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  • Survivor 41- MEET THE CAST

    Meet the cast of Season 41 of Survivor!


  • #2

    Xander Hastings


    Biography

    Name: Xander Hastings
    Age: 21
    Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
    Current Residence: Chicago, IL
    Occupation: App Developer

    Hobbies: Free climbing, road tripping, antique shopping, graphic design

    3 Words to Describe You: Independent, resilient, adventurous

    Pet Peeves: Laziness and c-o-c-kiness, especially from people who like to bark orders

    What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Nike Cross Nationals is the Super Bowl
    of cross country, and I love that people were baffled that my high school team even qualified.
    The conditions on race day were grim: the field was hilly, drenched, and oozing mud, the temp
    was a bone-chilling 40°, it was pouring rain and clearly no place for a Florida boy. Everyone was
    miserable but seeing the best of the best riddled with fear and intimidation, I felt a surge of
    confidence. Despite predictions that we would flop, we placed top 10.

    What is something we would never know from looking at you? I love the pursuit of
    knowledge and experience. I could spend hours discussing the genius of Richard Serra's
    commission for the NYC IRS building, or how Mandarin enables the mind to think more
    creatively, or the lab I just finished on rendering an image of the Crab Nebula using doppler shift
    and Kepler's 3rd Law, or an algorithm for my latest app's feed widget, or the golden warmth of
    the sun as it crests the horizon on a cold morning in Rocky Mtn. National Park, or meandering
    through the crowded bazaars of western China… I want to live a thousand lives before mine is over.

    Who is your hero and why? Undoubtedly my dad. That man sacrifices everything for his
    family and especially for me to live out my exuberant adventures and ambitions. He served in
    the Navy, Peace Corps and now serves as a prominent doctor in the Jacksonville community.
    People adore him, most of all me. Above all, he lets me know he's proud of me and supports me
    in any direction I want to take my life.

    Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Any of the pretty-boy-challenge-beast-
    charmers, just take your pick: Jay, Joe, Devon. I think I'd play most like Jay, a fellow
    Florida boy, using physical powers to get me to the merge, but more importantly making strong
    bonds, charming all and secretly thinking hyper-strategically.

    Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I will be the final Survivor because I'm the jack-
    of-all-trades and there's nothing in life that can stop me. If I'm not happy with my situation, I
    change it and shape the world the way I want to see it. I form deep bonds in every social sphere
    I encounter and live such a diverse life, there's no one I can't relate to and empathize with. I'm
    disciplined and won't rest until the million is mine, and no matter what I won't get complacent or
    c-o-cky.
    Last edited by KennyERJ; 09-12-2021, 10:18 AM.

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    • #3

      Brad Reese


      Biography

      Name: Brad Reese
      Age: 50
      Hometown: Shawnee, WY
      Current Residence: Shawnee, WY
      Occupation: Rancher

      Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, helping others pursue their passion and achieve their dreams.

      3 Words to Describe You: Spontaneous, Practical, Patient

      Pet Peeve: Lack of initiative

      What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? My family. I'm very proud of my wife
      of 21 years and 4 kids.

      What is something we would never know from looking at you? I'm a private pilot and enjoy
      flying. I've nearly died from a rattlesnake bite, been blown up by a propane tank and I like to
      live life on the edge.

      Who is your hero and why? My Dad. I worked side by side with him nearly every day my
      entire life. He was a father, boss and friend and, even after battling cancer for five years, he
      always kept a positive, generous attitude.

      Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Boston Rob. We don't have the same
      personality, but his thoughtful, strategic play is how I see myself playing.

      Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I have all the skills of a typical rancher – hard-
      working, common sense-but I'm completely different because of my social skills. I believe I can
      build multi-dimensional alliances and win trust with most people, but with laser vision towards
      the end goal.

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      • #4

        Danny McCray


        Biography

        Name: Danny McCray
        Age: 33
        Hometown: Houston, TX Current
        Residence: Frisco, TX
        Occupation: Ex-NFL Player

        Hobbies: Competing, traveling, cooking

        3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, charismatic, optimistic

        Pet Peeve: Lying, not being on time and lack of accountability. Lack of awareness and
        consideration for people's time and space or having to repeat myself after three times.

