Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: CeCe Taylor on her proudest moment
With Survivor filming for seasons 41 and 42 indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EW is reaching back into the reality show's past. We sent a Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire to a batch of former players to fill out with their thoughts about their time on the show as well as updates on what they've been up to since. Each weekday, EW will post the answers from a different player.
CeCe Taylor was targeted on Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X for being a liability in challenges, but what viewers didn't know is that when they first saw her swimming in the ocean, that was actually the first time CeCe ever swam in the ocean. As she reveals in her Quarantine Questionnaire, "Prior to Survivor, l did not know how to swim."
So while her tribemates may have viewed CeCe's swimming as a weakness — and led to her being voted out fifth, on day 15 — the fact CeCe was able to get out there and do it all remains her proudest moment from the show. What else dos CeCe have to say about her experience on season 33 of the reality franchise? We asked her!
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First off, give the update as to what you've been up to since appearing on Survivor.
CIANDRE "CECE" TAYLOR: Since appearing on Survivor, l am now a certified personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. I have a new business which incorporates both called Eden's Spa & Fitness.
What is your proudest moment ever from playing Survivor?
My proudest moment, although I was slow, was swimming in the ocean for the first time in my life in front of the entire world. Prior to Survivor, l did not know how to swim.
What is your biggest regret from your Survivor experience?
Not winning, of course. LOL
What's something that will blow fans' minds that happened out there in your season but never made it to TV?
I tried to form an all-girls alliance, and l made a secret alliance with Paul.
How do you feel about the edit you got on the show?
Very disappointed my edit showed me as weak and timid, when in fact l was very vocal about a lot of things.
What was it like coming back to regular society after being out there? Was there culture shock or an adjustment coming back?
Yes, there was complete shock. I woke up many times thinking l was back on the island. It also was hard for me to trust people, thinking l would get stabbed in the back.
Was there ever a point either during the game or after you got back where you regretted going on the show?
Absolutely not. I don't regret one minute being out there. I love the show, and if l could do it all again, l would in a heartbeat.
Whom do you still talk, text, or email with the most from your season?
Michaela. We have become very good friends. We see each other once every month and talk a few times a week.
Do you still watch Survivor, and if so, what's your favorite season you were not on and why?
Yes, l still watch Survivor. I don't have a favorite season because each season brings something different, so l watch it for whatever the cast brings at that time.
Who's one player from another Survivor season you wish you could have played with or against and why?
Sandra and Rob, because they will always be the queen and king. I admire how they play and they don't make any regrets for how they do it.
If you could make one change to any aspect of Survivor, what would it be and why?
I wish that Survivor was more diverse. There's usual one or two minority players per season, and that absolutely must change. I feel Survivor does not adequately cast enough minorities on the show.
Finally, would you play again if asked?
In a HEARTBEAT and without hesitation.