If you missed the post about the Guys on Survivor Season 41 Click Here (also I added one I left off today). Now it’s time to check out this season’s women. Also, this season has 18 players and only 26 days of play rather than the usual 39. I used to try to do a very serious diet during the Survivor seasons eating lots of rice. I may or may not do that this year. lol. I like fish and rice and I have a very hard time eating lately for some reason. I’ll probably have baked salmon with plain white rice on the premiere night ( a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday, September 22) because I am weird like that. There will likely still be wine. lol. However, I have read that the tribes will not be given any “daily food staple” and there are few reward challenges. So, NO RICE? WTF? This is the beginning of the THIRD DECADE of Survivor. And the new format is FAST, FUN and VERY DANGEROUS! Oh my. I hope you will all be watching with me.
Communications manager Erika Casupanan cannot communicate enough how excited she is to play Survivor. Though she stands at “five foot nothing,” the Canadian is hoping to loom over this game, being underestimated for her appearance. And the key to doing that: Figure out what everyone wants, then exploit it.
Age: 32 Hometown: Niagara Falls, Ontario Current Residence: Toronto, OntarioOccupation: 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.
I don’t like her. She annoys me for some reason. She makes the Randy Newman song “Short People” play in my head.
PhD student Evvie Jagoda is well studied in both the evolutions of humans and Survivor strategy. Though standing small, the 28-year-old hopes her quirky fashion and friendly demeanor will make her a big ally in people’s minds. And through her connections, with a hint of underestimation, she hopes to become the first queer woman to win Survivor.
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.
So she’s like the manhating dyke version of Erika? Um, Okay.
Grocery clerk Genie Chen feels well-stocked to take on the game of Survivor. With a lifetime of customer service under her belt, the 46-year-old feels her opposition will be “instantly charmed” by her. But no matter what happens, she’s ready to embrace the experience fully through the good, bad, and stingray attacks.
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.
Well, she doesn’t suck. I love the ones that know to “SAY LESS.” And she didn’t brag about a thing.
Stay-at-home mom Heather Aldret is a far way from home on the beaches of Fiji. But the 52-year-old has built a storied life so far, compiling a varied resume that has told her to trust her gut throughout. And she hopes to use that gut to work through the game and accomplish what she’s set out to do this season: Become the oldest female winner in Survivor history.
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.
THIS IS WHAT 52 IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE!??? Clearly, I was doing it wrong. I love her for a million reasons. Mostly because she lives in Charleston. I love all of her answers. I will be rooting for her. She’s not the old person that goes out first.
Liana Wallace is used to being underestimated for her age. At 20, the college student will be one of the youngest on season 41, and she grew up as the youngest of three in her household. But as a lifelong fan of Survivor–literally, the show has run her entire life–she hopes her secret smarts will make sure her torch (or candle) doesn’t get snuffed anytime soon.
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.
I love her and hope she goes far. However, I am worried about her and Jairus having a showmance. They are both very attractive 20 year olds and I can see them hooking up. Showmances can be problematic on Survivor. But I feel they will be very close whether it turns romantic or not.
MIT grad Sara Wilson is ready to see if her book smarts can translate to Survivor smarts. Inspired by the women who came before her, she’s looking to keep her pedigree hidden while seeking out unexpected allies. And that combination will hopefully make the former long-distance swimmer go the distance in this game.
Age: 24 Hometown: Sherman Oaks, CA Current Residence: Boston, MA Occupation: Healthcare Consultant Hobbies: Poker, aerial silks and trapeze, cooking and baking 3 Words to Describe You: Astute, resilient, witty Pet Peeves: Loud chewing and chewing with an open mouth. Uncleanliness. Really crude humor; manners go a long way.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I got a summer internship at a company my junior year of college and I had been dreaming of working at the company for years. When I got there, they presented me with an engineering problem that they had three full-time senior engineers working on before I got there for the summer. None of them had been able to figure out this problem. I was there for 12 weeks and figured out the solution to this problem in 8 weeks, after having been told that they did not expect me to be able to figure it out. I am so proud of this moment because not only did I prove everyone wrong, I also made a direct impact on the lung cancer diagnostic device the project was for. I lost my grandfather to lung cancer, so I am proud of myself for making a difference in this field.