        What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Completing my graduate degree
        program! It was my goal to earn an MBA before I made it to the NFL, but that changed due to
        the money I was making and the workload that football requires. After retirement I had to
        overcome my own mind and doubts that I couldn't do it. It was the hardest thing I've ever done
        in life – late nights of studying and having tutors almost giving up repeatedly. But I never did, I
        have my MBA!

        What is something we would never know from looking at you? You would never know that I
        often achieve success because of fear, my fear of letting the people that I love down. Letting
        down people that took a chance on me is the vision that I use to thrive in competitive situations.
        Very similar to Adam Sandler in the movie "The Water Boy."

        Who is your hero and why? My mom. When my father passed, she was left to take care of
        three kids alone. She worked two jobs plus side work to provide for us. There is nothing she
        wouldn't do for us. I take strength to be strong when a tragedy hits from her, she never
        complained or let us see her cry. She did that for us. I owe her everything that I can give.

        Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Ben "Boom" Driebergen, 1 Big
        Move King. I figure that I would be seen as a strong physical player so I would eventually
        become a big target. The way Ben was able to outwork everyone on the tribe and do what he
        needed to do in order to survive was truly admirable. It's that 'back against the wall' mentality I
        admire.

        Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I'm applying to win. I always have something to prove to
        myself. I truly believe that I can succeed at whatever I put my mind to. I haven't failed
        yet and don't plan on starting now.

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        • #5

          David Voce


          Biography

          Name: David Voce
          Age: 35
          Hometown: Highland, CA
          Current Residence: Chicago, IL
          Occupation: Neurosurgeon

          Hobbies: Traveling, snowboarding, eating

          3 Words to Describe You: Determined, passionate, stubborn

          Pet Peeve: My pet peeves revolve around people's incompetence, laziness and lack of self-
          awareness.When you work an insane number of hours in a week, you just can't tolerate pure
          ineptness.

          What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Hands down I'm most proud of
          becoming a neurosurgeon that focuses on treating the brain cancer that claimed my father's life.
          No one in my family is in healthcare and no one in my family has left our area in Southern
          California. Becoming a physician, let alone a neurosurgeon, just wasn't something that was done
          in my community and was not something that seemed achievable as a kid.

          What is something we would never know from looking at you? Despite a confident exterior,
          I still have and process a lot of emotional baggage. As with all neurosurgeons, I have a "trail of
          tears" that I have to cope with on a routine basis.

          Who is your hero and why? My mom is my hero. She raised me and my sister herself after my
          father passed. She has sacrificed so much and worked so hard so that I could shoot for my
          dreams. She never pressured me to do or be anything; she just wanted me to be the best that I could be.

          Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I would play with a similar
          aggressive nature as Russell Hantz. He was aggressive, but his social assimilation needed work.
          Todd Herzog had a brilliant social game. He did in final tribal what Russell couldn't. I know
          how to pander to people and make them feel valuable even if I don't believe it. I would
          dominate in final tribal. Natalie Anderson also had a brilliant social game, she made big moves
          and covered her tracks perfectly. Kelley Wentworth was aggressive and had an uncanny ability
          to read her surroundings, and so do I. Cirie Fields is the master of this game. If she was a
          little more athletic, she would dominate. Her social ability and her social awareness is amazing. She
          relates to people and makes them feel comfortable. She's calm and doesn't appear to be overly
          aggressive.

          Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I will be the sole Survivor because I possess
          an ideal balance of charm, wit, athleticism and grit. Neurosurgery training has prepared me to push
          myself physically and emotionally beyond what is normal. As a neurosurgeon I have to be
          charming, relatable and able to connect with my patients, who place their identity and lives
          literally in my hands. I know how to be cool under stress. In neurosurgery the stakes are
          incredibly high and the only person I can trust to get the job done is myself. In "Survivor," you
          always have to assume that people are trying to screw you over. I am extremely athletic and
          work out twice a day. However, I am not a "jock" or "golden boy" like Joey Amazing, Malcolm
          or Ozzy, who will always be targets because of their persona. I can also be extremely eloquent
          and persuasive – my final tribal council will rival the likes of Todd Herzog's.

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          • #6

            Deshawn Radden


            Biography

            Name: Deshawn Radden
            Age: 26
            Hometown: San Bernardino, CA
            Current Residence: Miami, FL
            Occupation: Medical Student

            Hobbies: Cooking, making music, playing tennis

            3 Words to Describe You: Charming, devious, resilient

            Pet Peeve: My biggest pet peeve is being told what to do. And it's not something that makes me
            mildly irritated, I deeply loathe being told what to do. Listen, I'm not saying I know it all, but I'd
            much rather try and fail at something than go along with what someone else tells me is
            "acceptable."

