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‘Survivor’ Castaway Abi-Maria: ‘Being Real on ‘Survivor’ Is Not a Great Strategy’

December 10, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Jenn Brown and Max Dawson. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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What do Andrew Savage, Ciera Eastin, and Jeff Varner have in common?

They all used the word “loyal” to describe Abi-Maria Gomes in their exit interview.

That’s right, the same Abi-Maria who seemed to bounce from alliance to alliance, calling out her partners in public fashion, and saying she didn’t know who she was going to vote with at Tribal is super loyal.

I spoke with the “Brazilian Dragon” the morning after her elimination and asked her about her wild game, last night’s odd vote, and Joe’s golden locks.,,

Abi-Maria Gomes: Good morning, Gordon!
Gordon Holmes: Good morning, Abi. I hear you’re well caffeinated.
Gomes: I’m trying. I’m getting there. I literally just got out of bed.
Holmes: Then let’s do this. You voted for Keith while everyone else voted for you or Tasha. What happened there?
Gomes: I thought I was sitting right in the middle. I thought I was exactly in the spot that Spencer is in right now. Just being able to go with Jeremy and Tasha or Wentworth and Keith. I thought I was sitting pretty. The only reason I voted for Keith, was last week Kimmi mentioned that she wanted to do a woman-strong alliance. And I was on board. It was my whole reason to vote for Keith was to empower the women and send a message that a woman can be strong. That’d give us the numbers.
Holmes: When Tasha asked to speak to Jeremy alone…that would raise some red flags with me.
Gomes: Right! Yeah. It’s like, “Hello, people, we’re the final seven!” I don’t want to curse…
Holmes: Feel free to curse.
Gomes: I was like, “What the (expletive deleted). Really, Tasha?! Really?!” That’s how I felt. So much happened and honestly at that point we shot from May to June and everything seems like a dream at this point. Everything is so blurry in my memory. In “Survivor” world people love to see me as a dingle berry. That little piece of (expletive deleted) that’s just hanging.
Holmes: (Laughs) You never know where these interviews are going to go.
Gomes: (Laughs)

Holmes: But that brings up an interesting point. When I asked about you in exit interviews, your edit had you coming off as wildly erratic, but the word that came up often from your peers was “loyal.”
Gomes: I was extremely loyal. Gordon, I was so loyal. If you weren’t waking up the Brazilian dragon, I was with you all the way.
Holmes: Then why do people feel the need to wake the dragon…
Gomes:  I don’t…
Holmes: And then give her coffee?
Gomes: (Laughs) I believe they had just watched my last season. I do think that people were doing their homework. They had probably just watched “Survivor: Philippines.” And I don’t know if they were aware of the wording that was used towards me. Especially by Peih-Gee…and Wiglesworth. They were using such accurate words that were used against me in the Philippines. Call it paranoia, but I’m pretty sure that’s what it was. There were so many similarities. I had Denise dreams, flashbacks, 2.0. It’s like, “Denise is here! She came back to haunt me! I see her in the body of a dementor! What the heck?!”

Holmes: If the Keith vote had gone your way last night, what was your plan for the rest of the game?
Gomes: I was hoping to go to the end with Kimmi and Tasha.
Holmes: Did you think the jurors wouldn’t appreciate the game they were playing?
Gomes: I was playing my game moment by moment. I knew that I had a lot to patch up with the jury. I was hoping to be nourished after having the meal prior to the jury. You get that breakfast. I was hoping to have a glass of champagne and a nice breakfast and get to the final Tribal and tell my story. I was a target since day one and I managed to get through the swaps and the merge. And after all that target on my back, I felt like the move I made at Angkor was powerful by saying good-bye to Ta Keo. I was on the bottom and approached Tasha and Savage and started a new alliance. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the advantage of building bonds with the Bayon people because I was stuck in the ghetto. I didn’t get to meet a bunch of those people. At the merge I was trying to understand the relationship they had. I was trying my best. But, apparently people seem to not like me on “Survivor.”
Holmes: That’s one of the amazing things about you. On the show you’re the dragon and in real life you’re delightful and very personable.
Gomes: It’s just so easy to throw me under the bus. I think that when it comes to the social experiment that people identify with whatever is easier to identify with. And I’m not the best example of someone people would identify with. We come from such different walks of life. But, I’m real. And being real on “Survivor” is not a great strategy.

