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‘Survivor’ Castaway Hope: ‘Shamar Was Sherri’s Puppet’

February 28, 2013

Hope Driskill (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Michael Skupin. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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Let’s take a look at the list of reasons why people are early targets in the game of “Survivor.”

Always arguing?
Not helping around camp?
Spilling their alliance’s plans?

All of those things apply to “Survivor’s” newest problem child, Shamar. And yet he’s safely by Sherri’s side while Hope was sent to hang out with her buddy Allie.

I spoke with Hope the morning after her elimination and had a chance to ask her about the Sherri/Shamar alliance, why she didn’t take the offer to flip, and why Reynold held on to his idol…

Gordon Holmes: I’m very bummed to see you go. We don’t get nearly enough Missouri girls on “Survivor.”
Driskill: I know! I’m so bummed that I didn’t last longer. It’s hard to watch your torch get snuffed.
Holmes: And your name is so good for puns. The fans are Hopeless, Hope is lost. The one everyone missed? The fans have Driskilled their chances.
Driskill: (Laughs) I know, and I was waiting to see the #keephopealive trend start going.

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Holmes: So, last night Shamar was trying to get you to vote for Eddie. Why didn’t you make that move?
Driskill:  The entire day had been filled with everyone running around, talking, panicking… There were so many trust issues going on. Everyone was talking and strategizing with everybody else. And I was sitting there in the water and I was looking at Shamar and I honestly didn’t know if I could trust him. I didn’t know if he was telling me the truth. Or, if he was telling me something that his alliance had told him to tell me. I know that he didn’t really like me. But at the same time, there was something in his voice that made me think he was telling the truth. He hates Eddie enough to do this. So, I went back and told the tribe what he had said in hopes of maybe getting them to see that he was untrustworthy and potentially vote him out.
Holmes: Before the challenge, Shamar had talked about quitting, but Sherri talked him into sticking around in case you lost the challenge. After the challenge, was there any more talk of Shamar just quitting at Tribal?
Driskill: I’ll just say this about Shamar…he really didn’t want to be there. He was just making everyone miserable. He said that himself, that was his strategy to make life miserable. He for sure did that. My whole logic on this was, “Let’s put him out of his misery. He doesn’t want to be here. Let’s send him home.”
Holmes: Whoa…hold the phone here, Hope. You’re trying to tell me that Shamar was making people miserable? Cause I talked to Allie last week and she seemed to adore him.
Driskill: (Laughs) Oh, he was so much fun to be around. It was great.

Holmes: Sherri has taken Shamar under her wing as her Phillip. Was it obvious to you guys that that was her plan?
Driskill: Shamar was Sherri’s puppet. It was obvious to me while we were out there. There were so many interviews…which you probably didn’t see of me…but Shamar was her puppet. He was doing every single thing that she was telling him to do. And she was loving it. She was living it up. She’d get him rice and water, and let’s make Shamar comfortable. It was so irritating to watch. That played in to why I didn’t switch my vote and vote for Eddie. I knew that Shamar was completely being played by Sherri and that fed into the lack of trust that I had for him.
Holmes: You, Reynold, and Eddie had been on the outs for a few days. But do people like Matt, Michael, Julia, and Laura appreciate what’s going on? Does the Sherri/Shamar alliance concern them at all?
Driskill: I think. The day I got voted out, I do think that it was a little concerning to them because we’re all there for the same reason, to win. So, in the back of your mind you can’t really trust anyone. I think they all knew that Sherri was extremely strategic. And if she’s using Shamar like this, she’s going to keep him around as long as possible.

Holmes: Was getting the tribe to turn on Shamar the only angle you guys were working before Tribal?
Driskill: They didn’t show how much of a huge panic we were all in. Everyone was pulling people to the side. There was so much talking going on. Just thinking about it is stressful for me. There was a lot of talk very early on about Laura and her performance in the last challenge. So, we all thought at first, let’s talk to Matt and Michael and get Laura out. She’s not helping in the challenges and we need to start winning.
Holmes: Don’t be stressed out, this is a safe place.
Driskill: (Laughs) I’m safe now.

