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Name: Lindsey Cascaddan
Current Residence: College Park, Florida
Gordon Holmes: Your hobbies include “anything artistic.” What does that entail?
Lindsey Cascaddan: Painting, drawing, sewing, music…anything. I can get creative with fitness. I love to cook.
Holmes: You have a ton of tattoos. I assume people always want to talk about them.
Cascaddan: (Laughs) Yeah, it’s definitely in your face, so it’s easy to get caught up in them and talk about them.
Holmes: In this case it is literally in your face.
Cascaddan: Literally. I have a face tattoo, and it’s normally people’s first question. I think it’s a statement piece for me. I put a lot of work into my art and who I am and what I do. And I think to finally get my face tattooed, it was meant to be in your face. And I love it. It makes people question me, and I love that. I like to keep people wondering. I’d say I’m the most judged person here, maybe. I think that works to my benefit in real life and in this game.
Holmes: How does this work to your advantage out here?
Cascaddan: My angle is really kind of easy and smart for me. It’s set up by my look and my job. I’m a single mom and I’m a hairstylist. It’s easy to let people assume that I’m quirky and ditzy and young and I make wild choices. And I’m “dumb enough to get my face tattooed.”
Holmes: So that sentiment is something you’ve experienced?
Cascaddan: Yeah, of course. In this game, it’s going to work to my advantage because people won’t see anything coming. They probably won’t put it past me to make dumb choices or do crazy things. And, I’m going to let them think that.
Holmes: Does a face tattoo hurt?
Cascaddan: A lot of my tattoos hurt really bad. The face tattoo didn’t hurt.
Holmes: I only have the one, but I think I’ve heard that the closer to the bone…
Cascaddan: No, it’s closer to nerves.
Holmes: They’re addictive.
Cascaddan: There’s a law in tattooing that says nobody has only one. I tell people I have one.
Holmes: One big one.
Cascaddan: All over me. There was a point up in my hairline that made my eye water. But there aren’t a lot of nerves there.
Holmes: I’m pinching around my face and I guess it doesn’t feel too nerve-y.
Holmes: Cause I’m going to get a face tattoo when we’re done.
Holmes: It says your favorite sport is dating.
Holmes: Is there a National Dating League I haven’t heard of?
Cascaddan: (Laughs) I could probably coach that league. I’ve been known to love dating, love boys. I love a person’s energy when they start dating and they put all their best assets out there. I think it is kind of a sport. It’s this wild game we play as humans. We now have reality shows about it. And partnering, this game is about partnering. Creating trust and then breaking that trust. Finding these crazy roles…it’s a game, it’s a sport.
Holmes: And how do you keep score?
Cascaddan: (Laughs) Don’t ask!
Holmes: Fair enough, this is a family site.
NOTE: At this point a handler told us we were being too loud.
Holmes: Keep it down, troublemaker.
Cascaddan: Sorry, my voice is so loud.
Holmes: You’re going to be away from your daughter for quite a bit. How hard is that going to be?
Cascaddan: Being away from her is tough. It’s been tough. I’ve never been away from her. I am a single mom. I’m relying on my mom who is the most amazing human being ever. It’s hard to be away from someone who is like a limb to you. And I think I depend on her as much as she depends on me. She’s my favorite hobby, she’s my full-time job. She’s everything to me.
Holmes: Judging by your pet peeves, I have a feeling you might be annoyed by some of things you’re about to experience on “Survivor.”
Cascaddan: Yeah, I think the audience had better get ready to see me being annoyed by people. Maybe I won’t be as in your face as some of the players that have been on the show. Even though I look loud and have a loud voice, I love privacy. Even though there is no privacy in this game, there can be if you let there be. I try not to bore people with my kid stories. I’ll need a personal bubble.
Holmes: How do you feel about lying within the game?
Cascaddan: I think if any person in the real world tells me that lying is not a pet peeve of theirs, then that would be a huge red flag. Is lying going to happen? Yeah, it’s “Survivor.” They should just call the show “Lies.” Will I lie? Yeah.
Holmes: How about flirting?
Cascaddan: I think any man that I’ve ever come in contact with would be lying if he said I don’t use that to my advantage. And, it’s not something that I even do flamboyantly. I think every girl or guy that is attractive, that does play into your life. Of course that’ll play into my game.
Holmes: Any experience in the outdoors?
Cascaddan: I’d like to say I have experience, but I don’t think I’ll say that in a couple of weeks. (Laughs) I’m really tough-minded. And more than having experience, I think that’ll get me far.
Holmes: Are you a “Survivor” fan?
Cascaddan: I’m a huge fan. It was our family show growing up until around season sixteen. But then I was partying and having my own life. When I became a mom again I became a huge fan again. Now, I’ve caught up on all the seasons I’ve missed.
Holmes: Is that an advantage?
Cascaddan: Yeah, you know what to look for. You know about idols, you know about twists, you know about challenges. You know if you’re going to Tribal and they say “This person is going home, but we’re going to tell them it’s you,” then it’s probably you.
Holmes: If there is a twist, what do you think it is?
Cascaddan: Stop, there’s going to be a twist. When I saw there were eighteen of us I thought they’d add two returning players. Then I thought Redemption Island, but that’s not really a twist anymore because they’ve done it so many times. I hope it’s snacks.
Holmes: Like “Survivor: Buffet.”
Cascaddan: (Laughs) That’d be awesome.
Holmes: “Survivor: Hammocks and Snacks.” That’s actually what it is. I’m not supposed to tell you that.
Cascaddan: (Laughs) Yes!
Holmes: If two returning players joined you, who would you most like to see?
Cascaddan: John Cochran and Ozzy…only because we have another guy who reminds me of Ozzy and I think they’d get into this huge fight…throwing clams at each other.
Holmes: You just want to see people fight.
Holmes: Who would you least like to see?
Cascaddan: Parvati. I don’t want to see her. And I don’t want to see anyone from season twenty eight.
Holmes: How do you do without food?
Cascaddan: My boyfriend keeps snacks in his car and I am literally a nightmare…a human being’s worst nightmare when I’m hungry. I think that’s going to be really fun to watch on TV for other people.
Holmes: When my girlfriend doesn’t eat…it’s like she’s not a person anymore.
Cascaddan: You know the shark in “Finding Nemo”? When he smells blood and his eyes go back? We have a joke in our family that that’s me when I’m hungry. I’m bubbly and I’m fun, and then I get hungry and I’m the devil.
Holmes: What about excessive sun?
Cascaddan: I am pretty fair, I’m sure that won’t be comfortable. But I think lack of sleep and lack of food is going to be the worst.
Holmes: What about paranoia?
Cascaddan: I am probably going to follow people into the forest. I’m not sure how I’m going to handle it.
Holmes: What are your first impressions of this cast?
Cascaddan: I think there are a couple of people who look interesting. There are definitely people who are going to bug me. I can just tell by the things that they do. And then, a lot of them I would like to work with. They look like hard workers, they look like people who are going to put up a fight. And I love the fight. I’m ready.
Holmes: What’re you going to do with the million bucks when you win it?
Cascaddan: When, not if?
Holmes: I’ve got confidence in you. When.
Cascaddan: (Laughs) I’m going to invest every penny and go back to work like I never won it.
Holmes: Fiscal responsibility. Love it.
Don’t miss the 90-minute premiere of “Survivor: Worlds Apart” on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 8 pm ET on CBS.