February 26, 2012 01:05 PM by Ryan Haidet
Before Nina Acosta was voted out of Survivor: One World, she made sure the Salani tribe knew how worthless she felt Kat Edorsson was. In a conference call with reporters, Nina explained how she feels about Kat today, offered her thoughts on why they lost the Immunity challenge and discussed her opinions of some of the other castaways. Read on to see the full interview in which she also offers a message to Kourtney Moon as she recovers from surgery.
Question: What were your arguments that you should stay over Kat?
Nina Acosta: I think the obvious argument is that Kat was really a liability to the tribe. I think more than the other distractions of Alicia and Christina’s bickering. I think we still needed to try to bring it together as a tribe and try to win some challenges because historically the tribe that sticks together the longest produces the winner. I think that’s been proven. I think getting rid of Kat was obvious. She was just a distraction at camp, she was really messing up big at challenges. I was finally tired of it.
Question: Who all did you approach about pushing to eliminate Kat instead of you? Who did you think was calling the shots?
Nina Acosta: I talked to Chelsea, but I also talked to Kim. In my opinion, Kim is really the silent leader of that group. The chosen leader was Sabrina, but I think Kim kind of deferred to Sabrina — and it was actually a smart move. Lots of times the vocal leader has a target on their back. I think Kim was working things from behind the scenes pretty well and I think she had a lot to say about who did what. I think she had a lot of influence over Alicia. Kat, certainly, is pretty pliable, so I think Kat was just gonna go with the majority. I felt if I could make the pitch to Chelsea and Kim that I had at least a shot. Chelsea was pretty disgusted with our performance, too. I thought I could play on that emotion a little bit and get her to come to my side.
Question: How frustrating was it that some of the women made such an early alliance without giving you much of a chance?
Nina Acosta: I was very surprised how quickly that alliance came together. It was a blink of an eye. So, very frustrating because there was no rhyme or reason to it other than, I think a group of girls got together and said, “I like the way you look” or “your laugh is cute.” I don’t know what the criteria was. It was frustrating because I think it would have been important to kind of take a step back and at least have some conversations with everybody before making that decision. But it’s easy to say from my end because I was on the outside looking in on that alliance.
Question: A lot of the women on your team had been blaming the challenge loss on their boobs. Is that something they really believed?
Nina Acosta: That was the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. The reason we lost that challenge is simple. We did not think like a team. That challenge was not so much about balance as it was about trust. I think the guys had it figured out. You had to trust that the person is going to pass you from person to person and that they wouldn’t let you go or drop you in the water. Clearly, we had trust issues and the guys didn’t. That’s why they kicked our butts in that challenge. That was a dumb excuse. That wasn’t why we lost.
Question: How big of a role was your age difference with the rest of the women?
Nina Acosta: It did play a huge role. I don’t think my age would have been as noticeable or as big an issue if the tribes were mixed. It just would have created a whole different dynamic. I think that the young women had a lot in common. They were all single. They did not have children. They had more in common and I think they just looked at me as the old woman. I think that was unfortunate. I think they didn’t give me a chance to at least prove my value to the tribe. I think it was difficult. Monica was older, too, but still I think close enough in age to the other women to at least fit in a little better. It was tough. I couldn’t find common ground with them.
Question: Were you bothered by the fact that Monica voted for Christina instead of Kat?
Nina Acosta: No. I wasn’t surprised at that. I don’t think Monica and Christina had a great alliance. I think it was by default. I think Monica, what I know of her, I think she realized that I was going home. She didn’t vote for me, which I give her a great amount of respect and credit for that. I appreciate that. I think she felt that if she had voted for Kat it would have maybe angered the five. I think she was still trying to work an angle to at least get in with them. I think it was a smart move on her part.
Question: Did you have any one-on-one discussions with Kat during your time out there?
Nina Acosta: I had the feeling from the very beginning — and I can’t really put my finger on it — that Kat didn’t like me. I’m not sure where that was coming from. There was no love lost between the two of us right off the bat. She wanted to hang out with the young women and really didn’t want anything to do with me. I didn’t have a lot of communication with her.
Question: Is she somebody you could ever see yourself hanging out with outside of the show?
Nina Acosta: Oh, there’s not a chance in hell I would hang out with Kat outside the game. No. We don’t even speak the same language. No.
Question: How did you end up on the show?
Nina Acosta: It was something I’ve always wanted to do, but when the show first came out 12 years ago I was a new mom. I had three very young stepchildren so it just wasn’t really in the cards. There was just too much going on here and there was no way that I could get that kind of time away — nor did I want to. I wanted to focus on my family. It just seemed like the time was right. I keep myself in pretty good shape. I just went through the process and I kept moving forward with it, kept getting calls and calls back. I was surprised as anybody. I thought, “Wow. All these people that apply for Survivor, and I’m going!” It was pretty exciting.
Question: Do you have any words for Kourtney as she recovers from her cancer surgery?
Nina Acosta: She is a tough cookie. I think she is going to be fine and recover from her illness. I have all the confidence in the world that she’ll do that. I’ll tell you what, when she broke her arm she was very tough out there and very brave. I have never been so impressed with somebody as I was with her because she kept going at it until Jeff basically stopped. Her arm was clearly broken and she continued the march through that challenge. She’s tough. She has a good attitude. She’s a nice girl and I hope good things happen for her in the future.
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