            What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Every time I set a new goal and
            accomplish it, I become most proud of that goal. Most recently, I'm most proud to be in medical
            school, with a master's and bachelor's degree under my belt. I sense that within this next year
            I'll be most proud of winning "Survivor."

            What is something we would never know from looking at you? You'd probably never know
            that I am very introspective and empathetic. Around people, I am always so outgoing, but I'm
            also someone who thinks a lot, sometimes overthinks and over feels, for other people and
            sometimes my own situations. I consider myself an empath and although I may not always
            appear to, I do feel other people's emotions and I do feel strong emotions myself. I think I just do
            an above average job at concealing these emotions to not look vulnerable.

            Who is your hero and why? My heroes are my parents because they truly took parenting
            personally. They both come from challenging backgrounds and made it their duty to create
            a better life for my siblings and me. But above all, I find it most heroic that they are and somehow
            raised five genuinely good human beings, with good hearts and strong moral compasses. That
            can be hard to come by these days.

            Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Well I mean let's be real here, my
            game will be unprecedented! But I see my game being most like Cirie Fields socially and
            mentally, with a sprinkle of Wendell for pulling out competition wins in the clutch and jury
            management. I'll be like Cirie and Wendell's love child!

            Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I believe I could be the final Survivor because of a
            combination of social, mental and physical skills. I studied the game of "Survivor" like I would
            study for a medical school test and what I have found is that in order to outwit, outplay
            and outlast, you must have all three skills and these skills must work harmoniously together and
            shine at different points in the game. I feel like I am self-aware, which is something a lot of
            people lack. I am analytical enough to pick up on social cues and smart enough to critically think
            through obstacles that may present themselves, without becoming flustered. I know that I'm
            physically enough to help my team do well in challenges in the beginning and win challenges
            past the merge, but also, cunning enough to get any physical threats voted out before the game
            becomes individual. I am persuasive, but non-threatening. I have street smarts and book smarts
            and am empathetic enough to be read as trustworthy. I truly feel like I have the recipe to win!

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            • #7

              Eric Abraham


              Biography

              Name: Eric Abraham
              Age: 51
              Hometown: Atlanta, GA
              Current Residence: San Antonio, TX
              Occupation: Cyber Security Analyst

              Hobbies: Basketball, golfing, reading

              3 Words to Describe You: Open-minded, optimistic, confident

              Pet Peeves: People who have characteristics of being slothful, condescending, and sycophantic

              What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? My daughter as she is the next
              generation in our family.

              What is something we would never know from looking at you? I love scuba diving. I enjoy
              examining the surface of the moon, stars or passing comets with my very own telescope.

              Who is your hero and why? My hero is my grandfather, a man that didn't have to say a word to
              speak volumes. I would watch him walk into a room and respect was given to him before he
              uttered a word. He showered his grandchildren with affection and love that can only be given
              from the heart. The lessons that he shared with me were instrumental in my development and
              made me into the man I am today. My grandfather passed during my third week of basic Air
              Force training, but he remains a constant figure in my life.

              Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I would construct a hybrid playing
              style of Richard Hatch and Wendell Holland with a touch of Boston Rob.

              Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I was taught to always dream big and shoot higher
              than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or
              predecessors, try to be better than yourself. The game is not only my motivation, it's my tool to
              show myself that I can be the sole Survivor.

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              • #8

                Erika Casupanan


                Biography

                Name: Erika Casupanan
                Age: 32
                Hometown: Niagara Falls, Ontario
                Current Residence: Toronto, Ontario
                Occupation: Communications Manager

                Hobbies: Traveling, boxing and fitness, following pop culture

                3 Words to Describe You: Fun, fearless, empathetic

                Pet Peeves: Ignorance and men in ill-fitting jeans

                What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? It's hard to pick one because I love my
                whole life.
                My goal was to pay off my student loans by 30, and I did it at 27. Doing so allowed me to travel
                to so many places on my bucket list, get into combat sports and create financial stability for
                myself. One of my biggest accomplishments is actually leaving my job before coming to Fiji for
                the game. I'm proud of the career I built for nearly a decade. I'm even more proud that I was
                brave and walked away when I wasn't passionate about it anymore.

