Max strutted into the workroom on this season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with old Hollywood glamour and the talent to back it up. Her creative runway fashions (arm braces!) and her daring looks made her a favorite to go far this season. Sadly, she left right before the midway mark of the competition. SFGN chatted with Max about her style inspirations, who she feels could take the crown, and what it was like writing that lipstick message on the mirror post elimination.
Many people thought you were going to be the dark horse of the competition and would maybe blaze past the favorites and take the crown this season. How do you feel about going home earlier than many thought you would?
I can’t pretend that I performed my best that week. I would have liked to have stayed a little bit longer though. I know many of the girls always say that they have so much more to show, but I definitely had a few more punches to throw in the competition. It was a little shocking and a little surreal, but I am very happy to have had the opportunity and I am very, very proud of my performance.
Max is somewhat of a hybrid of many different styles and a very different character, one that we have not seen on “Drag Race” before. Can you tell me where Max exactly comes from?
Oh Max comes from the way that I was raised, the movies that I watched when I was younger, the music that I used to listen to, the people that I have known in my life. Honestly, Max is just me with some extra makeup and some extra hair; I’m very much a part of my drag character and vice versa. Max is really just me with some extra volume.
The “Drag Race” experience can be a bit of a whirlwind. Looking back, what do you think you would say was one of your more favorite movements?
I think it would have to be when we were filming. When I got to spend time with the girls off-screen and feel like I was making friends and having a successful experience. It was great out there, it was sunny, my first time in Hollywood, it really was fun.
What do you think was your least favorite part of the process?
Probably being told “sashay away.” Being filmed writing my lipstick message on the workroom mirror, was wicked and it was not fun. It wasn’t terrible though and I went out with my head held up high. As Milk said, “Can I get my phone back”?
Which of the girls do you stay in touch with?
Oh absolutely! When my elimination episode aired, they all sent me their condolences and it was so sweet. We all have gone through this amazing experience and we are all just trying to support each other through it.
What do you think is next for Max?
I have always wanted to do theatre and film. While I’m “young”, maybe I could do a campaign or a show or something like that.
If you had to put your entire “Drag Race” experience into one word, what do you think it would be?
Transformative. This experience has forced me to evolve and it’s been so helpful.