Orlando artist Steven Hall may be naked, but he sure doesn't come across as afraid on the season premiere of "Naked and Afraid." Hall proclaims himself "King of the Forest" in the Alabama wilderness. His most memorable moment: He cuts off a snake's head and eats its beating heart. He hasn't seen the episode, which airs at 10 p.m. Sunday on Discovery Channel. The series unites male and female strangers in extreme environments for 21 days. "I'm a pretty tough dude," Hall, 32, said in a phone interview. "The weather was the hardest. It's a literal survival situation. The things you can't control are the things that can kill you." The episode taped in July. The temperature ranged from the 90s to the 40s. There were storms, heavy rain, coyotes, little food and a terrible-tasting possum. The thorns, especially hard on naked people, ranged from small to biblical, Hall said."People think it wouldn't be as hard as Tanzania," he said. "It was intense. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. I wouldn't change a single second."
He strikes up a quick rapport with his partner in the wilderness adventure: Chalese Meyer, 26, an endurance athlete from Utah. When she says she's gay, he says he knew."She said, 'I haven't seen one of those in a long time,'" he said, referring to his penis. "I had an inkling. I thought she was a tomboy. The more we got to know each other, it was more apparent. I have a girlfriend I love to death."
On the show, Meyer says she finds him compassionate and a true friend."I never judge a book by a cover," Hall said. "To be so close-minded to think that someone is lesser than you because of how they live is a horrible thing."He does acknowledge, however, that it was "a bonus" when his girlfriend learned that his co-star is a lesbian."My girlfriend is so supportive," he said. "She was more worried about me getting hurt. I'd never do anything to mess with the relationship."Hall, an avid outdoorsman, displays remarkable ease on camera. He was part of a pilot for "Built to Survive," a survival show that wasn't picked up. That experience, he said, helped him land on "Naked and Afraid."But what about eating that snake?"It's a straight primal thing," he said. "It's amazing what you'll do when you have nothing. You are stripped of everything. You have to earn everything. It humbles you in a way how we take everything for granted. Ice cubes are the most amazing thing on the pla