In a new interview with E! Online, the 27-year-old self proclaimed “king” and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader discusses her surprise elimination, her thoughts on NaOnka’s betrayal, whether or not she regrets not scrambling and reveals her secret revenge at tribal council! Excerpts from Brenda’s interview below -
What was the symbol you sketched on your voting ballot for NaOnka?
That symbol was the hidden immunity idol. Sorry my artistic abilities weren’t that good, but I was trying to show people that NaOnka has it, so watch out. It was my own way of punching back to her without outing her and losing it at T.C. My own little hint—whether people picked up on it or not—it was my going-away present for her.
Were you surprised as you seemed that Chase and Sash voted for you, and that Sash didn’t give you his Idol?
No. What people don’t know is that I had trusted my main alliance with NaOnka with a little plan I had hatched, to take out Sash. I told NaOnka if Sash comes back [from the ziplining reward challenge with the guys] and says, “We need to keep Marty,” we can’t trust Sash. But he came back and said “We need to vote out Marty,” [so I knew] we could trust him. But NaOnka went and told Sash, “Brenda’s willing to take you out, watch out.” So it was with that mentality that Sash said, “There’s no way I’m going to give this girl my Idol. Anyone who’s targeting me is gone.”
Why ally with NaOnka? Did you regret it as she revealed more about her character as the game progressed?
Her character is…whew. Wow! It was really, really shocking to watch on television. But out there she was a sweet girl to me, she was my friend, she made me laugh. I trusted her 1,000 percent. And she took a lot of attention off of me. At the vote with Shannon, the whole tribe wanted me gone, and they didn’t even know me. The more attention I could take off of me as a threat the better it was, and everyone wanted her out. While they were aiming for her, we could protect her and take them out. That was the strategy to keep her.
What is your major regret of the game?
We don’t have enough time today to talk about it, but the major one was letting go of that Hidden Immunity Idol when I could’ve gotten it for myself. [I let NaOnka take it because] I didn’t want that target on my back—I already had a target on my back. She had it, my hands are clean. And she’s my friend—that’s what I thought. Another huge regret is underestimating everyone in the game. I absolutely underestimated everyone in the game and they outplayed me. They got me—they really got me
Thoughts On Last Episode - One word to described last week’s episode – EPIC! I was truly shocked and impressed that the other players decided to send Brenda packing. Players like Brenda and Sash typically make it to the end of Survivor. Even more surprising was the fact that NaOnka turned on Brenda and her right hand man Sash failed to use his hidden immunity idol to protect her a la Russell from last season. And the surprises didn’t end there as Sash and Chase both voted for Brenda. I’m not sure what Brenda’s game plan was but she should have definitely scrambled since she had no assurance Sash would save her. With 3 people on her side, all she needed was one extra alliance member to force a tie. She basically went into the tribal council with no game plan. Definitely the best episode of the season thus far. It will be interesting to see what happens tonight. If the cast was smart, they would target Sash next. And how impressive was Holly last week? She basically planned the demise of Brenda!
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BRENDA’S INTERVIEW & LAST WEEK’S EPISODE? WERE YOU SHOCKED? WHO’S PLAYING THE BEST GAME?