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‘Survivor’ Castaway Interview: Stacey Powell

October 13, 2011

“Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” – Cinderella

If you’re wondering why I decided to start off this week’s “Survivor” exit interview with a quote from an ‘80s power ballad, it’s because I didn’t appreciate Stacey Powell until her final episode. Sometimes when there are so many big storylines that deserve our attention (The Little Cochran That Could, Brandon/Mikayla-gate, The Break-up of Ozlyse) we miss out on some good stuff.

I spoke with Stacey the morning after her exit from “Survivor: South Pacific” and enjoyed more of the personality that we finally got to see in her last episode. During our discussion I found out about her feud with Benjamin (you may know him better as “Coach”), what she really thought was going on at Upolu, and her reaction to passing over a clue that could’ve been worth a million dollars.

Gordon Holmes: Hey, Stacey.
Stacey Powell:
Hey Gordon, how you doing, hon?
Holmes: I’m actually horribly disgusted.
Powell: Why?!
Holmes: Last night’s challenge. I know you weren’t there for it, but I haven’t been able to eat since.
Powell: (Laughs) Well, you’d better eat something, honey. But you’re talking to me now, so everything’s OK.

Holmes: Agreed. Let’s talk about what you were there for. Now, it seemed like you and Christine didn’t know Coach was running the show until it was too late.
That is correct, we didn’t know. We did not know that that five had an alliance. We thought that we were talking with Rick and Brandon. We didn’t know that Rick, Sophie, Albert, Brandon, and Coach…excuse me, Benjamin were an alliance. We didn’t know. But you know what? I thought it was Sophie, Mikayla, and Albert. Those were the three I thought were together.

Holmes: You called Coach “Benjamin” again. Did you have any idea that he’d have that kind of reaction when he found out you were using his first name?
No I didn’t, and no I don’t care. I’m stronger than him, what’s he going to do to me? Nothing. I’ll call him that any time. That’s his name, isn’t it?
Holmes: That is his name. When I talked to you before the game, there was a lot of talk about getting rid of the All Stars early. Was there any talk of bouncing Coach after the game started?
Powell: Yes there was, that is what myself and Christine were talking about. That’s how I wanted it from day one. I didn’t say it like she did because I didn’t know the guy when he first got there.

Holmes: Was there any chance for you to get into any of those Upolu alliances or did you feel shut out?
Kinda both. I felt like they were saying, “I’ll play with you if my other friend isn’t here today.” You know what I’m saying? When I tried to make conversation or figure out what was the plan, I’d hear, “Oh nothing, nothing, nothing.” So, it was hard to get into an alliance with these people.
Holmes: It’s funny you mentioned that, because I was going to ask about how Edna didn’t come to you until she thought she was in trouble.
Powell: Honestly, Gordon, it was something personal. I was like that with her the whole time. You know when there’s something about someone you just don’t care for and you don’t know why yet and then all of the sudden it comes to you? There was just something about her. Ugh…I just have to block her, get outta my face because you’re nothing to me. I need some strong people. But, she was a number.

Holmes: You witnessed the Brandon vs. Mikayla fiasco first hand. I’m really interested in how Mikayla is acting around camp. Brandon’s accusing her of being a temptress, but we haven’t seen much evidence of that.
Honestly, I really thought that it was OK. I didn’t know it was to the point to what we saw on TV. They talked, they’d go fishing together. So, I assumed that everything was OK. Eventually he’d say he didn’t care for her, but he wouldn’t say why. So I can’t explain what he didn’t like. But I thought Mikayla, Sophie, and Albert were good buddies.

Holmes: Now, I’ve never spent an extended period of time in the wilderness being dirty and hungry. I’d have to imagine it changes you a bit. What did you learn from your time in the Samoan jungle?
I’ve learned to be appreciative of every little thing that comes my way. That was really a learning experience for me. It was an eye-opening experience. Being here, we complain about so many things and we have so much. So, be thankful for what you have.

Holmes: Alright, let’s do some word association here. Let’s start with Christine.
Awesome, wonderful.
Holmes: Rick?
Powell: OK.
Holmes: Brandon?
Powell: OK.
Holmes: Mikayla?
Powell: Mediocre.
Holmes: Sophie?
Powell: Loser.
Holmes: Albert?
Powell: Can I say the word really?
Holmes: Go for it, if it’s too blue I’ll bleep it.
Powell: (Expletive deleted)
Holmes: (Laughs) Bleeping that…and Coach?
Powell: (Expletive deleted)
Holmes: And we’ll bleep that as well.

Holmes: Was it rough watching the episode where you were right on top of the immunity idol clue and failed to find it?
(Laughs) Gordon, I could’ve kicked myself in the ass.
Holmes: (Laughs)
Powell: (Laughs) I’m serious! I’m scared of snakes, so I’m not sticking my hand just anywhere.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Pre-Game Interview: Stacey Powell

August 22, 2011

Name: Stacey Powell

Age: 44

Current Residence: Grand Prairie, Texas

Occupation: Mortician

Tribe: Upolu

Gordon Holmes: I understand that your inspiration in life is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Is it possible to have his kind of integrity in a game like “Survivor”?
Stacey Powell:
Martin Luther King is an inspiration to me in reference to the game in trying to bring people together. There are so many of us, and a lot of diverse people. And we have to learn to live together and try to know one another’s culture. We have to try to get a feel for how the person’s culture really is so we can understand one another.

Holmes: “Survivor” is a game that usually features a bit of lying. Is that something you’re comfortable doing?
Yeah, I’m prepared to be deceptive. I’ll do it in a really sly, conniving way. A very generous, laughing way. (Laughs)

Holmes: A lot of people were frustrated last season with the way Boston Rob (Mariano) led the Ometepe tribe. Are you concerned that an all-star could wield that kind of power this season?
Rob was the pimp and they were his little hoes. They ate right out of his pimp hand. They did just as he wanted to.  And it wasn’t only women, men ate right out of his hand too. So, I don’t care who they are, but they’ve got to go.

Holmes: Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve been surrounded by strangers and had to work together as a team?
My job. I work with totally strangers each and every day. Every type of culture, every type of race. We have to come together with that family at that time. Getting to be a team is something that I’m used to.

Holmes: Any plans for the big check they’ll hand you when you win this thing?
When I win the million, my plan is to pay off my home. That’s my first priority. And be able to bless people who’ve been a blessing to me.

Holmes: How do your kids feel about their mom playing “Survivor”?
My children are so happy. They know this is the best experience that their mom can do. And for myself, I’m doing something for me. I’ve always done everything for my children, but this is for me. My son is graduating in a few weeks, and he’s so proud of me.

Holmes: Have you been sizing the other competitors up?
(Laughs) I’m ready to get the game started, don’t talk the talk unless you can walk the walk. And when the challenges start, we can separate the strongest from the weakest.

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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