Bob the Drag Queen

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

We sit down with RuPau's Drag Race winner and co-host of HBO's We're Here Bob the Drag Queen to chat life beyond drag race, how the LGBT community can support Black Lives Matter, Season 2 of We're Here, and what Kate Moss eats on set.  

This is metro source minis, theofficial podcast to Metro source magazine and home of short form interviews with your favoritepersonalities from the lgbtq world and beyond. Quick, Fun and informative. It'smetro source on the go, out in proud since one thousand nine hundred andninety. All right, this is metro force minis. I'm your host,out Rodriguez press first first, our guest today, winner of season eight ofRoopholes, drag race coast are of HBO's hip show for new per season two. By the way, Hey, hey, we're here to comedy specials. Boughtthe drag Queen. LIBRC CAROLYS and bought the drag queen suspiciously large womenpodcasters simply rivalry with money exchange after tales of the city Cherry pop producer Bessy'sweb series and children's stat a fist, and I doot we're going to findout. Welcome Bob, the drag queen for our metro mini. Welcome Bob, and this is when everyone at home goes they're going crazy right now.They're losing it. Yes, okay, so this is our so we're goingto do short form interviews your very first time doing drags. My first timewas at gay pride. I believe that he was two thousand and nine inNew York City. I wore up a tennis act dress wig for Ricky's withbangs on the side and potent. I mean was later just skirt pulled upover my Chaz and I've belt it in put socks into the takes. Andwhat was your dragon experience prior to them? Did you have a lot of dragqueen friends, medicable drag Queens? I met a couple of drag queensfrom a local park called Lavish Lounge and Queens, and I had done dragmakeup want in a makeup class in college, but besides that my only experience wasfrom television. Okay, all right, all right, all right, you'recoming out story. Oh it was really interesting. I came out alot. I mean that we all come...

...out like over of course of atime as I got my mom first the day guards in the high school andI came to my friend and my best friend from high school and then Iwent to college and kind of went back in the closet and I went tospencers. You were the source of spencers that in the malls and I boughtthis really my tike. Yeah, we are aging ourself, girl, becausethey kind of have like little more adults, a little bit naughtier. Yeah,it was like, yeah, it was like a naughty little store.You could buy like interesting stuff and you can buy t shirts with like wittysayings on them, and I bought this rainbow belt and I was like,I'm gonna start wearing this rainbow belt around. That is my way. Everyone oneof the gays not. Did you have any gay people in your family, or gays in my family? My mom is queer and my uncle's queer, so there's a lot of gay DAA in my family. You're about toget it somewhere. The other isn't the waters in the water. Now,how did you change the most professionally and personally, from day one of themin drag race to winning the crown? Oh, I would definitely say thatI've looked at myself as much more of a business than just a talent,like he used to be like I'm time a talent and then someone else doesthe business. Now I look at the business side of being pop and drag. Okay, I got this question asked. CAN DRAG is. Can drag becometoo commercial and straight washed? I don't think that. Like for menow, I love my dragon, that I love my dragon. I don'tthink if someone else's drag diminishes mine. So having SIS, you two women, because Baden drag, having children because Baden drag, having Nina West,seeing songs for children, does not diminish the drag. The Bob, thedrag queen us. Okay, we have been through a very interesting period oftime socially and politically for the LGBT community...

...and other minority communities. How canthe LGBT community best support black lives matter? What do we need to do more? Is there anything we should stop doing? From your opinion? Well, I think that we should listen to people of Color, listen to blackpeople in terms of wet black lives matter means. We should also just consider, and a big thing. Do his vote, and you see to meable to vote like your son is black. Vote like you have a child thatwill grow up with a black person in America. Vote like that.Okay, yeah, I love it. Okay, real pauls drag race,tell me what your experience was like. They hold you up in a hotelyou're not really able to text people, you're not really able to tell peoplewhere you are. What does that do to you emotionally and and just haveany physical ramifications? Well, as I still walk with a lamp. AndI'm kidding. And it is who. I want to know from WHO?Right they keep you in a hotel room. Want to how long did depend on? How far are you go? I was there the whole time.was I was an old everybody'm not to have, which at the time seemedcrazy, but I've been in this fucking apartment for three months, so maybeit's what have you done? Like what's the weirdest thing you've been doing inquarantine? Like something you're like, I'm doing that now. I've never donethat. I don't. Oh, I mean I, I. I.I was working out a lot in the beginning. In the beginning I wasI'm gonna get this by it together, and then I lost some weight andI was like I'm good here, I'm good where I'm at. Girl,I'm on the opposite side. I was like let's eat everything that we're goingto be here for months. And now they're like hey, what's Hollywood hasreopened them, like wait, wait, what know, you've gotta give mesome time. I was a twink when quarantine started. Do you have anysurvival tips for surviving quarantine? I would...

