Pia Miranda has been keeping her Australian Survivor win a secret since filming stopped in June.
Unlike most Reality shows, there was no second fake ending filmed in Fiji, which she attributes to the 9-0 vote result.
After returning to Australia Miranda quickly returned to filming Mustangs FC for ABC ME, but had to keep the Survivor win quiet for around 3 months.
“We didn’t do a fake ending and everyone was pretty good at keeping the secret,” she told TV Tonight yesterday.
“I didn’t tell my mum or anyone. My daughter didn’t tell anyone. I had to tell my son it was just a trick. He’s only 6 so he would have told everyone. I said ‘They were just practising, so tell everyone I lost!’
“It’s been weird keeping the secret and watching it unfold.”
Miranda watched the finale with family (admittedly upstaging her sister’s 50th birthday) before a full day of media interviews yesterday. Most of their questions have surrounded missing her kids and the family reunion, physical challenges, Luke’s GoFundMe (now over $550k) and the cyber bullying that followed her voting him out.
“I had a rocky road the last couple of days. It was really intense, so to be crowned and have everyone really supportive has been really nice, because the lead-up was pretty horrendous.”
She has also been commended on her performance in front of the jury in which she defeated Baden Gilbert. In addition to her acting background, Miranda drew upon her school debating experience.
“I was pretty confident I could beat him in a debate, but in saying that I think the edit didn’t give him enough credit. His early speech was really good, but in the question and answers, he just fell apart. That’s where I rallied, I guess from my debating background. I had been practising those answers for two weeks. I was prepared -like a true nerd!” she says.
But she also acknowledged Baden’s strength at the torturous final challenge.
“They tested that challenge and they couldn’t get anyone past 3 hours.
“Good on Baden. He had another half hour in him! I had Medical trying to pull me off.
“I was amazed I made it to merge, to be honest.
“I was on a tribe of athletes so I was lucky to find the early alliance and change things around.”
While she won’t appear in the All Stars season, Miranda now plans to take her family to Disneyland and is open to her next acting offers.
“I really like working at ABC actually. Those quirky little shows. And Comedy. If I can get more Comedy that would be great,” she suggests.
“Will see what happens. I’m officially unemployed!”