beauty," and Nicole, a female "geek" graduate student at Tufts University. Host Mike Richards hinted to TVGuide.com that their presence in the house made this BATG season like no other. (After all, when has the show ever featured a well-groomed lad who uses several tanning creams?) We spoke to the high-maintenance himbo for more details.

TVGuide.com: When you were introduced to the housemates last week, you were met with utter shock.
Sam: It was not what anybody expected — I didn't even expect it. Until I walked in, I thought it was going to be all male beauties!

TVGuide.com: You'd never seen the show?
Sam: I don't really watch TV. When I knew I was going to be on the show, I thought maybe I should watch it, but then I was like, "Nah, I'll just go in blind." I think I perform better when I don't expect anything and don't prepare.

TVGuide.com: Then how were you recruited to be on the show?
Sam: I promote at clubs and am always out partying. One of the casting people came into a club and saw me and was like, "OK, here's a male beauty." I don't know if that's a compliment or what.

TVGuide.com: Do you consider yourself the male version of the beauties that are on the show?
Sam: Yeah, definitely, as horrible as that might be for me to admit. I spend more time getting ready than most of the girls I know — have to get the tan, get the hair perfect….

TVGuide.com: How long does it take you to do your hair?
Sam: I can sit there for an hour with it, and my hair is short, too!

TVGuide.com: Do you get along with everyone in the house?
Sam: The geeks on the show — I've never even seen people like that before. I'm used to hanging out with Hollywood socialites and people who are very, very social. But I try to help them out. I don't try to push anything on them, but if they ask me, I would totally do their hair and [let them] use all my products.

TVGuide.com: What about the beauties, are they the type of people you normally hang out with?
Sam: Yeah, I definitely get along better with them.

TVGuide.com: But you're competing with them, too, so isn't that weird?
Sam: Yeah, I do have to find a balance between partying with all the hot chicks and studying! [Laughs] But I have Nicole to help me with that.

TVGuide.com: What's she like?
Sam: I think she was intimidated by me at first, and I was by her, too. But she's been really making it work between us right from the beginning. And it's so funny watching the geeky guys talk with her — two types of people together who've got no social skills whatsoever.

TVGuide.com: Mike Richards told me he thinks you're one of the funniest guys in the history of reality TV.
Sam: [Laughs] I don't know if that's a good thing or not!

TVGuide.com: Why do you think he says that?
Sam: Well… I don't really think about things before I do them. And I really don't care what other people think about me.

TVGuide.com: That's the perfect thing for the geeks to see — that someone is not afraid to be himself, be confident and pursue whatever he wants to do.
Sam: That's what I keep telling them: It's not like we're trying to make them into somebody else. As long as you're being true to yourself, then people accept you.

TVGuide.com: Who do you think has a tougher time on the challenges, the female beauties or the guy geeks?  
Sam: I am really surprised by the stuff that both sides have to do, [the challenges] are ridiculously hard. But I would have to say the geeks. It's so traumatizing [for them]… but hilarious at the same time.

TVGuide.com: What really surprises you about the show?
Sam: How emotional it gets! There's been a lot of crying.

TVGuide.com: Why do you think that happens?
Sam:
I think it is the challenges. Because they are so hard and push people to their furthest limit, that just gets people so close. It is just cry, cry, cry, and then like, "Oh my god, you're my best friend for life."

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