Familiar to Survivor fans as the “Australian Outback” runner-up who returned to compete in “All Stars” and “Heroes vs. Villains,” Colby Donaldson parlayed his charm into a series of TV and movie roles but admits he was “not that good at it.” Returning to the reality wheelhouse, he’s found a niche hosting History Channel’s marksman competition series Top Shot (new episodes Tuesdays at 10/9c), now in its third season. A gun aficionado going into it, the Texas native says he knows less than the show’s experts but “compared to the other Seacrest wannabes in L.A., I’m a walking weapons Wikipedia.” He faced down our six-pack of questions like he does a stiff drink. Which is to say, without hesitation.
MADE MAN: What one thing do you never leave home without?
COLBY DONALDSON: I rarely leave home without my dog Deuce, a nine-year-old black Lab/Rottie rescue. He rides shotgun on all road trips and is definitely my best wingman.
MM: What’s your drink of choice after a tough day?
CB: A long day: Red Stripe beer. A rough day: Four Roses Bourbon on the rocks. Fourteen hours of digging fence post holes with a crowbar in 107-degree Texas heat kinda day: line up the shots of Centenario tequila, chilled with a squeeze of lime. It’s time to get twisted.
MM: What can a guy do in the morning to look and feel good all day?
CB: Step 1: Refrain from lining up shots of Centenario the night before. Step 2: It might not improve your appearance—unless your woman has an affinity for checking out the inner workings of your ear canal—but two Q-Tips after a shower will make you feel right as rain.
MM: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about women?
CB: “It’s not imperative that you fully understand women, but at some point in your early adult life you better have a firm grasp on how to pleasure one,” from an anonymous girlfriend.
MM: What can Top Shot teach guys about being better men?
CB: Stop whining about the weapon you’ve been given and focus on how to become more proficient with it.
MM: Any parting words of wisdom?
CB: Whether making a point or making a drink, make the first one strong.