What is something we would never know from looking at you? I have so many layers. I come off as super-sweet, but I am tough and have the biggest fighting spirit you will ever see. I am absolutely a force to be reckoned with and I feel bad for the people who underestimate me. No one who looks at me realizes how smart I am just by seeing me. I am young, but I have been through some tough things in my life and have learned how to bounce back from adversity.
Who is your hero and why? My grandmother. She passed away in April 2020 from COVID and she fought alone, and all the way to the end. She did not have an easy life at all. She fought for absolutely everything that was hers and never gave up. She also treated everyone with so much love and kindness and never expected anything back from anyone. My grandmother’s ability to bounce back from hit after hit that life threw at her is so inspiring to me and all I want to do with my life is be someone that she would be proud of.
Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Kim Spradlin. She actually took the time to get to know the other people, which made her more personable. She also used this to her advantage because she knew exactly how to get into their heads. She made people feel like they were the ones making the moves, successfully diverting the target from her back. Kim was also so strong and kicked butt in immunity challenges, which I definitely think that I can also do on the show.
Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I don’t think there has ever been someone on the show with the same physicality, intelligence and social awareness that I have. I love talking to and bonding with people and in order to win Survivor, you have to know how to connect with people on a human level. I am very good at reading a room and know when someone is lying to me. I also have the physical strength and fighting spirit that I know will push me to never give up and always give everything I have. I am incredibly tough, both mentally and physically, and I believe I will thrive in the environment of the game. I’m not going to tell anyone I went to MIT and I think I will be underestimated, which I will use to my advantage. With my ability to genuinely connect with people, brains and physical strength, I could definitely be the final Survivor.
All of these women who like to talk about how smart they are are going to buttheads. It’s the same situation with the men. Literally, 80% of the this cast thinks they are the smartest people on the island. It’s going to be a clusterfuck of brainiacs. Also, if you have to announce how smart you are… well then… that’s not really smart. Her ACTUAL biggest asset in this game is her swimming skills.
Pastor Shantel Smith is hopeful she’ll be preaching to the choir by the time Final Tribal Council rolls around. Survivor has played a huge part in the 34-year-old’s life, even calling host Jeff Probst a parenting voice among a tumultuous childhood. And she hopes her friendliness, ability to read people, and a few idol hunts here and there will make her the season 41 winner.
Age: 34 Hometown: Toronto, Canada Current Residence: Washington, DC Occupation: Pastor Hobbies: Running, improv, acting, comedy, dancing 3 Words to Describe You: Passionate, authentic, resilient Pet Peeves: Bad breath, second-hand embarrassment and slow talkers
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? The accomplishment that I am MOST proud of is doing the hard work in therapy and confronting my demons, working through the pain and the feelings of injustice, and then being willing to cultivate a relationship with those who let me down when I was little.
What is something we would never know from looking at you? I was in a gang.
Who is your hero and why? My mom, because I saw her fight her demons until her dying breath. She experienced so much pain in her life, and my childhood was dark, twisted and complicated, but she was an extremely hard-working Italian woman. She always made sure I had a roof over my head and lunch money in my pockets. She did the best she could and I’m grateful. She gave me the best life she knew how and loved me with all the love she had in her. She is my image of beauty and strength. Also, Xena: Warrior Princess. Lucy Lawless taught me so much about how to be a strong, assertive woman and how to stand up for yourself in a world full of men. She was my childhood hero, posters all over my wall. I even had a Xena: Warrior Princess-themed birthday party…last year.
Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I think I am probably going to play the game most like Kim; strategically and relationally like Tai when it comes to idols, but I got some Parv in me too. Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I believe I have what it takes to win. I think living on the streets, developing a strong work ethic, practicing excellence in all that I do and put out into the world, having a high threshold for pain and suffering, endurance, perseverance, knowing that nothing comes easily but everything must be earned and worked for, rigorous self-examination, zero entitlement, trusting that self discipline is self love, believing in others and making them feel capable of accomplishing anything, my interpersonal skills, my wit and my grit, my reverence for God in others, my heart to serve, and an attitude of gratefulness and celebration for the small wins all make me believe that I will be the final Survivor.
