Survivor is back for its 27th season on CBS, and this time around the twist is that previous contestants return to the island and will be competing with relatives or significant others, hence the title: Blood vs. Water.
Kat Edorsson, 24, Orlando native and Survivor: One World alum, returns this season to compete with (or against?) her boyfriend, 2010 Big Brother winner Hayden Moss. We had the chance to chat up with Kat about this new venture, and here's what she had to say:
What have you been up to since leaving Survivor last year?
Kat Edorsson: Well, a year ago in July 2012, I meet my boyfriend Hayden Moss (winner of Big Brother 12). I have been working on completing my marketing degree at the University of Central Florida with one semester left. Enjoying my life, working out, playing sports and traveling with Hayden!
How was your first experience on the show?
Incredible, I couldn't have asked for a better season or cast!
Are you excited to be back and get stranded on an island, only this time with your boyfriend?
I'm super excited to be a part of this first time Survivor experience! Hayden and I have been together for little over a year now. Clearly this will be challenging because Hayden and I are so new in our relationship, but if anyone can do it I know we can!
You know the whole saying "what three things would you take with you if you were stranded on an island"? Well, what three things would you take?
Bug spray, iPod, and a pillow. I can handle the starvation part.
Will you be competing with or against your boyfriend? Are you afraid the competition will put a strain on your relationship (or do you think it will it make it stronger)?
I can only answer so much, but please note this will either destroy my relationship or make us stronger than ever [smiles]. These are things you are going to have to wait and see!
What lessons that you learned on your first time on Survivor will you take with you this second time around? What mistakes won't you make again?
Listen, and be more aware of what people are capable of. I have a big heart and have a tendency to want everyone as my friend, which clearly this is not the particular game you should do this with.
What can fans expect from you this season?
I'm stronger than ever, but it's hard to say, [because] not only do you have yourself to think about, you have the love or your life, so it's difficult to predict.
Anything else you'd like to add about the show?
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I'm super pumped about the season! I hope everyone enjoys every moment! I'm the youngest girl player to play twice! And I'm so happy about it!
Blood vs. Water premieres Wednesday, September 18, at 8 p.m. on CBS.