‘Survivor’ Millennial Michaela: ‘If You Have No Value to Me, Then ‘Bye”

Michaela Bradshaw (CBS)

Michaela Bradshaw (CBS)

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Name (Age): Michaela Bradshaw (25)
Current Residence: Fort Worth, TX
Occupation: Vacation Club Sales
Hobbies: Traveling, eating, and cuddling.
Pet Peeves: When incompetent people try to instruct me. When people do things inefficiently or wrong. When I lose. When other people make me lose.
Three Words to Describe You: Intelligent, fun, and competitive.

NOTE: Usually I get a good thirty minutes with each contestant before the game starts. However, this season I had to get through all 20 players in only two-and-a-half hours. So, these pieces will be short and hopefully sweet.

Gordon Holmes: Looking at your pet peeves here; “When incompetent people try to instruct me, when people do things inefficiently or wrong, when I lose, and when other people make me lose.” I’ve got some bad news.
Michaela Bradshaw: What’s that?
Holmes: I think you’re going to run into some of this stuff over the next 39 days.
Bradshaw: Oh yeah.
Holmes: Does this concern you?
Bradshaw: No, I’m gonna to handle it.
Holmes: Just like that?
Bradshaw: (Laughs) Yeah.
Holmes: I like that. You’re going to get a lot of questions from me, every answer should be “I’m gonna handle it.”
Bradshaw: (Laughs) I’m going to get it done! That’s what I do.

Holmes: “Survivor” can be a game of deception. Are you comfortable lying?
Bradshaw: Ooo…it’s not my strong suit. But, I can shut up when I have to.
Holmes: So lying by omission?
Bradshaw: To either shut up or ask a question. I’ll deflect with a question because most people like to talk.

Holmes: What’s your stance on flirting in the game?
Bradshaw: My man friend tells me I flirt without knowing it. But only to attractive people, so it depends how many attractive people are on the island.
Holmes: This man friend, is he someone who’s going to be upset if he sees you flirting?
Bradshaw: Heck yeah! (Laughs) But it won’t be a problem if I come back with the million.
Holmes: That’s true. I’d let my wife get away with a lot of flirting for a million bucks.
Bradshaw: (Laughs) Exactly! And I’m not a wife, so I’ve got some leeway.

Holmes: How well do you deal with people lying to you?
Bradshaw: Oh, if someone lies to me in the game I’ll keep it in the memory bank, get what I need to get from you, then be done with you. If you have no value to me, then “bye.”
Holmes: What about lack of food?
Bradshaw: I’m fine with that, but if I’m hungry and thirsty…my bonquisha comes out and I get a little agitated.
Holmes: Your what?
Bradshaw: My bonquisha. My little bit extra.

Holmes: How well do you do without sleep?
Bradshaw: I’ll always find a way to take a nap.
Holmes: Hot temperatures?
Bradshaw: I’m fine.
Holmes: Paranoia?
Bradshaw: I’m not a very paranoid person.
Holmes: So if you were aligned with someone and they ran off into the woods with someone you weren’t working with, you’d be OK with that?
Bradshaw: I’m very analytical. I have control over my emotions. I would analyze what was going on and think, “This is happening or this is happening.” But, it wouldn’t affect my emotions. It’d just be a multiple-choice question.

Holmes: Have you seen any of the other players yet?
Bradshaw: Yeah.
Holmes: What do you think?
Bradshaw: There’s one girl, she’s really country. She always wears tights. She looks like she’s barefooted. And she brought a guitar last time. She looks like she’s super sweet. I can’t wait to talk to her. There’s the Asian chick with the red hair. It’s pretty cool, she seems like a cool person. And there are a couple of weird people. I’m like, “Dang, I hope you’re not on my tribe.”

Holmes: If there is a twist, what do you think it could be?
Bradshaw: They always come up with something crazy. But, I’ll handle it.
Holmes: That’s right.

Holmes: If you could align with any past player, who would it be and why?
Bradshaw: I would love to have been the force that brought Kelley Wentworth and Jeremy (Collins) together.  I watched that season two more times over and I realized that Kelley was in the bottom because a vote went wrong. It wasn’t really anything that she did. It didn’t have to go that way. I thought her and Jeremy were really strong players. I think they would’ve done well together. I like how both of them played. Jeremy had a level head and Kelley kept finding ways to make things happen. Those are two characteristics you need. You need someone to figure out how to make a move, someone to think ahead, and then you have me in the middle…
Holmes: Handling it.
Bradshaw: (Laughs) That’s right!

Holmes: Alright, lightning round time. Cats or dogs?
Bradshaw: Dogs.
Holmes: Beer or wine?
Bradshaw: Wine! What the heck?
Holmes: So passionate. Superman or Batman?
Bradshaw: Superman.
Holmes: Meat or vegetables?
Bradshaw: Meat, man!
Holmes: Republican or democrat?
Bradshaw: Hell, I wouldn’t want to be either one right now.
Holmes: Books or TV?
Bradshaw: Books.
Holmes: Swimming or sunbathing?
Bradshaw: Swimming!
Holmes: Many casual friends or one good friend?
Bradshaw: One good friend.
Holmes: Nice car or nice home?
Bradshaw: Nice home!
Holmes: Smart or funny?
Bradshaw: Shoot…smart.
Holmes: Parvati or Boston Rob?
Bradshaw: Parvati.
Holmes: Big vacation or big TV?
Bradshaw: Big vacation, bruh!
Holmes: Working alone or working with a group?
Bradshaw: Working alone if I’m trying to get it done.
Holmes: Dragons or unicorns?
Bradshaw: Unicorns!
Holmes: Careful planning or fly by the seat of your pants?
Bradshaw: Fly by the seat of my pants!
Holmes: Jeff Probst or Ryan Seacrest?
Bradshaw: Jeff Probst, 100%!

Holmes: I like how you answered those like I should have known what you were going to say.
Bradshaw: (Laughs)
Holmes: (Laughs) Come back with that million.
Bradshaw: Yeah, let’s get it!

Don’t miss the season premiere of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X,” Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 8pm ET.

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