Holmes: Being down six to three, you couldn’t really use the idol to defend against a split vote. Was there any talk of trading the idol straight up for safety for your alliance?
Driskill: There really wasn’t. We had our hands full with talk of them trying to flush the idol. And all of the talk of them splitting the vote, it just made Reynold nervous. So, he kept the idol to himself knowing he’d need it later. And I don’t blame him at all for that.

Holmes: Alright, let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Allie.
Driskill: Friendship.
Holmes: Eddie?
Driskill: Clown.
Holmes: Did you say “Frown”?
Driskill: (Laughs) Clown! Like a class clown.
Holmes: OK, I had to be sure because I messed up last week. Allie said “Hero” and I thought she had said “Virile.”
Driskill: She told me about that, we were laughing.
Holmes: He’s both, but that’s not my call to make.
Driskill: (Laughs)
Holmes: Sherri?
Driskill: Strategizer.
Holmes: Laura?
Driskill: Swimmer.
Holmes: Julia?
Driskill: This is bad…but I think of puss blisters.
Holmes: That is bad. Michael?
Driskill: Jokester.
Holmes: Shamar?
Driskill: (Laughs) Sleepy.
Holmes: Let’s finish with Reynold.
Driskill: Actor.

Holmes: You were out there for nine days, which in “Survivor” isn’t a long time, but for the real world, nine days in that situation is a big deal. Did that time change you at all?
Driskill: I went on “Survivor” because it was something that was so out of my comfort zone. And I like to keep life exciting. I didn’t last as long as I wanted to, but I was out there for a decent amount of time. I did get to sleep in the rain and experience dehydration and all of the hardships. And I think that after the show I’m proud that I did it and it’s made me appreciate a lot of things in my life. It’s opened my eyes that I don’t need as many materialistic things as I thought I did.

Holmes: Alright, this is probably the most important question…
Driskill: (Laughs) There’s no telling what this could be!
Holmes: It’s a tough one. How hard was it to be away from Cardinals baseball during your time out there?
Driskill: (Laughs)
Holmes: That seems like a nightmare.
Driskill: It was a nightmare and I was nervous about that. But, it was so far from my mind. All I thought was, “We need to boil the water.”
Holmes: So it goes water, food, shelter, baseball?
Driskill: It was water, shelter, baseball, then sunburn.

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‘Survivor: Caramoan’ Fan Hope Driskill: ‘I’m Not the Best Liar’

January 18, 2013

Hope Driskill (CBS)

I had a chance to sit down with all twenty of the “Fans vs. Favorites” competitors the day before they left for the Caramoan Islands. I’ll be posting exclusive interviews with each contestant every weekday until we get through all of them. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for tons of updates.

Name: Hope Driskill
Age: 23
Hometown: Jefferson City, MO
Occupation: Recent Graduate of the University of Missouri

Note: The “Survivor: Caramoan” pre-game interviews are unlike the pre-game interviews we’ve done in the past. Usually, the interviews take place on location, this time they took place in Los Angeles before the players flew out. At this point, all the “Fans” know is that they’re flying out in the next few days. They have seen each other, but haven’t seen the returning players.  They don’t know for sure where they’re going, and they don’t know any of the season’s twists.

Gordon Holmes: Let’s get the most important question out of the way; are you a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals?
Hope Driskill: That is very important, and yes I am a Cards fan. Can I ask you a question?
Holmes: That’s unorthodox, but maybe just this once.
Driskill: Were you upset when Albert (Pujols) left us?
Holmes: I was sorry to see him go, but I think it’s best for the team that we didn’t pay him what he wanted.
Driskill: St. Louis was so devastated.
Holmes: As was I. There’s a Pujols Christmas ornament that isn’t going on my tree this year.

Holmes: Alright, let’s move on to less important things like “Survivor.”
Driskill: (Laughs) Yes, “Survivor”…go.
Holmes: It says here that you don’t like complainers. I’m willing to make a pre-game bet that you’re going to run into those kinds of people over the next 39 days.
Driskill: It does irritate me when people complain a lot. And it’s not to say that I don’t complain about things, because I do. I just don’t think it does any good to sit around and complain about things.
Holmes: What happens on Day 27 when you’re sitting around the fire and someone starts complaining?
Driskill: You know what? At that point if I’m hungry and tired, I’m just going to let them complain.

