‘Survivor’ Millennial Will: ‘I’m Going to Backstab People Who Thought They Could Trust Me’

Will Wahl (CBS)

Will Wahl (CBS)

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Name (Age): Will Wahl (18)
Current Residence:
Long Valley, NJ
Occupation: High School Student
Hobbies: Watching TV (mostly “Survivor”), camping/fishing, and reading news articles.
Pet Peeves: People who are fake and/or stuck-up.
Three Words to Describe You: Cunning, adaptable, and dynamic.

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: At 18 years old, you’re one of the youngest people to ever play this game. And in your bio, you said that people don’t respect youth. How do you use that to your advantage?
Will Wahl:
When I go out there I know people are going to be thinking, “He’s a kid. He doesn’t know how to play this game. He’s going to be easy to manipulate.” I’m going to use that as my strategy, basically use that against them. Gain their trust, then use it to further my plans in the game.

Holmes: Ronald Reagan is your hero, I believe you weren’t even alive when he was in office. What is it about him that appeals to you?
Wahl:
That was more of a play on how I’m more Republican, conservative-leaning in politics. Republicans tend to say Ronald Reagan. Mostly because of what he did in the Cold War.

Holmes: You will screw with people’s heads.
Wahl:
(Laughs)
Holmes: What’s the plan for that?
Wahl: Like I said, I want to appear to be a trustworthy guy out there, but when I start playing the game, I’m going to backstab people who thought they could trust me. People who thought I was their friend.

Holmes: So, it’s safe to assume you’re a guy who has no problem lying.
Wahl:
That’s right.
Holmes: What about flirting to get ahead?
Wahl: I don’t see a lot of people flirting with an eighteen-year-old. But, I’d be willing to do it if it comes up. But I don’t see it coming up.
Holmes: Is there anyone back home who will be upset if they see you flirting?
Wahl: No.
Holmes: How well do you deal with being lied to?
Wahl: Usually I get pretty pissed off. But this is a game, so I expect it.

Holmes: How well do you deal with hunger?
Wahl:
Decently well. I’ve practiced a little bit. Taking a few days for fasting. I dealt pretty well with it.
Holmes: How about lack of sleep?
Wahl: That one’s a little more tricky. I need sleep a little bit more. But I’ll adapt.
Holmes: Extreme heat?
Wahl: I’m fine with that.
Holmes: Paranoia?
Wahl: I’m fine with that too.

Holmes: Any early thoughts on the rest of the cast?
Wahl:
A lot of them are young. I haven’t seen anyone who’s older yet. So, I’m thinking there might be an age twist this season.
Holmes: Any other thoughts on potential twists?
Wahl: Yeah, I heard there might be 20 players. So either four tribes of five or two tribes of ten. I don’t know.

Holmes: If you could align with any past player, who would it be?
Wahl:
I would probably align with somebody…who was very loyal. I’m blanking on the names. I’m thinking Dawn Meehan, someone who’s older like a mom figure. But, Dawn did backstab quite a few people. But if I could get in good with her, like (John) Cochran did, then I’d feel secure. I’d look for a mom-type figure to align with.

Holmes: Lightning round time. Cats or dogs?
Wahl:
Dogs.
Holmes: Beer or wine?
Wahl: Beer.
Holmes: Wait, how would you know? You’re too young.
Wahl: (Laughs)
Holmes: Juice or milk?
Wahl: (Laughs) Milk.
Holmes: Superman or Batman?
Wahl: Neither.
Holmes: Meat or vegetable?
Wahl: Meat.
Holmes: Republican or Democrat?
Wahl: Republican.
Holmes: I knew that one. Books or TV?
Wahl: TV.
Holmes: Swimming or sunbathing?
Wahl: Sunbathing.
Holmes: Many casual friends or one good friend?
Wahl: One good friend.
Holmes: Nice car or nice home?
Wahl: Nice home.
Holmes: Smart or funny?
Wahl: Smart.
Holmes: Parvati or Boston Rob?
Wahl: Parvati.
Holmes: Big TV or big vacation?
Wahl: Big vacation.
Holmes: Working alone or with a team?
Wahl: Alone.
Holmes: Dragons or unicorns?
Wahl: Dragons.
Holmes: Careful planning or fly by the seat of your pants?
Wahl: Careful planning.
Holmes: Jeff Probst or Ryan Seacrest?
Wahl: Jeff Probst.

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

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