Survivor‘s Stephenie Kendrick (née LaGrossa) She wasn’t exactly thrilled when she was cast as the spoiler on USA Network’s newest competition series. snake in the grass – and that’s probably why he lost the money.
The three-time player arrived at the beach in Costa Rica with his teammates Survivor alum cirie fields and former Older brother players Janelle Pierzina Y Rachel Reilly where he was tasked with secretly trying to prevent the group from obtaining clues that would lead to his identity.
If she was successful after 36 hours, she would walk away with $100,000, but if she was found out as the snake, the other contestants would split the prize money. And unfortunately for Stephenie, she was identified as the snake from the start.
“I knew it from the beginning”, Cirie, who played a season of Survivor with Stephanie, account exclusively us weekly. In fact, they met at the airport before filming began.
“I was so happy,” Stephanie remembers. “But then when they told me about the game, I was like, ‘Oh no, I’m dead.’ Cirie will know immediately. She will be fully capable of telling that I am lying. And she knows a lot about me. She knew that clues would be revealed and all this, she knew the whole game. And I was like, ‘Oh, God, she knows everything about me.’ So I really was a mess from day one, even when the game started.”
It took Janelle a little longer to notice Stephenie. “For Cirie, it was the beginning. For me, I focused all my attention on Rachel because she was acting so weird,” the Minnesota native explains. “She kept asking me where she lived and, like, we’ve done The Amazing Race together, on separate teams, but we still spend a lot of time together. I know Rachel very well. So she was asking me these weird questions and I was like, ‘Oh my God, she could be the snake because she’s asking me things that she already knows.
Stephenie successfully destroyed one of the clues before the group could find it, and that’s when all eyes were on Rachel. “I was convinced that Stephanie had dumped the clue somewhere in that swamp,” says Rachel. U.S. “So he was going to find the clue. So they didn’t think I was the snake, but it totally made me look like the snake.”
Janelle jokes, “Everything Rachel did made her look like the snake.”
Still, Cirie didn’t believe him. “She was so excited to be in that filthy swamp,” she said. Survivor The legend says. “There is no way the snake is doing all this to find the clue about itself. The swamp was really gross and he would have spent the night there if we’d let him.”
In the end, Stephenie, who was in the “hero” tribe during season 20 of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, could not convince them that she was not the snake, and admits that she is not a natural liar. In fact, she found out “24 hours before filming started” that she had been cast as the snake and wanted out: “I had a solid 24 hours to sit on it and, like, shit my pants for it. I didn’t want to be the snake. So they tell me and I’m like, ‘OK, great. I don’t want to be. They’re like, ‘Too bad.’ I’m like, ‘No, I don’t want to be. And now that?’ They’re like, ‘Nothing, we chose you.’ We tell you the game. You have to be. So that was like everything for me.”
He broke down crying at one point during filming. “You guys were all over me. Rachel is yelling at me. We are arguing. I am gassing. She was trying to talk back and I’m more like the peacemaker in my family,” Stephenie explains. “I’m not really the one arguing, unless I’m really cornered. So I was trying to come back and not seem so defensive at the same time. And then at one point, like I had, I walked away and lost it. It’s so damn hard. I’m not really a good liar to begin with.”
snake in the grass airs on USA Network Mondays at 11 pm ET/PT.