New comedy with Anne Heche! Premieres Tomorrow 8/7c. Preview now.
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI; resides in Santa Monica, CA
Born and raised in Michigan, Natalie Korzon grew up with three sisters. Her father introduced sports to his daughters and taught them all to play ice hockey. A former member of Western Michigan University's women's ice hockey team, Korzon is certain that she will dominate all of the challenges. Her perfect guy must enjoy her favorite sport as a Red Wings game would be the first place she would entertain a date.
Korzon attended Western Michigan University, where she majored in art education. She currently works as an art teacher and is pursuing work in television production and modeling.
She is excited about being in the wild - and possibly finding Mr. Right.
Whom did you feel most connected to during the competition?
I could see myself being friends with Chase or Ken but I honestly only clicked with the girls. I was disappointed with the amount of douchery in the guys but was happy to at least make lasting friendships with some of the girls. I see Melissa almost every day and talk to all the other girls often.
Ultimately, are you happy the additional contestants were brought in to mix it up? I wish I would have come on first, so I could have had the additional adventures that the other girls got to have. I also don't think I would have kept a lot of the guys that the other girls decided to leave us with. I think having the 2-1 ratio also made the guys lazy about getting to know us, so it was like pulling teeth trying to get to know anyone.
What behavior surprised you the most from the other contestants?
I just couldn't believe how narcissistic and immature some of the other contestants were. Between Jesse walking around making his Zoolander modeling face and Ali being the oldest girl there yet making the most immature, catty comments, I was constantly amazed at how unaware some people are.
What was your favorite challenge and why?
I had one challenge and it was lame. I would have been so down to jump off a cliff or chase a chicken or dig through snakes but instead I was stuck to Ryan and Summer while Ryan tripped over himself all day. I did like climbing the tree though.
Was there anything off-screen that you feel the audience missed out on?
There was a lot of funny stuff that happened before we got on the show and within the couple days we were there after we got kicked off. We also joked around with each other a little more off camera. There was one night too where Summer and I were so tired from no sleep and so tired of being attacked by bugs that we wrapped our sheer shirts around our heads, covered ourselves in calamine lotion and bug spray, kicked Ryan to the floor and died laughing for a good hour about how stupid and unsexy we looked.
Any fun anecdotes or run-ins with nature you'd like to share?
Besides waking up every two minutes to slap a mosquito... no.
What did you learn about yourself through this experience?
I learned that as hard as I could try to force myself to like a guy that's not worth it, my instincts always know better and I should trust them even if it mean I only get to stay on a TV show through one round. The experience also made me appreciate how good of a guy my ex is and how great all my guy friends in my life are. I wish I was stuck on that island with any one of my many other guy friends than those tools. I also realized I was way more bummed about not getting to do risky adventures than not finding a guy so maybe when I get over my wild side is when I should actually focus on looking for someone.
Why did you decide to take part in this show?
I decided to take part in this show because I rarely turn down an opportunity. I was hesitant at first considering I have such strong family values and am a role model to many of the kids I work with, and I didn't know what kind of situations I would be put in on the show. However, this is the only time in my life where I am totally single so I can meet guys in this fun way and I would also get to travel and do adventures which I LOVE doing.
Would you call yourself an outdoorsy person? Why or why not?
Considering I am only in my house to sleep (unless I'm camping), I would definitely consider myself outdoorsy. I grew up on 11 acres in Michigan and would run around barefoot in the woods all day and jump off my rope swing into my pond and catch any animal I could find. I love camping, hiking, biking, wakeboarding, boating, skiing or anything else I can do outside.
What are you afraid of?
I'm not really afraid of anything in particular, but I will still get jumpy at things popping out at me. If I'm afraid of something I usually want to face that fear more until I'm over it. Only thing I'm afraid of is missing out on any fun there is to be had. I'm not afraid of water; however I don't look forward to murky water where I can't see what I'm stepping on.
What surprised you most about being in the jungle?
What surprised me the most was actually how much I enjoyed being there and enjoyed every minute in nature, then seeing the way the other contestants reacted to it. I don't know if most of the girls don't travel much or just don't do much outdoorsy stuff but I was surprised how scared or grossed out they were by everything. And surprised how many people had never ridden a horse or kayaked or camped or anything like that.
What was the hardest thing for you to live without? What did you miss the most?
The hardest things to live without were my privacy, music and being able to talk to my sisters. You underestimate how nice it is to zone out, which you can't do with a camera on you constantly.
What would other people say are your best qualities?
I usually hear some of my best qualities are my smile, outlook on life, go with the flow attitude and sense of humor. I am a very happy person that rarely lets other people's bad attitudes get me down and I try my best to make other people around me happy. I am very appreciative of everything God has given me and don't get worried or stressed over much of anything. I am very goofy and love to laugh or be the one to make people laugh.
Describe the worst date you've ever been on.
I haven't had a horrible date because by the time a guy gets to take me out I have already made sure that I won't be wasting an evening that I could be having somewhere else. I did say no to a second date though after the first date's dinner was paid with a gift card. I also had another date end with me saying, "Seriously? Quit being a drama queen and crying, I'm not going to be your girlfriend and you're starting to freak me out."
What qualities do you find to be most important in your partner?
I need a guy that is a sweet and genuine gentleman yet also has ambition and a fun edge. He needs to be athletic (hockey player preferred) and definitely better than me at all sports. A guy that is less coordinated than me athletically is extremely unattractive. I also like a guy that is family oriented, believes in God, but can keep up with me at a party. Someone who can just have fun and be goofy with me.
Describe your ideal date.
My ideal date would start with mimosas and brunch (on a wakeboard boat), followed by some boating, then we take our four-wheelers to lunch where we go wine tasting. From there we will fly in his private jet to a hockey rink, where we will skydive out of the airplane just in time to catch the first period of the Red Wings Stanley Cup playoff game. After the game, we play a little one-on-one hockey in the empty rink, then go have a couple beers while singing karaoke. He will end the night dropping me off at home with a confident yet respectful kiss.