Exclusive Interview with 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' Jessica 'Sugar' Kiper
Exclusive Interview with 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' Jessica 'Sugar' Kiper
Sugar can be A) a delicious confection that almost everybody craves, or B) a vivacious blond who a lot of the Survivors in Gabon did not crave. Yes, we all know Jerri loves chocolate. (As Colby once complained, "I'm not a Hershey Bar!") But it remains to be seen whether Jerri - or the other competitors on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains - will love Sugar.

Why is the retro pinup girl so polarizing? After all, Sugar proved herself to be so effusively nice that she chose to take someone to the finals who she knew would beat her. She wanted him to have the million dollars. Actions speak louder than words, right?

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Despite this, many Survivor super fans weren't convinced. They said she was saccharine
more than sweet, and that she played an entirely made-up role for the cameras. On a show about Heroes and Villains, them be fight'n words.

I asked Sugar about Gilmore Girls, retro culture, and why there were so many haters. She was, unsurprisingly, very sweet.

Who are you a retro pin-up model for?

Pinup Girl Clothing Couture. I used to model for other companies like Stop Staring. Now I pretty much just wear their clothes to events. I've actually been acting since I was 6. Pinup is just something I fell into because I love the retro/rockabilly scene.

What is the origin of your nickname Sugar?

I got my nickname when I was 18 at a diner called "It's Tops!" in San Francisco. I,actually, was named "Best Diner Personality" in San Francisco in 1998 as "Sugar". Last I heard, they still have the article on the wall.

Who were you most excited to have met at the Survivor 10th Anniversary Party?

Well, I just did a year of charity events and played the game twice, so there weren't too many
people I hadn't met that I wanted to, besides Survivors I had talked to on Facebook. I was excited to see the people I already love again! I skipped a lot of the extra parties because there are people I didn't want to see too.

Some of the castaways you competed against in Gabon have argued that you received an unfairly positive edit. Are they just jealous or is there any truth to it?

A lot of the jury hated me because I wasn't a college graduate and I got further than they did.
They also didn't know that I'd ever had any type of success in life. It's not like [the editors] didn't show everything that happened. So yes, the jury was filled with people that didn't appreciate the fact that I totally owned them.

You acted on several episodes of Gilmore Girls. Would Rory (or Lorelai) be good at Survivor?

Lorelai, yes. She's pretty hard-core. Rory, no. She would've cried even more than I did!




-Interview conducted by Henry Jenkins
(Image courtesy of CBS)

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