Survivor Season 35: Meet The Cast Of Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers

Get to know the 18 new faces that will compete in Fiji on Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers this fall! Watch the Season 35 premiere of Survivor on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Meet the new castaways of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers

Meet the new castaways of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers

Survivor returns for Season 35 on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c and this time, the theme will be Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.

For Survivor's 35th installment, the new cast of 18 individuals will meet up in Fiji for their next big journey. For the first time ever, the tribes will be divided based on the positive traits most often associated with them by others.

What differentiates these three tribes? Well, the Heroes Tribe ("Levu") are used to being heralded for their high achievements. The Healers Tribe ("Soko") receive gratitude for their good work, and the Hustlers Tribe ("Yawa") must earn respect from others. 

WATCH: First Look At Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers

Before Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers kicks off with the season premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access, let's get to know more about the new faces 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, catch up on the past 34 seasons on CBS All Access.
Alan Ball (Levu Tribe, Heroes)

Alan Ball (Levu Tribe, Heroes)

Age: 31
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Current Residence: Houston, TX
Occupation: NFL Player

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Alan Ball

Three words to describe you: Intelligent, athletic, and clever.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
Everything I've accomplished I've had to scratch and claw at it. I've never been given anything or put in situations to succeed. My life has always been about proving people wrong and I feed on that—here is another shot.

READ: Alan Ball's Full Bio
Ben Driebergen (Levu Tribe, Heroes)

Ben Driebergen (Levu Tribe, Heroes)

Age: 34
Hometown: Boise, ID
Current Residence: Boise, ID
Occupation: Marine

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Ben Driebergen

Three words to describe you: Hilarious, strong-willed, and motivated.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
Because I have survived and overcome so many situations and met so many different people with different personalities. My social game is on point and my leadership and survival skills have been tried, tested, and proven.

READ: Ben Driebergen's Full Bio
John

John "JP" Hilsabeck (Levu Tribe, Heroes)

Age: 28
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Firefighter

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway John "JP" Hilsabeck

Three words to describe you: Outgoing, adventurous, and romantic.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
After watching the show, I always told myself "I could do that!" I love being outdoors and in the elements but most of all, it's the challenges and adventure that I thrive off most. You not only have to be athletic but smart and able to read people.

As a firefighter, I feel that gives me an advantage. When we go on medical calls we have to pick apart the problem and figure out what’s wrong so we can treat the patient. I feel that with my athletic ability and personality, I will be the final Survivor!

READ: John "JP" Hilsabeck's Full Bio
Chrissy Hofbeck (Levu Tribe, Heroes)

Chrissy Hofbeck (Levu Tribe, Heroes)

Age: 46
Hometown: Bernardsville, NJ
Current Residence: Lebanon Township, NJ
Occupation: Actuary 

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Chrissy Hofbeck

Three words to describe you: Mushy, happy, and efficient.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I am smart, lovable, and driven, and people like to help me, a combination that has led to great success. I get along with everyone, work hard, and always think "I can do it!"

READ: Chrissy Hofbeck's Full Bio
Ashley Nolan (Levu Tribe, Heroes)

Ashley Nolan (Levu Tribe, Heroes)

Age: 26
Hometown: Satellite Beach, FL
Current Residence: Satellite Beach, FL
Occupation: Lifeguard

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Ashley Nolan

Three words to describe you: Impressive, tough, and hilarious.

Why do you think you’ll "survive" Survivor?
If you're not first, you're last—and I refuse to be last. I have never given up or settled for second best at anything in my life. I know that my body is capable of way more than the average human and mentally I have the strong will, stubbornness, and confidence to ensure that I will be there at the end.

Being the Sole Survivor is what is meant for my life next.

READ: Ashley Nolan's Full Bio
Katrina Radke (Levu Tribe, Heroes)

Katrina Radke (Levu Tribe, Heroes)

Age: 46
Hometown: Morris, MN
Current Residence: Excelsior, MN
Occupation: Olympian

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Katrina Radke

Three words to describe you: Adventurous, tenacious, and charismatic.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
Because I can win! I know how to win. Just like I went from farm town girl to Olympic swimmer (swam for the USA 1985-1991, and 1988 Olympics), I am tenacious and great at convincing others to support me. They feel good about themselves around me and value me, thus being okay with me being the winner.

READ: Katrina Radke's Full Bio
Jessica Johnston (Soko Tribe, Healers)

Jessica Johnston (Soko Tribe, Healers)

Age: 29
Hometown: Cape Girardeau, MO
Current Residence: Louisville, KY
Occupation: Nurse Practitioner

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Jessica Johnston

Three words to describe you: Tenacious, congenial, and adventurous.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I am extremely physically and mentally resilient as well as disciplined. I am driven by failures, challenges, and goals. I don't react solely on "good feelings." When I sense there is something to be accomplished, my Type A personality comes out!

In the same breath, my sanguine personality always stands out as being a super social optimist, which will give me favor with the other players. I could win Miss Congeniality of Survivor if there was such an award!

READ: Jessica Johnston's Full Bio
Roark Luskin (Soko Tribe, Healers)

Roark Luskin (Soko Tribe, Healers)

Age: 27
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Current Residence: Santa Monica, CA
Occupation: Social Worker

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Roark Luskin

Three words to describe you: Sarcastic, focused, and intelligent.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
With a few exceptions, people usually like me. I am great at compartmentalizing, so I’ll have the ability to form genuine connections with people, but I'm not one to lose sight of why I'm on Survivor—to be the winner.

