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).
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Game Changing Play: He is married to a winner? (He says he set up blindsides that helped her win)
Previously played on: Season 27: Blood Vs. Water, Finished 15th
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: People would accuse you of having an ego, but how do you manage the other egos out here?
BRAD CULPEPPER: Well, clearly they’re all going to be intimidated by me because I almost made the jury. The season I played in Blood vs. Water was unlike any other season they’ve had. I say that because unfortunately I had to play with somebody on another tribe, who I cared for her Survivor life more than I did my own. So for whatever reason — I have no regrets, it went awesome, Monica did great and I wouldn’t change a thing — I was not able to play Survivor as it’s been played.
It’s a very selfish game. If I’m normally a 10 personality, I’m going to try to rein it down to at least a 5 or 6 until I need to bring it back to a 10 towards later. But I think with so many people trying to be Geppetto of this game, I’m happy to let them assume I’m Pinocchio for as long as I need to until I don’t need to be that anymore.
Your wife made it all the way to the end on her second time out. This is your second time out, so are Culpepper house bragging rights at stake here?
They are. There’s a lot at stake here. Monica’s been on Survivor, I don’t know 55, 60 days? There’s only one spot better than where she got. If I were able to do that, then you’d have to put down the Culpepper name with the Boston Rob, Amber names as Survivor family big time players. But make no mistake, I need to get as far as Monica made, at least, in order to do that.
CBS.com: How have you changed since the last time you played?
I’m one year older.
What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played?
I’m a worker. Self-awareness, to a degree.
What are you most proud of from the last time?
Set up some blindsides that helped [my wife] Monica get to the end.
What, if anything, do you most regret?
Not making sure my alliance [with Caleb] was cool prior to Tribal.