October 03, 2012 07:00 AM by Ryan Haidet
How would you feel if you were eliminated from Survivor when a big-boobed, blonde bombshell is kept alive in the game despite making a ridiculous comment about how cookies would be the one thing she would add to fix her tribe? Strange as it may sound, that’s the exact scenario Roxanne “Roxy” Morris faced after she became the second person voted off Survivor: Philippines. In an interview with reporters after her elimination, Roxy discussed her thoughts on the losing Matsing tribe, her religious beliefs and how they were portrayed and her dislike for cookies. Grab a tall glass of milk and a gooey chocolate chip cookie and dive in with this interview after the jump!
Question: Did you eat a whole box of cookies the minute you were voted out?
Roxanne “Roxy” Morris: (Laughs) No, not at all. I was excited to have a lot carbs, but cookies were not a part of my diet that night.
Question: Have you had any since?
Roxanne “Roxy” Morris: Not really. I’m not really even a big fan of cookies, so… yeah (laughs).
Question: What value do you think Angie offers to the Matsing tribe?
Roxanne “Roxy” Morris: None at all. Kind of good luck to them. She doesn’t really add any value to them at all. She brings Malcolm some sort of comfort, but that’s about it.
Question: Were you surprised to see that everybody on your tribe — even your main ally, Russell — voted against you?
Roxanne “Roxy” Morris: Absolutely not. I obviously expected Malcolm and Angie to vote against me because I put them on the burners, but I think I wasn’t surprised. I was disappointed that Denise isn’t smarter than that and can’t put aside her personal, emotional feelings towards me. It wasn’t surprising, but it was disappointing. Obviously, if you’ve ever played the game of Survivor you’ve gotta go with the group. If Russell had a real choice and a real hand in controlling how that would have went, he would have kept me. But because he got the feeling that everybody else was gonna go with voting against me, it just makes sense, in order to have peace at camp, that he would have to go with the group.
Question: What does Matsing need to do to avoid going to Tribal Council for the third time in a row?
Roxanne “Roxy” Morris: Honestly, I mean, if they don’t want to take into consideration the advice I was giving throughout the episode, then that’s on them. What they need to do is get their head in the game. Head in the game doesn’t mean competing against one another back at camp. That’s not what you need to be doing at the start of the day. You need to be getting together and really analyzing the strengths of those other two tribes and figuring out what you need to do and pull together your resources within each and every person that’s on that team and strategize as best you can. You know what these general obstacle courses look like. Who’s good at puzzles? Who’s good at this? Who’s good at that? And genuinely say that’s the plan that we’re gonna stick to. Don’t get there and then all of a sudden you’ve got Russell rising up as a chief even though he said he didn’t want to be chief telling everybody what they’re gonna do. That’s crazy! And that’s what’s been happening the last two challenges.
Question: As far is Russell is concerned, were you happy to have him on your tribe?
Roxanne “Roxy” Morris: I think I was happy at first only because it felt a little prophetic. If you go back to the first episode there’s a point where Jeff Probst looks at me and he goes, “Lady in the blue, tell me about a time that you ever seen somebody evacuated out of the game.” I tell my story about the guy who just falls down and he says he wants to stay in the game but he doesn’t even know what’s going on. I was speaking about Russell. So when I saw Russell appear and then found out that he was our leader, I was like, “How crazy is that?!?!” So I don’t know if I was actually excited because I think that he’s a great player in the game, but I think it just all fell into place that I was kind of like, “All right. Divine chips are falling, I’m accepting them.” I think that’s just how I felt about it.
Question: If you could have chosen to be on a tribe at the beginning, which would you have picked?
Roxanne “Roxy” Morris: I think I would have most definitely chose to be on the tribe in which (Jonathan) Penner was on. I just feel like that tribe really has a way of kind of coming to challenges sticking together and really working well together. You see them at camp and they’re one way, but once they’re actually in the game, they come together. That’s what matters. At the end of the day you are there to compete, and compete means win challenges. Not build fires at camp and make a cool, little condo for yourself on the island.
Question: Do you feel your religious beliefs were portrayed accurately? What are your thoughts on Denise’s reaction to you praying in a different language?
Roxanne “Roxy” Morris: I mean, I pray. If it’s a question about how do I pray or when do I pray, I mean, I’m stuck on an island. When you start to feel like you have no super-strong allies, God’s always there for you. I hope that’s what people got. If she’s spooked out by me speaking in tongues, she wouldn’t be the first person in the world to be feeling weird about that. That’s understandable as well. If we’re going to say things are weird, what’s weird to one person is normal to another. She is from Iowa, so I don’t know how much exposure she has to different types of anything, really. I’m not sure. But I’m from an international city such as New York, so differences are normal to me.
Question: How long have you been wanting to be on the show?
Roxanne “Roxy” Morris: It was a cousin of mine who is a huge fanatic of the show. Annually he makes a video for the show. It’s something he does every year and never has made the show. But he loves, loves, loves the show. … Because I have the military background he was like, “I think you’d be a good player on Survivor.” I was like, “Really? I don’t know. It’s a very manipulative game, I don’t know.” He said to me, “I really think you could.” I was like, “All right, whatever.” I just made a 30-45 second video and I submitted it online and I got called the same day.
What do you think of Roxy’s comments? Are you happy or sad that she was voted out of the game so early? Do you think she would have been more successful on one of the other two tribes? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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