Exclusive Interview: Eliza Orlins of 'Survivor: Micronesia'
Exclusive Interview: Eliza Orlins of 'Survivor: Micronesia'
Despite her attempts to get rid of Ozzy on Survivor: Micronesia, Eliza just couldn't get the job done and was voted out in last night's episode.  She seemed to have a decent alliance early on but the minute the tribes were switched up, and she was separated from Ami, Eliza was in trouble.  She scrambled and finally aligned herself with Jason, one of the fans.  He was even willing to share his immunity idol with her after their tribe lost the immunity challenge but, as Eliza pointed out, the idol was a fake.  She played it anyway at tribal council, with the sole intention of outing Ozzy as the person who had the real idol.  She went out with a bang and today, spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview.

Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.
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Hey everyone, this is Gina from BuddyTV, and today I'm talking to Eliza from Survivor: Micronesia. So how did you feel coming into the game for a second time? Did you bring in any new strategies or any knowledge that you applied to the game?

Definitely. I thought this time I'd be a little bit more self aware, and have some real true alliances with people I could see myself getting to the end with. I actually was able to execute that in the beginning, then it obviously didn't work out.


If you had been able to stay in the game, who would have your loyalty to the end?

Well, of the people left, just Jason and Cirie would have my loyalty to the end. Jason gave me what he thought was the real immunity idol, so even though it wasn't, he was willing to sacrifice that for me and definitely would have had my loyalty. Cirie and I had made a bond early on, and even though she turned on my original alliance she had never really gone against me personally.


The exchange between you and Jason about the fake idol is one of the funniest things that happened all season. I can't believe he fell for that.


I can't believe it! I thought he must have been pulling one over on me, and he just put a stick in my bag but had the real idol, because he couldn't have thought that was the real idol.


How long did it take you to convince him that there was no way that was it?

You saw most of it, it was like a few minutes. I was like, "No, that can't be the idol," and he's like, "But why?" And I'm like, "Because that's not the idol, that's a stick! It's an f---ing stick!"


Are the fans playing a good game this season do you think?

No. I guess it's hard to come into the game and play against people who have already played, but I think the fans are just getting themselves picked off and allowing it to happen, and not using someone like me who was willing to vote with them. Granted, we would have probably had to force a tie, because I don't think we would have pulled over one of the five favorites, but I said, "Let me vote with you guys. Let me do this." And Erik is just Ozzy's little puppy dog, and the girls just fell for Parvati's commitments or whatever. I don't think they're playing a good game at all.


Some of the players are saying that it's not fans versus favorites anymore. Do you think that they'll stick with each other, or do you think that they'll change sides, some fans with favorites, to the end?


I don't know. I think that some favorites might get voted out before some fans, because like I pointed out to them on my way out, hello, Ozzy could win this whole thing. He has the immunity idol, he's great at challenges, and James too. These are these big, strong guys, and they’re willing to keep them. I think that the women might smarten up, but I don't know.


I asked Ami last week, what is it with Survivor women seeming resistant to teaming up with each other? They seem to always latch on to a man in the game. Not everybody, but a lot of them. What do you think that's about?

I don't know, I think women are chatty sometimes. You saw it last night, it was like a junior high school thing. Amanda was getting jealous of Alexis flirting with her man, and it was like, what is this? Is this high school? I mean, girls are just too jealous and too untrusting of one another.


You seemed more willing to work with the females in the game than other people. Were you upset when Ami was voted out?

Oh my God, I was devastated when we got to the merge. We were paddling up, and I'm thinking, "Who is that in the boat over there? Why is Ami wearing a shirt? What? Oh my God, it's Erik!"  When I came to the realization, my heart just sunk. It just was awful that Ami had been voted out, because I was really looking forward to reuniting with her.


In your last tribal council you outed Ozzy for having the idol. Is that the only reason that you played the fake idol?

Definitely. There was no chance that I thought it was real. I just thought it would be funny to play, and to point out to everyone else that, hello, there's somebody who's got the real one. He even admitted it, he was like, "Yeah, that took me hours to carve." So at least now they might do something about it.


Would it have been a smarter move for Malakal to take out Ozzy before the merge as opposed to after?


Absolutely. Had Chet stuck around or had somebody done something. Tracy was working her hardest to get rid of Ozzy ahead of time, and it's too bad that it didn't work out.


Was there anyone who didn't get to play the game a second time on the favorites' side who you would have liked to see come back?


Definitely. I would have loved to see Coby back there. I would have loved to see Terry Dietz. Even Twila from my season I think deserved another shot. And Chad, Julie, I obviously would have loved more people from Vanuatu. But yeah, there were some great people that, because it wasn't a full cast, didn't get to come back.


Do you feel like you leave the game having playing it a second time having learned something?


Yeah, you always learn something. You always learn something about yourself or about the way that people are. It's a very interesting game.


What's in the future for you now?


Well, I have one more semester of law school left. I will be graduating from Fordham in New York in December, then I'm hoping to be a public defender in Manhattan.


That's great Eliza. Thanks so much for your time, I appreciate it.


Good to talk to you.





- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer

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