Specifically, she’s got a plan that she wants to execute to trick most of the other houseguests upon entering the game. Consider that one of the better teases that we’ve got to offer before getting into the remainder of this interview with Cassandra.
CarterMatt – What made you want to come back and do this again?
Cassandra Shahinfar – I’m so happy that they gave me a second chance right after the one I played. Back when I played the first time, I was 100% myself, but I never knew what Canada thought of me. I knew I was kind of the villain in the house, so a lot of people didn’t like me. Then, when I got out I got a lot of love from Canada and the viewers. I met so many young people who looked up to me and that was the best feeling. I want to come back and win it for myself, and for everyone who rooted for me.
What was the biggest thing you learned about yourself from the first time you played?
The thing I think I learned about myself is that I loved my alone time, my personal time. When you’re locked in that house 24/7 with those people, you start to get sick of them. There were days when Phil would walk into a room, and I would just roll my eyes and leave. Having alone time is very important in that house, so this time around I’m going to involve myself in the group games and the hide-and-go-seek, all of the stupid things that you do in there. I’m going to try not to miss my network of people too much and think of what I’m doing in there.
How are you going to change your strategy from the first time?
Honestly I’m not going to whatsoever. I’m going to go in, play hard, manipulate when I need to and fake-cry when I need to. I want to go in and make everyone think that I’m a ‘changed woman’ and have a new image, because most of them who watched my season will know that I will lie, fake-cry, manipulate, and do whatever it takes to get to the end of the game. I have to make them believe that I’m just there for the experience. I’m going to tell them the truth that there’s been a lot that’s changed in my actual life. I have a serious boyfriend, I’m a serious person, and I’m going to tell them that I’m just there for the fans and for the network TV time, that I don’t want to jeopardize my life on the outside. But, I’m going to play the exact same way and just say that to them just so they think that I’ve changed.
What do you think your biggest weakness could be this time?
I think it’s coming on directly after [my season]. I’m still fresh in everyone’s mind. Why are they going to go after everybody else when they just watched me? I’m a really easy target, and that’s going to be my biggest issue this season. I’m going to have to make that target as minimal as possible. I feel like there will always be a target on me, but I’m going to take a page out of Tim’s book and be that fun-loving, friendly, there-for-fun person.
Is there anything that you’re nervous about entering the house?
I’m terrified to be voted out first week. Again. It’s the same thing that I was scared of last season. I am more scared this time around just because I created such big shoes for myself to fill. I’m just afraid that I won’t live up to what everyone saw from me last season. I’ll try my hardest to win this time, but my fear is not doing as well.
Other than winning the money, what’s the one thing you’re hoping to get out of your second experience?
You know what’s funny? When I’m playing, I’m not thinking so much about the money. Obviously that’s a great perk, but I want to feel what Phil and Nick felt when Arisa crowned them the winner. The confetti, the cheers — I want that! I got to visualize it, I was so close, so to have it ripped away from me at the final four was devastating.
Oh, and to win more competitions because last season my dad had to win me the HoH (laughs).
Our snap judgment
Cassandra was our preseason pick to win last season. Therefore, it would be tempting in theory to do so again here! Unfortunately, we just don’t see it this time since other than maybe Neda Kalantar or Kevin Martin, she’s probably the biggest target out of any of the returning players. She’s so recent, and she was so manipulative and so savvy for most of the game. Given that she’s not a huge competition threat, it’ll be tough for her to save herself in the event that the majority of the house wants to get rid of her.
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