Exclusive: Troy "Troyzan" Robertson talks 'Survivor: One World' (Part 2)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/27/2012
Troy "Troyzan" Robertson, a 50-year-old swimsuit photographer from Miami, FL, was eliminated from Survivor: One World's merged Tikiano tribe during Wednesday night's eleventh episode of the CBS reality series' 24th edition.
Troyzan was voted out of his tribe at the season's eleventh Tribal Council session, the fifth session for the mixed-gender tribe since the merge, after he failed to win the Individual Immunity Challenge and knew he was on the chopping block next as a result.
On Thursday, Troyzan talked to Reality TV World about his Survivor: One World experience -- including whom he called the "greatest deceiver and liar" in the game, how he believed Survivor brings out a player's true personality, which castaway he thought was "cocky," and what disappointed him about participating in the season after he had applied to be on the show for 11 years.
Below is the concluding portion of our exclusive interview with Troyzan. Click here to read the first half.
Reality TV World: It seems like Kim Spradlin's most questionable move so far in the game was deciding to take Chelsea Meissner and Alicia Rosa on her Reward Challenge prize -- did that surprise you, especially given that entire Reward Challenge was that classic Survivor challenge that is designed to trip people up and expose an alliance's pecking order by showing the order people get eliminated from the challenge?
Troy "Troyzan" Robertson: Yeah, I was surprised. First of all, I was surprised that she took Chelsea because Chelsea was solid with her. And so, yeah, I was just really surprised at that, because she had been playing a pretty good game up to that point and then it was like, "Uh oh." But you know, Kim's the queen deceiver.
She looks like she's "Mrs. Perfect" and bats her eyes and just smiles and says everything's perfect, but she's the greatest deceiver and liar out there, you know? Don't let -- that's who she is. She's not sweet, Kim. I'm telling you, this is who she is inside. This is who she is outside of the game. This is who she is. It's a facade.
All these people -- whatever they say they are outside of the game, like they say, "Oh, that's just the game," or "This is who I was on Survivor," no. That's who you are. I mean, it brings it out in you.
Whatever is inside of you, that's who you are. What you saw of me is 100% percent, and everybody else -- Alicia, when she was doing that crap with [Christina Cha] and calling her all kinds of names and being facetious and evil, that's -- she has that in her.
Don't let them fool ya. It's a facade that they think they're all holier-than-thou. They're not, so who we are is who we are. Just like [Sabrina Thompson] said, "It is what it is," yeah. Well, you are who you are. That's really what it is.
Reality TV World: Another questionable gameplay was when Sabrina told Christina the women would be casting a couple of votes for Christina in case you played another idol -- which seemed pretty dumb because, even though it already seemed pretty clear to everybody, that just really seemed to drive home the point that Christina was the last person in the women's six-person alliance. Did that surprise you, or was that also what you had come to expect from Sabrina?
Troy "Troyzan" Robertson: It wasn't a surprise just because Christina, I just don't think she's grasping it for whatever reason. I don't know what it is. Maybe she has -- maybe she's not taking her medicine. (Laughs) I don't know, but it's like it's not registering.
Reality TV World: But I was coming at it more from Sabrina's standpoint than Christina's -- were you surprised that Sabrina didn't think that through that doing that may not have been the wisest thing to do?
Troy "Troyzan" Robertson: Oh yeah. Sabrina's smug. She's cocky, so she was probably like, "I feel safe so I can say whatever I want to say." That's who she is, so no. For her to say, "We're going to give you two votes. We're going to do this," yeah. That's not surprising.
That was probably happening throughout the game. It's just I feel like Kim and Chelsea and Sabrina feel like they're so confident and they're so safe that they're just saying, "Well heck, this is what we're going to give you to do and we're not going to say anything about it." That's what those girls basically did.
Reality TV World: The show's editors haven't bothered even noting it lately, but Kim's been sitting on a hidden Immunity Idol of her own for a few weeks now, and we haven't seen any mention that she's ever even briefly considered playing it. What do you think that says about her gameplay and current place in the game? She really seems confident.
Troy "Troyzan" Robertson: It's because she knows she's playing with a bunch of kooks and that she'll be able to tell them to do anything, and she's playing with people who have probably never watched an episode of the game in her mind and doesn't know anything. She knows that those people are basically in fear and they're playing just to stay around. That's perfect for her.
She's like, "As long as they're not playing to win, I'm golden." I was playing to win as opposed to staying around. There's a huge difference between someone that wants to play just to stay there and someone that wants to play to win -- to make some moves or to concoct some strategy.
Reality TV World: In your final words, you said you were trying to get on the show for 11 years. So how frustrating is that to be out there and either be out there with these people that somehow, 24 seasons in, haven't previously seen the show or somehow aren't fully aware of it?
Troy "Troyzan" Robertson: That's crazy frustrating, because when you go there, in the first days, you're thinking, "Oh they made it onSurvivor. These people must really be survivors." And then one day goes by and you realize day by day that these people don't know anything. What are they doing? What are they doing here, you know?
But then you're like, "Well okay it's Survivor. It's the curveball they've thrown me that they've put out here. "We'll out people on here who don't know anything," and then you have to try to deal with it.
But it's frustrating because you just -- you can't speak rationally to an irrationally thinking person, because you don't know which way they're going. If you finally have an idea that you're rationally thinking, I can present something to you and know what my outcome is.
Reality TV World: What was your opinion of Chelsea while you were out there? She's come across as Kim's second-in-command -- do you think that is accurate?
Troy "Troyzan" Robertson: Yeah, no. She's second-in-command for sure. I saw that right off the bat, like right away -- even when I wasn't even in the women's tribe. I was in Manono in the beginning weeks.
I knew that Kim and Chelsea were together automatically. You could just see the way that they talked together, by the way they were together. I mean, yeah. Kim and Chelsea are 100% percent together and I tried to convince people of that.
But Chelsea has two personalities going on out there too. She's like a split personality. One minutes, she's like soft-hearted and she's playing with her heart, and then the next minute, she's like...
Reality TV World: When the pig chase occurred, you said you just joined in for fun and it looked like you were intentionally missing catching the pig. Was that accurate? (Laughs)
Troy "Troyzan" Robertson: (Laughs) I was never going to catch that pig. I'm a humane guy. If we were starving, sure. We would have probably tried to have it killed, but then we were like, "What are we going to do with the extra meat?"
These knuckle heads were thinking like, "We're going to have bacon and ham sandwiches in five minutes." I was like, "It doesn't work like that people." So I was actually chasing it so they couldn't get it. I was never going to let them hurt that pig.
Reality TV World: How were you cast on Survivor? Could you talk a little bit about that? Did you apply 11 years ago?
Troy "Troyzan" Robertson: Yeah, I applied since Day 1. I saw the very first show -- the very first episode. I went and asked them like, "Whatever this is, I need to be a part of this." So I applied for the next year and I was a semi-finalist like five times and a finalist twice.
I was a finalist for Guatemala, and so, I just never gave up. I was just adamant about -- it was my quest, it was my goal, it was my dream. And so, I can tell anybody now, whatever you want to do in life, you can do it. The only person that's stopping you is you. So, that's it. I was never going to give up.
Above is the concluding portion of our exclusive interview with Troyzan. Click here to read the first half.