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“I Really Look Like a Crazy Bitch on Television” – An Interview with Survivor: China’s Peih-Geeby David Bloomberg -- 12/14/2007
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Peih-Gee might not have come across as very positive on TV, but she has certainly kept her sense of humor about it. She shares her thoughts here, including a tidbit about Amanda that makes me wonder if Amanda might be in trouble if she makes it to the final two. Read on to find out all about it!
RealityNewsOnline: Hello, Peih-Gee, and thanks for taking the time to talk to RealityNewsOnline! Starting at the beginning, what was your strategy coming into the game?
Peih-Gee: Coming into the game, I knew Survivor is something where you have to have a very fluid strategy, so I wasn’t going to try to stick to one thing. [I planned to] work hard, do well at challenges, befriend people. I tried to stick to those as much as I could.
RNO: Did your strategy change once you got into the game?
Peih-Gee: Yeah, it did actually. One other thing I forgot to say is that coming into the game, I thought I would be crazy villain backstabbing people – I told myself it’s a game and you’re going to do what it takes. When I got into it, I couldn’t do it to those people I’d become friends with. I just wanted to go with the flow. I know I got a lot of flack for throwing that challenge to boot James and Aaron, but when an opportunity comes along, you have to do what you can with it. And Aaron let it be known he would not be coming over to our side.
RNO: If you had made it to the final two, what would you have said as to why you should win?
Peih-Gee: I would have just told people that I really felt I deserved it because I tried really hard, I never gave up in any of the challenges – if there was a baloot, I ate it; if there was a rope to chop, I chopped it. I really tried hard, I wasn’t afraid to make some big moves that could have paid off or brought me down. I think people respect the fact that you’re actively trying to play the game. Plus, I overcame tremendous odds if I would have made it there.
RNO: You said you didn’t really have the opportunity to talk to Amanda until the two of you were left alone. Considering what many contestants have said about the large amount of downtime, why didn’t you have that chance?
Peih-Gee: You know, for some reason, Amanda just never really… We would talk about silly stuff like the rain or the food is good. But I never really got to spend time alone with her to talk about the game, things like that. I spent a lot of downtime talking with Todd, Courtney, and Denise. Amanda just kind of held herself off a bit. But I am really glad I got to spend that one day with her – it was a really good day.
RNO: What did you think about Denise’s comment, before picking Todd, that she didn’t want to take you to the Great Wall reward because she didn’t want you to get stronger?
Peih-Gee: It made me really upset and I probably said some things I shouldn’t have. That part really hurt because I’d eaten the least of everybody. Just knowing she wanted to keep more food away from me – you think you’re friends with these people and you hear them say that. It’s really hard to not take it personally.
RNO: In retrospect, do you wish you hadn't taken Denise on the Shaolin Temple reward?
Peih-Gee: No, actually. If I had to do it over, I’d still take her. I think she appreciated it the most. It was strategically a good choice to take her and she had been really nice to me up until that point, so I was really happy to have here there.
RNO: Did you truly believe jumping ship was the best thing for Denise to do, or was everything you said more based on what was best for you?
Peih-Gee: I knew it would be best for me and Denise because I knew Denise was going to be number four. I think at one point Jaime told me she fell into a bush and heard Todd, Amanda, and Courtney talking about a final three alliance. I could just see that being played out. I told Denise she would be number four if she didn’t align with me and I really believed it. But I understand it was a gamble for her to take.
RNO: Did you know you weren’t going to get Denise’s vote before Tribal Council?
Peih-Gee: Yeah. I pretty much knew it was a really long shot anyway. They all wanted to go with Todd because they thought people would be mad at him on the jury. They all told me they were going to have to vote me out and they were sorry. I understand and I expected it going in.
RNO: You called yourself a positive person in your final Tribal Council. Do you feel you showed that side of you on TV?
Peih-Gee: You know, I don’t know that I showed it on TV. I really look like a crazy bitch on television – the most bitter, whiniest person ever. Honestly, it was so hard for me being out there. I wouldn’t have been able to have the heart to fight so hard if I wasn’t so positive.
RNO: If you could go back and change one thing you did, what would it be?
Peih-Gee: I probably would have told James to play that darn idol. Who knows how the game would have played out. The game might be totally different. It was really hard because people were always looking at me really suspiciously. I felt like if I would have talked to James before Tribal Council, Todd with his super Survivor paranoia would have said, “We have to [vote out] Peih-Gee.”
RNO: What was the most eye-opening thing you saw on TV that you didn’t know about while you were there?
Peih-Gee: To be honest, I was really surprised at how much Amanda was doing. She had been doing such a good job of staying under the radar, I had no idea how much she was contributing in terms of strategic game play and things like that.
RNO: Do you have anything else you’d like to tell us about your time on Survivor?
Peih-Gee: Just that it was a really humbling experience in you see how you come off sometimes. But it was also really empowering for me personally in knowing I got as far as I did and really tried my best.
RNO: Thanks again, Peih-Gee!
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