A Bethesda-based medical assistant and a Baltimore-raised toymaker have been cast to appear in Season 38 of the reality show “Survivor.”
Julia Carter, 24, of Bethesda, and Julie Rosenberg, 46, who grew up in Baltimore and now lives in New York, were listed among the 18 “castaways” set to compete this season, named Edge of Extinction, according to a CBS network news release.
The group is split into two tribes who will compete for $1 million. Carter and Rosenberg are both assigned to the “Kama” tribe, the release states.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada, Rosenberg said she is a “superfan” who has been trying to get on the show for 17 years.
“I do feel like I’m here to prove something, not necessarily to other people, but to myself,” Rosenberg said. “I sometimes underestimate myself. I feel like I’m a lot stronger than how I act sometimes. I know I have the strength to do this game and now I'm going to prove it.”
Carter described herself in a similar interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada as having the unique background of being the first in her family to graduate college.
After she finishes filming “Survivor,” she plans to start medical school — a decision motivated by her father’s death from heart disease when she was 7 years old, she said.
“Survivor for me as a kid was an escape I used to watch on the couch and think how awesome those people were and it often gave me hope in times where I felt hopeless,” Carter said.
The show will be her “journey before the journey” to becoming a medical professional, she said.
“I feel like it's my destiny to be here and I hope it fulfills some greater purpose,” Carter said.
The season is scheduled to premiere Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. on CBS.