READ: Roark Luskin's Full Bio
Cole Medders (Soko Tribe, Healers)

Cole Medders (Soko Tribe, Healers)

Age: 24
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Current Residence: Little Rock, AR
Occupation: Wilderness Therapy Guide

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Cole Medders

Three words to describe you: Unreserved, dauntless, and flirtatious.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I have the kind of mental fortitude and strength it takes to survive. I have the kind of fearlessness and problem solving skills it takes and I have the smarts. No one will come close to being as well rounded as I am.

READ: Cole Medders' Full Bio
Joe Mena (Soko Tribe, Healers)

Joe Mena (Soko Tribe, Healers)

Age: 34
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Current Residence: Tolland, CT
Occupation: Probation Officer

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Joe Mena

Three words to describe you: Real, confident, and energetic.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I can relate to people from all paths of life, I work in a diverse community with diverse backgrounds in age, religion, and social status. I can converse with anyone about anything. With these stories, I'll be able to manipulate individuals and my surroundings. I'm a likable, outspoken, and natural in most things I do. Nothing I do feels forced or uncomfortable.

I'm well aware of my strengths and weaknesses. I'm not going to Survivor for vacation or fame. I'm not going to be away from my children for six weeks and come back empty handed. I can win this and I am confident I can.

READ: Joe Mena's Full Bio
Desiree

Desiree "Desi" Williams (Soko Tribe, Healers)

Age: 27
Hometown: Peachtree City, GA
Current Residence: Newport News, VA
Occupation: Physical Therapist

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Desiree "Desi" Williams

Three words to describe you: Congenial, forthright, and unremitting.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
Charm, wit, beauty, mental fortitude, physical strength—all of these traits and more will ensure I'm the Sole Survivor. Already in good shape, I will show up on the island the strongest, quickest, most powerful and agile I've ever been.

Borrowing from my childhood love of puzzles and games or logic and strategy, my mental sharpness will be at its peak. A natural academician, I will arrive having not only watched, but studied the game. If you combine those traits with my will to win and my expertise in gaining feigned camaraderie, I'm nearly unbeatable.

READ: Desiree Williams' Full Bio
 
Mike Zahalsky (Soko Tribe, Healers)

Mike Zahalsky (Soko Tribe, Healers)

Age: 43
Hometown: Parkland, FL
Current Residence: Parkland, FL
Occupation: Urologist

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Mike Zahalsky

Three words to describe you: Intelligent, enthusiastic, and determined.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I've been a fan since Season 1 so I understand how the game has changed. I am smart, I am strategic, and I am social. People will be hugging me as I vote them off.

READ: Mike Zahalsky's Full Bio
Patrick Bolton (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)

Patrick Bolton (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)

Age: 24
Hometown: Lanett, AL
Current Residence: Auburn, AL
Occupation: Small Business Owner

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Patrick Bolton

Three words to describe you:
Persistent, playful, and thankful.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I believe that I can withstand the challenges in every facet. I can solve puzzles, work well with my team, strategize, and in most cases beat out my competitors with my endurance. I can take on the outdoor elements, I can fish, I can build a shelter, and probably start a fire.

I am good at bonding with others and communicating to create friendship and strategies so that my team will not want to eliminate me. I will be too valuable to get rid of, but will not outperform to look like a threat.

READ: Patrick Bolton's Full Bio
Alexandrea

Alexandrea "Ali" Elliott (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)

Age: 24
Hometown: Eastvale, CA
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Celebrity Assistant

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Alexandrea "Ali" Elliott

Three words to describe you: Vivacious, ambitious, and smart.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I am a pretty well-rounded individual and feel I can excel at the social, physical, and mental aspects of Survivor. My time is now!

READ: Ali Elliott's Full Bio
Simone Nguyen (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)

Simone Nguyen (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)

Age: 25
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Current Residence: New York City, NY
Occupation: Diversity Advocate

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Simone Nguyen

Three words to describe you: Expressive, loyal, and ambitious.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I have good luck and I'm unafraid to make consequential decisions that affect everyone's game.

READ: Simone Nguyen's Full Bio
Devon Pinto (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)

Devon Pinto (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)

Age: 23
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA
Current Residence: Solana Beach, CA
Occupation: Surf Instructor

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Devon Pinto

Three words to describe you: Confident, optimistic, and joyful.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
When everyone is too busy either loving me or underestimating me, I am going to be picking them off one by one until I am the Sole Survivor! Every single Immunity Challenge is mine. I will have everyone’s vote at the end because they all will love me so much.

READ: Devon Pinto's Full Bio
Lauren Rimmer (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)

Lauren Rimmer (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)

Age: 35
Hometown: Beaufort, NC
Current Residence: Beaufort, NC
Occupation: Fisherman

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Lauren Rimmer

Three words to describe you: Outgoing, adventurous, and easygoing.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I have always been a survivor and everything I have obtained was through perseverance, personal risk (through all climate and weather conditions), hard work, and working with the public. I have always put myself on the line and always will.

READ: Lauren Rimmer's Full Bio
Ryan Ulrich (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)

Ryan Ulrich (Yawa Tribe, Hustlers)

Age: 23
Hometown: North Arlington, NJ
Current Residence: North Arlington, NJ
Occupation: Bellhop

WATCH: Meet Survivor 35 Castaway Ryan Ulrich

Three words to describe you: Witty, ambitious, and approachable.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
I feel like I can get along with a variety of different people because I have knowledge of different topics. Without question, I am there to win and I will use relationships to get to the end yet I will do it in a way that ensures I’m liked enough to get votes.

READ: Ryan Ulrich's Full Bio

Watch the season premiere of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.



If you can't wait until then for your Survivor fix, catch up on the past 34 seasons on CBS All Access.