Survivor Season 33: Meet The Cast Of Millennials Vs. Gen-X

Meet the full cast of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X

Meet the full cast of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X

After 32 seasons, Survivor is back with a brand-new theme that's sure to up the ante for the latest crop of castaways: this fall, the competition will be played between Millennials (which is considered anyone born between the early 1980s through 2000) and Gen X-ers (the generation born in between the early 1960s through the early 1980s.)

Before Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X kicks off with a 90-minute premiere episode on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access, let's get to know more about the 20 new castaways that will be competing for a chance at $1 million and the coveted title of Sole Survivor.

If you can't wait until then for your Survivor fix, then catch up on the past 32 seasons on CBS All Access.
Vanua Tribe (Millennials)

Vanua Tribe (Millennials)

Top row, left to right: Justin "Jay" Starrett, Michaela Bradshaw, Adam Klein, Jessica "Figgy" Figueroa, Michelle Schubert, Will Wahl

Bottom row, left to right: Hannah Shapiro, Taylor Lee Stocker, Mari Takahashi, Zeke Smith
Takali Tribe (Gen X)

Takali Tribe (Gen X)

Top row, left to right: Lucy Huang, Ken McNickle, Chris Hammons, Jessica Lewis, Rachel Ako, Ciandre "CeCe" Taylor

Bottom row, left to right: David Wright, Paul Wachter, Sunday Burquest, Bret LaBelle
Adam Klein on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Adam Klein on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Age: 25
Current residence: San Francisco, CA
Occupation: Homeless shelter manager

Three words to describe you: Intelligent, confident, and personable.
 
What does it mean to be a Millennial?
Millennials believe that, in this moment, anything is possible. If you have dreams, go after them. If you want to change the world, change it. I don't believe you have to "pay your dues" making copies and fetching coffee before you can be successful—or before you can make a difference. 

Don’t just work harder, work smarter, and make your goals a reality! My dream is to win Survivor and I'm going to make it happen! 

Watch Adam Klein's intro video and read Adam Klein's full bio
Bret LaBelle on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Bret LaBelle on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Age: 42 
Current residence: Dedham, MA
Occupation: Police sergeant

Three words to describe you: Gregarious, funny/hilarious, and caring.

What does it mean to be a Gen X-er?
A Gen X-er is someone who had to work very hard for everything that they have in life. They actually had to go to school (not just online), ride the bus, and study hard to get good grades.

Gen X-er's take responsibility for their own actions and don’t blame others for their mistakes. Gen X-er’s remember a time when Saturday morning brought the best cartoons, they know the difference between VHS and Betamax, and they certainly know what it means to drop a dime.  

Watch Bret LaBelle's intro video and read Bret LaBelle's full bio.
Chris Hammons on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Chris Hammons on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Age: 38
Current residence: Moore, OK
Occupation: Trial lawyer

Three words to describe you: Super competitive because I don't lose, tenacious because I never give up, and I’m a fighter.

What does it mean to be a Gen X-er?
To me, it means that you work hard. It means you get up with a purpose and a goal each day. It means that you can do anything in America as long as you work hard and never give up.

Watch Chris Hammons' intro video and read Chris Hammons' full bio.
Ciandre

Ciandre "CeCe" Taylor on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Age: 39
Current residence: Granada Hills, CA 
Occupation: Insurance adjuster

Three words to describe you: Outgoing, strong-minded, and goal setter.

What does it mean to be a Gen X-er?
Wow, just thinking about my history, childhood, and past brings me to tears, but also makes me smile. I came from a generation of fighters. The foundation of my family was built on strong women.

Yes, my great grandparents, grandparents, and parents were married but, unfortunately, they didn't stay married. During that time, raising children as a single parent was be extremely hard, but the strength the women of my family showed—their will to never give up, their triumph over sweat and tears—shaped me into the woman I am today. 

We are strong and most of the women I grew up with also demonstrate that same strength and willpower. Nothing was handed to us. We worked hard and, if we failed, we tried again. That's the overall mindset of a Gen X-er. Never let your failures keep you down. You only stay a failure if you don't get back up and try again.

Watch CeCe Taylor's intro video and read CeCe Taylor's full bio.
David Wright on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

David Wright on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Age: 42
Current residence: Sherman Oaks, CA
Occupation: Television writer 

Three words to describe you: OCD, nervous, and paranoid.

