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‘Survivor: Philippines’ Castaway Roxanne: Angie Is ‘Bubble-Minded’

September 27, 2012

Roxanne 'Roxy' Morris and Jeff Probst (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Tuesday, I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player. Also, starting October 1st, we’re bringing back the “Survivor” Question of the Week where Jeff Probst and I tackle a wide variety of “Survivor” topics. Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

Getting romantically involved has been a no-no on “Survivor” ever since “Boston” Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich teamed up to dominate the “All-Stars” season. For them, it resulted in a million bucks, a marriage, and some cute kids. For every couple since then? Not so much. Just ask “Survivor: South Pacific’s” Elyse Umemoto.

Roxanne Morris got that part of the strategy right when she called out Malcolm Freberg and Angie Layton for their late-night canoodling. However, she missed the part where you shouldn’t go after the guy who has a secret alliance with the swing vote.

I spoke with Roxanne the morning after her elimination to get her take on Matsing’s tribe dynamics, Russell’s loyalty, and cookiegate…

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Gordon Holmes: Alright, what’s going on with Malcolm and Angie?
Roxanne Morris: I think it was obvious. They were cuddling, and I get that that’s the game and that people become allies. But, there’s a difference between people who are partnering for the sake of the game and people who are building a romantic relationship. That’s going to put a pair of blinders on and I wanted to make sure that my tribe was making the best strategic move.
Holmes: So, it wasn’t just late-night cuddling for warmth, you think there was something romantic going on?
Morris: I think that it was something romantic going on, and in the game of “Survivor” a romantic relationship naturally becomes an alliance.

Holmes: Heading into Tribal last night, did you know that your number was up?
Morris: I knew I had Russell convinced because I could foreshadow to him exactly what was going to happen to him if he decided not to support me. I told him exactly how it would go and that fear was already there. But, I knew if Denise was not on our side that Russell’s best move was to vote against me.  I was fully aware of that. I was not going into that being naïve. I was prepared that I was going home if Denise wasn’t on my side. The tribe’s destiny was in her hands.

Holmes: It seems like the weather is starting to get to everyone, but it’s hard to tell exactly what it’s like with the editing.
Morris: The first day we got there it was sunshine, but it got so rainy. At one point it was three straight days of rain. I think Russell said it best, where after a while you don’t even want to hear the sound of a raindrop. It’s like we were facing some kind of water plague.
Holmes: Malcolm said that it seemed like you’d checked out and that you weren’t doing much around camp. Was that a fair assessment?
Morris: I don’t think that’s a fair assessment. You get to a fork in the road where you have choices to make. And when you watch your tribe lose the first challenge, you have to decide what’s most important. And when you’re not eating regular meals you decide to say, “Hmm…what should I be saving my energy for?” Obviously it should be for a challenge. I’m not going to be like Angie falling on the floor.
Holmes: Russell made the argument that you were conserving energy for challenges, then you ran only one of the three sled legs because you hadn’t had enough water. As an outside observer, I think he has a point. You conserved your energy then did less than Angie.
Morris: I think that whenever you’re going down on a sinking ship everyone is looking to point fingers and put the blame on somebody. And that, to me, was a clear case of that. Everybody’s trying to point to someone else. And honestly, Russell, I’m not the person you need to be saying anything about. So, he can give me that criticism if he likes, but at the end of the day, me being there was a strength to him.

Holmes: Before the show you said that God already knows how the game is going to end. What do you think you were supposed to learn from your time out there?
Morris: I learned that as a Christian I’m not afraid to share my testimony, tell my story, and show who I really am. You saw me go through all kinds of emotions on national TV. You saw me praying in ways that I only pray when I’m absolutely alone. You saw me cry. You saw me tell people how it is. You saw me be human. And being a Christian is not about perfection. If the expectation is perfection, then I’m not one to follow. But if you’re looking for raw, real people who are working on their salvation on a daily basis, then come and talk to me.

Holmes: Let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Malcolm.
Morris: Headless chicken.
Holmes: Zane?
Morris: Joy.
Holmes: Russell?
Morris: Another headless chicken. He goes in that category too. (Laughs)
Holmes: Denise?
Morris: Sneak, sneaky, snake-ish. And when I use the word “snake” I don’t mean it in an ill-mannered way. I think there’s wisdom that goes with that. A worldly wisdom.
Holmes: Angie?
Morris: Bubble-minded. Literally, I feel like I could just look in her brain and there’d be nice, well-scented bubbles just floating around.

Holmes: Everybody’s talking about Angie’s cookie-centric plan to make the tribe better. I know you and her had your differences, but you have to admit cookies make everything better.
Morris: Yeah. Winning a challenge and gaining some cookies would definitely be awesome. Absolutely, but I honestly don’t think it was given in a very intelligent way. I think it was more like, “Oh wow, I have nothing else to say and I’m very hungry.”