Holmes: So…the Poopy Pants.
Gomes: Mr. Fishbach. Debbie Downer.
Holmes: How poopy were these pants?
Gomes: They were so poopy. Anybody who was there, you’d think that you’re going to get infected. My mentality was; we’re sharing this tiny little shelter, it’s raining, and we’re stuck with poopy pants. I got all hypochondriac for a second there. This guy keeps getting out and (expletive deleted) all around the shelter. Marking his territory. I don’t want this guy to get close to me. I don’t want to be Poopy Pants 2.0. So, I wanted distance. I was serious. I’m not getting sick here, dude. Poopy Pants, go!
Holmes: That why people come here for the hard questions that most people are afraid to ask.
Gomes: (Laughs)

Holmes: Alright, word association time. Let’s start with Vytas.
Gomes: What did Shirin call him? Downward puppy dog?
Holmes: Shirin?
Gomes: Cry me a river.
Holmes: Kimmi?
Gomes: Mom.
Holmes: Wentworth?
Gomes: Idols.
Holmes: Wiglesworth?
Gomes: Hypocrite.
Holmes: Jeff Varner?
Gomes: Jeff Varner, you little bitch.
Holmes: (Laughs) Woo?
Gomes: Woo! Woo! The Woo train! You voted for me twice!
Holmes: Jeremy?
Gomes: I wouldn’t date you either, Scorpio.
Holmes: Tasha?
Gomes: She should have died last night. Oh, God. That sounds so mean. Swimming lessons.
Holmes: Savage?
Gomes: Grow up.
Holmes: Stephen?
Gomes: Poopy pants! That’s the first thing that came to mind.
Holmes: That’s the goal. Terry Dietz?
Gomes: Dad. Astrology, star, airplane.
Holmes: Joe?
Gomes: Moldy clown.
Holmes: Kass?
Gomes: Kassanova!
Holmes: Ciera?
Gomes: You can borrow my clothes any time, sister.
Holmes: Keith?
Gomes: Golly!
Holmes: Spencer?
Gomes: I’m not really a fan of Spencer right now. Spencer can go die in a fire.
Holmes: Let’s finish with Peih-Gee.
Gomes: Die in a fire as well. I’ve tried to apologize to that chick so many times and she continues to hate on me on social media. I just don’t have time for it. Go away.

Holmes: You made fun of Joe’s hair…
Gomes: (Laughs) Come on, Gordon! You’re being so sensitive about his moldy, clown hair! Please. We actually have similar hair, but I’m not a clown.
Holmes: I heard that you got some heat on social media due to your comments.
Gomes: Isn’t that insane? I think that half of the hormonal teenage girls are sensitive about Joe’s hair. So, hopefully when he cuts his goldilocks I can get a piece of it and put it in a zip-lock bag and call a truce. But it’s a very sensitive subject.
Holmes: I made a joke about being the one to put your bracelet in Peih-Gee’s bag.
Gomes: (Laughs)
Holmes: And I got comments like, “You die and you rot in hell, Gordon Holmes!”
Gomes: Oh my God. It’s a joke people! People love to hate me. Welcome to my world.

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‘Survivor’ Castaway Abi-Maria: RC Is a ‘Bitter B**** That Got Blindsided’

December 13, 2012

Abi-Maria Gomes (CBS)

Quick Note: We’ve got a lot of “Survivor” stuff going on as we hit the home stretch. We inducted two members into the “Survivor” Hall of Fame this week; Amanda Kimmel and Rob Cesternino. We’ll be inducting a third this Friday at 2 p.m. ET. This Sunday we’ll have a full recap of the finale immediately after the episode. And, next Monday we’ll have an interview with the winner of “Survivor: Philippines.” Follow @gordonholmes on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

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There are two kinds of villains on “Survivor.” The ones like Russell Hantz who show up ready to set the world on fire, and others like NaOnka Mixon who become overwhelmed by the game and the environment.

Abi-Maria Gomes definitely belongs in the latter group.

I spoke with Abi-Maria the morning after her elimination to find out what happened to the sweet girl I met before the game, how she tried to convince everyone that’s she was the perfect person to take to the end, and which player she still has issues with…

Gordon Holmes: Alright, we need to set some ground rules here.
Abi-Maria Gomes: Oh gosh.
Holmes: I don’t want you calling me an idiot…or a moron…
Gomes: (Laughs) C’mon, I’m a rebel!
Holmes: If I deserve it, then feel free to call me that.
Gomes: Idiot! (Laughs) Just joking.

Holmes: One of the best parts of the exit interview process is it gives the player a chance to immediately defend themselves if need be. You were obviously this season’s villain. Was that portrayal accurate?
Gomes: It was definitely accurate. I’m not going to try to blame it on editing. I said all of those things that I said, I acted the way I acted. I was not very fun to be around. But, to defend myself a little bit, I had a major injury on day one and I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it because I didn’t want to be seen as weak. I was scared and defensive at all times. I actually had to have surgery when I got back. I was in pain.
Holmes: What was the injury?
Gomes: I really hurt my right knee badly.

