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ďI Didnít See It ComingĒ: An Interview with Survivor: Guatemalaís Morganby David Bloomberg -- 09/23/2005
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Morgan was the youngest person competing on this edition of Survivor, but was voted off quickly. Did she have any inkling at all? What was she doing to play the game? What does she have to say about the accusations that she didnít do much around camp? All of that and more is right here.
RealityNewsOnline: Hello, Morgan! We unfortunately didnít get much of a chance to see you on Survivor, but letís start with what you did to prepare for your time on the show.
Morgan: I tried to gain some weight, but that didnít work out too well because I was working out about twice a day. My boyfriend taught me to build a fire, which came in handy because I was the only one in our tribe who knew how to use flint. We did a lot of hiking and camping and outdoorsy stuff. But honestly, there was not a whole lot I could to prepare for this endeavor.
RNO: Did you read strategy books or anything like that?
No, I went back and watched some of the old Survivor DVDs and tried to see how previous contestants played the game before. But you can never prepare for the mind game because you donít know who youíre playing the game with and you donít know the compatibility with the other contestants.
RNO:What was your plan going into Survivor?
Morgan: My plan was to go in and be a team player and to just be kind of deceiving because I look like a little blonde petite girl and very sweet, so I was kind of going to be the opposite without people knowing Ė just let them go off my looks alone.
RNO: Did you have a chance to enact any of that?
Morgan: No, not really. There were alliances formed, but we really didnít get much into it at that point. It was just so early in the game. And the thing about my personality is Iím just so brutally honest and I really expect other people to be too, so I was really just who I am.
The thing about strategizing is you can do it all you want before you go, but when it comes time, your strategy goes out the window once you meet the people and the game starts.
RNO: You said you are brutally honest Ė did you have the opportunity to be that way?
Morgan: Yeah, before we went to Tribal Council I let Lydia know I was voting for her. I had promised Brianna I wouldnít vote for her and she said she wouldnít vote for me either. I was honest around camp. Amy on the hike was a big contributing factor to why we lost. I let her know on the hike she was keeping us behind and needed to pick it up. I expected people to do the same for me.
RNO: So you had no idea people thought you were lazy around camp?
Morgan: No, and I donít think it was an overall consensus of the tribe. They didnít want to vote Lydia out. Gary was in an alliance with Brianna, so that name didnít get put into the pot. So they needed to come up with anything. Suddenly, I became lazy. One personís opinion can become fact because you just go on what everyone else says. You need to find some excuse to legitimize getting rid of someone.
RNO: How do you feel you did around camp?
Morgan: I think that was a pretty poor display of myself around camp [on TV]. Just because [viewers] didnít see me get water or firewood doesnít mean it didnít happen. We all relaxed at times. There wasnít constant stuff to do. In that heat and humidity, itís important you take it easy. Thereís only so many pots of water to be filled and so much firewood to gather. I donít think I was lazy. I donít think I worked as much as Lydia Ė no one did. But there were people I worked just as hard as.
RNO: Do you think Gary really felt that way?
Morgan: I donít know what Gary really felt. I had a really bad feeling about him from the beginning. I knew not to trust Gary and Stephenie Ė it was an insinct. I donít know if I was being aloof towards him and that turned him off. We never clicked. So it was an act of desperation to save Lydia.
I donít feel I was lazy around camp.
RNO: Speaking of Gary, did people buy Garyís denial of being an ex-football player?
Morgan: Yeah, the thing thatís funny is that I gave him the benefit of the doubt. If I really thought about it I would have wondered why Danni was saying that. But I was all about team unity. Yaxha had a lot of heart and we needed to keep that to continue to win challenges. I trusted him and was going to give him the benefit of the doubt. He didnít give me that in return.
RNO: You also mentioned Stephenie Ė how did you feel about having previous players in the game?
Morgan: At first I was so excited to be a part of Survivor that when we walked into the ruins, it suddenly became so real and I was so excited and grateful. I was really excited to see Stephenie. There was a point at camp where I realized that she wasnít a good idea to have around. She knew how to play this game. She wasnít afraid to be shady or conniving. But I didnít feel anybody else felt that way and I didnít want to be the only one to say it. It puts a target on your back.
RNO: So you didnít know some of the guys were talking about it?
Morgan: I had no idea Jamie was considering her. He told me he was voting off Brianna.
RNO: Who were you in an alliance with?
Morgan: There was Gary, Stephenie, Amy, Brianna, Rafe, and me. It was basically letís just get to the merge. Obviously it wasnít very strong and didnít save me, but it did save Brianna. I really clicked with Rafe outside of the game [environment]. I think he was probably the most upset to let me go.1 2 Next-->
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