I read another interview with her and she had a terrible childhood in and out of foster care yet managed to put herself through school and she has a doctorate (I presume in Theology). All of that after being homeless, living on the streets, and being affiliated with a gang. When she was little and in foster care they only had TV that came over the airwaves. She loved watching Survivor and looked at Jeff Probst as sort of a father figure. He was always encouraging the players to get through hard times. Meeting him in person was very emotional for her. I hope she goes far.
Sydney Segal idolizes Rocky Balboa, so it’s safe to say she’ll be running up the stairs to the voting booth in an epic fashion. But the 26-year-old prides herself on being less of a fighter and more of a “wild” person. Believing that alliances and loyalty are fleeting in Survivor, can the law student make a case for herself to be the sole survivor?
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Current Residence: Brooklyn, NY Occupation: Law Student Hobbies: Running, knitting and crocheting, soccer 3 Words to Describe You: Confident, charismatic, empathetic Pet Peeves: Bodily noises: sniffling, snoring, heavy breathing, coughing What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Being the California State Champion in cross country.What is something we would never know from looking at you? I speak Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and some French. Who is your hero and why? My father. He is the second messiah to me. He is even-keeled and rational. My dad is the perfect role model and the most positive person I have ever met, even in circumstances where it would be easy to get down.
Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Natalie White. She was able to assess her place on her tribe and in her alliance, while consciously nursing Russell’s ego. Her social awareness is something I admired. Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I have the essential social skills and social awareness. I am athletic, but not some 6’2” buff dude who will be threatening. I am not a creature of habit and can adapt to any situation. Having watched Survivor, I have the benefit of hindsight and think I have a high Survivor IQ. I play to win.
Her pet peeves are going to be a problem. There are all sorts of bodily noises on Survivor. She’s a long distance runner so that will be a plus. In another interview I read she said she will eat anything and may just randomly eat a bug. That could be useful. She also said she hates wearing clothes and will be wearing as little as possible. She describes herself as “wild” and is worried that she will be the first one sent home. She thinks her castmates might over estimate her because she is “smart’ but she is not good at puzzles. I kind of agree with here theory that she will either be the first one sent home or go all the way to the end.
Tiffany Seely is not only a survivor, she’s a “previvor.” The New York teacher has led a life of adaptability so far, whether from teaching classrooms full of inner city children or undergoing a cancer scare for the medical history books. Tiffany got engaged while watching an episode of Survivor, and the 47-year-old is hoping her love for the show will translate in a different way as she conquers the game through relatability and “situationships.”
Age: 47 Hometown: Forest Hills, Queens, NY Current Residence: Plainview, NY Occupation: Teacher Hobbies: Running, talking to people, building things in the house (someone has to!) 3 Words to Describe You: Funny, loving, LOUD Pet Peeves: I hate being wrong! I also hate loud chewing with mouth open, half-empty water bottles in a room, people in power that abuse it. What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I am most proud of raising my two boys to be fine young men. They’re loving, open and honest! What is something we would never know from looking at you? I hate brushing my teeth before bed. I never wash my face.
Who is your hero and why? My grandmother is my hero. My mother was her only child and she so gracefully lived through her untimely passing. She was blind to top it all off, yet the smartest and funniest person in the world. She always made me feel loved and she laughed with me all the time. She was literally my alarm clock every morning until she died! Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? I would play competitively like Ozzy, loyal like Colby (but not to the detriment of my own game), and endearing like Parvati.Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I am patient and experienced in seeing the bigger picture. I know when to strike when the iron is hot, so to speak. I can read people in a minute and read their energy!
In another interview she talked about losing her mother to cancer and finding out she has the BRCA gene. She got a preventative masectomy at an early age. Her second husband proposed to her on one of their Survivor watching dates. I could see her bonding with Heather at some point if they are on the same tribe or both make the merge.
So, when I got to the end of the girls I realized that I forgot one of the guys on the GET TO KNOW THE GUYS POST! So click the link and scroll to the bottom to meet Xander. It seems like there are 20 somethings and 40plus somethings this season.