Who would've imagined Blair Warner in a Madea movie?

Survivor may be up to its 26th season, but it still has the power to boost careers. Case in point: Lisa Whelchel was out of the acting game for years after Facts of Life, but she got a huge showcase on the recent Survivor: Philippines. She ended up tied for second place and was voted Player of the Season (which was arguable, but never mind).

Now, Lisa tells People, she's playing a country school principal in the new movie Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas. Production started this week in Atlanta.

"Tyler Perry is such a brilliant man," Lisa said. "He's a nice guy, and so funny when he gets in his Madea garb." Lisa has also been co-hosting with Survivor host Jeff Probst on his new talk show and she’ll be hosting TV Guide’s Survivor special next week.

So what if she also has West Nile Virus? You take the good, you take the bad!

Source: People