...say be honestly. The most importantthing, honestly, is be nice to yourself. Like, be nice toyourself. Something be so mean to themselves and so hard on themselves. Youdon't need to come out of quarantine speaking Spanish, with ABS, no insign language, with an associate's degree in interior design. Like, be niceto yourself. We're here renewed pour season two, huge accomplishment, HBO's firstunscripted series. How did that project come into your last did you have toaudition for it? Where you part of the creative process? I got whatever, I guess, so I didn't do being part of the creative process.We are consulting producers in the show, but we ended up. I gota phone call. I just got off the cash a cruise and I washeaded back to New York. I was in Miami at the airport. Iwas headed to New York seat and I got a phone call runner I didn'trecognize. I always answer the phone, even but I recognize the number.I'm a holding scissors because you never know who it is and I asked thecar exactly nine and one and I am and I got a called being likeit was from Steve Warren, that one of the crowds of the show.Is like, I really want you to be in this show. Let's havelunch and then the rest history. Did you know who the other queens wereor you just trusted that they knew? Well, when I got to thewhen I when I got to the meeting, the dinner, he told me thatit was she angela and Eureka and and of course I knew them.I had to work with them both. Had that. I actually written thesong for Eureka couple of years ago and I did a song with Angela andwe've I've toured with both of them, so I'm familiar. I'm familiar withtheir work. Did you have to work on some of the chemistry? Youguys are so different on the show and...

...sometimes when personalities are so different,it doesn't Joe. But you successfully do it where the differences in your presentation, in your personality and your approach makes for a winning combination. Well,I think the reason why it works, by frankly, is because we don'tspend that much time together. We roll into town, the first day we'retogether and then we meet our drag kids and then we were apart for eachother like eight days. You come back together in a ninth game and wesee each other again and that is makes for a lovely work situation. Butaren't quest saying, like, at the same hotel, you guys not goingup to the like the gay clubs together, or you seek out? We lookedup. We all have orgies of getting. We know we've definitely we'vegotten burning together, we've gone we've Gone Kara yoking together, we go todinners together. We also do our own thing too, and that the thingsthat just me changeling Eureka. We have entire teams of people there, sothere's a lot of people there who are witnessing, like you know, allthis stuff. There's the designers, there's a producers, there's the there's somany people there. What is a memory that you have from filming the firstseason that we're here that sticks with you to this day? Is it?And it sounds so silly, but the one of those memorable thing was we'reall bowling and Chancela was doing horrible, and I mean horrible like she wasdoing a terrible job and then I told her, I said listen, it'snext. I'm going to be a strike or we're going to go viral.So I started filming on some most I said, what do you do?Is when you bowl, right when the pay the bowl hits the pain,you need to do a dip, or some people call it a death drop, right at the ground and then you're going to get a strike. Anyway, I did it. It's on my twitter. Go check it out.into the video of Chandula hitting the shablamb right on, right as she hitsthe strike. It's crazy. Now can I ask you, this is justgirl talk here, why does the judges on rupaul's draft rase still have surprisedwhen somebody does it, does a depth...

...dropper like, oh, it's neverbeen done before. My mom is doing dust drop cupping down the hallway.As someone who has been performing in the clubs for years and I've seen thepower that a dip has on audience members, people who see it every week,come news your every week, it's still just gags and when you seeit in person like this is crazy. Why do you think we're here?has been such a hit but did my camera guy? You went sideways.Girl, I don't know what just happened. So Weird. There we go andwe're black. There we go. I know you don't drink, soit's not that. So what are you asking? Why do you think theshow has become so popular and it's become popular in so many different audiences?It's not. It's not just a gay show, it's not just a dragshow. It's something different. Why do you think people have responded so wellthrough it? Well, it's all the things from every other reality TV competitionrolled into one's designed. Is Sinking, is dancing, is makeup, ishair, is literally every other reality competition in one and then there's been somethingfor everyone and some of the emotional stories and some of the lives that youguys change, seeing that journey is very touching, especially in this climate thatwe're in. It seems like it would have been a very heavy emotional experience. Did you need time to kind of decompress? You even we're here.We met even, we're here. We're here. Yeah, did any timeto decompress? I mean bear mine. We filmed this show of the courseof nine months, so it wasn't like it wasn't going from one city andthen like having this emotional spirit thing going...

