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“I Know I Wasn't Physically Weak”: An Interview with Survivor: Exile Island’s Mistyby David Bloomberg -- 02/17/2006
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Misty was surprised to be sent packing, and further surprised by the reasons. In this interview, she tells RealityNewsOnline why she used flirting as a strategy, whether she thought she stood out in her tribe, and much more.
RealityNewsOnline: What was your original strategy going into the game – and was flirting part of that plan?
Misty: Flirting was not part of the original strategy but it was apparent that I needed to take drastic measures to stay in the game.
RNO: When the tribes were reshuffled so soon, did you feel it put you into a better or a worse position in the game?
Misty: Initially I felt in put me in a much much better position in the game. I was so nervous when we started the game when I noticed I was with three younger women. I work with men, a lot of my friends are guys, and all of my females friends are in their 30s so it was nervewracking, and searching for a shelter location would have driven me bonkers. They turned out nice though.
RNO: Do you find it a bit ironic that you were apparently voted out both for not being strong enough in physical challenges and also for being too strong in the brains department?
Misty: I did. The game of Survivor is trying to stay in the middle and not stand out too much. I didn’t think I was standing out in any one category of being mentally strong, but also, I know that I wasn't physically weak. That's just not true.
RNO: So you didn’t feel you deserved to be thought of as the weakest link in the tribe?
Misty: Absolutely not.
RNO: Besides your attempted alliance with Nick and Austin, did you discuss strategy at all with Ruth-Marie, Dan, or Terry?
Misty: I discussed strategy with Ruth-Marie, Nick, Austin, and Sally. The three women really didn't have much of a shot unless we could get on board with some of the guys. The older men seemed to have paved their path and weren't going to budge. The younger men were still wishy-washy so we were working on them.
RNO: Was the tribe truly as united as they said?
Misty: We were a very together group of people. Our camp was amazing. We didn’t have drama like the other tribe. We were all working hard, pulling our weight.
RNO: Did you play up the possibility that you might have the immunity idol beyond when we saw you hint at it immediately after your stay on Exile Island?
Misty: I did with the younger women. But when we merged tribes I thought that might hurt me, so I left it in the background hoping that it would cause people to think twice about getting rid of me.
RNO: Looking back, do you think there is anything you could have done differently to change the outcome?
Misty: Hindsight is always 20/20 and full of questions like what ifs. Of course there are things I think I could have done differently. In terms of the school yard pick, having a different group of people would have made a difference in how the game was played but what it comes down to is that we lost, someone had to go, and it was my turn.
RNO: How much did you know about Dan and Terry – did they reveal their true occupations to the tribe?
Misty: No, Dan and Terry during my stay did not reveal to me that Terry was an fighter pilot and Dan was an astronaut. I knew that Terry had a military background and that definitely showed a lot in his personality and strategy.
RNO: Is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers about your time on Survivor?
Misty: It was GREAT! Painful but great. I loved it. A great challenge.
RNO: Thanks again, Misty!
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David Bloomberg is the Editor of RealityNewsOnline and can be reached at RNO@pobox.com.
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