Holmes: Why do you think you were cast?
Driskill: I think it’s because they saw that I’ve had an interesting array of accomplishments. I think they thought I’d be a good competitor and a good addition to the cast.

Holmes: Do you have any issues lying in the game?
Driskill: Honestly, I’m not the best liar. I’m not that good at it. But, I am good with working with people.
Holmes: So you’re OK with lying, you’re just not good at it?
Driskill: I think to some degree it’s OK, but I’m no good at it.
Holmes: Alright, give me two truths and a lie.
Driskill: I competed in Miss USA, I’ve been skydiving, and I studied abroad in Europe.
Holmes: You never studied abroad.
Driskill: (Laughs) I have! I’ve never been skydiving.
Holmes: See, you can lie.
Driskill: This is getting me excited!
Holmes: That’s my goal in this interview.
Driskill: To get me pumped.
Holmes: We need more Missouri-based “Survivor” champions. Fabio is not enough.

Holmes: OK, you’re a lovely young woman.
Driskill: Aww…thank you.
Holmes: Keep your head in the game.
Driskill: (Laughs)
Holmes: Some people use flirting to get ahead. Is this a strategy you might use?
Driskill: I mean…yes. But I wouldn’t think, “I’m going to go flirt with this person to get ahead.” I’m a friendly person, I’m from the Midwest.
Holmes: Yes, we’re all delightful.
Driskill: Right, we’re friendly and that might come off as flirty. But no, I have no intentions of flirting to get ahead.

Holmes: You and the other players can’t talk to each other yet, what kind of first impression do you think they’re getting of you?
Driskill: I think people…especially since I’m wearing five-inch wedges.
Holmes: Wow, those are impressive. Those are some earrings too.
Driskill: (Laughs) Thank you, I love them. I think that people will underestimate me, but I think that’s to my advantage because I will prove them wrong.
Holmes: What are your first impressions of the cast so far?
Driskill: It seems like a younger group. I’ve honestly gotten a good, friendly vibe from everyone. So, I’m excited. I think we’re going to have fun.

Holmes: Are you a “Survivor” fan?
Driskill: Yes.
Holmes: How big of a fan?
Driskill: I think on a scale of one to ten, I’m an eight. I don’t watch much TV. I’ve been really busy.
Holmes: Doing what? Boring stuff like learning?
Driskill: Yes, but I’m done!
Holmes: Good, now you’ll have more time for TV. Now, as a “Survivor” fan, what are some mistakes you’ve seen that you’re hoping to avoid?
Driskill: Well, I think one of the biggest mistakes is being naïve and not being aware of your surroundings and that everyone is there to win. So, you have to make sure you’re respectful and get to know everyone.
Holmes: Did you watch “South Pacific” and “One World”?
Driskill: I did.
Holmes: We saw a lot of people on the bottom of alliances who weren’t willing or able to improve their place in the game. Why do you think that happens?
Driskill: I honestly don’t know. I think that being on the bottom you’re intimidated and you have to be competent and bold to step up and make a big move.

Holmes: When you win the million, what’re you going to do with the money? I mean, besides law school.
Driskill: Seeing as how I just got through four years of school, I’ve racked up some educational expenses and there’s more to come.
Holmes: What kind of law?
Driskill: I worked in the attorney general’s office for a few years and I also worked in the governor’s office. So, with my experiences there, I’m thinking more civil. But, we’ll see. I’m keeping my options open.
Holmes: Is law school something you’re going to keep a secret out there? Because when you’re facing the jury, you’ll be able to go all Perry Mason on them.
Driskill: I don’t think I’ll keep it a secret.
Holmes: Is there anything you’ll keep a secret?
Driskill: No, I’m pretty proud of everything I’ve done.

Holmes: Are you anticipating any twists this season?
Driskill: Yes.
Holmes: If there are any twists, what do you think they will be?
Driskill: Lord knows. I have no idea. I just know that when I flew out yesterday, the last report I read had Jeff saying he was a little let down with this past season with how Kim (Spradlin) dominated every aspect of the game. So, I think they’re going to throw in something. But, I have no idea what that’s going to be.
Holmes: So, Jeff Probst is not to be trusted.
Driskill: (Laughs) He seems like a trustworthy guy. But he’s going to throw in something exciting.

Don’t miss the two-hour premiere of “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites,” Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


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