                What is something we would never know from looking at you? People are always surprised
                by how smart and articulate I am. I'm quite smart and figure things out quickly. I'm also quick-
                witted and those who get it are pleasantly surprised. Those who don't, have no clue what they're
                missing. People also don't believe I'm 5-feet tall because my vibes make me seem 5'3".

                Who is your hero and why? My grandma. She lived with my family growing up and I have
                a tattoo inspired by her. She [was] strong willed, so chic, sweet, yet opinionated and caring. She
                had my back 100% of the time. During her final days in the hospital she was still so high-
                maintenance and always made the nurses put on her pearls and diamonds.

                Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Brenda on the outside, Todd
                underneath. Brenda is physically strong, socially aware and not afraid to show her teeth. Todd is
                my all-time favorite player. I can channel his ability to influence others and always be
                strategically in control of the game and prepare to pitch myself in an amazing jury performance.
                Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I've been manipulative since before I knew what
                manipulation was. I relentlessly pursue my dreams. The great thing is no one would expect
                it because of my youthful face and small stature. I can make it to the end and am confident
                in my ability to advocate for myself at final tribal.

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                • #9

                  Evvie Jagoda


                  Biography

                  Name: Evvie Jagoda
                  Age: 28
                  Hometown: Westchester, NY
                  Current Residence: Arlington, MA
                  Occupation: PHD student
                  Hobbies: Cooking, biking, being in nature (hiking, camping, swimming in ponds)

                  3 Words to Describe You: Extroverted, enthusiastic, smart

                  Pet Peeves: Men. Not all men, but I cannot stand machismo and man-splainers - anything like
                  that drives me insane. [In grad school] I deal with A LOT of know-it-all male energy, and it's a
                  lot. Back when I dated men, I once broke up with a guy because we were on a trip to Budapest
                  and he kept pronouncing it "Budah-pesht" to prove how smart and worldly he was, and it was the
                  biggest turnoff. I broke up with him literally 30 minutes after we got back from the trip.

                  What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? In February 2019 I was featured in an
                  episode of the podcast Radiolab (episode "Asking for a Friend"). I was so proud of it for several
                  reasons. One, I absolutely love that podcast and it was so freaking cool to be a part of it. Two, I
                  felt like I was really able to bring a lot of myself into the interview. Normally, scientists try to
                  keep things very clinical and sterile. That's not my attitude. We talked about Neanderthals, but in
                  the discussion, I also brought up the fact that we always seem to imagine Neanderthals as males
                  when of course they were females as well. The reporter said, "Oh maybe I should be imagining
                  myself meeting a female Neanderthal at a bar." Naturally, I replied, "Well that's my kind of
                  story." She ran with it and had a whole chunk of the episode be about queer interspecies
                  romance, which is literally my dream come true.

                  What is something we would never know from looking at you? People are normally shocked
                  that I passed as straight for 23 years. I give off the vibe of someone super confident in in my
                  queerness (which I am now), but it wasn't always this way. I like to be loud and proud
                  about that so people know that it's okay to take longer to know yourself. People who know me
                  at all are also often incredibly surprised when I say that I'm 5'2". People are always surprised
                  that I'm short. I have a big personality that takes up more than 62 inches of space.

                  Who is your hero and why? My hero is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is just such a badass
                  woman and withstands so much hate, sexism, racism, ageism and somehow never gives up or
                  gives in. I so admire the way that she stands up for regular people and against huge opposition
                  from powerful forces with just her voice, passion and beliefs. I genuinely cried when watching
                  her speech after a Republican congressman called her a bitch. She stood there in Congress, so
                  poised and dignified, yet still so clearly channeling intense fiery passion against abusive men and
                  for women everywhere who have to deal with that BS. She said, "having daughters is not what
                  makes someone a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect is what makes a decent
                  man." That's just so true and clear and makes me feel seen by a politician for the first time ever.

