Survivor’s [Spoiler] Talks Sport Exit, Benefit Misfire and Extra: ‘I Went Out Combating and Was Honestly Myself’


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Survivor’s [Spoiler] Talks Sport Exit, Benefit Misfire and Extra: ‘I Went Out Combating and Was Honestly Myself’

Warning: This put up comprises spoilers from Wednesday’s episode of Survivor. 

One participant’s profitable Hail Mary paved the way in which for one more’s immediate exit.

On Wednesday’s Survivor, the Do or Die twist got here again to wreak havoc, finally forcing Lindsay to play a really harmful sport of likelihood at Tribal Council. However luck was on her aspect after she appropriately chosen the hearth field, and earned herself a spot within the Last 6. Sadly for Drea Wheeler, that not solely meant {that a} vote was about to go down, but in addition that her probably massive transfer of utilizing her Information Is Energy benefit would shortly backfire, all due to a sneaky Omar. (Read a full recap of Episode 11 here.)

Right here, Drea particulars all the pieces that led as much as her elimination — together with her relationships with Omar and Mike, and resolution to take a seat out of the problem — and displays on the response from this season’s massive race dialog.

TVLINE | Whereas I used to be not completely happy to see you go, the way in which you went out with a smile in your face and in such vivid spirits made my coronary heart completely happy as a Survivor fan. What have been you feeling in that second?
DREA WHEELER |
I felt a launch at that second. It was bizarre. It was like, I did it. I performed exhausting, I stayed true to myself, I used to be very pleased with the sport that I performed, and completely happy that I went out preventing. That’s how I felt.

TVLINE | Jeff doesn’t let simply anybody converse these remaining phrases — “The tribe has spoken” — so you need to’ve made some impression. How did that really feel?
Superior! I’ve a love affair with Jeff. I like him! He will get me. I felt prefer it was becoming for that to be the way in which my storyline ended. [Laughs] It was an incredible expertise.

Survivor 42 DreaTVLINE | You and Mike appear to have a mutual respect. What was your relationship with him like on the market and what’s it like now?
I adored Mike there, I am keen on Mike now. He’s superior. He’s an emotional participant. He wears his coronary heart on his sleeve and I respect that. Look, I knew Mike was coming for me, so I used to be identical to “I’ve received to get him earlier than he will get me, but when he will get me, at the very least I’m going to kick and scream whereas I’m going out.” It was simply respect for Mike at that second like, “You bought me! However I used to be making an attempt to get you!” [Laughs]

TVLINE | Stroll me by a little bit of your reasoning to inform Omar concerning the Information Is Energy benefit.
I used to be nearer to Omar than most individuals assume. We had some heart-to-heart, emotional conversations that have been fairly private. Hai was part of that as nicely, who I immediately regretted getting out. I felt prefer it was in Omar’s finest curiosity to maintain me within the sport as a result of individuals have been seeing him going round speaking. He was all over the place. So I used to be identical to, “We’ve received to have one another’s backs, so I’m telling you this, however assist me make the strikes.” We have been nearer than what you noticed, principally. However clearly, he was nearer to another person than me. [Laughs]

TVLINE | Regardless of having been the one voted out, any regrets sitting out of that immunity problem?
No. I’ve zero regrets. I virtually fainted whereas strolling as much as that problem. I used to be ravenous. They have been consuming like one or two coconuts a day, however I’m allergic to coconut and seaweed. My physique had gone into ketosis. Strolling as much as our camp would take me like 10-Quarter-hour. I must wait and catch my breath. I most likely would have handed out and would have been medically evacuated if I had achieved that problem, so no I don’t remorse that.

TVLINE | I do wish to revisit the Tribal the place Tori was voted out. Seeing Chanelle and Rocksroy voted out back-to-back immediately modified the vote that night time. How did you are feeling about how that dialog about race was portrayed, and is there anything you wish to say about that night time?
I believe that what you noticed was what occurred. I can say that I’m very proud that Survivor did it that means. Once I watched it, I used to be crying as a result of I used to be identical to… they let me converse my fact. They didn’t edit me, they didn’t edit my emotions, they didn’t edit my feelings, they didn’t edit what transpired. They advised the reality. Loads of networks wouldn’t try this, however they did that, and I used to be pleased with that.

