She’s the Goldilocks of Survivor, and not just for her golden locks. The first time Andrea Boehlke played Survivor (on the Redemption Island season) she was too timid and made no moves. Then, in her second outing (Caramoan), she was too aggressive too early, painting a target on her back. So now for season number three (Survivor: Game Changers, premiering March 8 on CBS), Andrea’s hoping to find that middle ground that is juuuuuuuuuuuust right.
But that is easier said than done. We spoke to Andrea (who is also a host of People Now) in Fiji before the game began to get her thoughts on whether the third time would be the charm. Watch the video above and read the Q&A below to find out what the three-timer had to say. Also make sure to follow @thedaltonross on Instagram to see exclusive on-location photos, including one of Andrea casting her pre-game vote for whom she’d like to vote off first.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why are you here? Why come back?
ANDREA BOEHLKE: My Survivor story has not been finished. I feel like I was totally [cheated] both times. I have a lot more potential and this is probably my last time to play Survivor, but this is it. Gotta do it now. My first time, I was little too scared, 21 years old — a follower. Second time, I went too far the other way and I was very aggressive, very paranoid. So I think that now is going to be just right. I’ve learned from both seasons and have to find that middle ground and actually make it work.
Whom do you want to align with?
I think I’m going to be all about the girls this season. My past two seasons, I kind of got in trouble with the whole showmance situations, didn’t really work out for me. And there are a lot of strong, fun women out here that I think I would really get along with. Cirie? I mean, Cirie is a goddess. I would love it if Cirie would welcome me into her girl alliance. You have the two Ciera/Sierras who are awesome. I think I can really bond with these people, and I think it’s my time to do the girl thing.
How much alliance building did you do before you came out here?
None. Zero. Too busy. The only person I knew from previous seasons was Malcolm, who’s kind of the thorn in my side ‘cause in Caramoan we were going at each other and trying to vote each other out so many times in a row. So that’s gonna be very interesting.
What do you make of the two players you don’t recognize?
There are two people — Michaela and Zeke. I can’t really get a read on them. Just in this pre-game situation, which is super awkward and weird, they don’t seem very friendly, but I’m sure they are. They must have something. I can’t really tell with either of them, which is a little alarming. Clearly, in this season called Game Changers, they must have done something big or something memorable or they’re very good at the game. We don’t have a ton of information about them so it’s going to depend on how much that they give up to us. So it’s a little nerve-wracking to come in with people you don’t know. Everyone else you’ve seen, you’ve watched before.
How do you think other players see you?
I always struggle with this. I think some people see me as a strong woman and very athletic and whatever. I think some people maybe just see me as kind of a flirt and that’s all I have to offer. I hope they do see me as that because then I can take advantage of that. It’s always hard to tell. In both seasons, I was voted out and people were like, ‘Oh, you were a threat.’ So I do think there’s that perception that they can only let me get so far and gotta let me go because she can win the game.
What are you going to do differently this time?
So, definitely find that middle ground of not playing too scared in my first season and not playing too aggressive and paranoid in my second season. And I think the plan here is to have more secret alliances and talk to everybody. Both seasons I was in the majority alliance and we just kind of picked people off — very basic, very boring. Not fun to watch. I think this time with these returning players, it’s going to be totally different so I think I have to get close and have personal relationships with every single person, even if they’re not in my alliance. And I want to find the idols and use them correctly. I cannot go home with another idol. That would be terrible.
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