                  Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I think the strategy that would work
                  well for me would be staying close to the center of power, but never directly perceived as the one
                  making the calls. For example, Todd at the beginning of China put Aaron as the leader of his
                  tribe, but knew he could control him. I also think Natalie in San Juan Del Sur crushed this. She
                  was Jeremy's number two at first, so he was the one that got cut while she stuck around. Then
                  she pretended to let Jon Misch et al. be in charge. Ultimately, she struck at the right time and
                  was able to get him out and win. I think that would be the type of player I would want to be–
                  I'd want to seem agreeable and like I wasn't playing with intense strategy, but be right next to
                  the front-man so that I could grab the reins at the right moment. This plan could blow up if
                  you're too in love with the front-man (a la Stephen with J.T. or any non-Kim players in One
                  World). You have to know when to betray them.

                  Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I really think I have the right combination of skills
                  to win the game. I'm extremely smart and strategic and know the game very well and will
                  constantly be thinking about how to put myself in the best position to win. But I'm also so silly
                  and goofy and physically small and clumsy that I think people will really underestimate me and
                  not target me. I've got an infectious smile and personality that will help me make great bonds
                  with people. I'm super open and vulnerable with people so I think people will feel close to me,
                  tell me information and want to work with me. I think people will have warm feelings for me at
                  the end of the game even if I vote them out. I'm good at reading people's vibes and am very
                  sensitive to shifts in people's energy so I think I'll be able to figure out if people are lying to me
                  or planning to betray me. Even though I am very empathetic to people, I also can have a wall up
                  in me and always put my closest people above anyone else, and I know I will be able to betray
                  someone for the sake of winning the game. I'm also relentlessly optimistic and will not ever
                  give up or count myself out.

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                  • #10

                    Genie Chen


                    Biography

                    Name: Genie Chen
                    Age: 46
                    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
                    Current Residence: Portland, OR
                    Occupation: Grocery clerk

                    Hobbies: Cooking, video games, thrift store and antique shopping

                    3 Words to Describe You: Funny, kind, sensible

                    Pet Peeves: People who wear masks incorrectly by not covering their nose and mouth, or who
                    don't wear them at all.

                    What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I got the "hustle award" one year at
                    basketball camp when I was 15 years old.

                    What is something we would never know from looking at you? I was first-string cellist in
                    junior high and I still play videogames.

                    Who is your hero and why? My hero is my sister. She is a success story with a beautiful family
                    despite not having had support at an early age.

                    Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I don't believe in playing like any
                    other contestant before. I'm going to have many alliances so I can always have the best options
                    to further my game.

                    Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I'm very likable and sincere so people trust me.
                    I'm also very nice so no one will suspect me to be strategic.

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                    • #11

                      Heather Aldret


                      Biography

                      Name: Heather Aldret
                      Age: 52
                      Hometown: Charleston, SC
                      Current Residence: Charleston, SC
                      Occupation: Stay at Home Mom

                      Hobbies: Exploring, painting, tennis and pickleball

                      3 Words to Describe You: Authentic, passionate, devoted

                      Pet Peeves: Loud cell phone talkers, people who choose not to hear the truth, bullies

                      What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? With the profit I made with the sale of
                      my first house which I bought all by myself, I was able to pay off the remainder of my student
                      loans and all of my personal debt. Marrying my husband 100% debt free was the absolute best
                      gift to myself. I'm still raising two strong, courageous, kind daughters but I'm sure who they are
                      becoming is undoubtedly going to be my absolute best accomplishment.

                      What is something we would never know from looking at you? I had a very challenging
                      upbringing, have a passion for opossums and I cuss like a drunken, sunburnt sailor.

                      Who is your hero and why? I know many heroes. My definition of a hero is anyone who goes
                      against the grain and stands up for what he/she believes, in the face of ridicule, embarrassment
                      and at the risk of being ostracized, all while being his/her true authentic self. I strive to be one
                      and raise two of my own.

                      Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Rick Devens – he played so hard with
                      everything he had. Even when it was getting bad, he made his time fun! I want to make my
                      experience a truly fun adventure, even if only for myself. I want to belly laugh when it's so
                      tough. Tina Wesson – she was calculated, direct, but kind. Age and stature and her nurturing
                      persona played in her favor, she inspired me. I'd embody the kindness of Lisa Whelchel, but with
                      the savviness of Chrissy Hofbeck.

                      Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I'm sharp and observant, like OCD observant.
                      I'm surprisingly very strong and have a ridiculously high threshold for pain. I'm
                      resilient. I'm daring but careful. I build strong relationships. I'm likable and entertaining. I listen and learn.
                      I will be the person who remembers where everyone is from and what they love on their pizza.
                      I'll know their stories – the kids, pets, etc. I may not like them all, but I have the ability to
                      convince them all that I do! I'll make people smile when they need to. I hope to make all feel
                      included and important.

