Andrea Boehlke really stepped up her game on this season of Survivor. The problem is, all her tribemates noticed. That made her a threat and that meant she had to go. And go she did as Andrea was voted out of Survivor: Game Changers. While the third time may not have been the charm for Andrea, it was a performance of which she can be proud. The only question is, can you put a price tag on pride? And does that price tag exceed a million dollars?
Andrea didn’t take home the loot, but she did call into EW Morning Live (Entertainment Weekly Radio, SiriusXM, channel 105) to talk about her time on the island. What was her end game? Whom did she want to bring to the final 3? And what’s the one thing that surprised her most watching it play back on TV? We asked her all that and more and you can now hear the entire thing on the EW Morning Live podcast below. Here are a few highlights from our chat.
On if she thinks it was the right or wrong move to target Sarah:
“I think they were going to vote me out either way. I think if I was going to go the Sarah route and try and put her name out there, I maybe should have pushed a little harder and exposed her, but I had no idea Cirie really wanted to take Sarah to the end. I didn’t realize their connection was as strong as it was. I think I was just kind of screwed either way.”
On if she knew it was her going home:
“Not really. I was paranoid for sure. I was definitely paranoid, even the vote before when Sierra went home, because I was thinking, why wouldn’t they just take me out and keep Sierra and just kind of replace me? So I had a lot of paranoia going on. But then right before Tribal Council, I was thinking, okay, instead of freaking everyone out with all my paranoia, let me just trust in these people for this round because that’s really all you can do is just hope that they’re telling you the truth. So I was a little shocked, but it’s not that surprising. Looking back, it makes sense. I should have seen it coming more.”
On her ideal final three:
“I had been thinking of several different things. What they didn’t show on the show at all is that I was really close with Aubry. Like, really close with Aubry. And that’s a big reason why Sarah took me out. Well, she wanted me out anyway, but she wanted to split up that pair and saw that Aubry and I were getting really close. You don’t see that because they don’t show Aubry that much. We kind of had a love affair out there. I was totally obsessed with her. And I would have gone with Aubry to the end. I don’t know if I would have beaten Aubry, but I felt I had a better chance against her than Cirie, of course, and probably against Sarah.
“I was actually considering Michaela, but I was also cool with Tai sneaking in there. And the tricky part about going to the end with Brad or Troyzan is that they had voted for me at many points. So I didn’t see any way it was going to work where I would be with Brad, but I was cool with Aubry-Michaela or Aubry-Tai or Michaela-Tai.
On what surprised her most watching the season play back on TV:
“I was very surprised that they didn’t show how close I felt with Sarah. It seems like watching the show that I don’t even have a relationship with Sarah, but Sarah and I played together from day one, and from the first day I felt super close with Sarah and Zeke and Cirie. I thought of Sarah as a sister. We bonded. I really, really liked her, so it was weird looking at what Sarah said about me, it was odd. Because I really, really enjoyed her out there and I had no idea she was coming for me the entire time basically post-merge. So that was very shocking.”
On her feelings after getting voted out:
“This time around I was surprisingly more on the bitter side. Not straight-up bitter, because I’m always going to vote for the person who plays the best game, but I went into a weird zone after I was voted out where I was so just frustrated and disappointed with myself that it almost turned into this bitter energy where it was really weird. It just shows that this game really messes with you on an emotional level. It really can get to you.”
On if she will come back and play a fourth time:
“I think I’m done. I know that I said that my second time and I came back, but I just don’t see me all of a sudden doing any better. I just feel everyone knows I’m really good in challenges so it’s kind of like an Ozzy thing. As soon as you hit the merge, people are going to be looking for a reason to take anybody out, and they’re always going to be like, ‘Oh, remember Andrea is really good at challenges.’ So I don’t know. I think I’m good.”
Listen to the entire interview —including how she was surprised at her challenge success and why she was nervous to be reunited with Zeke on the jury — above. You can also hear our Michaela interview as well as our conversations with Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) and Matt Walsh (Veep).Or subscribe on iTunes to listen on the go. Also make sure to check out our Survivor episode Q&A with Jeff Probst as well as my full recap, and for more EW Morning Live podcast news, follow us on Twitter @EWMLPodcast.