Going into this Mark Chrysler exit interview for Big Brother Canada 5, it was difficult to know what to anticipate or the right things to even ask. This is a guy who we barely saw through two episodes, and also someone who wasn’t able to see anything that made it on air in the first two episodes. Instead, we just had to look at things on a macro level, and get his side to some of the stories and events leading up to the eviction.
If this is the first time you’ve read any of our exit interviews for Big Brother Canada on the site, we’re allotted time for three different questions. These are typically pretty short, but luckily in this case Mark gave us some good insight so that we could better understand where he was coming from.
CarterMatt – I know that you had certain preconceived notions about what you thought the game was going to be like. How different was it for you when you were actually in the house?
Mark Chrysler – I’ll be honest — walking in there, I didn’t have any idea it was going to be anywhere near as hard as it was. More than anything, [it was] how mentally exhausting it was every day. You’re always worried about what’s going on. You’re basically running on coffee, and then every one in a while you want to find the time to recoup yourself and collect your thoughts. With the house [being what it was], I really felt like I couldn’t have that time to get away from everyone.
On the mental side, it was extremely draining and a lot tougher than I thought it would be … but still SO much fun.
How much was it playing into the minds of you and the other newbies how well some of the returning players did on their first seasons? For example, were you much more worried about people like Neda and Cassandra than people like Sindy and Dallas?
I think that just because they were viewed as veterans, they were characterized as the same. At the same time, it was day 1 for all of us and they really pushed that on the newcomers. They really were a threat, but [also] a lot of the newcomers were really intimidated. I had a very strong feeling that it was going to be one of the newer houseguests to go the first week just because everyone was really scared, and didn’t want to make that big of a move the first week by taking out someone that they got to watch and idolize in previous seasons.
If you were able to jump back in time, what would you fix about your game?
I thought I played a strong social game, but I think what defeated me was not having a strong relationship with Karen. Originally when Demetres and I were on the block, she was going after him and not me, but he ended up establishing a strong relationship with her. Karen and I, we made it known that we were gunning for each other. When they said that the house was gunning for me, I really think it was just Karen and maybe one other person. Everyone else just followed suit.
If anything, I should’ve tried much, much harder to create an alliance or even just a friendship with her.
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