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Posted on Dec 7, 2017 12:20pm
Lauren Reveals Her Proudest Survivor Moment And Who She Trusted Too Much
Plus, the fifth jury member of Season 35 shares a cute unaired moment spent with her tribe.


During an intense Tribal Council that left everyone on edge, 35-year-old Lauren Rimmer—a fisherman from North Carolina—learned the unfortunate news that her tribe had voted her out of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.

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We caught up with the adventurous competitor as she reflected on her journey, and spoke about a fun unaired moment and who she wishes she kept a closer watch on all season.



What was going through your mind when you learned your fate at Tribal?

Lauren Rimmer: I'm doomed. I knew that this was pretty much it for me and things were going south. It didn't really click until half way through Tribal.

Looking back, is there anything you think you could have done differently to escape elimination?

Lauren: I could have played the Secret Advantage I had. At that point in time, I should have played it and I could have voted Chrissy twice, and in that case it would have been one vote Lauren and two votes Chrissy. I could have sent her home.

What did you think of Mike throwing his Idol in the fire?

Lauren: I don't remember anything going through my mind. It was blank. I couldn't believe that he did that. There were options. He could have given it back to me. I had no clue that he was going to do that.



Do you have a favorite unaired moment you can share with Survivor fans?

Lauren: We actually had a lot of fun at night. There's only so much strategizing you can do. When the sun comes up, you get up. When the sun goes down, you go to bed.

When we were sitting around the fire, we were playing a game that I think Desi or someone else came up with where we had to do this little dance. It was extremely childish but we had a good time. Everyone was just enjoying the moment and that's something no one will ever see, but I'll always remember it.

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What are you most proud of?

Lauren: My proudest moment was when I got my letter from home and I got to read the letter that Olivia wrote to me. The fact that I knew she was doing great and that I've made her and my family proud enough to get to this point… you never know. You don't want to be the very first person voted off.

I just wanted to do my best and I felt like that was my best moment.



Is there a castaway you wished you would have kept a closer eye on all season?

Lauren: That would be Ben. I should have talked to him a lot more than I did and I shouldn't have put as much trust in him as I did.

How was playing Survivor different than watching from home?

Lauren: You know, my life is Survivor, so actually playing it is not just about the physical part. It’s more about the mental part. Watching from home, you actually see how you are mentally broken down and you're constantly on the edge. It doesn't really affect you until you see yourself on TV.

What do you want to say to Survivor fans?

Lauren: I would never even thought or imagined this experience would happen [to me]. I would never change this for anything in the world.



Watch all-new episodes of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers on Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.