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‘Survivor: Philippines’ Pre-Game Interview: Roxanne ‘Roxy’ Morris

September 11, 2012

Roxanne 'Roxy' Morris (Gordon Holmes) 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: Roxanne “Roxy” Morris
Home: Brooklyn, NY
Occupation: Seminary Student

Tribe: Matsing

Gordon Holmes: Religion has played a major role in “Survivor” the past couple of seasons. How will that influence your approach to the game?
Roxanne Morris: People like Coach (Wade), Matt (Elrod), Brandon (Hantz), they’ve had many times that made me laugh watching them as a Christian. At the same time, I’m really excited that people who haven’t found God are finding God in the game. Or if they have a relationship with God, that it’s grown in the game. How does that affect me? My whole life, my whole identity is being Christian. It’s not something I do on Sunday or something I reach for when I have a tough situation. It’s who I am all the time. So, I’m very excited to see how this game will play a role in my effectiveness as a Christian leader. Whether it’s in the military or doing missions in other countries. This will challenge a lot of human aspects of who I am. There are certain luxuries I’m used to, and those are going to be stripped away. How will that affect my character? And how does that mesh with my spiritual connection with God?
Holmes: Religion has gotten a bit of a bad rap the last couple of seasons. Some would argue that religion was used to sway people’s allegiances. Is it important for you to show that a woman of Christian faith can go out there and not compromise her beliefs?
Morris: You know, God is sovereign. I believe He’s controlling everything all the time everywhere. And God already knows if I’m going to win. I can’t bribe God to do something differently if He has plans for who’s going to win the million. So, accepting that has given me peace. I’m not sure everyone else is coming in with that. But, the Bible says “Faith without works is dead.” So my work and gameplay is what it is. I’m going to work to the best of my ability.
Holmes: Sounds like you have a fantastic attitude.
Morris: Thank you.

Holmes: You describe yourself as a “warrior.” What does that term mean to you?
Morris: A warrior is someone who’s ready to fight. The Bible talks about us living in spiritual warfare between good and evil. And when I think of a warrior, I always think of King David. His entire life was spent in the Holy Wars. He shed so much blood that he couldn’t build a temple, his son had to build the Temple of Solomon. So, when I think of war I think of David and I always feel connected to him.

Holmes: You said that the “Survivor” player you think you’re most like is Brandon Hantz. I met Brandon before he went out for “South Pacific.” My first instinct was that he was a good guy. However, when I watched the show, I saw this man who was really conflicted. Are you prepared for situations where you might be conflicted?
Morris: The big way I relate to Brandon is that he takes his Christianity very seriously. You can see that on day one. He identifies who and what will be his biggest weakness. Where I differ is that I don’t see myself as quite a baby. When I look at Brandon I think he’s a little baby who’s learning how to walk in Christ. I feel I have a little more experience than Brandon. The thing that makes me relate to him the most is really his seriousness in his faith, and willingness to die with that if that’s his choice. There are moves I would have done differently, but I respect him staying true to his faith.

Holmes: Deception is a popular way to get ahead in this game. Is that something you’re comfortable with?
Morris: Deception is something that I’m comfortable doing. At the same time, I think wisdom is a huge part or being the backbone of the person. Especially if you’re a Christian. I don’t think Christ has called us to just be nice or be people you can walk over. I pray not to find myself in those situations, but we’re all here for the million dollars, and we all have a purpose for that.
Holmes: My thing has always been; God’s got bigger issues right now than who wins “Survivor.”
Morris: Exactly. (Laughs) I know what I’m here for and I know what plans I have for that money that are greater than this game.
Holmes: What are your plans?
Morris: Well, first thing I have to do is 10% has to go to the church. I’m a tither. Sorry! The church I attend right now doesn’t have a church building, but we’re working toward saving for a building. And then I’d also give to Brooklyn Tabernacle which is the church where I was baptized. The rest of it, I really want to do world evangelism.

Holmes: We haven’t touched on this yet, but you have a military background.
Morris: Yes.
Holmes: How does that work to your advantage?
Morris: There are two major parts of the military. There’s Missions and there’s Morale. The chaplains are the Morale. We have to keep people feeling good about the war. That’s really hard. For the first half of the game, I think that’s a huge tactic of mine. Building the morale of the group, and not in a corny way, because I hate cheesy, just as a person. And honestly, winning as many challenges as we can so we don’t have to eliminate. And if we do, it’s going to be the weakest person. I know that’s not going to be me.
Holmes: And as far as military training, it’s safe to say you’re pretty bad ass?
Morris: Yes, I’m just naturally athletic. I’m not really worried about that. I hate to say it, but looking at everyone so far, I’m not super intimidated.
Holmes: Speaking of, you’ve been around the cast for a few days. What are your first impressions?
Morris: I hate to jump to conclusions. I can’t tell who I would ally with by looking at them. But, I do see some danger zones. There’s this one guy who is so cute and I feel like he would be a distraction. With someone being so attractive you can fall for everything they have to say.
Holmes: I’ve had to deal with that prejudice my whole life.
Morris: (Laughs)
Holmes: That wasn’t meant to be funny, Roxanne.

Holmes: You’re a lovely young lady, are you comfortable flirting in the game?
Morris: Flirting? I’m not going to lie, I think that’s naturally how I’d be. I wouldn’t overdo it. When you’re living amongst each other, something Christians don’t do before marriage, there’s a natural sense of comfort-ability that’s there. I don’t think that’s something I can avoid. But there are boundaries that have to be set up.

Holmes: If you could align with any past “Survivor” player, who would it be and why?
Morris: I would align with Sophie (Clarke) because I say I’m going to lay low, but I know I won’t. Sophie played a good game. She wasn’t always the person in front of the camera, telling great stories. She laid low. If you looked at the casting you’d never guess her to win. When the arguments started, she’d just lay back. She was all about business.

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

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