Meet the Cast of Survivor Season 43
It’s time for another group of strangers to outsmart, outdo, and outlast each other. Survivor Season 43 premieres Sept. 21 in a two-hour premiere on CBS. While the remote conditions, challenges, and conflicts made the competition series a success, we can’t overlook the people who bring it all to life: the cast.
The 18 contestants are vying for the chance to win $1 million on the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. Jeff Probst, the only host Survivor has ever known, is back, and said (opens in a new tab) this season they will examine “how the society they form directly impacts the game they play”. Remember that the Sole Survivor isn’t just an exceptional player; they must also convince the jury to give them the prize money.
CBS revealed the castaways who will face off in season 43. Additionally, the network noted which of the three tribes each person belongs to, as the alliances begin. Parade interviewed (opens in a new tab) players to get more details about who they are apart from the Survivor setting.
Cody Assenmacher is from Honolulu, Hawai’i, and works in elevator sales. The 35-year-old plans to use his experiences, his profession and the fact that he has lived in different cities to his advantage. Cody believes that having wisdom ahead of his time will help him relate to older players and that his youthful spirit will allow him to relate to younger players.
Lindsay Carmine is a pediatric nurse from Downingtown, Pa. Her dream of being on Survivor has been around for more than two decades. The 42-year-old says she’s relentless, resourceful and compassionate, but people are surprised at how competitive she is, especially as she gets older.
Cassidy Clark has been cast in season 41 of Survivor, but the pandemic hit just days before she was ready to play. The 26-year-old fashion designer from Austin, Texas prepared harder when reapplying and now she’s back. Cassidy admires former player Kim Spradlin and her “quiet assassin” acting and plans to “manipulate and persuade others” in her own way.
Looking at Justine Brennan, you might think she is an unathletic girl, however, her father raised her to be the son he never had. The 29-year-old, who is from Marina del Rey, Calif., is in cybersecurity sales and says she’s “much more emotionally smart than book smart,” which she says will be an attribute. huge when interacting with other players.
Having quit his job to join Survivor, Geo Bustamante, 36, arrives from Honolulu, Hawai’i. The project manager says that laziness and people who lack courtesy are his pet peeves. When asked to describe which former player he would most resemble in his game, he replied: “It should be a combination of [John] Cochran and Boston Rob [Mariano]. I’m not as physical as Rob, but I’ll be strategic like Cochran.”
At 43, Nneka Ejere is the oldest woman on season 43. The pharmacist from Weatherford, Texas, immigrated from Nigeria and is a mother of two with a third on the way. She plans to play like Cirie Fields, who played tough without looking like it on the surface. “I can influence others to make decisions and they will think it was their idea all the time,” Nneka said.
Mike Gabler is a 52-year-old heart valve specialist from Meridian, Idaho. Describing himself as an intense, energetic and fun person, Mike thinks he will play the game like former player Sandra DIaz-Twine. “She was always in the right place at the right time. She had phenomenal strategies and play,” he said.
Karla Cruz Godoy
Karla Cruz Godoy is hosted from Newark, Delaware, where she is an educational project manager. The 28-year-old grew up in a low-income household of Mexican immigrant parents. Karla lives by the motto “if you don’t like something, change it” and will use her resilient nature and listening skills to win the prize.
James Jones is a 37-year-old event planner from Philadelphia. At the age of 12, he won the United States Chess Open (the biggest chess tournament in the United States) for his ranking bracket. James thrives and finds some comfort in the chaos, which he believes will help him become the sole survivor.
Owen Knight is a 30-year-old admissions director at the University of New Orleans. Owen sees himself as an unassuming triple threat, which will be the key to him winning the million dollars. “I would love to play a game similar to Adam Klein. He kept his threat level low, had a good relationship with everyone, and was his authentic, superfan self,” he said.
Noelle Lambert is a 25-year-old player from Manchester, NH and an American Paralympian who competed in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. After an accident, Noelle had her leg amputated in 2016, but never let her prosthesis define her. She plans to channel Kelley Wentworth’s second season into her own game. “Her tribemates didn’t think she was a big threat, but she found hidden immunity idols and created blind spots to progress in the game,” Noelle said.
Sami Layadi is 19 years old and comes from Las Vegas. The pet cremator is said to be unpredictable, stubborn and indecisive and loves sports, fitness and journaling. Sami says he’s “too conversational and emotionally experienced with people to ignore my in-game position at all times”. He’s also too determined to get comfortable.
Jesse Lopez joins the cast from Durham, North Carolina. The 30-year-old went from being a gang member to turning his life around with a doctorate in political science. Jesse has studied voting behavior for years and believes he can adapt to any environment and relate to anyone. “I definitely bring an academic mindset to the game because I’ve spent more hours thinking about how people vote than Sandra. [Diaz-Twine] and Boston Rob [Mariano] combined,” he said.
If you ask Ryan Medrano why he believes he may be the sole survivor, he says he’s a triple threat who can socialize, use his strength, and be quick at puzzles. The 25-year-old warehouse associate from El Paso, Texas was born three months early with mild cerebral palsy. Doctors said he would never walk, but he was able to after four years of therapy.
Meet 22-year-old graduate student from Collierville, Tennessee, Dwight Moore. He hopes to emulate Wendell Holland’s “Ghost Island” game, where he had strong social play, bonded and performed well in challenges. “If I decide to do something, I give it my all until I see that goal achieved,” Dwight said.
Elizabeth “Elie” Scott
Elisabeth “Elie” Scott is a clinical psychologist from Salt Lake City. The 31-year-old considers herself smart, insightful and genuine. When it’s not lit Survivor, you can find her rock climbing, skiing, and performing karaoke at dive bars. Elie thinks she will win thanks to her “natural social skills and relentless strategy”.
Joining the Baka tribe of Philadelphia, Morriah Young is a proud teacher. The 28-year-old describes herself as colorful, energetic and cheerful and enjoys shopping, traveling and creating content. She thinks being “super adorable and not an immediate threat” will help her win Season 43.
Heading to Fiji from San Francisco, Jeanine Zheng is a UX designer. The 24-year-old, who loves hiking, photography and running, thinks she may be the sole survivor because “I can relate to people from completely different backgrounds and juggle the nuances of my different covenants”.
look Survivor season 43 live Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT starting September 21. Episodes will be available to stream on Paramount More after Thursday.