What does it mean to be a Gen X-er?
Gen X-ers believe in hard work, earning their rewards, and eating breakfast. Why does no one eat breakfast anymore?!

Watch David Wright's intro video and read David Wright's full bio.
Hannah Shapiro on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Hannah Shapiro on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Age: 24
Current residence: West Hollywood, CA
Occupation: Barista 

Three words to describe you: Nerdy, competitive, and weird.

What does it mean to be a Millennial?
Being a Millennial means being hip, cool, nifty and totally rad. Go young people! No, I'm not secretly an 80-year-old neurotic Jewish lady. I don't know what you're talking about.

Watch Hannah Shapiro's intro video and read Hannah Shapiro's full bio.
Jessica

Jessica "Figgy" Figueroa on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Age: 23
Current residence: Nashville, TN
Occupation: Bartender

Three words to describe you: Adventurous, free spirit, and crowd pleaser.

What does it mean to be a Millennial?
Being a Millennial means being blessed with an innovative and creative mind, and the world is at my fingertips. It's all there; I just have to make it happen. 

Watch Figgy Figueroa's intro video and read Figgy Figueroa's full bio.
Jessica Lewis on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Jessica Lewis on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Age: 37
Current residence: Voorheesville, NY
Occupation: Assistant district attorney

Three words to describe you: Unique, unconventional, and intriguing. 

What does it mean to be a Gen X-er?
My parents were farmers and they worked harder than anyone I have ever known. There were no vacations, days off, or breaks. No matter the weather, their health, or lack of money, they never gave up.  They never stopped. That lesson has never left me.

No one will live my life for me. No one is going to give me a break. If I want something, I have to get up and do it, regardless of how I may feel or how hard it may be. My life was decided by no one but myself. I saw the struggle my parents endured and I made a promise to myself to never stop trying to achieve any goal I set out to achieve. Nothing I have was handed to me. I had to earn it and I continue to do so every day.  

Watch Jessica Lewis' intro video and read Jessica Lewis' full bio.
Justin

Justin "Jay" Starrett on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Age: 27
Current residence: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Occupation: Real estate agent

Three words to describe you: Determined, intelligent, and funny.

What does it mean to be a Millennial?
Millennial means “freedom” to me. I say this because we are born in a time when anything is truly possible; social media and all these different outlets help you to not only learn information quickly, but gives you the capability to become or create anything. 

Being a Millennial, you can chase your dreams and do things that are out-of-the-box; as long as you are working towards your dream and not just sitting there thinking about it, you can become successful.  

Watch Jay Starrett's intro video and read Jay Starrett's full bio.
Ken McNickle on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Ken McNickle on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Age: 33
Current residence: Denver, CO
Occupation: Model

Three words to describe you: Driven, mindful, and perceptive.

What does it mean to be a Gen X-er?
It's a generation of hard workers who were on the cusp of some incredible social, political and technological shifts. We are competent and capable in the “new world” yet are happy outside, while disconnected from our devices.

Watch Ken McNickle's intro video and read Ken McNickle's full bio.

 
Lucy Huang on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Lucy Huang on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Age: 42
Current residence: Diamond Bar, CA
Occupation: Dietician 
 
Three words to describe you: Stubborn, hardworking, and controlling.

What does it mean to be a Gen X-er?
I grew up a latchkey kid with very little parental supervision. My parents both worked so my siblings and I had a lot more responsibilities and were expected to fend for ourselves. We were extremely obedient because we knew our parents worked very hard and we did not want to disappoint them.  

Trophies were earned—not given—just for participating in sports. This is the case for most Gen-Xers, which is why we are more independent and results-oriented. We hate being micromanaged and expect people to have "common sense." We don't compliment every little thing; we only give praise when well deserved. 

Watch Lucy Huang's intro video and read Lucy Huang's full bio.
Mari Takahashi on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Mari Takahashi on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Age: 31
Current residence: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Gamer

Three words to describe you: Courageous, adaptable, and calculating.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? 
I am tenacious. I love winning. I play to win. I compete every single day. Video games keep my mind sharp, my hand-eye coordination on point, and constantly hungry to get that W. 

A background in ballet will shatter everyone else's chance of dominating in any balance challenge. My social game is calculated and precise. Social strategy is what I do. One doesn't accrue over 35 million fans across the internet by chance; it's strategic, calculated, technical, smart, and is exactly how I will play and win Survivor.

