Congratulations, Elizabeth Olson! You simply made it to the merge!
Sadly for her, that’s so far as she acquired. Elizabeth turned Survivor: David vs. Goliath’s first post-merge sufferer when she was unanimously voted out by Davids and Goliaths alike. However the 31-year-old Texan didn’t go down with no struggle, most probably ruining Angelina’s probabilities of profitable by revealing to the remainder of the tribe that the Goliath had informed her she was the one to go (maybe in an try to realize favor with the longer term jury member ought to Angelina make all of it the best way to the top).
Why did Elizabeth do it? Does she purchase Angelina’s rationalization that it was nothing greater than a “raw human moment”? And the way does she really feel about her fellow Goliaths all voting her out? We requested Elizabeth all that and extra when she referred to as into EW Morning Stay (SiriusXM, channel 105) this morning and listed here are some highlights from our chat.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what do you assume? What was the motivation for Angelina telling you all that stuff earlier than Tribal Council? Was it working you as a jury vote, was it venting, or was she making an attempt to have a “real human moment,” as she claimed?
ELIZABETH OLSON: I don’t assume she was venting. She’s too sensible for that. When Angelina was speaking to me, it was two-fold. I feel there was a aspect of her, that human, real, simply loving individuals. We had a connection. In addition to I had a reference to lots of people when the merge occurred. And I feel she genuinely felt for me. However that was dwarfed compared to the very fact that she was enjoying the sport of Survivor 100 % balls-to-the-wall, and that included making an attempt to handle the jury on my approach out. I’m 100 % assured that performed a think about that dialog. There’s little question in my thoughts.
Why wait till Tribal Council to drop that bomb? Why not do it, say, a half-hour earlier than you left for Tribal to offer people time to debate a brand new plan?
I considered that, however there are issues that occur within the recreation that are utterly outdoors of your management, like once they determine that it’s time so that you can have a confessional proper after you will have that dialog with Angelina. After which on the confessional, they have been like, “Oh, by the way, we’re about to leave for Tribal.” And I’m like, “Wait, what?” So I actually had no time. It was making an attempt to determine: Okay, if I’ve no time then what’s my greatest plan at this level? I solely had one choice at that level, which was to explode Tribal.
If I had time, in fact I might have blown issues up. However at that level, there have been two lies going round. One was that we have been going to attempt to vote out Dan. I had no purpose to consider that was not a plan that some individuals have been contemplating. After which I heard some misdirection, in all probability from the Strike Drive. It was Alison, so I used to be unsure who she was talking for. The misdirection was that it was going to be a Davie vote, since you’re going to have to inform whoever goes residence a misdirection vote. I used to be assured that was a lie. I used to be like, there’s no method they’re going to ship Davie house.
I didn’t have purpose earlier within the day to know that it was me. I used to be making an attempt all day to get Dan out, after which when Angelina approached me, I used to be like, okay, nicely, clearly that is the crack that I wanted as a result of I didn’t really feel just like the Dan factor was truly transpiring. So I didn’t have time to inform the Goliaths beforehand, as a result of I definitely would have.
So far as the vote goes, have been you dissatisfied to see your fellow Davids all voting towards you?
Yeah. For me, once I was satisfied I used to be 100% going residence and that I couldn’t get anybody to vary to Angelina was once I was truly getting up and whispering to individuals too. They didn’t present that. And once I acquired to Carl — as a result of the final time I had spoken to Carl was when, “Hey, we’re gonna try to get Dan out” — so [at Tribal] I used to be reiterating, “Hey we really need to get rid of Angelina,” and in entrance of everyone he was saying, “Elizabeth, I don’t want to hear from you! I don’t want to hear from you!”
So I used to be like, my very own tribe doesn’t need to hear from me? That’s once I knew that I had misplaced all credibility with the Goliaths, as a result of why would a Goliath come to my aspect if my very own staff wasn’t prepared to go to bat for me? That was devastating. I’m a fan of the sport. I don’t thoughts in the event that they’re voting for me. However they wouldn’t even contemplate protecting me within the recreation? That was hurtful. And that Carl was throwing my identify underneath the bus so exhausting, he actually shot me within the foot. Granted, he’s enjoying the sport, however it was onerous. I simply sat down.
We noticed him doing that proper on the merge. He received a bit of beer in him and was speaking about eager to eliminate you. That should have been robust to observe.