...on record to a next city.We had time in between two do our other gigs and, you know,visit our family and have Christmas and everything. Okay, okay. How is called? Well, the most different from Bob, the factually well, oneof those drag wins that has like a persona you like been to the crimeas like a different boy. She does, Yeh, and like Jins Mun soonis like Whoa? Jinks is a MILF and Jarek is like a whatever. I don't have like a different character. I'm really for me Bob as anickname and my costumes are my working to what would you say to yourselfat twenty one years old? I wouldn't say anything. I wouldn't want to. I would want to fuck it up. I wouldn't want to. I wouldwant to change my bath. I would want, I would think,to turn out the way they there they are now. You know what Imean. Any of my father imagine I say the wrong thing and I endup not doing dragon, end up being a boring lawyer. No offense anyLaura's watching, but you know your job was no, he would be inchildren's theater, you'd be like the biggest star in children stater, the biggestdirector and children sater because, yeah, probably for a few years. Yeah, I did. I did it from eighteen until twenty, like five.That's a big chump of time. And Children's theater has so many different aspectsto it, from the difficulty of dealing with kids and parents, but alsolike behind the scenes. I've been to a cast party or two for somechildren singing. That's going a little lonkey. Well, kids are fine, parentsshow parents are the worse. I'm such a huge fan and I'm sothankful to to talk with you. We're going to play a little rapid fire. Are you okay with that? Of course, okay, that's a startsrapid fire. Who is the biggest girl?...

I can't diva on the set ofwe're here. I think that all the girls would probably unanimously say itwas me, because I teadu to let's just say, I like things theway I like them and I'm always coming from a point whem. I waslike, well, listen, I showed up one time, I did this, I did that, so why aren't you doing your end of the deal? That is very neat and if someone's say we're going to do something enoughand they don't do it, I have no qualms being like, well,you didn't do what you said you're going to do. Let's talk about that. Yeah, right, and I think that works for any kind of relationshipyou have, whether it's family, friends, Cook ups. What is the shakiestthing you saw behind the scenes of drag race that we might not havethinking? Who Behind the scenes? Ah, my good as it was. Soit was also five years ago, so I really have to like thinkheard about what was a shady thing. Well, here's one, another oneideva moments that Kim loves Zella Story. I was we had done. It'salways my way, always revolves around food. When I'm hungry, I'm just amonster. We had to spend the entire day working. It was itwas on the wizard of Oz episode and we had spent this whole day's workingso hard. I was so tired. We ordered our food like five hoursago and it showed up and everyone got their food and everyone's food was perfect, except my. My order was wrong and I was just reading. Iordered a Chappotla Burrito with white rice, black beans, hot sauce, corn, salsa, cheese and Guacamoli with chipotle dinner rare. On the BURRITO.They put the heats in it and I did not want the heat is init because I don't like cook onions, and I remember it. Taking onebite of the bridge, I took one bite of this Burrito and I sawthese goddamn onions in there and I remember like, I don't remember why Isaid I remember freaking out and to this day Kim's like and Bob was goinggreat. So honestly, this was like...

...people always think I'm probably one ofthe biggest. Yeah, but I tell you, onions are literally the worst, especially if you don't want it there. You don't want it there. It'sthe worst. And I was so hungry and I've work for so long. Everyone's food was right except mine. Everyone at everything want to accept me. Okay, most overdone, Dragsong, and I'm telling you, yeah,yeah, what was the name of your autobiography? It would probably be seesomething you like and your worst date. My worst date, Oh my God, I don't know that I had any good days. I was winning adate with this guy who's be really sweet. We're actually still kind of friends.But like at the beginning of the day, he basically let me knowthat he wasn't interested in me, but we still went on the date.Why? I don't because we were there and we were going to eat andI was like, wells I stood up one time. I guess I'm visible. I guess it up a problem. In eleven grade one time I metthis guy at a tire restaurant. While I didn't meet it because he nevershowed up. So I've had some real stinkers. Oh my God. Yeah, where can our viewers going to bother? The Drag Queencom you have had allmy social dare my entire schedule. Go to or just Google Bop thedrag queen. My instagram pop up, my twitter's great. That's we're great. Well, and it's on fire you as well, leading in the background, which we love you for. You guys. So that is a miniepisode and that has been bothered. DRACK. We from Metro source, Minties,and that's yours. I am your host and lead writer for Metro sourceand way before we go, before we go, everyone's looking at this,you all. You see all these magazine...

...covers around here. I see somegreat people around here, I see and I see over there my sister,Miss Pepper Mint. When am I going to get my cover? Metro itis common. Metal source has been around since one thousand nine hundred and ninetyout in proud girl. This is a four way. Let me tell you. You have a lot to say and I love the way you say it. So grow well. Thank we're going to see you in our August Septemberissue as well, so I'd be for that. Anyway you can find me. I am a podcaster and lead writer from Metro source, Alexander Rodriguez.Follow me on Instagram, but Alexador is on air. You can binge listento all of our episodes of Metro source mini speaking your favorite celebrities from ourissues. Until next time, stay true, stay you. Okay, boo.Thank you, Bob, so much, my pleasure. That has been anothernatural source mini like share, subscribe on your favorite podcast player and checkout the latest issues of Metro source magazine on newstands or online at natural sourcecom. Follow us on Facebook, instagram a natural source and on twitter at letjust course. Man. Until next time. They had.

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