Watch Mari Takahashi's intro video and read Mari Takahashi's full bio.
Michaela Bradshaw on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Michaela Bradshaw on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Age: 25
Current residence: Fort Worth, TX
Occupation: Vacation club sales

Three words to describe you: Intelligent, fun, and competitive.

What does it mean to be a Millennial?
To be a Millennial is to resonate with the idea that I can design my own life. It’s the notion that I should have the desires of my heart, not because I am "entitled" to them, but because God granted me the ability to attain them. 

Being a Millennial means I am bold enough to state a want and stubborn enough to work for it, despite obstacles and the opinions of others. It means that my journey is only a failure if I stop moving forward. 

Watch Michaela Bradshaw's intro video and read Michaela Bradshaw's full bio.
Michelle Schubert on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Michelle Schubert on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Age: 28
Current residence: Yakima, WA
Occupation: Missionary recruiter 

Three words to describe you: Hungry, hungry, hippo.

What does it mean to be a Millennial?
Being a Millennial means I can think outside the box. It means I won't settle for mediocrity but, rather, strive for the best outcome. It also means I know what a hashtag is and how to fix just about anything using YouTube or Google. 

Watch Michelle Schubert's intro video and read Michelle Schubert's full bio.
Paul Wachter on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Paul Wachter on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Age: 52
Current residence: Sugarloaf Key, FL
Occupation: Boat mechanic

Three words to describe you: Intimidating, methodical, and confident.

What does it mean to be a Gen X-er?
Someone who never received a participation award. 

Watch Paul Wachter's intro video and read Paul Wachter's full bio.
Rachel Ako on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Rachel Ako on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Age: 37
Current residence: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Recruiting director 

Three words to describe you: Energetic, authentic, and fun!

What does it mean to be a Gen X-er?
We used to be viewed as the slackers until Millennials came along. Kidding. Gen X-ers are hard workers; however, I value what every generation brings to the table. 

Watch Rachel Ako's intro video and read Rachel Ako's full bio.
Sunday Burquest on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Sunday Burquest on Tribe Takali (Gen X)

Age: 45
Current residence: Otsego, MN
Occupation: Youth pastor

Three words to describe you: Bossy, compassionate, and tenacious. 

What does it mean to be a Gen X-er?
For myself, being a Gen X-er means being driven and hard working. We don't expect things to be handed to us; we set goals and work hard for what we want in life. We also don't think we deserve to win in every situation and actually look at failure as an opportunity to learn.  

On the other hand, Gen X-ers can be stuck in our ways and leery of new ideas. It would help a lot if we would learn to listen to the younger generation and run with some of their new ideas.

Watch Sunday Burquest's intro video and read Sunday Burquest's full bio.
Taylor Lee Stocker on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Taylor Lee Stocker on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Age: 24
Current residence: Postfalls, ID
Occupation: Snowboard instructor

Three words to describe you: Spontaneous, inventive, and thinker. 

What does it mean to be a Millennial?
Come on, man! We are open-minded, liberal, self-expressive, upbeat, connected, tech savvy, and we invented the words "sicky sicky, gnar gnar, rachet, clutch, bae, and LOL."

I love my generation. We are all-around epic.

Watch Taylor Lee Stocker's intro video and read Taylor Lee Stocker's full bio.
Will Wahl on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Will Wahl on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Age: 18
Current residence: Long Valley, NJ
Occupation: High-school student 

Three words to describe you: Cunning, adaptable, and dynamic.

What does it mean to be a Millennial?
A Millennial is creative, resourceful, intelligent, and, above all else, adaptable.  

Watch Will Wahl's intro video and read Will Wahl's full bio.
Zeke Smith on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Zeke Smith on Tribe Vanua (Millennials)

Age: 28
Current residence: Brooklyn, NY
Occupation: Asset manager

Three words to describe you: Sharp, devilish, and unstoppable.

What does it mean to be a Millennial?
To be perfectly honest, I've never thought of myself as a Millennial. Ask one of the other children.

Watch Zeke Smith's intro video and read Zeke Smith's full bio.

Plus, don't forget to watch the 90-minute season premiere of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. If you can't wait until then for your Survivor fix, then catch up on the past 32 seasons on CBS All Access.