October 04, 2013 10:00 AM by Ryan Haidet
Before Rachel Foulger set foot in the Philippines, Survivor: Blood Vs. Water host Jeff Probst didn’t have much faith in her. In multiple pre-game predictions, Probst constantly said that he thought Rachel would be out of the game very early. He was right. She fell victim at the second Redemption Island duel and found herself walking out of the game, leaving her boyfriend, Tyson, behind to compete for both of them. Since we didn’t really get to see too much of Rachel (and her elimination will forever be overshadowed by Colton Cumbie’s quit), I spent some time talking with her to learn a bit more about her time on the show.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: At the moment in which you were eliminated, Tyson came down, gave you a hug and asked if you had a good time. You said yes. Is that in fact true? Did you have fun?
Rachel Foulger: I really did. I like to tell people that “fun” isn’t the word I would use, but it was a good experience. Survivor‘s not fun. You’re hungry, you’re hot and it’s really really hard. I did have a good experience and I was glad to have had the chance to play the game and to also be out there with Tyson.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: There seems to be a lot of animosity toward Brad Culpepper. Did you have any anger against him because he’s part of the reason you’re out of the game? If so, do you still have hard feelings?
Rachel Foulger: Still? No. It’s a game. We played it. On the show? Yeah. I definitely did. He was a big part of me getting voted off. So out there, yeah, I was upset.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: It really looks as if Brad is the person controlling the Tadhana tribe. Is that the case or is there something we’re not seeing?
Rachel Foulger: He’s definitely in charge. He calls the shots. But you saw in my episode where I got voted out, that was Vytas’s idea. That wasn’t Brad’s idea. I don’t know if Brad is smart enough to come up with those ideas on his own. He likes to be the alpha man. He likes to call the shots. But that’s about it.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Had you made it to the merge, is there any possible scenario you could have envisioned yourself voting against Tyson?
Rachel Foulger: No. There’s not one situation that I’d ever have to write his name down. I can’t think of a single one. It’s an advantage. This is the first time in Survivor we’ve ever been able to play with someone that you actually really do trust. Why would I take that person out? That would just hurt me in the end, I think.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Did you guys talk about that possibility before the game began?
Rachel Foulger: We did talk about that a little bit. We both knew that it wasn’t an option to write each others’ names down.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: When you spent your time on Redemption Island, what was the atmosphere like with Candice and Marissa. Were you feeling like they were enemies or was it relaxing?
Rachel Foulger: It was a relief because I was off my tribe. I felt like I no longer had to play that social game. At Redemption Island, we could be ourselves because nobody was voting us off there.
What did you think of Rachel? Did you think she was going to last longer or were you expecting her to be booted early? Now that she’s out of the game, do you think it’s a detriment or benefit for Tyson? Do you like Brad Culpepper or would you have already voted him out? Sound off and leave a comment below!
Photos courtesy of CBS.