There are always a few kinds of players who we really find ourselves interested in watching on “Big Brother Canada” (or really any other competition show, for that matter); one of the top ones consistently is the person who wants to play the game hard, but understands at the same time that this is a television show and they are there to entertain. Cassandra Shahinfar is one of these said people.
As you’re hopefully going to see within the pre-game interview we did with her below, there’s a lot to like about what she is going to bring to this season, and she also spells out her strategy and philosophy on different elements to go along with it.
Tell us about yourself: Your name, where you’re from, your age, and what you do for a living.
Okay, I’mCassandra Shahinfar, I’m 22 years old, I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and I work at a car dealership. I do a little bit of HR, a little bit of marketing, a little bit of everything.
What made you want to try out for Big Brother Canada this year?
I am obsessed with ‘Big Brother,’ I’ve been watching since season 2 US; I said ‘I’m going to get on a show,’ and now I’m on the show and I still can’t believe it. (Laughs.) My next goal is to now win the show!
If you could compare yourself to someone from ‘Big Brother Canada’ or ‘Big Brother US,’ who would it be?
I would compare myself to kind of a mix of Janelle and Rachel. Janelle in the sense that I’m going to be under-estimated as someone who’s just super-fun and ‘there for the experience.’ But I’m really there to win, to be a cutthroat assassin!
What’s something about you that would surprise people?
That’s a good question! There are a lot of different layers to me. It may surprise the other houseguests that I’m going in there with a strategy and am there to play the game.
Do you have a specific strategy entering the house?
I’m really going to focus on the social game. When I think of ‘Big Brother’ I think of a game of chess, so I’m going to go in there, evaluate, and see where everyone lies on the board. Are they a pawn, are they a big player, where are they. Then also think about myself, and where I also lie on the board. Then I have to figure out who I’m going to align myself with. I want to rely on the stronger people and let them do the dirty work. Then I’m going to start attacking a little later on when they’re done attacking each other.
What makes you think that you’ll be able to make it all the way to the end and win?
I’ve watched the game, I’ve studied the game, and I have a plan going in. I know every single second in the house I’m going to be playing the game. I’m going to be so focused; I’m going to have to cut out some of my outside thoughts. I’m not going to let my emotions take over and I’m always going to be thinking strategy and game. I’m also not an emotional player. I’m going to be cool as a cucumber in sticky situations.
What do you think your biggest weakness could be?
I think that I have a very bold personality, and I’m going to have to dial that back so people don’t think I’m obnoxious. That’s going to be one of the biggest issues for myself, but hopefully I’ll be able to [contain].
Other than winning the money, what’s the one thing you’re hoping to get out of this experience?
Fame and fortune, what?? I’m just kidding. I’m hoping to cross it off my bucket list. I’ve wanted it so badly for so long that now that it’s coming to fruition, it’s something I’m hoping to accomplish.
In closing, what do you want to say to Canada? Why should they be excited to see you this season?
I’m fun, I’m quirky, I’m down to earth at the same time. I’m also there to play a game and stab people in the back. I’m there to be entertainment and think about myself. I think that’s why viewers will have a good time watching me.
Overall impression – Cassandra’s really fun. We get the sense that she wants to be the sort of mustache-twirling villain that is entertaining to watch, and we also get the sense that she’s going to be very good at executing her strategy. We’re not making winner picks just yet, but we do think that she has what it takes if she makes it to the end, at least based on this interview alone. (We’re trying to write these in a vacuum, without looking at any other videos or articles out there.)
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