Hello, Dolly

Drag star Trixie Mattel dishes on breaking into the industry and her new EP


With her long blonde locks and vintage-inspired eleganza, drag icon Trixie Mattel gives Barbie a run for her money. The skinny legend recently snatched the crown of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 3, released her chart-topping country EP One Stone and slayed the Viceland screen with the likes of fellow fierce queens Katya Zamolodchikova and Bob The Drag Queen. We dished with the living doll before she sashays into the House of Blues for her Now With Moving Parts tour on May 16. 

How did you first get into drag?

Well I had an interview at a Cracker Barrel and they told me that because I had face tattoos I wasn’t compliant with dress code. But I think it’s kind of unfair you know? I love barrels. I could’ve represented the spirit of the company.

How would you describe your drag style?

Oh it’s like Polly Pocket meets Grand Ole Oprey …meets Felicity Shagwell in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

So you recently won RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Has that changed your life at all?

Not really. I mean, I’ve done Drag Race before. So for me, everything I’m doing now, I was going to do whether or not I won. I mean, the tours, all my music and my TV show. So for me, it’s a cool little check, but I’ve never let somebody else awarding me decide whether or not I was going to do something.

What is the inspiration behind the Now With Moving Parts Tour?

The show is about half stand-up, half music. Whenever something good slides into place in your life, like two or three things slide out of place. I guess getting older is sort of like becoming wise and becoming at peace with the fact that nothing is ever going to be absolutely right. Everything is always going to be a little off in your life, you know?

I know you released your One Stone EP pretty recently. What inspired you to get into music?

Oh I’ve been playing music since I was like 13 and folk music has always come really natural to me. So it was a very natural transition. I’ve always played guitar and I’ve always wrote music, and working music into stand-up was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

What would you say is the highlight of your career so far?

I would say the highlight of my career would be both times my albums came out and they were tops of the iTunes charts and they were charting on Billboard. Both times that was really cool.

You have such a glamorous and distinctive makeup look. How long does it usually take you to do a full face?

It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes. That’s it. But I’ve been doing it like ten years.

If you could steal another queen’s style for a day, who would it be and why?

I would be Naomi Smalls because she’s like 110 pounds and like 6’4”—and perfect skin tone, perfect face, perfect eyes. She’s so pretty.

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