Despite coming out of her shell last week, Temptation Island single Tara Oslick didn't create a strong enough connection with any of the guys in the Beach Villa to survive this week's elimination. We wanted to find out more about her experience on this island, which was dramatically cut short when --not one, but two -- women were sent packing this week. Tara filled us in on why she held back, whom she would have pursued, and which women remain her friends.
USA Network: When you were eliminated, you said you wished you had given more of yourself…what did you mean by that?
Tara: One thing that viewers might not know is that when I was on the island, I was three months out of a five-year relationship and a horrific breakup. So to say I was dealing with some things at that time is a gross understatement... it was one of the hardest times of my life. I was definitely a little guarded around the guys and struggled with really opening up with them. I think I was just scared to get hurt again during this whole process, so there is a lot of myself that I kept hidden.
If I could go back in time and give myself even half of the strength I have found since then, I absolutely would! And I would be able to open up a lot more and really embrace the whole experience and make the most of it.
USA Network: You had an opportunity to go on a nice date with John. What’s your take on his relationship with Kady?
Tara: I think John is such a great guy. I try not to judge relationships that I don't know anything about, but I definitely have some misgivings about his relationship with Kady. All of the single girls were there when he came back from that first bonfire and was so crushed by her comment about not thinking he would be a good dad. It was honestly really hard to witness. That is not something that I personally could ever say about someone I love. But again, we are all different and I really try not to judge. All I can say is that I hope they both find happiness at the end of this journey, whether that means they stay together or not. Life is much too short to not be happy!
USA Network: If you had stayed on longer, who would you have pursued?
Tara: I'm honestly not sure I would have pursued anyone. But then again, none of them really pursued me during my time on the island. I know what a catch I am, and I will never again waste energy on anyone who doesn't. I had a ton of fun living with the guys and we all vibed as friends, I just didn't get romantic feelings with anyone, and that's okay too!
USA Network: Which women did you grow closest with while on the island. Do you stay in touch?
Tara: There were 13 incredible women at the beach villa! I really loved the bond that we all formed throughout our stay! Rachel was definitely my closest friend... we have so much in common! And we still talk almost every day! I formed really special bonds with all the ladies and still keep in touch consistently with over half of them! Being confined to a mansion in Hawaii with no contact with the outside world whatsoever makes you get REAL close REAL fast! I feel like I know more about these girls than I do about some of my oldest friends!
USA Network: What has been the most surprising or interesting thing for you to watch in the first 6 episodes?
Tara: It's very interesting having lived it in person and then seeing how it plays out on TV. It makes it a little hard to watch the show objectively, since I know the backstory and context of every moment. It was also so easy to forget that there was an entire other half of the story happening right down the road. So seeing scenes from the Mountain Villa is always a little jarring for me. And apparently there were things that happened in my own villa that I had absolutely no idea were going on...surprise!
From here on out, I just get to watch the show as a fan, popcorn (and wine) in hand! And I am so excited for that! I also would have loved the opportunity to share more of my story, and it was surprising to see how much of each of our stories wasn't shown. I know there were a LOT of stories to tell in not a lot of time, so I totally understand it. I just feel as though surviving everything that I have this past year and coming out -- not just on top, but thriving -- is a story that could have really helped someone out there who is struggling with some of the same things, or is in an emotionally abusive relationship and may not realize it, or is being cheated on and doesn't know how they'll live through it, or is questioning everything they thought their life was going to be. If my story can give strength and comfort to even one person, then it was worth it.