May 04, 2012 03:40 PM by Ryan Haidet
Goofy. Silly. Dumb. Naive. Those are just a few of the words fans have been using to describe Kat Edorsson on Survivor: One World. The 22-year-old who found herself on the bad end of a blindside just moments after saying blindsides are “fun and exciting” said the person we saw on TV is truly her. She may not have made the best strategic decisions, but in a conference call with reporters, Kat said she really did believe she was controlling the game and certainly wasn’t naive. Kat also discussed how she considers herself as a creature of nature by living like she’s a lion. And she also reveals if she’s still afraid of getting appendicitis, which she apparently thought came from a tree. What else did she have to say? Read on to find out!
Question: Take us through the Tribal Council in which you were eliminated because you were overly positive that you were safe. You even said you think blindsides are fun. What are your thoughts on that today?
Kat Edorsson: I want to say for the record that blindsides are not funny. Not funny. I was really ashamed and really embarrassed. When they told me that I was getting blindsided and I see my best friend capitalizing my name, it’s not like it’s just normal writing your name, they’re capitalizing my letters and writing squiggly hearts and circles around my name. All you see is my eyes just shoot to Kim. She doesn’t even look at me. I shoot ‘em to Chelsea, she doesn’t look at me either. I shoot ‘em at Alicia and I got nothing back. That moment, I was just destroyed. You have no idea. I was so blindsided. I was so shocked because they all knew if I had any whiff of what was going on, I would have raised hell on that island. I would have done anything. … The fact that Alicia flopped is the whole reason why it all ended the way it did. If she didn’t get scared and didn’t think she couldn’t beat me, then we wouldn’t have had this situation. You know me, I’m happy-go-lucky every time we go to Tribal Council. I’m so excited to see Jeff. I can’t wait. I’m like sitting there like, “Let’s all get rid of Sabrina. Come on, let’s go.” I totally was wrong. It was very embarrassing and I feel so guilty for what I said. I do take it back and I don’t think blindsides are funny at all.
Question: If you could go back in time, would you take the same people (Alicia and Kim) on the Reward with you?
Kat Edorsson: Absolutely not. I hate that people said I was selfish because I completely sympathize with everybody. The Reward challenges are death. I don’t know if you’ve noticed. But if you watch them, you don’t want to be the person that has to choose who goes with you. You want to be the person who is chosen. When I chose Kim and Alicia, it was such a terrible decision because I didn’t know how Sabrina and Chelsea were going to react. I didn’t know they were going to be so sour about it. I guarantee you this, I look selfish because I didn’t take Christina and Tarzan. That was Sabrina and Chelsea’s excuse. I love these girls, but they know for a fact that if I would have took one of them instead of Alicia, they would have not been saying anything about me at camp the next day. I did make a really bad mistake because Alicia was a part of my final three. Why would I take her? I don’t know. I wasn’t even thinking strategically. That was my million dollar move that I totally messed up.
Question: Why didn’t you try to align with Troy when he kept offering up plans to take Kim out of the game?
Kat Edorsson: My decision for not being more open to what he had to say had nothing to do with Troy and the fact that he was basically telling me what was about to happen. But if I would have went with Troy, let’s say, hypothetically, if I voted for Christina two nights ago when the Tribal Council was there and Christina would have went home, my alliance would have found out that I betrayed them. Which means I would have to take on Alicia, Chelsea, Sabrina, Kim and probably Tarzan ’cause he wasn’t going to go without Alicia. I had to take on all of them. Kim said to the viewers I am her final three. I was her best decision. The only reason why she couldn’t keep me anymore is ’cause the majority flipped. My alliance flipped on me. Ultimately, if I would have went with Troy, I would have been gone today anyways. And now look at me, I’m gone. It’s so sad (laughs).
Question: After you were eliminated you said at Ponderosa that you didn’t want to go back to the real world. What was going through your mind at that point?
Kat Edorsson: My entire life I’ve always thought that I was a lion. This might be weird for you, but I’m a very weird person. I’ve always thought that I was just a creature of nature and I would rather be out on that island kicking Kim’s ass and starting fires and getting dirty and gross than ever being in the real world. I work at a corporate office right now and I’m the top producer of sales in my corporate office. But I have a hard time always getting dressed up for work and taking showers and stuff like that. I’m a very outdoorsy kind of person. That’s always been me. I would rather be there than ever be back home. I would be there in a heartbeat if someone asked me to go back.
Question: What was your knowledge of Survivor prior to playing?
Kat Edorsson: I have to say, I wasn’t like a superfan. I wasn’t very knowledgeable the way that other people were. Kim was a superfan. Troy was a superfan. Colton was obsessed. These are superfans that I was battling against. I was very fluent with the game. I knew how to play. Did I understand the deceitfulness and did I really process what you really have to do to win this game? Absolutely not. I did not know. I don’t think anybody knows until they actually play how deceitful you really can be. You just have to be in that state of mind to know this is what I came here to do and this is what I’m gonna do. Even if I did have that mindset, I still got eliminated. My experience didn’t really work as much as I planned it.
