Elizabeth Olson talks 'Survivor': Angelina Keeley is the most devious castaway and she proves it over and over (Exclusive)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/12/2018
Elizabeth Olson was voted out of Survivor: David vs. Goliath after the three tribes merged into one during Wednesday night's Survivor Season 37 episode on CBS.
Following the merge, Elizabeth, a 31-year-old kitchen staffer from Dallas, Fort Worth, TX, who currently resides in Longview, TX, became the eighth castaway to leave the game on Day 20 through a unanimous vote at Tribal Council.
Elizabeth, however, voted to oust Angelina Keeley, a 28-year-old financial consultant from Sparks, NV, who currently resides in San Clemente, CA, from Survivor: David vs. Goliath.
"Well, um, I got voted out! I did what I could and it fell on deaf ears, but I certainly hope... [for] cracks," Elizabeth said of the original Goliath tribe. "Because that's what I would really like, to see a David win this game. As a fan, I still love Survivor more than I ever have in my life and I had a great time."
During an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Elizabeth talked about her Survivor experience. Below is a portion of what she had to say.
Reality TV World: It seemed like several people had issues with Angelina prior to the events that unfolded in last night's Survivor episode. Are you surprised the Goliaths didn't take Angelina out when they had the chance? From a game perspective, do you think they made a mistake by letting her stay?
Elizabeth Olson: She's the most devious person in the game and I think that's been shown over and over and over again. I think they made the right move to take me out because I would have freakin' won if I just got through one more vote or if I had won that last immunity.
I really think I was sitting in a position where I could have won the rest of the game. So, yes and no! (Laughs) I'd like to think they made the right move by taking me out because I would have won, you know?!
But as far as Angelina goes, yeah, I felt like it would have benefited some of them more than others to get her out, and it's not all of them. Because it's not good to have someone who's playing the middle of the road so much.
You want assurance, and when you have a liability like her, it's probably not going to benefit you, ever.
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Reality TV World: The big debate at Tribal Council was whether Angelina had "a human moment" in her conversation with you or whether she was executing jury management. You claimed at Tribal she was just working the jury. So did you really believe that or were you just trying to throw her under the bus in order to save yourself?
Elizabeth Olson: I was relieved [Alison Raybould] said it first. Alison said, "Jury management! Jury management!" Alison was pissed! Alison was very pissed, and I did not say that first, so it was perfect that Alison played into my hand, confirming what I thought and knew.
Reality TV World: So you basically just decided to piggyback Alison's comment then, right?
Elizabeth Olson: Right! Exactly! So it wasn't even me saying it; it was one of their own, a Goliath saying it, which was perfect. And that's when I really thought there was a chance Angelina was going to go home.
But then afterwards, when I was talking with [Carl Boudreaux], he shot me down and it was just like, "Oh man! There went my chance."
But yeah, I think that it was both. Angelina is a great person. She's got a great heart and a good soul, but she's also very intelligent and she's playing the game.
I don't think anybody in America would deny that this person is playing Survivor with everything in her being and she wasn't just talking to me on that path close to the well because she had a human connection with me. There's a piece of that for sure, and I won't deny that, but it was also strategy and managing the jury.
Reality TV World: Okay, because it seemed like she almost thought you'd roll over and die. If she had known you'd fight and create chaos to stay, I have a hard time believing she would have had that same conversation with you.
Elizabeth Olson: Yeah, it definitely bit her in the butt on that. It was like she's so good of a player and I'm just this redneck, dumb [person] who doesn't know how to play the game of Survivor.
I think that was one of my biggest assets; I was trying to play up the dumb role. I literally was trying to play that up, and it played to my advantage for people to think that I was dumb. But Carl thinks I'm a know-it-all, (laughs), so I don't know!
But yeah, she definitely underestimated me. I came to play and I came to win, and I've seen Survivor. So, yeah, she underestimated my ability.
Reality TV World: In your final words, you said you did everything you could to stay. But looking back, do you think there is anything you could have said or done in order to change the outcome of your vote-off?
Elizabeth Olson: Yeah! I think I misread [Alec Merlino]. Kudos to him for playing both sides and lying to me and saying [Dan Rengering's a threat] and then going behind my back and talking to Dan about that.
Also with Alec, I think I had talked about with [Kara Kay] at one point at Vuku saying, "Hey, let's get Alec out at Tribal." And I was like, "Okay, cool, whatever." I was never serious about voting out Alec.
But then at Kalokalo, Alec comes up to me and says, "Were you ever talking about voting me out?" I forgot I had lied about that to Kara. So I said, "I never talked about voting you out! I swear on my kids!"
And I think in that moment, Alec was like, "Wow, Elizabeth is actually playing me. She's lying this good!" I mean, I was lying, but I wasn't aware that I was lying, and so, I think that scared him.
Had I remembered that conversation, it might have changed things too because I really felt like Alec was willing to work with me, and I was confused even watching it back.
But I remember thinking after that happened, "Oh shoot! I lied to Alec accidentally." I thought about that so many times, like, "Damnit! My brain failed me. I forgot it at the time."
If I just said, "Yeah, I was talking with Kara one time but it was all a lie," you know, "You always say yes if someone comes to you with a plan," [it might've been different]. So yeah, I think that kind of bit me in the butt... And Carl affected my gameplay.
I should've stepped back a little bit more and I [messed] it up, man. It's hard for me to do with my personality, but we were just like oil and water, man. And that whole bed thing didn't help me right before the merge, but for me, it was more than just a bed, it was for my brain in the game.
I needed my brain to win, and my lack of sleep was affecting my ability to rationally think and remember things and think strategically, so I was fighting for my game through that stupid bed thing.
It doesn't make sense to a lot of people, but why would Angelina go after the jacket? Why would I go after the bed? These elements are no joke. We were playing Survivor; we weren't playing Big Brother.
To read the first portion of Reality TV World's exclusive Survivor interview with Elizabeth, click here.