‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Pre-Game Interview: Christine Shields Markoski

Name: Christine Shields Markoski

Age: 39

Current Residence: Merrick, New York

Occupation: Teacher

Tribe: Upolu

Gordon Holmes: You’re about to spend up to 39 days in the Samoan wilderness. Do you have any experience roughing it?
Christine Shields Markoski:
I have a lot of experience in the wilderness. Growing up we went camping a lot. I tend to gravitate toward traveling to remote areas in the world and I like to backpack and sleep outside.

Holmes: It says in your bio that “stubborn” is a word that describes you. Do you think that’s going to get you in trouble during the game?
I think my stubbornness might get me into some trouble. But I think this is going to be an exercise in patience and curbing my stubbornness. I’m going to try to be a little more pliable.

Holmes: As a self-professed “stubborn” person, would you have had a problem playing second banana to someone like the Ometepe tribe did to Boston Rob (Mariano) last season?
Those Ometepe girls…I wanna smack them in the face. I don’t really. (Laughs) But I don’t like that they made no attempt to think on their own. Well, that’s what it appeared to us watching. I kept telling my daughter, who is seven, “You do not behave like that. You think for yourself. You question everything.” So it was actually a good lesson for my daughter.

Holmes: It also said that you need the money. What do you need it for?
I’ve heard that college is really expensive. (Laughs)
Holmes: I’ve heard that somewhere.
Markoski: I think I’m going to use it for that. And my husband and I agree on one car, that’s the Challenger. We can’t agree on the color, but we agree on the car.

Holmes: I understand your brother-in-law is a huge “Survivor” fan.
My brother in law is a HUGE “Survivor” fan. He knows everything about “Survivor.”
Holmes: How does he feel about his sister-in-law rubbing elbows with Jeff Probst?
Markoski: He’s so stoked about me being here. But he’s not jealous because he doesn’t think he’d be able to survive out here.

Holmes: Any first impressions on the rest of the cast?
Yeah, there are a couple of divas. And, unfortunately that’s a pet peeve of mine, so I don’t know how that’s going to work. And it seems like there are a couple that are hard working and we’ll get along fine.

Survivor: South Pacific” premieres Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

More “Survivor” Fun: XFINITY TV sent Gordon Holmes into the heart of the South Pacific to get a first-hand look at the filming of the latest edition of “Survivor.” Be sure to check back for exclusive interviews with the returning All-Stars and host Jeff Probst, behind-the-scenes photos, and Gordon’s personal (and injury-filled) account of what it’s like to compete in an actual immunity challenge.

Any Questions about “Survivor: South Pacific”? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

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