Alina Wilson was the next in a string of strong female competitors to be voted out of “Survivor: Nicaragua.” She tells Zap2it about her experience and how hard it is for strong women to succeed in the game.
Did you enjoy Survivor? Was it everything you hoped it would be?
“It was everything and more. I absolutely loved ‘Survivor,’ I loved every minute of it and I loved watching it unravel on TV. It was so cool and literally the best experience of my life. Every memory I have of it is great. Even though I was voted out way earlier than I expected to be, I’m very, very happy.”
Now that you’ve seen the show air, has anything or anyone surprised you?
“Most recently, I was very surprised by Benry’s animosity towards me. I was shocked by that. And NaOnka’s personality as a whole was very shocking to me. I knew while I was there that she was kind of a weird girl and she had kind of a chip on her shoulder, but I didn’t know it was that serious. She’s a very angry person and that surprises me. NaOnka’s really a strong, opinionated, kind of mean person. Those are the two things that kind of stand out for me.”
In hindsight, do you wish that once NaOnka revealed her stolen goods to you that you would’ve gone back to camp immediately and told everyone what she did? Do you think that would’ve helped you?
“This is how I see it. I think that was I doomed either way. I thought it through and I had two choices — I go with NaOnka and see what she’s up to and be part of it or I tattle. Everyone was calling me a schemer and if NaOnka told me something in confidence, no matter what it was, and I went and told everyone else, they would’ve been like, ‘Thanks for telling us,’ but that’s another reason not to trust Alina. Me being the tattle-tale, the rat, would’ve put a bigger target on my back. There were very few ways I could’ve made that work for my benefit. The only thing that made sense to me was I’m going to enjoy a couple pieces of fruit and see if this blows over and the target goes onto her back.”
Recently we’ve seen so many strong female players go home — you, Yve, Kelly B., Jill. Why do you think you guys have such a hard time in this game?
“That’s one of the things that’s been driving me crazy. I get so frustrated seeing that because especially with this whole young and old thing, when I was on the young tribe, I felt that the guys did not relate to me whatsoever. I handled my own stuff. I got food, I built the shelter and they didn’t know how to handle me. Maybe that’s part of the target put on my back. Girls like Kelly Purple are sliding by. Even girls like Brenda because she’s very quiet and the princess of the group. Those are the girls the guys keep around. Strong girls are being taken out. Jill, I wish I had met her, she seems totally awesome and I wish she would’ve gone further. It’s very hard for strong, opinionated, independent women to make it on that show.”
Who were you rooting for once you were kicked off?
“There’s definitely people I didn’t want to win — Brenda and Sash. I had developed a nice bond with Jane the last couple days, we were spending a lot of time together. She inspired me, so I definitely liked Jane. I liked Holly. Even Chase. I liked a lot of people and at the same time, I disliked a lot of people. I was kind of wishy-washy. I wasn’t sure who I was rooting for, but I knew who I was rooting against.”
Any final thoughts or messages to your fans? I know people were sad to see you go.
“I’m so happy to hear that people were sad to see me go. I’ve gotten so many amazing comments and messages on Facebook and nice emails. I’m so pleased people saw that I was genuine. To me, that’s all that matters. I wasn’t out there being a super-schemer. I was playing strategically and I’m happy that people see that part of me that is very genuine. I loved it, I’m happy with everything that turned out and I’m so happy that people appreciated me on teh show. It’s a nice thing to see.”
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