Being voted off first isn’t simple. Stephanie Gonzalez has that distinction after her tribe despatched her packing early on Survivor: Ghost Island. In our one-on-one interview with Gonzalez, she defined why her elimination got here as no shock regardless of trying like a blindside on TV. Plus, she revealed which participant she believes has the very best shot to win all of it.
SheIs aware of: Were you actually blindsided or do you know you had been getting voted off?
Stephanie Gonzalez: I knew I used to be going dwelling due to how inconsistent the names had been being tossed round. I believe we tossed round each single identify in no matter dialog I used to be with. Then I spotted once I went for a stroll proper earlier than Tribal Council and we had been on the point of go to Tribal, I used to be not a part of 1 dialog. Sure sufficient, eight votes my method. I used to be not part of that 1 dialog proper earlier than Tribal Council, and that was the 1 dialog that each one the votes acquired switched to me. I already knew going into Tribal, it is undoubtedly me and I must do no matter I can to avoid wasting myself.
SK: We noticed you make some last-minute whispers with a number of folks at Tribal Council. What was being mentioned in these whispers?
SG: I spoke to Brendan and Michael. I confirmed that it was undoubtedly me going dwelling. They each gave me 2 totally different names after they had been alleged to be in an alliance voting collectively. They could not get their tales straight with me. So I went on to Libby and I advised her that Brendan simply determined to alter the vote to Donathan. Brendan finally sort of spoke to all people about who ought to go. I mentioned, “Hey, Libby. We’re changing the vote to Donathan. Not me.” She mentioned, “OK. That sounds good.” Then I attempted to speak with Michael and mentioned, “You realize who’s orchestrating this vote?” He requested if we must always take Brendan out. I mentioned no as a result of he is actually bodily sturdy and we actually want him. By the time I sat down, everybody had already whispered to one another about what I had mentioned. It would not matter about what number of instances I acquired as much as whisper.
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SK: Is there 1 one that turned the tide towards you? How did it occur?
SG: It wasn’t 1 particular person in particular. It was as a result of everybody simply did not need it to be them. I used to be such a query mark. I wasn’t a girly-girl they might work out. I had a dynamic persona and so they had been afraid of me. They had been like, “We don’t really know what she’s about. She’s talking game. We’re not really ready to play. We want to keep the camp happy. Let’s get rid of her and we’ll go back to camp happy.” Brendan is not going to piss off Stephanie by voting Jenna off. Brendan could not eliminate Donathan as a result of we had an emotional second on the seaside the place he was saying he did not wish to go. We all acquired emotional. We noticed a susceptible facet of him, and we did not wish to vote him out. At the final minute, it turned towards me and it was a gaggle factor.
SK: What was going via your head as you had been eradicated?
SG: I used to be furious. I already knew I used to be going dwelling, so it was baffling our tribe simply did not care to maintain sturdy and win extra challenges. They truly selected to eliminate any individual that might probably be a superb asset for future challenges. I used to be actually upset. I made plenty of sacrifices to go on the market. I do know all people else did too, however my mother was getting married. I am lacking an enormous marriage ceremony as she renewed her vows with my dad, so it actually damage me. I used to be pissed. They did not present the traces I mentioned, however I truly mentioned much more than simply “sad.” I mentioned, “One lion and seven lambs, and everybody is listening to the damn lion until they get taken out.” I used to be actually pissed that no person needed to play. Everyone was extra involved with preserving camp comfortable.
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SK: Are you over it now?
SG: I am completely over it. I do not dwell and let issues sink in. It is what it’s. I simply hope folks watching can see and perceive there was much more to my story. There was a lot that occurred that was instrumental to my edit that could not be proven, in any other case we would have a six-hour premiere. That’s my largest factor. I want greater than something folks may actually see way more of what I needed to provide within the conversations that had been instrumental that did not make it on TV.
SK: Did you’ve gotten any alliances?
SG: Yeah. I truly had a pair conversations with Steph that had been actually cool. We had been speaking about consuming wine and going out, simply actually cool issues and we sort of bonded loads. I additionally had a dialog with Donathan and Michael they did not present. I had a pair conversations with Brendan after we acquired sea snails to eat. We caught a crab, and it was cool. I had a pair conversations with James, too, that had been simply actually enjoyable about coconuts. There had been plenty of actually cool connections and conversations and issues you aren’t getting to understand as a result of it did not make it on TV.
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SK: You by no means acquired to expertise going to Ghost Island, however what did you suppose was on the market?
SG: I’m super-bummed out that I did not get to see it. As quickly as Jeff introduced Ghost Island, we had been so excited. I stayed up that night time serious about it. I keep in mind trying up on the stars and being like, “Oh, my God. I want to go to Ghost Island. Are there any ghosts? [Laughs] That’s probably a stupid thought, but I need to see what the hell is there.” I knew there was gonna be probably determination video games as a result of he talked about previous Survivor choices and errors. Of course, it was a lot cooler than what I imagined. It had the snuffers. I believe that is the best factor. It was past what my expectations had been of it.
SK: How did you get on the present?
SG: I despatched in a tape. I acquired a reply again, and it was a protracted, grueling course of. I do not know that I’ve ever had a lot nervousness in my life. Every day I used to be obsessively checking my emails and checking my telephone calls to see if there was any sort of gentle I used to be going to be picked. They mentioned, “Your video is good, but maybe if you send another one we can kind of get to know you a little bit better.” This is not any exaggeration [laughs], I spent 3 days with associates actually attempting to file movies doing essentially the most absurd, obnoxious and energetic issues I may do throughout my city. I went downtown at a parking storage and I used to be leaping from the ledge towards the display screen whereas yelling at Jeff. I used to be speaking about how a lot I hate Trump and the way shitty of an individual he’s. I simply did essentially the most outrageous issues. If there was any risk of me getting on and so they took the time to see my movies, I used the chance and ran with it. It was grueling and lengthy, however total I used to be insanely proud of the result.
SK: You deliver up President Trump. Did you guys speak politics throughout the sport?
SG: We did not speak politics, and I am glad we did not as a result of I do know Jenna and Libby are die-hard Trump supporters who voted for him. I am actually glad we did not discuss that [laughs.] Even if we did discuss it, I deal with folks equally no matter their beliefs are.
SK: Who in your tribe do you consider is essentially the most spectacular participant who stands the very best shot to win the entire sport?
SG: The most spectacular participant is Brendan. I believe Laurel too simply because she’s quiet. Quiet will get ignored on the subject of the chopping block.
SK: What was your technique going into the sport?
SG: My technique was simply to be type and really candy to everybody. Naturally, that is how I’m with folks. I am type. I am intrigued. I wish to know their story. I am a folks particular person and a folks pleaser. I needed to deliver that into the sport, however not let it lure my choices of what must get accomplished.
SK: What did you’re taking away from the expertise?
SG: How dangerous I wish to return once more. I dream about this each single night time simply how hungry I’m to be put again on the market. I really feel like I’ve a lot extra to show. First out is actually the worst vote. After 3 days, you are proper again in Ponderosa. That’s horrific to me. I really feel prefer it’s at all times gonna be a life dream to be put again on the market. I owe it to myself to show I could make it previous 3 days. I really feel like a kindergartner may try this.
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