Nice girls do finish last — or in Julie Berry's case, they finish fifth. As the 23-year-old Survivor: Vanuatu castoff learned the hard way, flying under the radar with a friendly 'tude doesn't win the $1 million. Though she made an entertaining splash by sunbathing in the buff, the youth mentor from Maine was betrayed by her pal — and eventual Vanuatu winner — Chris. This was after she tried unsuccessfully to woo him to her side by offering to share her reward. Here, Julie gives TV Guide Online the skin, um, skinny on daring to go bare and Chris's deception.
TVGO: You were this show's quiet peacemaker.
I've heard that a lot. I'm very diplomatic. I like to try and find the good in people. I don't think it is hard.
TVGO: Even though your tribe mates are hard to get along with?
They are, but that's what I try to do. There are two sides — you see the game and the personal. I never dealt with Scout in the game, but I had great talks about life and s--t with Scout. She's very eccentric and educated and she's got wisdom. Just taking those creative, dynamic people and putting them together in this crazy context, it is endless knowledge, and you've just got to be open to it. But watching on TV, I got to see more sides of people.
TVGO: Like the bad sides?
Uh-huh. Actually, the only two people I was surprised about while watching were Chris and Twila. They played harder than I would have given them credit for. Everyone else doesn't surprise me with their comments. But Chris was very calculating and very clever, and Twila is always dipping her hands in things because she is nervous.
TVGO: Were you surprised Chris voted you off?
Surprised is not the word. Bummed. Are you kidding? I wish it could have been as simple as our friendship [making] him keep me, but I can't expect that, it was $1 million.
TVGO: He cast that vote right after you took him on an amazing trip up the side of an active volcano.
I know! I fed him and wined and dined him, and then he showed me the door. Isn't that what a lot of women go through? He played me; he played me hard. And he played the friendship card, which hurt me more than anything.
TVGO: You spent time with both the male and female tribes. Which did you like better?
I don't know if I want to be gender-biased, but there was a different energy in the men's camp. They are funny. I'm not intimidated by men. I can just relax and shoot the s--t with Sarge, Chris had great stories and Chad is hilarious. But after we all merged and Ami and Leann came back, it was a breath of fresh air. I had a really lonely day [on the Lopevi tribe] and I remember thinking, "I have only Twila to play with all day. God, I'm going to kill myself, I'm so bored." I was becoming boring because she was boring. Twila is good when it comes to the game aspect, but I couldn't click with her to save my life. I tried. We'd talk, but it wasn't fulfilling me at all.
TVGO: Your nude sunbathing shocked folks. Any regrets?
The bottomless bathing. It wasn't the front. It was just my buns.
TVGO: You also convinced Sarge to do it.
And Twila! They'd better get the same grilling that I'm getting about it.
TVGO: Lastly, is Eliza's constant chatting as annoying as it seems?
The thing about Eliza is that she morphed throughout the show and became adorable. At the beginning you'd be like, "Shut up, Eliza!" We'd tell her, "Eliza, you are wearing people thin here." But it is just her and she kind of did [learn to] control herself.