Holmes: People always say, “You should go on ‘Survivor.’” And while, I’d love to have that opportunity, I think I’d be a nightmare to be around if I wasn’t eating properly. Did that have an affect on you?
Gomes: Oh yeah. I was so hungry. I was in so much pain. And, you don’t really sleep, so you’re tired.

Holmes: Last night you tried to tell Skupin and Lisa that they wouldn’t be able to beat Malcolm and Denise at the final Tribal. I agree with this 100%. Why couldn’t they see that?
Gomes: That was a dumb move on their part. I still don’t think they have a chance in the world of winning with Malcolm or Denise. So, I was just being honest with them. Do you want to win the game or do you just want to go to the final three?
Holmes: It seems like every week Lisa points out a move she should make, then she doesn’t make it. Why is she afraid to move to the front of this game?
Gomes: I think she answered that question herself. She’s trying to be good. She’s a good lady, playing the game really took a toll on her. You have to be a villain to make it far. She has her own demons in her head. She wanted to make the move, but  it didn’t work out. And I’m really surprised with how wishy-washy she was and how badly she was talking about me in the confessionals. I really did think she was a nice Christian lady.
Holmes: What is it like to be sitting in your living room and then to see a side of someone that you hadn’t seen before?
Gomes: Surprising. But, I have a lot of respect for her. She was playing the game.

Holmes: I love me some Malcolm.
Gomes: Oh, I love him.
Holmes: I met him first. But, you guys had a nice moment where he comforted you after you had a rough Tribal Council. Did you think that was genuine or did you think it was gameplay?
Gomes: We were playing the game. We were all trying to get to the end. I tried working with him but he was really tied to Denise. I couldn’t get through to him.  And he called me the…Harry Potter thing?
Holmes: A dementor.
Gomes: Dementor, yes.  I didn’t know he thought I was a dementor. But it was pretty funny when he did his Abi impersonation. It was great.
Holmes: Was there any chance to try to get to Denise when you were alone during last night’s reward?
Gomes: I tried working with her. But, you saw it, she was just trying to brush me off. That’s what happened with all of them, I was trying to work with them. They hated me.

Holmes: The earliest indicator that you were going to be this season’s villain was your relationship with RC. What was the inciting incident that split you two up?
Gomes: RC approached me so quickly on the beach for an alliance. And the more I got to live with her, I realized that she was such a smart girl. She was highly intelligent. So, it was like a cat-and-mouse kind of thing. If I didn’t get rid of her she would’ve gotten rid of me first. And, she’s super competitive. Peter and I formed an alliance and we had more numbers. It was a strategy. I have nothing against her. I think she’s beautiful and a super smart girl.
Holmes: posts videos from Ponderosa, and there was one where you were trying to apologize and she wasn’t interested in it. Have you two had a chance to make peace since then?
Gomes: No, and I don’t think it will happen. After reading her exit interviews I don’t want to have anything to do with her.
Holmes: One of the things that sparked issues between you two was when Pete moved the immunity clue. When did you find out the truth about that?
Gomes: I found out at Ponderosa! At that point I was so exhausted that I didn’t want to deal with it. Peter and I talked about it, and I actually thought it was funny. (Laughs) We were playing the game.

Holmes: Alright, let’s do some word association. We’ll start with your buddy Pete.
Gomes: My buddy Pete, I love him.
Holmes: Malcolm?
Gomes: Charming.
Holmes: Skupin?
Gomes: Idiot. (Laughs) Just joking. Um…injury.
Holmes: Lisa?
Gomes: Sweet lady.
Holmes: Artis?
Gomes: Pirate…Arrr!
Holmes: RC?
Gomes: I used to joke with Malcolm and Peter that she was a BBB…a bitter bitch that got blindsided.
Holmes: A B-cubed.
Gomes: You have to put a fourth B in there, a beautiful, bitter bitch that got blindsided.

Holmes: Every season of “Survivor” has a villain. Was there a point where you knew it was going to be you?
Gomes: Clearly. Yesterday was pretty obvious. I was like, “Take me to the end, I’m the bottom feeder here. No one likes me.” I knew that. I was a bitch. I was aggressive. I was using all I had. In real life I’m not like that.  My ex-boyfriend just emailed me and said, “You are so not what they’re showing on TV.” I actually feel honored that CBS is spending that much time on me. I was playing the game. I didn’t play a brilliant game. I made a lot of mistakes, clearly.
Holmes: What has the fan reaction been like?
Gomes: It’s really interesting to watch. They fight for me, I love it. I have haters and I have lovers. It’s awesome.
Holmes: Every Thursday morning I get an email from my mother, and she is not an Abi fan…to put it lightly.
Gomes: (Laughs) Awww…
Holmes: I’ve gone to great lengths to defend you. I tell her you’re a very sweet girl and it’s a stressful game and a challenging environment. So, it’s good that you’ve come out of this with such a good attitude. It can’t be easy to be the villain.
Gomes: I’m trying! Hopefully nobody tries to kill me on Sunday.

