12:30pm PT by Josh Wigler
'Survivor' Season 35 Player Profile: Meet Patrick Bolton
Welcome to the Survivor: Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers preseason! THR's Josh Wigler reports from his exclusive visit to the show's shooting location in Fiji, where he interviewed host Jeff Probst, as well as the 18 new castaways battling it out for the million-dollar prize.
Click here to make sure you're all caught up on our stories from the island, including our weekly podcast series "First One Out," an in-depth look at all of the new players, culminating in an interview with the first person voted out of the season.
In order to properly prepare Survivor fans for what they're getting into with Patrick Bolton, let's begin with a story from his future tribe mate Ryan Ulrich.
"On the flight over here, his carry-on on the plane was a Nike shoebox," says Ryan, referring to Patrick. "It's like an episode of Seinfeld, right? Kramer's got an empty Nike shoebox as a carry-on and Jerry is like, 'What are you doing? The carry-on is the filet of the flight!' And he's got a shoebox?"
That's Patrick in a nutshell, or at least in a shoebox: someone you have to see to fully appreciate. The co-owner and co-founder of a moving company in Alabama, Patrick steps into Survivor susceptible to sunburns and always smiling, apparently to the dismay of some his fellow castaways, as you'll read further below. Speaking with me in the Fijian jungle, at least, the man seems to come by his smiling nature honestly.
"I've already told somebody else that I'm not a good liar," he says, speaking in hushed tones. "It depends on the situation. If my life depends on it? I'm gonna have to be serious. I'm not a naturally good liar. I've always told the truth. Sometimes, that's not a good thing. Most of the time? Yeah, it's perfect! People love hearing the truth! But in this game, the truth is not the thing you really need to be telling people, necessarily. You have to tell some people the truth, and some people not the truth."
Even if he's not much of a liar, Patrick has certainly come to the realization that needs to bend the truth in this game: "I've definitely figured that out. I've watched lots of seasons. If there's one thing that's true in Survivor, don't believe what you hear. Nobody is going to tell you exactly what they want."
Patrick's journey toward Survivor actually begins with another CBS reality series: "My sister and I, we wanted to be on The Amazing Race. We submitted a video for The Amazing Race, and we got contacted about our casting video. I was told that they wanted to see me as a possible Survivor castmember. So I sent in a video for that. After that, I got the call: 'We want to possibly have you come out to LA, and really get to know you better, to see if you're the fit we need for our show.'"
Clearly, Patrick won over the right people, seeing as he's out here in Fiji. And since learning about his successful bid to get on Survivor, the professional mover (though hopefully not shaker) has been in full-on study mode.
Listen to the podcast below to hear from Patrick and the rest of the Hustlers in the fourth episode of our preseason series, "First One Out."