by Gina Scarpa
It seemed like Kat could easily make her way to final four, what with Tarzan, Chrisina, and Sabrina all being easy elimination targets on Survivor: One World. But a reward challenge gone wrong ended up being her undoing. By choosing Kim and Alicia (and their loved ones) to come along on a picnic, she opened the door for people to label her a selfish player. Even controller-of-all-things-Survivor Kim couldn't save her at tribal council and she was blindsided right out of the game. Today, we talked to Kat in an exclusive interview to talk more about what went wrong and what she feels she did well.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What made you want to try out for Survivor?
A. Kat: I had a lot of things going for me. I was in incredible shape and I love activity. I couldn't really do too many things because I was sick as a little girl so when this opportunity fell into my hands, I looked at my mom with these puppy dog eyes. I wanted to show her how strong I could be. I went out there and I did work!
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Were you happy with the division of tribes by gender?
A. Kat: Don't get me wrong, I'm a social butterfly. I LOVE to hang out with boys but it was a better choice for me to be with the girls. I'm looking at Kim and was like, "I'm taking her." I look at Chelsea and say, "I'm taking her, too!" I did not want Alicia against me. I had this beautiful alliance and I was so happy about it.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Why wasn't Kim showing up on anyone's radar as the biggest threat to get out of the game?
A. Kat: Oh well, Kim is intelligent! She's like, very intelligent. She has these eyes that make you feel like you're melting. You say to yourself, "She would never lie to me, she would never hurt me!" Even Troy fell for it. She was an incredible player and she was very convincing. One of her best qualities is that she's an incredible deceiver. She's so good. With me, she didn't lie to me. She protected me. She couldn't do anything about the majority. How much more damage control could she do after the things that I did? If I wanted to be a different person in the game, I would've been safe.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Were you ever thinking of teaming up with Troy and flipping on your alliance?
A. Kat: Well ultimately, one of my thoughts was having an open mind to Troy's proposition. I should've entertained his entre idea. When you're that deep in the game, you can't flip. If I went with Troy, I would've been on the chopping block. Troy could not save me if he didn't win. Ultimately, am I gonna trust this woman with these beautiful eyes, rocking me to sleep? Or am I gonna trust this silver fox? He's an incredible man, and I should've entertained his idea.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Were you aware of what was being said about you after the reward challenge? Did you realize how much trouble you were in and that you were now the target?
A. Kat: I'm glad that you brought that up. The reward challenge was the biggest mistake I could've made. You would rather be the person who is taken, than the chooser. No matter what, there's seven people with seven family members and not everyone is going to be happy. They put you in these awkward positions. Are you going to look four moves ahead of you or are you going to be stuck on your selfishness? I picked Kim because I'd rather have her strategizing on this reward challenge. I took Kim and then my second decision took so long. I made the wrong decision to take Alicia. I should've taken Chelsea and Sabrina. The only reason they could think of to vote me off was to say I was selfish. I guarantee if I took them, they would have nothing to say.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Were you bitter when you got to the jury or were you able to make peace with what happened after you walked out of the game?
A. Kat: You know, I was actually really upset. I mean, how could you not be? Nobody wants to see Kat cry. My colors all show this season. I don't have a mean bone in my body. I would never want to hurt anybody. Last night when I watched myself and saw my eyes look at Kim... I looked at Kim like she disowned me. I looked at Chelsea like she was my hero and just died. I was just destroyed. Everyone will think I'm bitter. Everyone's going to see how I decide to vote and you can decide if I'm bitter or not. I have tons of peace with the decisions that I've made. I know I went out as a strong, competitive player.
Survivor: One World airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS.
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