When Pilar Nemer was nominated by Sindy Nguyen in the first week of Big Brother Canada 3, it didn’t appear like she would be in it for the long haul. Her bubbly personality and unassuming nature made many believe that she didn’t possess the fortitude to make it to the end. In fact, it’s safe to say that her fellow houseguests and fans of the show all seemed to write her off. Pili then entered into a showmance with one of the best players this season (Kevin) and together, they formed the Diaper Alliance with Zach, Ashleigh, and JP. It was a strong squad and one in which Pili definitely carried her weight, even going on to win an HOH competition for the group. While she was clearly having the most fun in the house, Pili seemed like she would almost certainly be dragged by another player into the Final 2 so that they could argue that she didn’t play much of a game, but the fact of the matter is that whether she meant it or not, Pili played a pretty solid Big Brother game. I caught up with Nemer to discuss the future of her relationship with Kevin, if she felt like she was underestimated and if she regretted not turning on the Diaper Alliance.
Pilar Nemer: Hi!
Murtz Jaffer: Hey Pili. How are you?
PN: I’m good. How are you?
MJ: Very good. I want to jump right into it. Do you feel like you were underestimated in the house?
PN: I definitely feel like I was underestimated in the house. I’m a tiny girl, I’m all bubbly, and like goofy. Yeah. People definitely didn’t think I could actually play the game. I think my fellow houseguests probably thought I was a floater or… I mean I played the game socially the way I am, but yes, I was definitely underestimated in the game.
MJ: When you won HOH, it looked like Kevin had a lot of control over your decisions. Was it your plan or his to get rid of Sindy?
PN: It was both of our decisions. We, Kevin and I, played the game together like we were working together. We’re best friends. He would agree with my decisions and vice versa. I wanted initially to get Sindy out though. She was a huge target. She was my target from ever since she got back into the house. She’s a threat to me. I knew I couldn’t beat her at comps. She’s an amazing competitor, strong physically and mentally. She’s a great talker. So, yeah, like she was my… She was my target. She knew that. She came along and dropped the bomb on the Chop Shop Alliance in the morning. First thing in the morning, she did. I had no idea about this. Yes, of course, it got me thinking like ‘oh my gosh. What am I going to do? Like, am I going to change my mind?’ But I just went with my gut. I talked to Kev about it. We both agreed with the same thing… to get her out. It was best. Best thing to do for both of our games. It didn’t matter what else she told me. I just went with my gut and got rid of her.
MJ: After she won the veto in the first week, Sindy decided to name you as the replacement nominee. Did that have anything to do with your decision to nominate her when you had the chance?
PN: Absolutely not. I mean, you… you forgive and you don’t forget but that was just a forgiven thing. I mean, I don’t know if she actually like just chose me as a replacement nominee just because she couldn’t remember anyone else or if it was because actually I was the last one talking to her. I don’t know the reason and I really… I don’t think it matters anymore. I just decided to move forward and just looked at game-wise, and not like a on a personal level. So no, it did not matter.
MJ: Typically showmances are targeted on Big Brother. How did you and Kevin avoid this?
PN: I’m honestly not 100% sure how we avoided it. But I knew being a showmance if people were going to go after us, they were going to go after Kevin first before they would go after me because Kevin is such a good competitor. He’s a great player. So he was a big target from Day 1 for a lot of people. And I wasn’t. I was only on the block first week because Sindy put me up but I went through a lot of like weeks and weeks without being on the block, without it being a target and Kevin was. So I feel like I didn’t have to protect him or he didn’t have to protect me but in order for people to break us as a couple, they had to go after him and not myself.
MJ: In your opinion, what was the turning point of the season?
PN: The Triple Eviction, absolutely. I never expected to be sitting on the block next to half my alliance, especially Kevin. Like I never saw that one coming. I didn’t think he was going to be leaving the house that night. It was very unexpected. It was very hard mentally and physically for me because my best friend left that night. And, of course, it changed the game; the true colours of people came out that night. So of course after that eviction, the house is totally… everyone flipped the vote like the house split in half. So going to that HOH was extremely important. It wasn’t like… I couldn’t fool around anymore like I was before. But it was like I had to win that. In order to be saved you couldn’t not win.
MJ: When you were sitting next to Zach on the block in last night’s episode, he was dressed quite formally while it looked you were wearing gym clothes (presumably to get ready for an endurance HOH). Did you know you were safe?
PN: Well honestly, in the Big Brother house, you never know when you’re safe. You’re only safe for… Like you’re only safe either when you’re HOH or when you have the Power of Veto. Those are the only reasons you know you’re safe. So my fellow houseguests told me I had the votes and I knew I had them. I… I believe that… I took their word for it and so I knew I was staying unless there was any twist thrown at us. So that was the only… the only reason I would think I would be leaving the house but other than that, I knew I was staying. I didn’t know yet that it was going to be a Double Eviction. If I had known that, I would probably done something different maybe. I don’t know. But yeah, I knew I was staying in the house for sure.
MJ: Was there any time in the game where you felt that turning on the Diaper Alliance and joining forces with Sarah and Brittnee might be a good move?
PN: I mean it could have been. I don’t know but I’m happy that I stuck with the Diaper Alliance. I was loyal to them. I didn’t want to turn my back on them. I trusted them. In the Big Brother house, it takes a long time to trust someone. Like trust is earned in there. You don’t join an alliance just to be in an alliance. You have to start trusting people and then you become part of the alliance. You can’t just get thrown in an alliance… it doesn’t work that way. So I chose to be in the Diaper Alliance because I know I could trust JP, Zach, Ashleigh, and Kevin. So I chose to stay true to them. I was loyal to myself and to my alliance, of course, so I have no regrets for not being in an alliance with Brittnee and Sarah.
MJ: While it is bittersweet for you to leave the game, how excited are you to see Kevin in the jury house?
PN: I’m really excited! I’m not going to lie! I really like him. He’s a great guy. He’s such a great friend. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend in the house. We just created a great huge bond. We are so alike, like our personalities… I think that’s why we connected and we clicked so well. Yeah. I really like him and I hope we get to work things out after this whole thing but yes, I’m definitely looking forward to see him. He’ll be surprised but hopefully it’s a good surprise!
MJ: Do you see that relationship continuing after the show?
PN: Yes I see us working it out for sure. I mean we’ll see what happens. We’ll go with the… we’ll go with it. I can’t plan ahead of what’s going to happen. But we’re just going to… we’ll… we’ll… we’ll work it out. We’ll see what happens. But yes, I am willing to try.
MJ: I asked Kevin this question and I want to as you as well. Do you prefer your relationship with Kevin to be referred to as ‘Kevlar’ or ‘Kili?’
PN: I’m going to go for Kili. [Laughs].
MJ: That’s funny because he said Kevlar! Amazing!
PN: I knew it!
MJ: Thank you so much!
PN: You’re welcome. I appreciate it.
MJ: Thank you so much. I’ll see you at the finale. Thanks a lot.
PN: Alright. See you!
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