By Jeff Walsh
Brad Virata went on Survivor to break stereotypes and win a million dollars, but only accomplished one of his goals. He was voted off the show on the show's eighth episode, but became the first member of the jury that decides who wins the million dollars. On Sunday, December 17, he will be on the jury that selects the million-dollar winner and appear live on the reunion show that follows. Throughout the show, Virata seemed to be having fun with the whole notion that he was playing a game, rather than follow the stressful (albeit possibly more successful) path of other people on the show. Whenever the game had a twist, he was there smiling and taking it all in, while everyone else winced, plotted and schemed. Chatting with him on the phone, it becomes very clear that is just the way he handles life. Talking to Oasis exactly a week after his being voted off the show, he was still upbeat and engaged after days of a rigorous publicity schedule. In fact, he laughed so freely and often during our interview, I just removed the (laughs) marks from the transcript, because without the audio or knowing his take on life, they actually came across as excessive. But on the phone, they were playful and addictive, and really did help paint a picture of his great outlook on life. Virata, the fashion director for Lucky Brand Jeans, recently spoke with Jeff about his life on and off the show:
Hey Brad, how are you doing?
I'm doing well. How are you?
Doing alright, but you were supposed to last on the show until my site launched, man! You've messed it all up.
I know. I ruined everything, didn't I? Once again...
I was planning to go for the whole timely 'Look, we was kicked off yesterday, and here he is on Oasis,' but we can't do it now.
Are you glad to be back in the world of razors?
I'm very glad to be back in the world of razors.
So, you said being on the show was the "best worst experience" of your life?
Yeah, it was the best experience just because you learn a lot about yourself and what's important to you. While you're on the show and you're on the island, you're depleted of all these things that you take for granted. And then the worst is dealing with all the different elements. Basically you're starving. You're having to juggle all types of personalities of people you normally wouldn't hang out with in normal, everyday life. But overall, it was a good role. I'm glad it's over.
See, I thought you said "best worst," like, of all the worst experiences in your life, it was the best. I didn't realize it was the best and worst.
Yeah, it was like best backslash worst.
OK, there was that unspoken slash in there.
Yeah, I should have said that. That would have been pretty funny.
When I first heard it, I was wondering why it wasn't the worst best experience of your life, in that case.
Right? Yeah, I know. But, yeah, it was a good role and I'm glad it's over. Back to reality now. Well, my reality.