'Survivor' 's Andrea Boehlke: 'I Played Too Hard'

The two-time player says her aggressiveness cost her the game

Andrea Boelke
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For weeks, every booted contestant has named Andrea Boehlke as one of the most aggressive players on Survivor: Caramoan – so it was just a matter of time before the 23-year-old entertainment host and writer was given the boot. (She has had the most votes cast against her of any contestant this season.)

Blindsided on Day 33, Boehlke talks about her aggressive gameplay, the worst showmance ever and whom she blames for her elimination.

You really looked stunned to be voted out.
I was more embarrassed than anything. I should’ve seen it coming. This was the first night that I actually felt like I knew what was going on. Watch me throughout the season and I was a frantic mess. But this time – this one time – I felt at ease! So, when I knew they had voted for me, I was like, “Really? REALLY?!? You guys, come on!”

Was there any anger?
Obviously I wasn’t happy to be voted off. But there was a part of me that was happy that they pulled off a good blindside. I’m a second-time player. I can appreciate that. But I hated to go out with an immunity idol in my pocket!

So what does one do with an unused immunity necklace when they get home?
This is really nerdy. I’m actually wearing it right now. It’s a nice necklace, really! It doesn’t overpower my outfit!

You were a very aggressive player this time around.
I came into this knowing it was going to be all or nothing. I was going to make a lot of moves. People saw that I was strategic early on, so I was always a target. But I was in an alliance that I thought was strong – but they voted me out! I guess people could see that I was really playing hard.

So who’s responsible for your leaving the game? Who do you blame?
(Laughs) Myself, probably. I played too visible of a game. I should have known better to bring up Dawn’s name to Cochran – they were so tightly aligned.

And you were almost voted out first, when it was between you and Francesca.
I wouldn’t have been happy, but I would have gotten over it! I don’t take the game as seriously as some other people. Sure, I’d love the million dollars, but the experience is so great. I know you’re starving and you get bug bites – I have permanent scars from the bugs – but it’s a fun, horrifying, awesome experience, and I wanted to spend as much time out there as possible!

You and Eddie had a little showmance.
I know. There was probably more footage they could have shown of the two of us, but thankfully they didn’t! I mean, nothing happened, but everyone goes a little crazy out there. Either you cry a lot, or you form an imaginary alliance called Stealth R Us, or if you’re like me, you have a showmance. But Eddie and I had a lot in common. We really bonded. But I was single then – I’m not now – and it never turned into anything more than just some flirting.

And he voted for you twice! Worst showmance ever.
I know, right? He was my little Eddie. But we were both playing the game!

So you’re back in New York now. What’s your post-Survivor life like?
I’m working for the website AskMen. I host a daily brief where I talk about all the day’s new stories. I was in the entertainment business before Survivor, and that’s where I’ll stay.

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