10 Things Kass McQuillen Wants You To Know Following Her Second Chance Send-Off

Kass McQuillen reflects on her Second Chance experience.

1. Kass McQuillen reflects on her Second Chance experience.

On Episode 7 of Survivor Cambodia, castaway Kass McQuillen, also known as "Chaos Kass," was voted off camp following this season's 13-person merge. 

We were able to catch up with Kass and she shared insights about her Tribal Council send-off, the castaway she feels sorry for, and how she plans to give back to the communities that enriched her Survivor experience. Read on!
1. Were you surprised by your Tribal Council send-off?

2. 1. Were you surprised by your Tribal Council send-off?

"No. Not at all. The writing was on the wall. When nine people won't talk to you and people tell you you're going home, you're pretty sure you are." 
2. Were you surprised by the way Ciera Eastin voted at Tribal?

3. 2. Were you surprised by the way Ciera Eastin voted at Tribal?

"I was a little surprised at Tribal that she voted that way, but I completely understand it because if she had voted for Tasha Fox, [Ciera] would basically burn that bridge with her. She knew I was going home anyway and Andrew Savage was already out to get her, so why not just make him have another little tantrum.

It was a safe vote for her. And, you know, she didn't vote for me, which I appreciate. [So], I think it was good for her."
3. Is

4. 3. Is "Chaos Kass" how you are outside of Survivor, or is she your Survivor alter-ego?

"You'd have to ask my husband that. You know, I don't even think Chaos Kass came out this season. I mean, I was baited into having to defend myself. 

I guess when you're starving, sleep-deprived, and people are telling you you're going home, well, yeah. And, additionally, Tasha was making a lot of personal attacks on me that day, so, sure, that's an ego that comes out. What was I supposed to do, just roll over and die? 

I think we saw a lot more of me being calm and friendly. I had 18 days of playing a great game and reinventing myself within Survivor and [on] Day 19, it just fell apart. It wasn't through my doing, in my opinion."
 
4. What's more fun—being Chaos Kass or Calm Kass?

5. 4. What's more fun—being Chaos Kass or Calm Kass?

"I really enjoyed being on a tribe that won challenges, 'cause in Survivor: Cagayan, I didn't win at all. I think to win this game, it's so much easier and more fun not going to Tribal Council, and winning fried chicken and brownies.

Part of being calm is, when you're winning, your stress level is so much lower and camp life is so much easier. So, if you're going to go into the game, I recommend not getting rid of strong players, trying to win every challenge, and not have to play 'til you get to the merge. And I think we've seen it over and over again in the game; the winner comes from the tribe that has been to Tribal Council the least pre-merge, because they've had the most relaxing time. 

In Cagayan, I had to play every day of that game. I was blindsided on the first Tribal Council and then I was on the bottom. Over here in Cambodia, I didn't have to play. It's definitely more fun to play when you're winning and when you can be calm and happy."
5. Looking back at your Second Chance run, what would you have done differently?

6. 5. Looking back at your Second Chance run, what would you have done differently?

"I'm not sure there's much I could do differently. I really changed everyone's perspective of me, which was the biggest hurdle I had out there, and it was really my past that came back to haunt me. It was nothing about the current game that caused my demise. It was all about what happened my first time out. 

We make a first impression and it's still there. I had a reputation and I had to overcome it, and then someone took it upon [herself] to remind people of that.

I don't really have any regrets and I love being the Queen of Ponderosa. I was voted out of the game, but I'm still very much in control of the fate of someone. So you're still playing. 

I hope when people go to Ponderosa, they're not bitter and whiney and [say], 'Uh, I'm out. This sucks.' No! You're out of one part of the game. You're still there and you have a very important role. I decided to just embrace that and make Ponderosa fun."
6. What are your honest feelings about Tasha Fox and Spencer Bledsoe?

7. 6. What are your honest feelings about Tasha Fox and Spencer Bledsoe?

"I love Spencer Bledsoe. He's a great guy. Spencer and I have a bizarre relationship, and I always have to remind myself that he's a 23-year-old guy and I am a 43-year-old woman. We're intellectually on the same level, and his maturity level and ability to articulate himself makes me forget he just finished college and got his first girlfriend.

I've lived 20 years more than him, so I keep that in perspective. He's a gentleman. I have nothing bad to say about Spencer. 

And Tasha, I really feel sorry for her because Survivor is a game and we personalize it, but if, for two years, you just sit around, stewing over something that happened in a brief time of your life, and then you carry that anger with you that long, it's really sad for me to think that someone hates me as much as she does. 

She likes to call herself 'Tasha Fierce' and it's all just a facade, you know? There's this lonely, scared little girl inside of her. It's more pity I feel for her than anger."
7. What has the experience of Survivor meant to you?

8. 7. What has the experience of Survivor meant to you?

"I think you saw me evolve out there a bit in changing my gameplay. After watching myself in Cagayan, I had an epiphany out there. I realized the game mirrors life. 

I was a very confrontational, aggressive person. I was kind of that attorney that would just go after people, and I think I was that way in life and it showed in my game the first time. I would carry this anger and need for revenge. 

I looked at myself, I honestly did. I saw that I don't need to fight every day, and [I decided] that I needed to play more. So I came to Second Chance to play and have fun."
8. How would you compare your first day on your first season to the first day on Second Chance?

9. 8. How would you compare your first day on your first season to the first day on Second Chance?

"My first day on my first season was like the first time I went to Disneyland when I was, like, six. I almost cried when Jeff Probst said, 'Welcome to Survivor.' 

The second time, I knew all these people were gunning for me and I was just thinking, 'Please don't let me be the first person out.' There is a comfort level in your second time, a definite ease, you know? This isn't my first rodeo and we knew things about everybody out there, so it's a totally different ballgame when you return. 

It's still exhilarating, but it's not that first date with Jeff Probst. It's like we've been married awhile now. We're an old couple." 
9. Who could you see making it to the Final 3 this season?

10. 9. Who could you see making it to the Final 3 this season?

"At this point in the game, I am really rooting for Kimmi Kappenberg as the person I want to win and get to the end. I feel like if she could win by staying under the radar, it would reinforce that that's how 'the older woman' needs to play. I feel like she's playing smart, which is [to] just let the alphas do what they're gonna do.

When I went to Ponderosa, I was seriously rooting for Kimmi, Abi-Maria Gomes, and Ciera Eastin as the three people I was really gonna try to help win. And Abi? [That] would be glorious." 
10. What can we expect from you next?

11. 10. What can we expect from you next?

"Survivor took me to two great countries—the Philippines and Cambodia—and I've got something coming out that's going to give back to both of those communities. 

A lot of people have been asking me for friendship bracelets since I gave Kelley Wentworth one and I decided to have some bracelets made that represent my time in Cagayan, which, to me, was about chaos. Then I have some made that represent my time in Cambodia. A lot of people have called me 'Kumbaya Kass' this season, so some of the bracelets say 'Chaos' and have my Cagayan colors, and the other ones say 'Kumbaya' and have the colors from Cambodia

We're gonna sell these bracelets and all the proceeds from the bracelets bought for the Philippines are going to go to the elementary school that I visited on a Reward Challenge. All the proceeds from the ones from Cambodia are going to go to two organizations I learned about while at Ponderosa that help kids there. It's a way to give back. So, hopefully, something positive can come of this.

To me, it's really important to give back to these places and help these people." 

Watch all new episodes of Survivor Cambodia on Wednesdays at 8/7c.