Exclusive Interview: Mary Sartain of 'Survivor: Micronesia'
Exclusive Interview: Mary Sartain of 'Survivor: Micronesia'
On last week's episode of Survivor: Micronesia, Mary Sartain took the fall after her alliance partner, Mikey Bortone tried to run the show.  Joel wasn't about to let Mikey B run away with the Ariai tribe so he made an early power play to blindside Mary.  Mikey and Mary became targets when their tribe suspected they were not only in an alliance, but perhaps romantically involved.  In her interview with BuddyTV last week, Mary dismissed any rumors that she had a romance in Micronesia.  In fact, through being on Survivor, she met her future husband, a former player himself.  Read on to find out who Mary did made a love connection with and just what she thinks of the tribe that voted her out.

Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.


Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV and today, I'm talking to Mary from Survivor: Micronesia.


Hi Gina.


Hi Mary, how are you doing?


Pretty good.


Can you talk a little bit about your love of Survivor before coming on the show? Had you watched it from the very beginning?

Yes, I'm a huge fan of Survivor. I watched it since day one. I was really excited when I found out that we were competing against favorites, so of course it helps being such a big fan.


A lot of people had a bad reaction to seeing Jonny Fairplay walk into the game. What was your opinion?


You know, I really didn't care either way. Jonny I felt would either eliminate himself at the start, first, or his tribemates would . And that's what happened. 


Were there any favorites that intimidated you when you saw them?

Not really. I was picked as a super fan to compete against them. I felt they felt at least confident in me that I would be able to show up the favorites.


Had you ever tried out for the show before or was this your first time?


Yeah, I'd actually auditioned for Fiji, and I made it to all the way pretty much up to finals.


Oh wow. So when you first got there for this season to Micronesia, did it feel very surreal when you got there and you're standing in front of Jeff Probst?

Oh, absolutely. The rain pouring down, the whole entire scenario just seemed like totally out of this world. Seeing him and being introduced to the favorites again, it was amazing. Really didn't expect to have that sort of experience I guess, especially with the rain coming down and everything. It was crazy.


Your tribe isn't seeming to gel right off the bat with Tracy and Kathy and Chet separating themselves. What do you think of that strategy? It can't be smart to do three against everybody else.


Well, it definitely wasn't great for the tribes morale, so I think if anything they shouldn't have done it right away. It's nice to have a strong alliance, but to create such a rift in a tribe and expect us to win challenges that way is really ridiculous in my opinion. They did actually approach Joel as a three to one vote, therefore giving them a little bit more power, but I think they should have done it in a more tactful way to help the tribe.


We have this writer on our staff, Oscar, who picked Tracy to win the whole thing, but when I saw last night's episode I was thinking, "Tracy's probably in a lot of trouble here". Did you see her as being someone who could go all the way, or do you think she's going to head out early?

I think if she helps the tribe she'll stick around, but if she continues to alienate herself I think she's going to be more of a liability.


There are certainly a lot of showmances going on with the favorites. What was going on with you and Mikey? Was there anything, or just - he was attracted to you and that was about it?


No, I think that's about it. I think we were just really great friends. Well, you know, I guess you can't really have any friends out there, but we just had a bond from the very beginning. I promised him that I wouldn't write his name there, he promised me that he'd never write mine, and that was pretty much the extent of our loyalty to each other. I think a lot of people took it as oh, Mikey's hanging around Mary, or vice versa, and they're gonna be a big threat. But an alliance of two people in the very beginning in a tribe of ten is not a very big threat.


People tend to bond very quickly out there in the game. Was it hard for you to be separated from your friends and family, or are you an independent person in life?

I'm pretty independent. There were so many times though that I did think about them. I really drew all of my strength from their support. My family was super supportive of me going and participating on Survivor and couldn't be happier for me.


What was last night's vote like for you at that time? Were you totally surprised?


Oh yeah, I was just completely blind sided. Like I said, it just came as such a shock. Already our tribe was so un-unified, and just seeing the votes go half Tracy, half Chet, then half me, it was just kind of. . .I was hoping it wasn't a window into what the next few episodes would look like. I'm just hoping that they  can pull it together and start voting to help the tribe instead of hurt the tribe.


It seemed like you ended up taking the fall for Mikey trying to take over the camp.

Yeah, I think that was a bright idea of Joel's, or a not so bright idea. I think he was getting a little paranoid, I think he was jealous of Mike's power that he had. I think he was worried that he was going to take myself, Alexis, and Natalie and vote with him against Joel. He was getting a little paranoid from the very get go about that.


Even though you went out early, are you still glad that you got to live the Survivor experience?

Absolutely. You know what, one of the best things happened for me once I got voted off. I actually met my future husband, Ryno from Pearl Islands, so I fell in love with another Survivor and I probably wouldn't have had that experience if I would have stayed longer on the show.


Well that's really great to hear, congratulations on that, Mary. I just wanted to thank you so much for your time.


Yeah, sure.


- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer

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