When the story of “Survivor: Samoa” is told, odds are a majority of it will deal with the women who crossed Russell Hantz and how he got the better of them. In the most recent (and perhaps most impressive) chapter, Russell managed to eliminate Laura Morett from the game despite her Galu tribe having a four-person advantage over Foa Foa. We spoke with Laura the day after her elimination to find out how she feels about Russell becoming a fan favorite, what really went down between her and Shambo, and whether or not she really is a “Mean Girl.”
Gordon Holmes: Good afternoon, Laura.
Laura Morett: Hey, how are you?
Gordon: I’m good. I just wanted to let you know that I’m talking to you on a Palm Pre. For the best in voice clarity, Web browsing, and digital imaging, make it a Palm Pre.
Laura: (Laughs) That’s nice to know.
Gordon: I’m a little disappointed, because I don’t like it when strong players leave early. And I’m kind of getting the feeling that you, John, and Russell were the only ones making any effort out there.
Gordon: Did you know that John had flipped?
Laura: What a lot of viewers don’t know is that Brett and I had a really tight alliance. And, I know that from the Russell Swan days that John was coming for me. Brett told me. There was a challenge before, the fishing challenge, that they wanted to throw to get me out. They being John, Erik, and Shambo. They were willing to throw a challenge to get rid of me, so I was thinking I’d better start winning some immunities.
Gordon: There’s been some debate on Fancast over how mean you’ve been to Shambo. She seems very upset with you, but we haven’t been shown what you’ve done to deserve such anger. Were you mean to Shambo?
Laura: Thank you! Don’t you think that if I was mean to Shambo that CBS would show it?
Laura: Believe me, they would be showing it. It’s so hard to watch because I never was. And when people say I’m a mean girl or I’m the head cheerleader, I say, “Show me one time where I did that.” To the contrary, in the very first scene where we’re all swimming we say, “Shambo, come in the water!” And she says, “No.” Then it shows her interview saying, “Those young kids are out there swimming.” Well, first of all Shambo, I’m your age, so is Russell, and so is Dave. She just wanted to be the victim. We always invited her to come into the shelter and she’d sleep out by the tree. It’s really hard to watch this show and be portrayed as a mean girl. I say, “Please show the footage of me being mean to her.”
Gordon: Well, we’ll see how this interview goes, and if you’re super nice to me, I’ll let everyone know.
Laura: Should we start over again?
Gordon: Too late now!
Gordon: Now, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s this guy named Russell on the show.
Laura: (Laughs) Yeah.
Gordon: They show him every now and then. Last night he finds his third immunity idol. Did you have any idea that he had it?
Laura: They didn’t give that as much footage as they should have. It was hilarious. I chose to follow Jaison who doesn’t like to run. I picked a good guy to follow. Dave’s trying to follow Russell, and Russell is running over bushes, under trees. About an hour later Russell comes back to camp and he’s lounging on a hammock, it’s like a cat and mouse game and he has the mouse’s tail hanging out of his mouth. We knew he had it. That little troll found it!
Gordon: So he didn’t even pretend to keep looking for it once he had it to keep up the façade…
Laura: Nah. He’s like laying back, relaxing in his hammock.
Gordon: They kind of teased a cross-tribe alliance between you and Russell, which I dubbed LauRussell, did you ever give that any serious thought?
Laura: No. He’s creepy. There are certain things you can hide, but you can’t hide creepy. From the moment I went to his tribe he was very aggressive. Just super creepy. My family and friends, the texts I got on that day were “Tell me you did not make an alliance with him!” After we merged, he comes up to me and is like, “Hey, remember me, the deal we had?” Then he shows me the idol which immediately confirms that he’s a big fat liar.
Gordon: Because he had told you that Ben found it.
Laura: Right. And I said to him, “Why would I believe you? You lied to me already.” And they didn’t show it, but he got really aggressive. He crossed a line. He gets in my face, he puts his finger in my face. He’s being a bully. He says, “Look little girl, if you know what’s good for you.”
Gordon: Does it bother you that he’s starting to become somewhat of a fan favorite?
Laura: Yes and no, it bothers me because I wish they would have shown where he crosses the line between being a good, aggressive, smart player and OK…he threatened me. He threatened a couple of people and they didn’t show it.
Gordon: Just to be clear, when you say “threaten” you mean, he’s going to vote you out of the game.
Laura: Yeah, not like a physical thing. But more of a “Look it, you’d better do what I’m telling you to do or else.” It really wouldn’t matter because the viewers are going to believe what they want to. But, I’ll give it to him, he’s playing a good, aggressive game.
Gordon: What can you tell me about the game Danger Dave is playing?
Laura: Danger Dave is so misunderstood. He is hilarious. He’s like Kramer from “Seinfeld.” You never know what he’s going to say or do. I had to talk him off the ledge a couple of times because he’s a very sensitive guy. He’s extremely smart. Sometimes smart to the point where you think he’s way overthinking things. He did great in the challenges. He won the chickens with the bocce ball. He’s loyal. Him, Monica, and Brett went to rocks for me. That’s amazing. Three people said, “I don’t care, Lolo. I will draw a rock so you can stay in this game.”
Gordon: OK, word association time. Let’s start with Brett.
Gordon: Danger Dave?
Laura: Self confident.
Gordon: What do you take from your time in Samoa.
Laura: I take owning it. My kids have always said, “Mom, you need to do that.” I can own it. I am strong, I am good at challenges, I can survive in the jungle.
Gordon: Excellent. And thank you for not going all “Mean Girls” on me.
Laura: That’s my goal in life, I don’t want to be mean!