The 34th instalment of Survivor begins March 8th and we thought it would be fun to feature a castaway a day until the premiere. Each post will contain their ET Canada interview, why they think they were asked back and who they want out first (credit to Dalton Ross).
First up is Survivor fan favourite Malcolm Freberg, who has made two previous attempts at being named Sole Survivor.
Hometown: Hermosa Beach, CA
Game changing play: Using his hidden immunity idol to get Philip voted off
Previously played on: Season 25: Philippines, Finished 4th & Jury Member, Season 26: Caramoan, Finished 9th & Jury Member
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why are you here, Malcolm?
MALCOLM FREBERG: I’m the most competitive human being on earth. I admire this trait about myself, but it is a character flaw. I’m willing to admit that now at 29 years of age. I’m not pleasant around a Scrabble board, even silly games like Munchkin the card game, it’s a blood sport. So for Survivor, such a big game on such a grand scale, certainly the biggest stakes I’ll ever play for — to feel confident going into it twice, to lose it twice, my sleep average is down the past few years. And we need to set everything right in the world and I need to win.
What’s going to be different this time?
I did a lot of things good the first time. I don’t think anyone would deny that. Very charming — ego again. I think I’ve got a good mind for strategy — not the best, but I’ve got a good mind for it. I’m good at challenges but definitely not the best, as the exploding ball challenge at the end of Philippines will prove. But it’s going to be timing this time for me. I’ve got some ideas on how I want to play the game. I think I’ve got a rough chart on how to navigate to the end. But I just can’t help myself with the big moves. It’s a flaw. Years later, I’m willing to admit it. It’s a problem that I don’t bat for singles, I bat for home runs. It’s going to be timing that big move correctly this time around that’s going to be the difference.
CBS.com: How have you changed since the last time you played?
1. My hair is—incredibly—even thicker than before.
2. Rewatched an unhealthy amount of Disney movies and discovered I relate more to the villains. Gaston was misunderstood.
3. Got a little fat.
What are you most proud of from the last time?
I don’t do base hits. I swing for the fences—for better or worse.
What, if anything, do you most regret?
Losing. Also, wearing way too much plaid.