RELATED STORIES Will the Queen stay Queen? That’s the(2 )million dollar inquiry for Sandra Diaz-Twine, Survivor‘s only two-time champion, as she enters Season 40’s very anticipated all-winners edition.
Survivor: Winners at War will certainly pit her against a few of the program’s most skilled strategists– including Boston Rob Mariano, Sarah Lacina, Parvati Shallow, Kim Spradlin-Wolfe as well as even more– as 20 past winners fight to the finish for a grand $2 million check as well as the title of Sole Survivor.
Known for her dominating performances in Pearl Islands as well as Villains vs. heroes, as well as her “any individual but me” methods, Diaz-Twine doesn’t pull any type of punches when it pertains to her social game. “ When I despise on somebody, it’s since they were speaking s– t about me initially,” she informs TVLine ahead of the program’s best (airing Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS).
Below, Diaz-Twine discusses the “ruthless” all-winners season, her Survivor legacy and which castaway was initially on her want list.
TVLINE |Jeff Probst calls you up and also asks you to play again. Is it an automatic “yes”?
When he called me for Island of the Idols, I claimed, “Whatever it is, Jeff, I’m there.” For this set, he discussed it while we were around, maybe 7-10 days before it completed, and also right off the bat I stated yes. At any moment Jeff calls me, I never also ask [what it is], I simply claim yes.
TVLINE | What was experiencing your mind when Probst went down that $2 million twist?Before he even
revealed it, I made a comment like, “Jeff, it better be $2 million!” I was the just one to state it aloud! We were there for $1 million, however it was like, oh my god, $2 million!.?.!? Seventeen people will get elected off, and you don’t want to be one of those 17. You’re going to do whatever it requires to reach the end. Instantly, a button went off as well as all wagers were off. This was going to be brutal.
TVLINE | Exactly how does a player with as high of a profile as your own work her way in among a group of winners?I had the most significant target on my back, as well as not only that, but a great deal of them had not seen the ending [of Season 39], so they really did not understand that me and also Boston Rob were around only as mentors. The report online was that Rob as well as Sandra made it to Day 36, that we had gone to the end together as a partnership. My opportunities of getting much in the video game were slim, but I agreed to take that risk due to the fact that I recognize the sort of gamer I am.
TVLINE | What occurs with old competitions, like yours with Tony? Did those competitions immediately flare up?No. Tony as well as I were buddies for 23 days in Vietnam since we took a trip everywhere with each other. We obtained quite close. Yet you can not forget the reality that he came after me as well as I took him out, so he has to watch out for me. Despite Sarah, they really tossed the challenge to remove me, and also Sarah was part of that. I want to reach completion, however when do I strike? When do I pursue Sarah or Tony? That’s constantly circulating in your mind.
TVLINE | Is any individual a bigger target than you?No, due to the fact thatI’m the only two-time champion, and also there’s no way in hell they’re going to desire me to be a three-time victor. I recognized they were mosting likely to come after me. Also when I played in Heroes vs. Villains, all the victors went one after the other, so I just needed to be the last winner voted out. In this one, I was like, “I’m going to hope for the very best, however plan for the most awful.” We understood what we were getting into, but I had not been scared!
TVLINE | Who was high on your hit list?When I initially sawAmber, I really did not even understand that it was. I had never ever satisfied Amber, never spoken two words to her. Boston Rob told me time and time again [that] Amber mored than Survivor after she won , however I believed, “If Amber’s below, is Rob here? If Rob’s below, they have 2 possibilities of taking house $2 million.” They have far better chances than any person else and right there, she came to be Enemy Number 1. I asked her something and she offered me a brief solution and also after that, I was simply like f– k it. I was done. Boom. That fast. When you’re available, you know that wishes to have fun with you and that does not.
TVLINE |How do you really feel concerning there possibly being one more two-time winner? Do you feel stress to preserve your standing as the Queen of Survivor!
.?.!? Yeah, yet that’s by default, due to the fact that the period is established for a person to be a second- or third-time winner. I did this 10 years back, 20 periods earlier, so even if there was to be another women winner, she still can’t touch me cuz I did this s– t a long time ago. Someone will have to win, however I ended up being the queen due to the fact that I won a second time as well as I won back to back. I don’t hate on anyone, but at the end of the day, I will certainly constantly be real queen as well as the only queen in my eyes and the eyes of the followers.
TVLINE |Exactly how do you feel regarding the amount of benefits in the game lately?I don’t understand why we have so many idols. After you find an idol, that should be it. I hate the idol nullifier. When I played my first time, there was no such thing as idols. You made certain you went to tribal council with your torch lit and also you entrusted to your lantern lit. You didn’t spend the whole day looking for idols because that’s your only conserving poise. You figured it out. My mouth is my conserving elegance, the relationships and bonds I build are my saving grace. Not excavating and climbing up trees and also looking under rocks, none of that. TVLINE|What does your Survivor legacy mean to you?I never ever
anticipated to still belong of Survivor 17 years later on. When you play, you believe you’re only going to play one time and that’s it. You’re fortunate if you obtain brought back a second time. When people say “The Queen of Survivor, “they understand it’s Sandra. Who would’ve ever before believed? Due to the fact that I won 2 times doesn’t make me the finest gamer ever in Survivor, just history, yet I’m up there. At the end of the day, when I most likely to events and every person’s like “Oh my god, Sandra!” I enjoy it. I engage with the followers , and also I such as to be approachable. I appreciate Survivor. TVLINE|Just how do the newer gamers vary from the OGs?This new generation of players is so much savvier. They don’t miss a beat. You have to find the degreehaving fun area where you can maintain, move forward, as well as adjust when modifications need to be made
. You can’t simply play the old way, where you build a partnership with a core group of individuals and wish it takes you to the end, because that does not work anymore. All-winners was really hard. And think of, I’m 45! It doesn’t get simpler for me playing with these young youngsters, man! Yet I’m happy I got the possibility. TVLINE|Please offer us a tease wherefore’s around to go down! It’s gon na be crazy! The all-winners season is every little thing the fans desire and much more. It’s like no other. These champions are pulling out methods one after the other.
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