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Under the Dome
May 15 2012, 05:30 PM by Christine Montgomery
Some have said that while watching Christina Cha on Survivor: One World, it was unclear whether or not the Hollywood career consultant had ever seen an episode of Survivor before. Bullied by her fellow castaways and cast aside as an outsider, Christina Cha would now like to set the record straight about her experience on Survivor: One World. We chatted with Christina about what it was like being an outsider, why exactly her tribe didn't like her, and which "handsome" castaway she wouldn't mind being stranded on a deserted island with.
Why did people not like you?
You know, it's very bizarre, I was trying to figure that out too when I was watching the game, and also while I was a part of the game as well. And what I came to was in the beginning, in Episode 1 - that was the time when I was only really myself. And then I was seen as a total threat. And watching a few other episodes and seeing Matt Quinlan going - who I perceived to be one of the strongest players and probably much more equivalent to my personality, it was a straight indication that I couldn't be myself in this game and I had to play a different role.
And for me too, I don't know if anyone's ever noticed it - I had been outcast and basically ostracised the whole entire game. I was never even given a chance to be myself. That just carried on all throughout the game. So I was the underdog, trying to claw my way, who couldn't be myself and I've been wondering if I was myself, would I have even gone further in the game? Or would I been the next one to go? I don't know.
You and Alicia butted heads a lot. At what point did you decide to become an alliance?
I've been trying since the first tribal council to make amends with Alicia. Right after the second episode, I came up to her and I said "you know, we need to squash this. This is men vs. women, we really need to be in line with each other and set aside of differences and everything and we really came off to the wrong foot." And she said "yeah we'll work on it" but there was always this weird awkwardness, especially when we switched over to the Manono trib. I was trying to work it but I didn't really feel like that part was let go, and I think that erupted again when she went over with Colton and then the mean girls club started!
And the thing that was unfortunate in the whole editing, and I'm sure Alicia can probably contestant to it too - I really feel they shoul have shown that arc of us bottling our differences and coming to the agreement that we've made an alliance. I think the audience woulda liked that more so than seeing Alicia as the villain and me being editing as so-called the cruelest person. Basically I was a pawn in the game of chess. And I was the rook and I was pushing her forward and we were moving together trying to bring ourselves to the final five.
Did you have a jury speech prepared? Supposing you did make it into the final 3...
No I didn't. Ultimately (I came into the game) thinking I'm gonna crush this game - I've watched six seasons of Survivor at least, I understand how it works. Than all of a sudden I'm playing the game and I'm like "aw man, everyone wants to vote me off, I'm not really likeable, I don't know why, and I'm trying to give everyone warnings about what's going on" and everyone's like "we can't' trust Christina" and I'm like "shoot, this is not working out to the advantage I wanted it to work out."
What did you learn from your time on Survivor?
I learned that in the game of Survivor a lot of us, and I'm speaking in general, are extremely sore sports. I just realised how we kinda get caught up in the it's all about me-me-me-me-me, when really it's about other people. And I came to that conclusion after my name was thrown out there, and I'm sure Kim figured it out. It's really out listening to other people and getting to know who they are.
So if you were in a real-life castaway situation, who from your season would you most want to be stuck with on a deserted island? And the least.
(Laughs) The least? Colton and Alicia, even though I made peace with them! I don't think I'd ever want that. And the opposite, I would say Troyzan. I would definitely want to be on an island with him. I mean, he works hard, he knows how to do everything, he's handsome! Who doesn't want to be on an island with Troyzan?!
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