May 20, 2011 12:00 PM by Ryan Haidet
During the final episode of Survivor: Redemption Island, Andrea Boehlke had the opportunity to return to the game after winning the last duel of the season. But her chance at redemption was cut short when she was voted out immediately after returning to the Murlonio tribe, which resulted in a fifth-place finish. In the end, she voted for Boston Rob to win the $1 million prize — but that’s just a small portion of her journey. Shortly after the live reunion show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Andrea talked with me on the red carpet about many things she experienced as a castaway in Nicaragua. We talked about her work ethic around camp, discussed her lazy tribemates and even touched on her relationship with Matt. Do they have a future together? All that and much more in my exclusive one-on-one video interview with Andrea.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Congratulations for making it as far as you did in the game. What’s your take on the way the game played out? Are you happy with the finale here?
Andrea Boehlke: Yeah, I’m happy. I wish things would have went a little differently. Obviously I wish I was in the final three, but I’m proud of how I ended up doing in the challenges. Physically I didn’t think I could hang with those guys. There was moments where I was really pleased with how I did in challenges. I didn’t think I would be able to do that.
Ryan Haidet: Boston Rob, one of the biggest players in the game, thought you were one of the biggest threats. Did that feel like an honor?
Andrea Boehlke: Yeah. It was cool that he acknowledged that and even said on air that those were the reasons they were voting me out. It sucks to be voted out, but if it’s gonna be for a reason, and Boston Rob is gonna say that, and he’s great, it’s a good way to go out.
Ryan Haidet: Did you know you were going home?
Andrea Boehlke: Yes. It was really obvious. You could just tell when you talk to somebody and you try to propose this idea that they’re just not having it. So it was kind of depressing going in there, but still trying to put up a fight. It is what it is, I guess.
Ryan Haidet: When you went over to Redemption Island, you had a unique moment where Ralph would not let you sleep in the shelter. Is that really what it appeared to be?
Andrea Boehlke: It wasn’t as bad as it looked on TV. Everyone came up to me and they’re all like, “That was so mean of him.” But really, there wasn’t any room in the shelter. At first I was kind of surprised. I was like, “I’m gonna have to sleep on the ground?” Then I found out later a fourth person always sleeps on the ground. Steve was sleeping on the ground. And actually, when Grant came, it was either the ground or the board. I told Grant, “You can sleep on the board, I like the ground.” (Laughs) It wasn’t as bad as it really looked. Ralph came up to me and was like, “I’m so sorry. I didn’t realize it was that bad.” I’m like, “No. It wasn’t that bad.”
Ryan Haidet: At any point in the game did you resent the two girls you were living with, Ashley and Natalie? You were always shown around camp doing a lot of the grunt work while they were having their beach spa days. Did you resent that at all?
Andrea Boehlke: Looking back, they’re great and they’re awesome. I’m good friends with both of them. But in the game, it was very frustrating. Especially because I liked to work. There was things that needed to be done. I said the same thing that Phillip said, “If those girls get farther than me, I’m going to be so disappointed.” Of course that happened. I’m not mad at them now, but in the game there was a level of frustration. Especially Phillip and I. I remember one time I did even vent to Phillip. I was like, “If I have to vent to Phillip you know it’s bad.” It got frustrating, but looking back, I’m not mad at them.
Ryan Haidet: When you were going to cast your vote for the winner, did you know immediately you wanted to vote for Boston Rob? Was there any consideration for the other two (Phillip and Natalie)?
Andrea Boehlke: I pretty much knew. It was a hands down. He played great. He brought the two people with him to the end that… (laughs) I love Natalie and I love Phillip, but how can you vote for them, really? If Phillip would have came out and said his strategy at the final Tribal, which he didn’t really, he kind of like skirted around it. If he would have said, “I knew what was going on. I made myself a crazy person. I worked around camp.” If he would have come up with a really strong approach, maybe. I would consider the possibility of considering it, but he kind of dropped the ball at Tribal Council. When I did my speech, he pretty much told me to vote for Rob. I’m like, “If you don’t even have an argument, why did you even show up?” So it was pretty much a hands down.
Ryan Haidet: Let’s talk about Matt. Where do you guys stand?
Andrea Boehlke: Everyone asks. That’s like the number one question. I think Matt is great. I mean, we do live far away and it’s hard. We talk a lot. I don’t know. It’s open, I guess.
Ryan Haidet: Advice to a future player?
Andrea Boehlke: Have fun. It’s a really fun experience. You have to make sure you remember the time you had out there and what you learned. Remember those moments. The great moments where you’re sitting up all night, singing songs, having stories and the fun times with the people that you meet. Because watching it, your perception is so skewed. They only show you the dramatic, mean things people say. You just have to remember the great time out there is what matters. Don’t let the whole show and editing really change your perception. …
Ryan Haidet: It was very nice talking to you. Thank you for everything. Congratulations. You have beautiful eyes.
Andrea Boehlke: (Laughs) Thank you.
Check out my interview with “Boston Rob” Mariano — the winner of Survivor: Redemption Island:
Check out my interview with Phillip Sheppard — the runner-up of Survivor: Redemption Island:
Check out my interview with Natalie Tenerelli — the third-place finisher on Survivor: Redemption Island:
Check out my interview with Ashley Underwood — the fourth-place finisher on Survivor: Redemption Island:
Game images courtesy of CBS. Red carpet photos by Melissa Fouse.
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