Why did Lisa Whelchel from “The Facts of Life” want to do “Survivor”?
—Keri Greene, Raleigh, N.C.
Whelchel, 49, who played Blair Warner on “The Facts of Life” from 1979 to 1988, has been a fan of “Survivor” for the past 10 years, watching each season with her family, so she decided to audition for the show.
“I pursued it,” says the former Mouseketeer . “I had a friend of mine make a little iPhone video and put it on my Twitter account, and I asked people to retweet it and start a viral campaign to get me on.”
Whelchel, who is a born-again Christian, thought long and hard about how she would play the game and knew that while she would not purposely lie, she was aware that there would be times when she could not honestly answer a question. She wrote, “Those days on the island were the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It pushed me to my extreme limits physically, mentally, spiritually.”
Born in Littlefield, Texas, Whelchel moved in 2006 with her pastor husband Steven Cauble and their three children from Sherman Oaks, Calif., to Lantana, Texas, where she focused on church work, homeschooling her children, inspirational speaking and writing numerous books on parenting, including “Creative Correction,” “The Facts of Life (and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me)” and “So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling.” (She and Cauble divorced earlier this year.)
But now that she has done “Survivor,” more acting may be in her future. “I left show business after I had three children within three years to be a stay-at-home wife and mother. I loved acting and I’m grateful for all the opportunities I had, but nothing came close to the joy of being a mother. Now that my children are grown, I’ve decided to throw my acting hat back in the ring and go another round in Hollywood. It’ll be fun to see what happens.”