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‘Survivor: Philippines’ Pre-Game Interview: Abi-Maria Gomes

September 11, 2012

Abi-Maria Gomes (CBS) sent me deep into the wilderness on a mission to bring you all kinds of “Survivor” stuff including behind-the-scenes tidbits, pre-game interviews with the cast, insights from “Survivor” host Jeff Probst and Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, a look at the first Tribal Council, and much more. I’ll be cranking out this goodness daily, so be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute updates on all of this season’s “Survivor” fun.

Name: Abi-Maria Gomes
Home: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Business Student
Tribe: Tandang

Fun Fact: Abi-Maria owns a beverage company named GRC Beverages.

Gordon Holmes: Your personal claim to fame is becoming an American citizen. What did that mean to you?
Abi-Maria Gomes: That means a lot. That means opportunity. That means freedom.
Holmes: It also says here that you’re manipulative.
Gomes: I am. I have a great ability to read people, so I can use that to my advantage. I make things happen. Look at me now, I’m an American citizen. I manipulated situations to get where I am.

Holmes: You still have a very strong Brazilian accent.
Gomes: I do!
Holmes: You’re entering a game where people are looking for any little reason to send you packing. Are you worried that might cause you some trouble or can you get it to work to your advantage?
Gomes: I think it could work to my advantage. I plan on getting in the final three, and hopefully they’ll think, “She can’t speak English very well.”

Holmes: Complaining is one of your pet peeves.
Gomes: I can’t stand complaining.
Holmes: I’d bet you’re going to run into some complaining during your time on this show.
Gomes: (Laughs) That’s good, they’re going to be on the top of my list to get them off of the island.
Holmes: Are you confident in your ability to deal with complainers?
Gomes: I’m going to have to use a balanced approach. I’m going to have to hold back, go under the radar at first.

Holmes: Is there anything in your entrepreneurial background that lends itself to “Survivor”?
Gomes: Real-estate sales, business management, that’s my major.
Holmes: So knowing how to sell people?
Gomes: I’ve lived in different countries, so I’m very adaptive. I adapt easily. And reading people, it’s a social game at the end of the day.

Holmes: Are you a “Survivor” fan?
Gomes: Yeah. I was originally supposed to be in Tocantins, “Survivor” 18 in Brazil.
Holmes: You’re from Brazil, they wouldn’t let me compete in “Survivor: Gordon’s Office.”
Gomes: (Laughs) I know! That’s why they didn’t cast me.

Holmes: What is your read on this cast?
Gomes: I think there are some really interesting people. I can see there are going to be some real hardcore players, people who are playing really hard. I see some villains out there. Overall everyone is very good looking. I’ve been studying their behaviors. I see people smiling at each other and making alliances.
Holmes: Have you been smiling at anybody?
Gomes: Of course! You should see who you have a good feel for. But the game shifts so much, you have to stay cool and collected and not talk too much at the beginning. And hopefully you’re not jinxing me with the accent thing. (Laughs)
Holmes: No, I’m giving you things to think about. If that comes up in the game, think about this moment. In fact, that’s your assignment between now and the start of the game, figure out how will to defend yourself in case that becomes an issue.
Gomes: And what I’m going to do is, “Guys, I have an accent. My English is not powerful. So, if you take me to the final three I’m not going to talk in front of the jury…”
Holmes: And then you tear them up.
Gomes: Exactly.

Holmes: OK, I know the answer to this; are you ready to lie?
Gomes:  Yes!
Holmes: She’s prepared to manipulate.
Gomes: Yes.
Holmes: Are you prepared to flirt?
Gomes: Look at me! I’m a charmer. I’m a Brazilian charmer. People usually like us.

Holmes: They asked you which contestant you think you’re like, you think you’re like Parvati (Shallow). That’s a very popular answer. What I’m interested in is; if you could align with any past “Survivor” player, who would it be and why?
Gomes: JT (Thomas), because we did casting together for “Survivor: Tocantins” and we had a little connection going on. We were sitting at the bus together and we looked at each other. Hopefully if he’s on this season he remembers me, and I’ll have him align with me. I’ll tell him I’ve been watching these people for the last three days and have a lot of information.

Holmes: What’s the plan for later this year when you’re a millionaire?
Gomes: I want to double the money. I want to invest it into my beverages company. This is a huge platform and I’ll be able to use it to my advantage. Doubling up the money and saving the children in the world.

Don’t miss the premiere of “Survivor: Philippines” – Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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