Former “Facts of Life” star, Lisa Whelchel, was known for her glamorous character as Blair on the hit show, but she takes on an entirely different role when she appears on “Survivor” Season 25 this fall. The 49-year-old actress shared her reasons for going on the CBS reality show, but insists it’s not about a comeback into acting. She’s a Christian author and public speaker who no longer actively works in the entertainment business.
Whelchel said she’s a “superfan” of “Survivor” and wanted to be part of the competition with the cast in the Philippines. In fact, she wouldn’t exactly call the experience a walk in the park, or “fun” for that matter.
“I don’t think ‘fun’ is the word I would use to describe my experience,” Whelchel blogged on her website. “Those days on the island were the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It pushed me to my extreme limits physically, mentally, spiritually, and especially, emotionally. I’m so very grateful for the opportunity and I’m so glad I did it but I think it’s like childbirth…I may need to put a few years behind me and some perspective in front of me before I would ever consider doing it again.”
Besides Lisa Whelchel joining the cast of “Survivor,” former baseball star of the Dodgers, Jeff Kent, will be another celebrity on the cast lineup. Three more returning “Survivor” contestants will be announced later this week.
The rest of the following contestants for “Survivor: Philippines” have been announced:
Sarah Dawson, 28, insurance saleswoman – Silver Spring, MD
Katie Hanson, 22, former Miss Delaware – Newark, NJ
Dana Lambert, 32, cosmetologist – Winston-Salem, NC
Carter Williams, 24, track coach – Shawnee, KS
Abi-Maria Gomes, 32, business student – Los Angeles, CA
“RC” Roberta Saint-Amour, 27, investment banker – New York, NY
Artis Silvester, 53, computer engineer – Terry Town, LA
“Pete” Peter Yurkowski, 24, engineering graduate -Holmdel, NJ
Malcolm Freberg, 25, bartender – Hermosa Beach, CA
Zane Knight, 28, tire repairman – Danville, VA
Angie Layton, 20, student – Provo, UT
“Roxy” Roxanne Morris, 28, seminary student – Brooklyn, NY
Denise Stapley, 41, sex therapist – Cedar Rapids, IA