Bianca Del Rio is arguably one of the most popular queens to come out of "RuPaul's Drag Race" in the six seasons the hit LOGO show has been airing. It should come as no surprise that her dose of scathing sarcasm (sprinkled with a dose of heart) captivated the fans and led her right to the crown. Bianca took a few minutes to chat with SFGN about her big win, how it feels to look at "Drag Race" post-show, and her feature film "Hurricane Bianca"!
You're the winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season six, so first a huge congratulations! What a long, strange trip it's been. Does it feel like you thought it would?
Thank you so much. It really does feel amazing. It's kind of like everyone watching the show and following us online think they know everything about everything, you know? They think they have the inside scoop, they know all the rumors, etc. Now it's done! Here is actually what really happened; what do you think about that?
Many fans wondered why they didn't officially crown you and only gave you the scepter. What happened?
I really don't know. It may have been a matter of wigs, they really didn't brief us on all that. They just said here's your scepter and there you go!
You've spoken several times about delaying even initially trying out for "Drag Race.” What do you think really pushed you in the direction to finally make the leap?
I've been a drag queen in New Orleans and New York City for years. In New York City, Brandon Voss hosted parties and he hired me to host the "RuPaul's Drag Race" finale parties. Two seasons ago, (Season Four contestant) Willam and (Season Four Winner) Sharon Needles were complete c**nts and were so rude. I thought it was a hell of a lot of nerve, considering one looks like E.T. and the other one should be dead. It just really set me off and I decided right then and there that I would be trying out myself. It's a really quick, fast paced process, but I definitely am glad that I did it.
Prior to leaving to film "Drag Race" you were starting to self-finance for a feature film, "Hurricane Bianca.” Will we see that pick back up now that you're back?
Oh you absolutely will. The thing is, people started to give money to the project and then in June, I left to start filming. When production tells you that you've been cast, you have a very short turnaround time. Imagine that you give money to a project and then you don't hear anything from me. People probably thought that I went to Mexico for tits or something. Now that I'm back you definitely will get to see the project move forward, I'm hoping that it will probably be happening next summer.
Leaving "Drag Race" in the rearview mirror, what do you think you will miss the most?
It's really crazy seeing yourself that way and then coming out on the other side. It's a constant roller coaster. I mean you get cast, which is a huge high. Then you leave for the show, then you come possibly come back after elimination, then you watch it on television and re-live the entire thing along with the rest of America. It's afforded me so many opportunities, I've gotten to travel and see areas of the world that I may never have seen before. I went to Newfoundland, Canada, so many places.
Clear up a misconception about yourself right now for all of the viewers.
I really don't think that there are any. I flew back from Los Angeles to New York and the stewardess offered me two bottles of wine, a big and a little one, I took the big one. While I was finishing it, I made peace with myself. Everything I said or did, that was it. For example, I don't remember the line I said in "Untucked" about cutting wigs, but I must have said it! At that point on the plane, I said that I was moving forward from this amazing experience.
Finish this sentence; Bianca Del Rio is.
A MAN [laughs]. Grateful. I'm really grateful that I have this amazing opportunity.
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