Yeah, it actually was. I do know my relationship with Carl was strained. We weren’t on the identical web page. We’re minimize from two very totally different cloths, which is ironic as a result of we’re each from Texas and we each like horses, and we each work onerous, so we should always have lots of widespread floor that we might bond over. However I’m very passionate and full throttle, and he’s method laid again. I acquired together with different individuals who have been laid again, however for no matter cause we simply type of rubbed one another the incorrect method. I felt like we nonetheless had a working relationship. I don’t should be buddy-buddy, chummy-chummy to get the job executed with anyone, and apparently Carl does. And it was irritating watching it again, to be fairly trustworthy.
Was there ever a second at Tribal the place it seemed like they have been going to eliminate Angelina?
Yeah! There was an excessive amount of whispering going on for it to not be reside. I felt like there was a very good probability. I felt like in all probability at one level — particularly with the angst type Alison; Alison was actually pissed that Angelina was working the jury already, which received lots of people riled up — that it might have been a 55 % to 45 % probability that Angelina was going house. However once I obtained again round speaking to Carl, my shot went right down to about 5 %. At that level, I used to be unaware of the Strike Drive with Alec, Alison, Mike, Nick, Christian, and Gabby. In any other case I might have targeted on these six. I used to be making an attempt to get only one Goliath to have the balls to vote out Angelina, who at that level was not only a menace, however somebody who was prepared to throw everyone else beneath the bus and was somebody you couldn’t belief.
How troublesome is it to be that near profitable the immunity problem figuring out that would have made you protected and that something can occur with three extra days?
I’ve slept a whole lot of nights in my mattress since that second and that immunity problem has replayed in my thoughts over and time and again, that I used to be actually that shut. I genuinely believed that I truly did have some actually good connections with virtually everyone. I felt like if I had three extra days that I might have been sitting extraordinarily good within the recreation. That’s one thing I take into consideration on a regular basis. Who is aware of how lengthy Alison would have lasted, however I used to be able to be up there for 5 hours. I informed myself that from the start. They didn’t present this on the episode, however Jeff had simply completed saying, “We’ve got one minute until switching to standing up on the next perch.” That was the ultimate steps within the problem. And so I used to be interested by which foot I used to be going to place up on that remaining prime perch as an alternative of 100 % focusing on what I used to be doing. So, bummer, dude.
What was the cope with your again on the market? It sounds such as you have been in tons of ache earlier than you even headed out to Fiji. Was there ever a consideration of telling producers, “Hey, my back is not ready to play this game. Can I take a raincheck for a season or two?”
To begin with, I had a child with a C-section 5 months earlier than the sport began. I had been contacted truly for Ghost Island — fairly late within the course of however they have been very inquisitive about getting me. However I used to be about three months pregnant once they truly referred to as me again and so clearly I couldn’t go on the market for that. However yeah, I referred to as individuals from Survivor and stated, “Hey, dude. I can’t even hardly walk to go to the bathroom,” they usually have been like, “Dude, we’ve got to have you on this season.” I didn’t comprehend it was David vs. Goliath, however they stated I used to be tied to the theme.
I stored Survivor within the loop about every thing. I by no means pretended something totally different than what was the truth. I used to be high quality after having my child and I used to be understanding and every thing, however once I was operating one time I simply pulled my again actually dangerous someway. It was actually dangerous. I ended up getting some injections and what-not to attempt to get recreation prepared. And my again actually didn’t hassle me aside from the sleep issue, which I’m glad you introduced up with the entire mattress factor on Vuku.
I had tried over and time and again to tactfully get the mattress switched to assist me. There are factors within the recreation the place it’s to your benefit to not be forthright, like, “Hey, I’m having back pain.” At the start of the sport you don’t actually need to say that. So then sooner or later I used to be like, I feel I can simply persuade them to get this mattress fastened as a result of it’s depressing. So it was making an attempt to determine when to be trustworthy about issues and when to not. However, for me, it was greater than my again and being depressing sleeping. I felt my mind taking place the bathroom due to the shortage of sleep. And, for me, it sounds loopy, however fixing that mattress was my probability to win Survivor, as a result of I wanted my mind and I used to be actually sleeping zero to an hour each night time and my mind was shortly evaporating. And I knew that if I used to be going to win Survivor, I wanted my mind, dude.
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