February 09, 2010 01:00 PM by Ryan Haidet
The biggest brawl in reality television history is set to unleash when 20 returning players clash in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains.Â “Sassy” Sandra Diaz-Twine is one of the villains hoping to win the $1 million prize — which she was already successful at doing when she won Survivor: Pearl Islands.Â At the CBS party for Survivor’s 10th anniversary, Sandra talked with RealityTVMagazine‘s Ryan Haidet about her role as a villain, her strategy this season and her motivation for returning to the game.
RealityTVMagazine — Ryan Haidet:Â What makes you a villain?
Sandra:Â Jeff (Probst) put it on a video, and now I’m even buying it.Â I like to sabotage.Â As long as it ain’t me.Â I don’t give a crap who goes home.Â I won’t confess if I do something.
RTVMag:Â Was there any second thoughts about playing the game again?
Sandra:Â No.Â They called me, I said OK.Â But, I didn’t like put my heart into it because I’ve packed before and then I didn’t go nowhere.Â So I was like, I’m not going to spend not one penny because if I spend money then they call me and say, “No you’re not going.Â We don’t need you.”Â Then I’m screwed.Â So until they were like, “Did you pack?”Â I’m like, “No but I will.”Â I was just like, “I’m gonna just see what happens.”Â Some people get their hearts broken, but I was like, “Nope.”
RTVMag:Â Did you go into this game with a different strategy?
Sandra:Â Why?Â What I do is what works for me.Â And, a lot of these people don’t even watch Survivor.Â They don’t have a frickin’ clue.Â But I’ve been watching since season 1.Â I know all these players.
RTVMag:Â Was there any animosity going into the game with any?
Sandra:Â No animosity.Â The only one I knew was Rupert because we had been on the same season.Â Other than that, I wasn’t scared ofÂ none of them.Â I didn’t hate any of them.Â For some of them I have pity, because they have played two times and were unsuccessful.Â I’m thinking,Â like, “Why would you come back a third time?Â If you couldn’t do it in two, you ain’t going to do it in three.”
RTVMag:Â Let’s talk about the first time you played.Â There’s one moment that sticks out in my mind that makes you a villain — when you tossed the fish out.
Sandra:Â I did that ’cause I was mad.Â I did that because Rupert got voted out and then they were like, “Oh I want the big fish.”Â They were mad Rupert would eat the big fish.Â But I was like, “If you don’t like it, you go in the ocean for three hours and you get your own damn fish.”Â And then they were like, “You’re next.”Â Telling me I’m going home.Â I was like, “OK, if I’m going home I don’t need to eat this fish — and you won’t either.”
RTVMag:Â Did you ever tell them it was you and not Christa?
Sandra:Â Hell no.Â Not until after the fact.Â I would be stupid if I would’ve told.
RTVMag:Â Did you feel bad about that at all?
Sandra:Â Hell no!Â Why should I feel bad?
RTVMag:Â What is it about Survivor that intrigues you so much?
Sandra:Â The million dollars.Â It was nice to have it.Â The million dollars.Â I don’t care about the physical aspect, because I wish it didn’t have no challenges.
RTVMag:Â Being a winner, what advice would you give to a future player?
Sandra:Â Watch all the shows.Â Know what works and what doesn’t work.Â Don’t go out there barking orders.Â Don’t think because you’re strong that you’re gonna win.Â Never go in there with the notion that you won’t be the first to go or “I know I’m gonna win.”Â You need to go and take it one day at a time.Â You need to take every three days.Â Don’t tell me what you’re going to do on Day 23.Â Tell me what you’re going to do tomorrow.
RTVMag:Â Which competition was tougher for you?
Sandra:Â Samoa.Â I was just miserable.Â The first time is likeÂ a honeymoon — you don’t know what you’re getting into.Â Everything is brand new.Â Every day is brand new.Â The second time around, minute three is horrible.Â Minute four is even worse.Â Day 10 is like, “Oh my God this is Hell!”Â Day 11 is even worse than Hell.
RTVMag:Â Did you find yourself regretting going back?
Sandra:Â No.Â I think it was that I was lonely a lot.Â I felt like I didn’t have nobody out there.Â My husband was in Afghanistan.Â My mother was up in Heaven.Â It was just a lot of stuff going on.
RTVMag:Â Is Tribal Council an intimidating experience?
Sandra:Â No.Â I don’t care about Tribal Council.Â I’m the kind of person where I take care of my business before I get there.
RTVMag:Â What can we look forward to this season?
Sandra:Â Just a big, ol’ cluster fu*k.
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Which side will you be rooting for?Â The adventure continues February 11 on CBS.