In what was arguably the saddest elimination on “Survivor: Cagayan” so far, Alexis Maxwell was blindsided by her tribe Wednesday night (March 26) and sent packing. The 21-year-old student couldn’t hide how upset she was, breaking down into tears during her on-camera exit interview. She tells Zap2it that she was just really disappointed in herself.
Zap2it: We didn’t realize you were such a fan of the show until your exit
interview after you left Tribal Council. You were really upset!
Alexis Maxwell: Yeah. When I was an applicant, I applied with my dad because we anticipated the blood vs. water theme, so I kind of felt like I was playing for the both of us. I felt like I would do better than that. I just really was disappointed in how quickly and abruptly my game ended.
Are you glad you went on “Survivor,” even if you did get voted out fairly early?
It was easily the best experience I’ve had in my life so far, I’ll never forget it. It was a very exciting year and despite being pre-merge and not playing very well, I really loved it. I had a lot of fun out there.
What did you think of the Brains/Brawn/Beauty twist?
I was shocked when we heard that. I had absolutely no idea. I should have picked up on it during the pre-show press interviews when they were asking about looks and stuff … but it was definitely interesting. I was surprised that I was put on the Beauty tribe. I was flattered, but it’s not the tribe I would have necessarily put myself on.
That’s interesting, what tribe would you have put yourself on?
I would have put myself on Brains. As a viewer, it probably sounds ridiculous because I didn’t look very smart out there, but I am a student, I go to Northwestern, and my whole life is my education, so that’s really what I characterize myself as. I feel like I would have felt more comfortable on the Brains tribe, though I’m happy I wasn’t on it, obviously.
Watching last night, we really thought Jeremiah was going to be voted out based on the editing. Did it seem that way to you, or did you have an inkling it might be you going home?
In my heart, I really believed Jeremiah was going home. I was sitting at that Tribal Council just thinking I’m so proud of myself, I can’t believe I made it to the merge — because I knew the merge was the next day — and I was thinking about all these post-merge plans and the whole time, no one was thinking about voting out Jeremiah. They were always going to vote for me. The “Survivor” fan in my had the inkling that it wouldn’t be as straight-forward a vote as I thought it was going to be. But in my heart, I really didn’t believe what my brain was telling me, so I think my judgment was clouded by my own passion for the game.
Why do you think they kept Jeremiah over you?
I don’t know. I really didn’t help myself when I was talking about my relationship with Jefra and LJ. I did say that I was going to vote out LJ right away post-merge, but I was also saying that if we needed another number, I could pull Jefra in, so they’re probably thinking well why wouldn’t you just go with Jefra if you’re that close? So what I thought was helping me was actually hurting me.
When you were voted out, who did you think was in the best position in the game?
It’s hard to remember, but I think I felt like Spencer was in a really good spot just because he seems to be on the bottom of his Brains alliance, which is a good spot because he won’t be targeted. And I thought he had the savvy to make it far.
Were you rooting for anyone in particular to make it to the end?
At the time, I was rooting for Jefra and Spencer, but now just Jefra [laughs]. Just kidding, I’m still rooting for Spencer, but I’m a little bit salty. [laughs] But definitely Jefra, she’s my girl.
Would you go back if they asked you?
I would go right now. I would literally leave right now if they asked me to.
“Survivor: Cagayan” airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.