ďI Didnít Have a ChoiceĒ Ė RealityNewsOnlineís Exclusive Interview with Survivor Hero Cirie
by David Bloomberg -- 03/05/2010
Cirie is one of Davidís all-time Survivor favorites, but that didnít stop him from asking her the difficult questions about how she played on Heroes vs. Villains. Does she think she should have handled things differently? Or does she have some very good reasons for doing what she did? Why does she say she didnít have a choice in several things that happened out there? Find out all this and much more, right here!
RealityNewsOnline: Hello, Cirie, and thanks for taking the time to talk to us once again here at RealityNewsOnline. But, wow. I totally didnít expect to be talking to you this early. Heck, I picked you to win it all! In case you didnít already know, you are definitely at the top of my list of favorites to ever play this game! Plus, Iíve already been receiving e-mails and tweets from fans who feel similarly.
Cirie: Thank you, thatís great.
RNO: Now that Iíve buttered you upÖ [Cirie laughs], even though every word I said is true, I still have to ask you a tougher question Ė do you think you overdid it in getting so upset at the stupidity of your allies?
Cirie: No, I think I didnít have a choice. My thoughts in the game were I knew from Day 1 that Tom wanted me gone. I heard through the grapevine that J.T. was a little sketchy. And from my perspective, to change the vote to Candice at that point, Iíd be putting J.T. in the sweet spot, heíd have his alliance with James, Rupert, and Amanda, and set himself up with Tom and Colby. He wanted me gone, so if I let Candice go, Iíd be the steak in the lionís den.
RNO: Since fighting for Candice is what put you in the crosshairs, would you have played that differently in hindsight?
Cirie: I probably would not have. With the Heroes losing the way we were, it would have just bought me a week. If Candice went and we lost again, there was no other buffer. They wanted strength, we gotta win immunity challenges, which is true. Then who is left after we lose? James? Colby? Nuh uh. Me!
RNO: You still had a smile on your face as you spoke your final words Ė youíre even laughing now Ė what were you really thinking at that time?
Cirie: Of course youíre bummed. You donít want to go. You play for a reason and you want to win. Never having experienced that part of the game, it is saddening. But for me, it is much easier to be voted out early than to make it to Day 38 and have a chance Ė that is devastating and heartbreaking. I wanted to stay, but it wasnít as hard as itís been in the past for me after being there for so long.
RNO: Did you have any idea at all that your name was being bandied about?
Cirie: I did. The episodes are based on a three-day schedule. They have to cram the best from those three days into an hour. Right before we we wnt to Tribal Council, J.T. said, ďIím going to tell Tom to play his idol.Ē Thatís what I wanted and I knew Tom and Colby would vote for me. You could never be sure if J.T. would stick to the plan or if he would flip. He flipped, you know. It was a little bit of a surprise because you canít predict what another person would do.
I knew Tom was constantly in J.T.ís ear. If I had let Candice go, I knew he would have plenty of time work on J.T. and he was constantly working on J.T.
RNO: Did you expect to make it further in the game, or did you know going in that your strategic abilities and fame Ė or infamy Ė might make you an early target?
Cirie: I expected the unexpected. But I will say I felt Ė maybe itís me Ė that there were so many bigger targets. This is the crŤme de la crŤme Ė not speaking of myself. Iím a fan and I know these people and the strengths of these people. To me, Iím a good strategist but there are so many components I donít have, I didnít feel I would be as big of a threat as they felt I was.
RNO: This was your third time out there. How was this time different from the previous two?
Cirie: This time, I never felt like I truly had a good alliance. I never felt tight with my alliance, I was always a little leery. I didnít feel like I had choices. My strategy that you didnít see was I wanted to play with Tom, Colby, and Stephenie Ė and Stephenie was definitely open to it, but Tom and Colby never were. I have nothing against them, theyíre great guys, but they had their own ideas, and rightfully so, who they waned to play with and why. I felt like there was nothing I could do to persuade them to give me a shot even though I tried and tried and tried and tried. You canít play alone so I had to go with the other alliance. I feel I didnít have the choices or the opportunities I had in the other seasons.
RNO: You denied repeatedly that there was a Micronesia alliance. But was there one?
Cirie: There absolutely was not. You have to form an alliance. I hadnít spoken to or seen any of these people Ė I havenít seen Amanda or James since Micronesia. How do you form an alliance? It would be smart, I guess, if you could relay to Parvati on the other tribe [that there is a new Micronesia alliance]. I have kids. My life goes on after the game. Itís not that I donít like them. You get busy, everybody has a life. So no, there wasnít a Micronesia alliance. I fell into the alliance I was in because I didnít have a choice.
And if there was a Micronesia alliance, they didnít call me, I didnít get the message!
RNO: We knew you were with the majority, but who did you view as your key allies within that majority?
Cirie: Crazily so, I was really trying to get Candice as an ally because you had Tom and Colby and Stephenie at the beginning on one side and J.T., Amanda, and Rupert on another side. I felt like Candice and I together carried two votes that were necessary for either side. If we could get solid on the side we wanted to be with, that could carry us a long way.
I also wanted to be tight with Rupert Ė he made me feel like I could trust him. I didnít really feel that from anybody else there.
RNO: You mentioned strength earlier. How much weight did your tribe really put into being strong for challenges vs. individual self-preservation?
Cirie: I think that was key for them, especially once we started losing. And it should be Ė I understand that part of the game. In the beginning, you want to keep the stronger people and win the challenges. They put a lot of weight on that in my tribe. Everybody that knows me, thatís not really my game. I have other strengths Iíd like to focus on (laughing).
All the alpha males, all strong, all of them admire that in a person. Usually, what you are and who you are, you find attractive in another person. Thatís scary for a person like me. If Iím surrounded by nine supermodels and Iím the fat kid on the block, where am I going to fit in?
RNO: Boston Rob has become the de facto leader of the Villains tribe, who would you say was the leader of the Heroes tribe? Some could argue you were the silent leader of the team.
Cirie: Ahhh, no. Not in this instance. In the beginning, from Day 1 through 4, Tom was the leader of the tribe. Then something happened Ė J.T. happened and flipped on Tom and Colby. Then J.T. had the ultimate decision on what was going on around camp. There were a couple in that short time Ė J.T. and Tom.
RNO: Would you play again?
Cirie: Thatís a tough one. I donít know. I think being exposed the way I am and having people form their opinions of you, I donít know if Iíd ever have a chance again. I donít know, I canít really say.
RNO: I have a lot more questions Iíd like to ask you, but Iím being told weíre out of time. So is there anything else youíd like to tell us about your time on Survivor?
Cirie: I had some of the most amazing experiences that Iíve ever had in my life being a part of this great, great show. Iíve always been a fan, I will probably always be a fan Ė unless I take over for Jeff if he ever leaves. Iím thankful Iíve had the opportunity to be exposed to so many great people and experiences. I have no regrets, I never hate the player. Life goes on.
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