After last week’s terrifying episode of ‘Survivor,’ all three tribes came together — then separated again after the first merge of the season. And not everyone survived.
When the beauty tribe — the only tribe that really still loved all their remaining members — was split up during Survivor‘s merge, the new tribes were ready to get rid of their lookers. And that meant Anna. So, what was that blindside really like? HollywoodLife.com chatted with her after last night’s episode.
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First thing’s first: how’d you feel watching back?
I was nervous and excited to see it; it panned out the way I thought it did. The one thing that really surprised me was Scot talking to Tai about his idol. I was pretty confident that Tai was going to use the idol, until I saw that.
What was going through your heard when Jeff was reading the votes?
When the first vote came up as “Dr. Peter,” which was my vote, I was like, “Oh this isn’t good. I’m out.” But I pretty much knew the minute that Tai use the idol.
Do you have any regrets?
I don’t. I think it was unfortunate, the way it went down. Julia was going to join whatever tribe lost, so I knew right away Julia would be taking my place or Michelle‘s place. I knew I had to fight for my life. No regrets, but given the situation the right move would be to come after Tai. He was sneaky, and I thought they’d see that. In hindsight, I guess people aren’t as focused on body language, they were focusing on getting rid of me because Julia was coming in. They missed that he was very sneaky; side note, he’s a great guy! I adore him! It was a tough spot for me, but there was only so much I could do.
Did you consider blowing up his spot at tribal?
I did consider it. There was only a few seconds I had; the thing that held me back the most was the fact that Julia was taking my place. She was my closest friend there; she told me she was 18, and I told her I was a poker player. I wanted to help her out. I thought, maybe Tai would help her even though he wasn’t helping me. If it wasn’t for Julia coming in to take my spot, I think I would have said it, but I was protecting her.
Who do you think was a front-runner to win when you left?
Tai was playing hard, but I thought people will realize that he was playing the game and people will see through his sneakiness. Aubry‘s a really strong player; she’s likable, she’s playing the game, and you don’t really notice it! She’d go far. Scot is too big. In my mind, Aubry from my tribe. On the other tribe, I didn’t really know Jason or Cydney but I was hoping Michelle or Jules! They’re smart and sweet and genuine — it was always the girls!
Watching back, was there anything they left out, you wish they showed?
There was something that happened with Nick — he was being really sneaky, talking to all of us, saying the same thing to everyone. He was on my radar right off the bat. The girls liked him, but I saw through him. He found out and started talking about me, saying things that weren’t true and was kind of gunning after me! If we would have went to tribal, people would assume Tai would have gone, but it would have been Nick. You can’t really show strategy unless you go to tribal. The girls had my back and I had their back; I kind of wish maybe we had lost to show the strategy, though.
Would you come back if they did another ‘Second Chance’ season?
I would love to go back! Anyone who knows me, they knew I’ve always talked about two things: Survivor and poker. I was annoying to people! It was a dream to play the game and I feel so fortunate. I got unlucky, but I loved the challenges. I was strategizing every single day. I felt in my own element out there. I had so much more to give. When my opportunity was cut short, it was such a bummer! I have more to give.
Are you sad to see Anna go?