ĎBig Brother Canada 4í pre-game exclusive: Will Cassandra Shahinfar be an entertaining villain?
There are always a few kinds of players who we really find ourselves interested in watching on ďBig Brother CanadaĒ (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 youíre hopefully going to see within the pre-game interview we did with her below, thereís 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 youíre from, your age, and what you do for a living.
Okay, IímCassandra Shahinfar, Iím 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 ĎBig Brother,í Iíve been watching since season 2 US; I said ĎIím going to get on a show,í and now Iím on the show and I still canít believe it. (Laughs.) My next goal is to now win the show!
If you could compare yourself to someone from ĎBig Brother Canadaí or ĎBig Brother US,í who would it be?
I would compare myself to kind of a mix of Janelle and Rachel. Janelle in the sense that Iím going to be under-estimated as someone whoís just super-fun and Ďthere for the experience.í But Iím really there to win, to be a cutthroat assassin!
Whatís something about you that would surprise people?
Thatís a good question! There are a lot of different layers to me. It may surprise the other houseguests that Iím going in there with a strategy and am there to play the game.
Do you have a specific strategy entering the house?
Iím really going to focus on the social game. When I think of ĎBig Brotherí I think of a game of chess, so Iím 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 Iím going to align myself with. I want to rely on the stronger people and let them do the dirty work. Then Iím going to start attacking a little later on when theyíre done attacking each other.
What makes you think that youíll be able to make it all the way to the end and win?
Iíve watched the game, Iíve studied the game, and I have a plan going in. I know every single second in the house Iím going to be playing the game. Iím going to be so focused; Iím going to have to cut out some of my outside thoughts. Iím not going to let my emotions take over and Iím always going to be thinking strategy and game. Iím also not an emotional player. Iím 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 Iím going to have to dial that back so people donít think Iím obnoxious. Thatís going to be one of the biggest issues for myself, but hopefully Iíll be able to [contain].
Other than winning the money, whatís the one thing youíre hoping to get out of this experience?
Fame and fortune, what?? Iím just kidding. Iím hoping to cross it off my bucket list. Iíve wanted it so badly for so long that now that itís coming to fruition, itís something Iím hoping to accomplish.
In closing, what do you want to say to Canada? Why should they be excited to see you this season?
Iím fun, Iím quirky, Iím down to earth at the same time. Iím also there to play a game and stab people in the back. Iím there to be entertainment and think about myself. I think thatís why viewers will have a good time watching me.
Overall impression Ė Cassandraís 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 sheís going to be very good at executing her strategy. Weíre 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. (Weíre trying to write these in a vacuum, without looking at any other videos or articles out there.)