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                      • #12

                        Jairus Robinson


                        Biography

                        Name: Jairus Robinson
                        Age: 20
                        Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
                        Current Residence: Oklahoma City, OK
                        Occupation: College Student

                        Hobbies: Obviously Survivor, working with kids/pediatric nursing, athletics (jiu jitsu, running,
                        dance)

                        3 Words to Describe You: High energy, charming, charismatic

                        Pet Peeves: I really hate bullies, and I don't like loud eating.

                        What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I'm so proud to be a two-time state
                        track champion because it is the culmination of seven years of absolute passion, but also pain.
                        Literal blood, sweat and tears! Everyone will tell you running is hard, but running with the
                        fastest people in the state running sub five minute miles and pole vaulting is a story of its own.

                        What is something we would never know from looking at you? When people first
                        meet me they always assume I'm the goofy, go with the flow bro who's here to make you laugh.
                        But I'm also a lot smarter than people think until they see my grades or hear me speak in front of
                        a crowd. I did Toastmasters, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking
                        and leadership, when I was in 6th grade up until high school so I can speak eloquently. Public
                        speaking has never been a problem for me.

                        Who is your hero and why? Every now and then I volunteer at the children's hospital because
                        pediatric nursing is what I want to do with the rest of my life. Those kids are absolutely my
                        heroes. To know and see what they go through hurts, and yet they still have a smile on their
                        faces. Why would I - someone in perfect health - spend so much time being angry at dumb stuff
                        like bad weather, girls or no more milk in my fridge? I'm so much more privileged than they
                        are. I will always have a smile on my face and a laugh on the way because why not, right?

                        Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I would love to play the game like the
                        culmination of some great Survivor winners, specifically Parvati, Fabio and Jeremy Collins. No
                        one in the history of Survivor can charm like Parv. I'm going to change that. I would love to
                        have Fabio's ability to be underestimated, which I believe is the best thing you can be in
                        Survivor. Lastly, I want to work Jeremy's shield management into my gameplay while still
                        having my own king spin on it.

                        Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I believe that there are numerous aspects of
                        Survivor. You'll drive yourself mad trying to do one of them perfectly. If I can do everything
                        well enough, I know I can win. I have great social awareness and in high school I was very
                        popular. I had my hand in every clique with the jocks, the band kids, musical theatre kids,
                        popular kids, rappers, academic kids, ROTC kids, quiet kids and even the teachers loved me.
                        Even now, I have a great relationship with the president of our college. I have that "it" factor
                        that some people just have. I think JT had it and Kim Spradlin, now I have it too.

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                        • #13

                          Liana Wallace


                          Biography

                          Name: Liana Wallace
                          Age: 20
                          Hometown: Evanston, IL
                          Current Residence: Washington, DC
                          Occupation: College Student

                          Hobbies: Dancing, running, writing poetry

                          3 Words to Describe You: Adventurous, loving, outspoken

                          Pet Peeves: I hate when people chew with their mouth open.

                          What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I am most proud of being invited to
                          perform my spoken word for Congressman John Lewis during a fundraiser for a non-profit
                          organization in my community.

                          What is something we would never know from looking at you? Looking at me you would
                          never know that I spent a portion of my childhood in Tokyo and Singapore.

                          Who is your hero and why? My hero is Misty Copeland, the first female African-American
                          dancer to be promoted to a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. I see Misty
                          Copeland as a hero because she faced incredible odds growing up in terms of her home life, but
                          she also stayed committed to her craft and her love of ballet to get where she is today. In staying
                          committed mentally and emotionally to the idea that she could, in fact, be a professional ballet
                          dancer even though she didn't fit the archetype of a white ballerina, she broke barriers for future
                          Black ballet dancers who had dreams that always seemed unattainable.

                          Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I would hope to play the game most
                          like Tony Vlachos, except not have other people know that. Tony was a player that minimized
                          risks to the best of his ability. He would always read the social scene and crunch numbers, but if
                          he felt like his game was on the line, he would find some way to ensure his safety, whether it
                          was finding an idol or slickly attempting to overhear other players' conversations. Although I
                          really hated when Tony did that as a viewer, I think his type of game play is one that I would try
                          to emulate, but in a way that had more authentic relationships. In all honesty, I would hope to be
                          a type of hybrid between Tony and Elaine. I would have Tony's game play skills and Elaine's
                          people skills.

