If 50 is the new 40 and 40 is the new 30, where does that put Trixie Mattel, who is struggling with turning the big 3-0?
“I’m too old, too young, 100 and 5 at the same time,” the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” All-Stars season 3 winner said. “Am I a grown-up or did I waste my best years?”
After some silent reflection, Mattel added, “I don’t feel old, but looks wise, I spent my 20s waiting for myself to visually peak. I either missed it or it didn’t happen. As far as dating and sex, it all changes as you get older, also.”
Mattel has been doing drag for a decade and fans have watched her grow on television.
“Is doing drag for 10 years something to be proud of or sad about? Everybody else is becoming accomplished in the traditional ways — getting married, having children. When you’re a gay crossdresser traveling the world, there are different benchmarks,” she noted.
Mattel certainly hasn’t wasted her time. She’s drawn an international following thanks to her stints with RuPaul and has toured the country three times, performing both in drag and as an accomplished folk musician. She has two businesses and owns that house, just like her straight friends.
Mattel is still pretty skeptical about relationships and certainly about marriage. She’s in a relationship, but the “M” word is not an option…yet.
“If I put everything I’ve done on a scale, what does it weigh up to?” she asked.
South Florida audiences will get the chance to ponder these questions with Mattel when she comes to the Broward Center on March 3 with her new show, “Grown Up.”
In addition to a little group therapy session on the Amaturo Theater stage, Mattel will be performing with a live band on tour for the first time. Her latest album will come out during the 29-city tour.
“I’m like a tired old show hag now,” acknowledging that, at 30, she just doesn’t have the stamina for the 60-city tour she last attempted. “The show is a celebration and proves that no matter how tragic or iffy your life may be, you can joke through anything. There’s nothing more universal than getting older.”
Mattel has always loved toys and dolls — hence her drag name — and finds them therapeutic with the creative process. But, make no mistakes, her show can get dark, like her Florida audiences.
“You all are some damaged people and like dark jokes,” she joked, dismissing her own issues for a moment. “Some drag queen should do a show called ‘Florida Man’.”
Suddenly, Mattel’s existential issues don’t seem nearly so tragic.
“Trixie Mattel: Grown Up” will be performed on Tuesday, March 3 at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $39.50 at BrowardCenter.org.