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Gold Derby: Hey Jessica, how are you?

Jessica Johnston: Hey, I知 good, thanks. Well I知 not good, but you know.

GD: You致e been better.

JJ: I致e had better days.

GD: Well, let痴 start right at the end. In your parting words last night on 鉄urvivor you said this was the 澱iggest blindside of my life. So were you really convinced that Chrissy was going home?

JJ: Yeah, unfortunately I really hate to admit my downfalls and my weak points but yeah, I was overly confident in the relationships that I thought I had built with Ben and Lauren. I really thought they were gonna vote with us and yeah, I really believed all the votes would be to Chrissy and in my head I was thinking, 徹kay, if the votes aren稚 to Chrissy they池e to Cole, because I knew there was so much animosity between Ben and Cole and I knew Ben was a powerhouse so I was thinking, 徹kay fine, if it痴 Cole, sorry for you. I protected you enough, I cleaned up your dirty work enough. I will move forward just fine by myself. I do life really good alone so again I had option A and option B in my head. I had no idea that I was the plan B to somebody else, it was shocking.

GD: The goal heading into the merge was for the five red Yawa tribe members to remain solid: You, Cole, Mike, Lauren and Ben. Why do you think that bond was broken?

JJ: So again, a lot of theories, but I was really pleased to see last night in the edit that Lauren really tired to convince Ben that it was a good idea to stay with the Yawa that we had developed and I love that because I felt like Lauren and I had I really worked hard, like I知 a relational builder. I知 good at it, and they池e genuine and so I was excited to see that Lauren almost came with us. She made a really good move by joining with the majority of the people who wanted the Healers gone.

I think that ultimately Ben had a lot of different hands everywhere. I knew that he had a relationship with Chrissy based on the way he defended her in our conversations and I was thinking, 徹kay fine. Chrissy痴 your first wife. I知 your second and I don稚 know if I fully trust you, but I was so blinded again by so many other things with Cole I just don稚 think I allowed my thoughts to go to the possibility that they would not vote with us. Lauren had made it pretty clear that she could get Devon to flip with her. However, I was not taking into consideration that Desi, Joe they were on an island with Devon and Ashley. Of course they池e not friends, they had a lot of chaos go on in their camp, they池e totally split. So again I was just shocked that they didn稚 vote with us and totally misread the situation.

GD: The five healers decided to stick together and vote out Chrissy. What was it about Chrissy that made her a big threat? Was it her social game?

JJ: Yeah I think amongst all of us we had pegged Chrissy as a pretty big social threat. I had some encounter with Chrissy at the merge. This is a time when we should be friendly go-lucky, talk to each other and it felt like she was pretty cold towards me, which isn稚 a good sign female to female and I got this vibe that like, 徹h no, you are one of those women that are threatened by other women. Who could threaten you? So I did not feel good. That was one reason I wanted her gone and the other reason was, I was forced to join in with Ben because of the split. I knew Ben had a relationship with Chrissy; I had zero relationship with Chrissy, so I wanted her gone because of the threat that I felt like she was gonna be one of those women to totally target other women, which as we致e seen, is seemingly true. Katrina, Roark, Ali, myself, all of those votes kind of credit Chrissy. So yeah, she痴 a threat.

GD: Now we have to talk about your showmance partner, Cole. What is your relationship like today with Cole? Have you guys gone on that date yet?

JJ: That痴 funny, yeah so we have seen each other quite a lot since the show, had a great time together but we are just friends. We池e in different places he痴 doing his thing and I知 in Kentucky so, enjoying each other when we see each other but definitely in the friend zone.

GD: He really let you down a few times on the show, whether it was spilling secrets that you壇 told him or eating some of the food. Why didn稚 you just kick him to the curb and say, 添ou池e playing on your own!

