By Dalton Ross
September 11, 2015 at 04:00 PM EDT
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Let’s be real here for a second. While we’re all dying to find out who will win Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance, for a large segment of the viewing public, there is another pressing concern heading into the season premiere on Sept. 23: What is the status of Joe Anglim’s man bun? Will it be hair up or hair down this season? And how will the Cambodian heat and producer camera angles factor into such a decision?

We went straight to the follicly-gifted for answers when we spoke with Joe out on location the day before filming began. But that’s not all we asked him. We also wanted to know: Does his status as a recent fan favorite help or hurt him this time around? “I think it helps me and hurts me,” says Anglim. “I think it’s a double-edged sword. If players see that side of my athleticism and my gameplay as being a threat as everyone else did in [season] 30 then yeah, I’m probably coming out here with the same target on my back.”

But there are advantages as well. “If people see my loyalty, they see my hard work ethic around camp and around everyone else, it could help me,” says Joe. “It could get me far in the game … It’s really just going to depend on what I can convey to these other players and say, ‘Hey, I think you got to see really and truly who I was last time. I’m loyal, I’m honest, I’m hardworking so I deserve to be here.’ That’s at least the pitch. Will they buy it? I don’t know.”

Joe also revealed the names of some players he wants to work with, while also noting that, “I can work with anybody. I have pros and cons to every person on the cast … You should never not want to work with anybody. And the reason for that is you never know what is going to happen.” And he explains why we wants to align with big physical threats.

To hear Joe Cool’s answers to questions both hair- and game-related, click on the video above. And for more Survivor scoop, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

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