Australian Survivor 2019: Laura Wanted To 'Prove Everyone Wrong'
"I love a challenge!" Laura declared while chatting with 10 Daily over the phone, before revealing that she has "a lot of family and friends" who thought she would "epicly fail" at the game of 'Australian Survivor'.
"I particularly love a challenge when people think that I can’t do something, that just makes me wanna do it more," she said.
A 'Survivor' fan, Laura said that while she "didn't go in trying to emulate anyone" in particular, she -- like so many others -- hoped to "kind of sit in the middle of the pack, fade into the background a little bit and hopefully coast through until merge".
Had she stuck around in the game, Laura said that we would've seen "a lot more epic challenge capability!" -- particularly in obstacle courses and in challenges that required balance and agility.
"I was devastated that so much of it was weight and strength-based in the beginning, which really worked against me," she shared. "To be able to show people that I’m actually a bit of an obstacle course ninja would’ve been great!"
So what went wrong?
"It turns out -- and this is typical of my personality and who I am -- I just can’t sit back and relax and go with the flow," she said, with a laugh. "I like to be in control. I can’t just let other people steer me in the direction they wanna steer me, and try as I might, I just couldn’t let it happen!"
With the "absolutely crazy ride" over and done with for Laura, she described the experience as "intense, from the moment you step into it".
"It was different from the expectations that I had, but both in good ways and bad ways," she admitted, calling it an "absolute mind-eff".
Describing "24/7 paranoia", Laura recounted the stress of "not knowing who’s talking to who, who’s going off with who, who’s paired up with who, what they’re saying, what conversations you’re having with whichever person and who they’re gonna go tell that’s gonna ruin your game".
Going into tribal council, Laura knew her name would be coming up, but still went in expecting to say goodbye to Baden.
"The moment that I knew was on the beach when I was chatting with Sam, Matt and Harry," she said.
Thinking that they were all on the same page about Baden, Laura asked Harry who they were splitting the vote with, in case Baden had a hidden immunity idol.
"He told me Sarah, and I knew right then and there that Harry was lying through his teeth to me, because there’s no way that they would’ve sent Sarah home after that epic pole challenge, she’s too strong!" Laura recalled. "So yeah, it was at that moment that I was like ‘s**t, my name is coming up’ -- I just thought that my name would be the second one coming up."
Although her 'Survivor' experience may not have been as long as she would've liked, Laura went on to say that she's "so proud" of herself "for having the guts to do it at all".
She explained: "I get to be a part of this very small group of people who get to experience this and get to know what it’s really like."
As for who she wants to win, there are no hard feelings with her fellow Contenders. In fact, she told us that she'd "love to see Matty take it out".
"I think he’s a great guy, I really respect him," Laura said. "Of course he’s like a physical player, but he’s just the kind of leader personality that’s not pushy about it, he’s really good about pulling the team together in challenges, so I really respect him for that, I would love to see him win."
She'd also be keen to see "an underdog like Sarah take the win, because she's an absolute champion" -- even if she is on the Contenders tribe.
And even though it might rub her the wrong way to see a villain like Harry or Andy take the win, she could see it happening.
"But it makes for excellent television, doesn’t it?" she mused, laughing. "And when it comes down to it, they’re actually really great guys, they’re just Survivor fans who are playing the game, so more power to them!"
Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders' premieres Wednesday, 24 July at 7.30pm, only on 10, 10 Play and WIN Network.
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