Survivor DreaIn that second, I stated what I felt. “I’m not going to let this occur and I’m going to forestall it from occurring.” I knew they have been all coming for me. I knew Maryanne was voting me out. They didn’t present this, however I advised Maryanne at one level, “If it’s not me, it’s you. I’m going to make use of my idol. All of them know you’ve an idol. I recommend you utilize your idol.”

And I used to be crying. Then I used to be crying as a result of I used to be in shock that I used to be crying, as a result of I don’t cry. Ask my household and my buddies, I not often cry. Then it was like, “I’m crying on tv.” Ugh. I can’t clarify it. In that second, I keep in mind telling my household I knew I misplaced. It’s bizarre. I knew they might not take me to the tip. There was simply plenty of feelings without delay. I used to be very actual, very uncooked, very susceptible, and I used to be in shock that I did it in entrance of cameras, however you simply overlook about all of that. For me, Survivor was simply my fact. I used to be simply in truth myself.

TVLINE | Did you hear any suggestions from followers? What was the response?
The overall response was constructive. I had one article despatched to me that touched my coronary heart and I cried. Exhausting. Out of all of the feedback that meant probably the most to me, a man despatched me screenshots about his father. His father is a right-wing Republican, and he stated that his dad and mother had a dialog about it, they usually have been texting him, and [his dad] was identical to, “That is the primary time I spotted what Black individuals imply after they say it’s not about you. It was the primary time I may truly see it and really really feel it.” And he was like, “My mother and I watched it once more and had one other dialogue about it… I’m so enlightened. I perceive it. I get it. Survivor has simply damaged down how Drea felt about racism to me.”

TVLINE | That’s superb. So highly effective.
Sure!

TVLINE | I like to consider Survivor what-ifs, so let’s say your group had voted first that night time, and also you hadn’t seen Rocksroy sitting on the jury bench. How does that night time shake out?
So what you don’t know is that I went to Tori that day and advised her we would have liked to work collectively. We wanted to return to being Ika sturdy. I actually wished to work along with her. I wished to work with sturdy ladies and I noticed her as a powerful participant. I don’t know why she didn’t wish to work with me, however even then I had gone to her and was like, “Can we please work collectively on this?” And he or she advised me yeah. I had already deliberate on probably utilizing my idol as a result of I didn’t actually belief her, so I most likely would’ve used my idol, performed for Tori, and Tori would’ve gone dwelling.

Survivor 42 DreaTVLINE | What was your notion of Omar’s sport on the time. Had been all his massive strikes seen or have been you unaware of the strings he was pulling?
No, they weren’t seen to me. Omar’s enjoying an emotional and strategic sport which may be very tough. You’re enjoying with individuals’s feelings in an already emotional sport. I didn’t see it as a result of I trusted him. I stated what I stated so individuals may open their eyes. I didn’t perceive the sport he performed till I received to Ponderosa after which I used to be like… [look of shock].

TVLINE | So who’s the one to be careful for proper now?
I believe Romeo is an underdog. I believe that hopefully what I stated sparks a lightweight beneath him. Seeing him in his confessionals was a very totally different participant than what I truly noticed within the sport. I hope that he brings some extra of that out and that we see him bloom as a result of I believed he was dying! Seeing his confessionals proves that he nonetheless has some spark in him, so I’m rooting for him. I had no thought he was consuming all of our rice. So perhaps he’ll come again and shock us, I don’t know!

TVLINE | Is there something you want had been proven within the edit that was not noted?
I can actually say that they confirmed my gameplay amazingly. I want you guys had seen the dialog that I had with Jonathan after he thought I used to be being imply to him concerning the fish nets. Lindsay got here to camp and was like, “Jonathan stated this about you,” and I used to be identical to, “I’m not going to play this sport.” Then he got here to camp and I used to be like, “Jonathan, I’m sorry should you felt this manner however you’re our Aquaman! You’re our fisherman! I want your assist. It’s not me making an attempt to antagonize you, it’s me begging you to assist me as a result of I don’t know what I’m doing and I’m genuinely ravenous simply as a lot as you as a result of I haven’t eaten. I’m a Texan. I hunt. You fish. Please assist me!” It was a really stunning second and he was like, “I apologize,” and we gave one another a hug. It was superior.


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