Question: In one episode you said you were the person who was controlling the game. Did you really think that?
Kat Edorsson: I thought that I was in control of what I knew of at that time. Kim and I and Alicia, we made an alliance inside our five absolutely the first day. We never spoke about it because you jinx it, actually. If you speak about a final three then it’s gonna jinx it, so we never actually spoke about it. It was just eye contact. Keep it cool. It’s like you wink at each other, “Yeah, you’re in? You’re in? Yeah? OK, cool.” Kim was really good in making it when we conversated we all talked about the fact that we had to get rid of Chelsea, we have to get rid of Sabrina, we have to get rid of Troy, we have to get rid of Jay. We made those conversations. We made the guys think that Alicia wasn’t even a part of my final three for how long? No one even had any idea Alicia was still in our final three. We planned that from day one. From my point of perspective, I legitimately thought that I was gonna ride and go all the way up as long as I play a great game. That’s what I thought. I had no idea that I was gonna become America’s sweetheart and everyone decides to take me out and shove a knife through my beautiful heart that was so open for everybody to love on. They just squished me down. I don’t want to say I was being naive, but I really did think I had such a big play in the game. I thought that I was very in control of the situation. From the first day we always said we were gonna get rid of Chelsea and Sabrina because they were fantastic players in the beginning, but ultimately they ended up being the weakest players and I was one of the strongest women besides Kim.
Question: After seeing yourself on the show, would you say you were a naive player?
Kat Edorsson: I wouldn’t want to say naive. I really don’t. Don’t get me wrong, I know everybody doesn’t want to hear this, but I am only 22. … I don’t want to see it as naive. It’s a negative word and I’m actually a very positive person. In Survivor you have to actually trust somebody. What I did is I trusted somebody with my whole heart. I trusted all of these women with everything that I had. In Survivor you shouldn’t play that way. In real life you shouldn’t do that — especially to a stranger. I treated them like they were my family. I would do anything for these women. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off in the end and it made me look very naive for believing what Kim said to me and getting completely blindsided. You saw my face. My face was like no way this is happening right now. My eyes are like oh my God. Nobody wants to see Kat cry. Like nobody does. It’s not good. There’s not a mean bone in my body. If I were to say I was naive, I think I made naive decisions but I don’t think I’m naive. I think I was playing the game that I really wanted to play. I was going as hard as I could. I just unfortunately didn’t see what was happening right in front of my face at that particular moment. That decision I made was a little bit naive, yeah.
Question: When you would lose a challenge, we sometimes saw you pouting. At the previous Immunity challenge when Kim beat you, she offered up a high-five but you didn’t want to slap any skin. How do you defend those moments?
Kat Edorsson: If I ever have to defend that moment to anybody, just ask if they have a brother or sister. Let’s say your older brother just kicked your ass in a game, it’s just like, “Go away. Just go away.” Just a sore loser, I was. Kim tried to give me a high-five and say, “Great job, Kat.” I’m like, “Go away, I want to kick your ass.” That’s all I want to do. All I want to do is kick Kim’s ass in a challenge. All she does is laugh and says, “Come on, buddy.” I was like, “No, leave me alone” (laughs). She was like my big sister. I loved her more than anything in the world and the fact that I got a little sour about the end of the challenge is because I just spent an hour and a half on that ledge trying to fight for my life so I could finally win something. Everybody else thought it was strategic, but I legitimately just wanted to do it for myself. She had so much heart just like me and she ultimately was stronger than I was. So I was really mad and disappointed at myself that she was stronger than me because I never thought that was possible.
Question: The show really portrayed you as a goofy personality. Is what we saw really you?
Kat Edorsson: Yes sir. I really think that my persona on life is to make people smile. I’d rather have them laugh at me than never laugh at all. It’s 100 percent me. I’m very happy with what they did. I ultimately am just a goofy person. I love to smile a lot. Sometimes I can be really serious, but the majority of the time I just love to have a great time. I go as hard as I can in everything that I do. And I love to crawl on the floor and do the moonwalk (laughs) and dance a lot. That’s just me being goofy.
Question: Are you still afraid of getting appendicitis?
Kat Edorsson: (Laughs) It’s funny because during the Tribal Council everybody was looking at me and Jeff said something about appendicitis with Colton. Then Troy is like, “Yeah, I got mine out, too” and then Kim is like, “Yeah, I got mine out, too” and Leif is like, “Yeah, I got mine out, too.” So I’m like freaking out. I’m like, “Oh my God. What is this? Are we gonna get this from a tree?!?! No way!” When Jeff says, “Kat, what are you thinking about?” I’m like, “I don’t know, Jeff. I just don’t want to get this appendicitis thing. It seems painful. Where are we getting this from? A tree?” I was just having one of those moments. I really was. I was freaking out for a second (laughs).
What are your thoughts on what Kat had to say? After reading all of her comments, do you still think she is a naive player? Are you happy or sad she’s out of the game? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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