November 07, 2013 05:30 PM by Ryan Haidet
Within moments of the 20 castaways preparing to begin Survivor: Blood Vs. Water, Laura Boneham was voted out of the game and sent to Redemption Island. But because her husband, four-time castaway, Rupert, sacrificed himself and swapped places, she made it nearly to the merge. In every interview Rupert has done for this season — including his one-on-one-interview with me, he constantly claims that he would never, under any circumstance, ever have voted against Laura. She, on the other hand, says it was something she very likely could have been forced to do. Find out why she would have taken her own blood out of the competition in my one-on-one interview with Laura.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine.com: What was going through your mind as you watched your husband become the first person eliminated from the game?
Laura Boneham: I thought he would do well (in the challenge). He got out there and was kind of flustered. I don’t know. I cannot believe he did not stay in the game and he was the first one out. It’s crazy to even say that out loud. Crazy.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine.com: Rupert has said he would never have voted against you under any circumstance. Ever. Is the same true for you?
Laura Boneham: (Laughs) He told me it was OK (to vote against him). If I was in an alliance that was mentioning his name and he was on the way out, it depends on the numbers. I may have had to vote for him. As much as I want to say that I would not vote for my husband, if a majority of my alliance was wanting to get rid of him and I was part of those numbers that had to do it, I might have done it. I want to say I wouldn’t, but I think I might have had to in some situations.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine.com: Looking back at the moment when you ended up on the opposite tribe after Rupert took your spot on Redemption Island, how hard was it for you to adapt and be embraced?
Laura Boneham: They were really nice to me. They looked out for me. But you can’t deny the fact that they really were hoping to have Rupert on their tribe. They wanted Rupert to build their shelter. They wanted Rupert to go fishing for them. So I had that pressure that I had to perform like Rupert. But they were nice. We all got along pretty good. They were welcoming. They were helpful. Socially, I got along better than it appeared on television, actually.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine.com: What was it like watching the show as a viewer and hearing some of the unkind things your tribemates were saying about you?
Laura Boneham: I’m proud of myself. I played the best game I could play. I am who I am. People can say what they want. Part of that is editing. You don’t know the scenario they’re mentioning. It hurts a little to have someone say something bad about you, but it’s a stupid game. We all have feelings and regrets and I feel like I was the person that I know I am. If people have bad things to say about me, then so be it. You can’t please everyone.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine.com: When we saw the episode in which you were voted out, it appeared your elimination was based on the fact you had told Vytas he was the next target. Is that really why you were eliminated or was there more we didn’t see?
Laura Boneham: I am sure that my name was on the list. They had their key alliance and I’m sure I was already on the list to be targeted. They just needed an excuse and that helped further along in making their decision. I think it was a crazy, ridiculous strategic move to leave Vytas in the game and take me out because I was not a huge threat at that point. My gosh! To say they voted me out because they didn’t trust me? I was being honest about voting out Vytas, not being distrusting. I spoke to Tina about telling Vytas. If our alliance was strong enough, it wouldn’t have mattered. The drama part was they were trying to make something as if I wasn’t trustworthy. Well that is not the case. It was part of an alliance that I was not a part of.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine.com: How hard was it to convince yourself to take on Survivor? You had been there multiple times before as a loved one visit and you got to see firsthand how difficult it is.
Laura Boneham: I definitely had to convince myself. Rupert didn’t even turn in my name in the beginning. He wanted it to be my idea. He didn’t want me to be mad at him wondering why he made me do this stupid game and hurt myself. It really was going outside of my comfort zone to get on the show and be on television. But I am such a huge competitor. I grew up in competitive swimming. I love competition. I love the outdoors. I adore the ocean. I’m a diehard scuba diver. To get a two in 20 chance of winning $1 million, what are the lottery odds of that? I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I had to do it. I had to do it for myself.
What are your thoughts on what Laura had to say? Would you ever vote against your loved one for any reason? How far did you think Laura was going to go in the game? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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