Find out what each of the eliminated contestants has to say about their latest turn on and off the runway.
While we have not seen Tatianna for almost seven years on the main stage of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, she came roaring back with a vengeance as part of the cast of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2”. A more polished and more mature Tatianna entered that workroom and quickly emerged as a true contender. Sadly, the contestants voting each other off each episode is definitely putting a twist on the weekly eliminations, and Tatianna was eliminated. We chatted about what it’s like being back in the spotlight after a long time away, what Tatianna would tell her Season 2 self, and what returning to “Drag Race” could mean to her career.
Tatianna, after your appearance in the talent show on Episode 1of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” you became the definitive dark horse in the competition and we can’t believe you left so early. How did it feel to be back in the workroom after all these years?
Well thank you so much! You know, it felt good. Same workroom, same runway. It really felt good.
Was there anyone when you went back into the workroom, that you were surprised not to see as part of the “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2” cast?
Definitely. I was surprised I didn’t see Trixie Mattel and I was surprised I didn’t see Morgan McMichaels. The two of them were the most that I was surprised to not see come through the doors.
Many people had complaints about the first season of “All Stars” due to the edited season and the team aspect, among other things. Were those concerns of yours when you initially decided to become part of the cast?
You know, I didn’t really worry about the teams because that was so disliked by everyone during the first season and I knew that they wouldn’t do that twice. I honestly didn’t know what to expect and thought it would be the way it’s always been.
Obviously when you walked into the workroom when you did your spoken word talent during the talent show, it was clear that so much has changed in your drag and performance style since you appeared on Season Two. From your own perspective, what do you think has changed the most?
I think overall I am just a lot more confident in who I am and in what I am doing. I have a clear and concise view of what and who Tatianna is, her direction, and who she is as a drag queen and a performer.
So who is Tatianna now?
She’s just a bad bitch! Tatianna is always going to have long hair and short skirts but overall, it’s about her not caring what other people are doing or what they have to say about it.
Many people were very surprised you went home this early. Did you think, if the shoe was on the other foot, it would have been hard for you to be sending fellow contestants home?
Maybe? For me, I am a pretty cut and dry person. If someone did poorly, then they did poorly. I mean, it’s going to suck if you have to tell someone that they are going home, but hey, that’s the rules.
You were visibly shocked when they explained the final twist. Would you go back if chosen?
Oh totally; I would do it again!
Now that “All-Stars” is finished (for now) what is next for Tatianna?
Well it’s so much more current and there is a lot more opportunity these days out there, as opposed to Season Two’s cast. We didn’t have agents, merchandise, that wasn’t a thing then. I get to travel now and see the world and meet everyone. I am basically coming from “A Place of Yes.”
How Bethenny Frankel of you!
Right? So many people don’t get that reference, but that is what I am trying to do. You know what, it’s actually very freeing! I am naturally the kind of person that will say I don’t want to do something, but now, I’m like “do it up!” Hey, I’m trying to pay off my Honda Civic!
What would Tatianna from “All Stars 2” say to Tatianna from Season Two if she was standing next to her on the “Drag Race” runway?
I would tell her to stop caring whether or not people like you. Back then, I was so worried if people liked me. Now, I don’t care who likes me and everyone likes me. You just can be yourself and it’s so freeing.