'Survivor: Kaoh Rong' castoff Julia Sokolowski: I was salty when I found out Michele Fitzgerald betrayed me
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/28/2016
Survivor: Kaoh Rong castoff Julia Sokolowski has opened up about her elimination and how it felt when her closest ally in the game, Michele Fitzgerald, flipped on and blindsided her.
Julia, a 19-year-old college student from Boston, MA, was voted out of her tribe on Night 29 at the game's tenth Tribal Council session once Michele betrayed her and worked with Cydney Gillon, Aubry Bracco, Tai Trang and Joseph "Joe" Del Campo to get her out.
During an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Julia talked about how she felt walking into Tribal Council and whether she was blindsided by her vote-off when she was on the outs with Kyle Jason as well.
"Yeah, you know, I went into Tribal really thinking that I was tight with Michele. I knew that Jason had my back because we were both kind of -- our backs were against the wall. But, I really did think I had Michele," Julia explained.
"And I knew ultimately that Jason and I were going to be the targets of Aubry and Joe and probably Tai. But I course hoped it would be Jason. I would say I wasn't blindsided, but I was blindsided by the fact that Michele voted for me. That was a big blindside."
Julia was completely caught off-guard because she felt her friendship with Michele was something really special.
"The thing is, I don't think the show gave enough credit to Michele and I's relationship. I think everything was so accurate, and the way that I was portrayed and most people are betrayed is so, so true to who we are and so true to how we play this game, but Michele and I had a really, really deep, deep friendship. It was a relationship that went much deeper than just an alliance," Julia said.
Fans therefore probably expected Julia to be angry with Michele, but all Survivor viewers saw was the girls hugging before Julia left the game and wished her former Beauty tribemate good luck.
However, Julia said she was only nice because she "didn't even realize at that moment" Michele had voted for her.
"[That's] kind of why I was like, 'good luck,' and I hugged her. But I did go back to Ponderosa and I was a little salty when I found out that Michele did in fact vote for me," Julia told Reality TV World.
But Julia apparently has no hard feelings against Michele now.
"You know, I looked at it as, I'm a huge fan of the game, so I can respect it in so many ways," the young player said.
"I think that it could've easily been a 3-4 vote and she could've voted with Jason and I for Tai, but she did what she needed to do to prove her allegiance and to progress her game. And I think that it was the perfect timing for her. It was, I guess, what she had to do!"
Check back with Reality TV World soon for more from Julia's exclusive Survivor interview.