                          Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I believe I can be the final Survivor because too
                          often, women of color are overlooked and undervalued. Whether that's in my business classes
                          dominated by white men who feel entitled to the space they take up or in future workplaces, it is
                          women of color who have nurtured and cared for others throughout history. If there was ever a
                          person who was strong enough mentally, physically and emotionally to take on a game full of
                          odds – a woman of color, a woman like me and the women I come from would be the one to do
                          it.

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                          • #14

                            Naseer Muttalif


                            Biography

                            Name: Naseer Muttalif
                            Age: 37
                            Hometown: Sri Lanka
                            Current Residence: Morgan Hill, CA
                            Occupation: Sales Manager

                            Hobbies: Cricket, traveling, cooking

                            3 Words to Describe You: Authentic, outgoing, hardworking

                            Pet Peeves: Laziness and people who don't contribute to group efforts

                            What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I have achieved the American Dream. I
                            grew up in poverty, living in a mud hut with no electricity or running water for half my life. I
                            never held a cell phone or touched a computer until I was 18. I worked my way up from selling
                            vegetables on the street to making multi-million-dollar sales for my company. I taught myself
                            English. I am able to give my kids the life I didn't have growing up and still fully support my
                            family back in Sri Lanka. I was able to help send my sister to college and support the education
                            of my nieces and nephew. I recently saved enough money to buy land in Sri Lanka, where I hope
                            to build my mom a more modern, safer home.

                            What is something we would never know from looking at you? People would never know
                            that I grew up in a remote village and didn't experience modern conveniences or technology
                            until I was grown. I didn't know how to use a real toilet or shower until I was 18 and moved
                            overseas (in Sri Lanka, we had a hole in the ground in an outhouse for a toilet and bathed in the
                            river behind the house). We washed our clothes in the river. I didn't get my driver's license (or
                            really drive a car) until my wife – then girlfriend – helped me get one in Dubai when I was 26.

                            Who is your hero and why? My mom is absolutely my hero. She has sacrificed everything for
                            her children. When I was young and my father was ill, she had to make the immensely difficult
                            decision to leave behind three young children to go work in a foreign country as a housemaid.
                            She suffered and was mistreated there, but she did what she had to do to keep us fed.

                            Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I think I'm pretty original and not too
                            similar to anyone who has played before. I have some aspects of former players, like my jungle
                            skills and an engaging personality, but I think I'm unique and will bring something new and
                            refreshing to the game.

                            Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I am a strong competitor. I have a unique and
                            engaging personality and believe my tribe would want to keep me because I can provide, win
                            challenges and keep them entertained. I will do whatever it takes to win. This game is so
                            important to me and winning it would be my greatest achievement. I have unique life
                            experiences that will help me to make it to the end.

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                            • #15

                              Ricard Foyé


                              Biography

                              Name: Ricard Foyé
                              Age: 31
                              Hometown: Lynnwood, WA
                              Current Residence: Sedro-Woolley, WA
                              Occupation: Flight Attendant

                              Hobbies: Violin, running, winterguard

                              3 Words to Describe You: Hopeful, positive, funny

                              Pet Peeves: Being asked a question and the answer being ignored

                              What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I've always been willing to make a
                              change, pickup and go. It makes me feel brave to know I've changed my career when unhappy.
                              I've purchased a one- way plane ticket not knowing what to expect, just to audition to dance
                              around the country and succeeded. I've moved alone to new states on a whim. I only have this
                              one life, I don't want to waste it doing what's easy.

                              What is something we would never know from looking at you? I am deaf in one ear. I focus
                              heavily on reading lips and am fluent in ASL.

                              Who is your hero and why? My husband, Andy. He has navigated through life after many
                              setbacks, struggles and the tragic loss of a parent in a car accident. Andy focused on putting his
                              physical comfort behind his and my desire for our family to grow and carried our children as a
                              transgender man. I cannot think of a better human.
                              Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Aubry Bracco, but win.

                              Why do you believe you can win Survivor? The ability to show kindness, but also not take
                              certain attacks and situations seriously feels like most players' downfall. They succumb to the
                              emotions and get voted out. I have awareness of my being while also being very observant of
                              others and loyal, but not to a fault.

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