JJ: Yeah it痴 really funny when I hear that line and I heard it a lot, like, 笛essica what are you doing? and I知 like, 滴ello everyone what does everyone want me to do? I never went to Tribal! 鄭nd I didn稚 have a curb to kick him to. There痴 no curb, people! However, I will say, I知 not gonna reject the fact that I was in showmance with Cole. The first couple days we definitely had something that was very confusing, like, 鄭re we a couple? Are we playing each other? Do we have something? What is it? The lines were very skewed. As the game went on and I started seeing his mistakes at Yawa I was thinking, 的 don稚 care what this is, you池e killing my game, but what am I gonna do about it?

There was, again, no curb, and I felt like the role I played on Yawa was picking up his messes, 祖ause Ben and Lauren our conversations with them were always like, 添eah guys, I know he痴 a liability. We値l have to see how the game goes. I値l vote him off when I need to. Like those were my words to them. Of course they didn稚 get shown which was totally fine, but relationships end all the time, a.k.a. I知 still single so I知 really good at ending relationships. I would have ended this if I had to. Did I want to? No. Cole was not malicious, he just can稚 keep a secret and that痴 a character flaw, so it痴 like what do you do if you have someone in your alliance who can稚 keep a secret but who would never flip on you? He would致e never written my name down unless it came to the point he had to, as I would have. So it痴 a hard question to answer.

GD: Switching gears, one of the funnier moments of the episode was when Chrissy met Joe for the first time and she said how loud and obnoxious he was. You started this game playing with him. What are your feelings on Joe? He痴 a very divisive player.

JJ: He is, and you know what? My only line towards that question is, I知 glad I was on Joe痴 side. Joe is a villain, he would致e played that role. He痴 a good player. He痴 strategic, he痴 smart, he reads people like no other. People can argue that point but he痴 a good player. He痴 chaotic, he痴 manic, but he knows how to find and Idol right? Joe is someone you want to be on their side whether you like him or not. That is what I chose to do is be on his side and I felt like I was.

GD: What did you think of Joe痴 move of putting the idol around his neck? Was that something you would have done?

JJ: Totally uncalled for. I think that he was just acting on emotion. I think that he was, again, feeling the high of having an Idol at the merge not having to be worried. Ultimately he was protecting his game. Joe is a player. I don稚 think that he was thinking about the repercussions that it would cause on the rest of his alliance, a.k.a. me. But, I can稚 get mad at him for doing that because he protected himself. I do think, what would the scenario have been if he had not thrown the Idol around his neck but had still played the Idol for himself? Would the votes have gone to Cole and not myself? And unfortunately we値l never know.

GD: Heading into last night痴 individual immunity challenge, what was going through your mind? Did you feel pressure to win, or were you just kind of like, 展hatever happens happens?

JJ: Yeah that痴, again, my downfall. I wasn稚 comfortable but I wasn稚 worried about myself. I was worried about my alliance. So going into the challenge I was mostly full of excitement like, 添eah my first individual challenge on 全urvivor!樗 Which I totally blew (laughs). But going into it I just felt happiness. I don稚 remember feeling anxious. I don稚 remember feeling like my life was on the line at all.

GD: You weren稚 as bad as Ryan though, Jeff really made fun of Ryan there.

JJ: Yeah, Ryan pretty much sucked bad. That痴 okay. It was a really hard challenge, everybody!Like it was tough, so props to Desi (laughs).

GD: Final question Jessica: If you could pinpoint one moment as your favorite moment being out there in Fiji, what would it be?

JJ: Oh gosh, I have two. I think my favorite moments were the moments I had privately. We kept winning so they weren稚 really shown, but my ability to build relationships is my strong point and I felt like I had some really great moments with Roark and Desi privately, really great moments with Joe, and really great moments with Mike separately. So inside I was thinking, 徹h my god I知 doing this, like I am building sub-alliances within a huge alliance, which is what I think a good player does. Again unfortunately, none of the mattered in my game when it came to the end of my game, but I love thinking that I致e built from great relationships that are still great relationships even after the game.


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