September 27, 2012 4:16pm PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'Survivor: Philippines' Contestant Roxy Morris: I'm Not 'Weak'
Roxanne "Roxy" Morris became the second person voted out of Survivor: Philippines on Wednesday night's episode.
The 28-year-old seminary student from Brooklyn, N.Y., also was the second person from the Matsing tribe to be sent home, following Zane Knight, bringing their tribe down to just four members vs. six for the other two.
In the episode, Morris was seen struggling with the rain and admitted during the challenge that she hadn't been drinking enough water to perform her best. But, she told The Hollywood Reporter the day after her elimination episode aired, at no point did she want to quit.
"I didn't want to go home, but I also didn't want to be played for a fool," she said. "I kind of had that dichotomy. [I had to say] here's what I see happening at camp."
At tribal council, she fought not to be voted out, arguing that fellow competitors Angie Layton and Malcolm Freberg were a threat since they had sparked a close relationship and that Layton should be voted out. Morris herself had an alliance with returning competitor Russell Swan, but she wasn't surprised he voted for her at tribal council.
"One of the things I learned while watching the show is that he did go to Denise [Stapley] and fight or me," she said. "I give him kudos for that. But at the end of the day, he had to survive, and he realized Denise would not vote against Angie, and he thought, 'Well, if Roxy goes home, then I'm left with these people [who would know that he voted inanother direction], and I have to let her go.'"
Morris said she was "disappointed" to be voted out, but she was glad she went out fighting.
"I really did a good job bringing up all those points,but they were all totally and fairly ignored," she says. "But life isn't fair, and that's how it played out for me."
As for the excessive amounts of rain, Morris says it wasn't just she who suffered through the elements.
"I don't think I was the only one affected by the weather, but I'm more expressive than other people," she adds. "I don't think that automatically categorizes me as weak. There were three straight days of rain -- that is not normal. ... There was no place to hide. The sound of the raindrops became agony."
She added that most difficult part of Survivor was being away from friends and family -- and other "relationships you know are true and real and not about having an advantage in the game" -- but she would play again if given the chance.