Trixie Mattel wears many hats atop of her sky-high coiff: Comedian, contested winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3, bubblegum Pied Piper of a rabid fanbase and acclaimed singer-songwriter (Rolling Stone referred to her recently released sophomore album, One Stone—available on iTunes—as the effort “which may just help establish the drag superstar as a country legend-in-the-making.”)
Still, armed with an autoharp and barb-sharp wit, the one-half of Viceland’s The Trixie & Katya Show isn’t one to rest on any laurels and remains grounded, even as I ask her to turn her phone volume up to capture all her brilliance. “Am I brilliant?” she responds.
Fresh off an Australian tour—the same one that’ll see her taking The Depot stage on Friday—and speaking with the buoyancy of a freshly popped bottle of pink Champale, the Milwaukee native, born Brian Michael Firkus, spoke with City Weekly about Mormons, the perils of intimate fan encounters and pee color.
There is a rumor going around that you’re beauty and intelligence in one combined. Any truth to this?
Well, I mean, I’m obviously a woman, and people stop me on the street every day. People think I’m Elle Fanning; people think I’m Hayden Panettiere. It’s, like, you know all of us Hollywood blonde actresses, you can’t just reduce us to our looks—we’re not all the same. We’re not your toy. We’re not property.
Exactly. I mean, you’re far from cookie-cutter.
Oh, completely. And as far as intellect goes, I have the mind of a mastermind. You know that Vine of that girl in her car? That’s me, bitch. I mean, I am mildly intelligent but I don't use it for good or anything. I’m pretty good at Skyrim, but I don’t, like, cure diseases or help anyone.
For you, what’s been the gag of RPDR Season 10?
Well, Monét and Cracker didn't win. So now, I don't care which one of those Cabbage Patch Kids wins. You got the Human Growth Hormone Barbie, who can’t form sentences, don’t care; Eureka wears a size 16 shoe—that’s that; Aquaria, she’s very into high turtlenecks and speaking like she’s in the movie Party Monster; and what’s her name? Big teeth, small mouth?
Asia, yes. I mean, they’re all fabulous, they’re all wonderful. I was just Team Cracker and Monét, so I’m checked out. I’m that gif of—who’s that actress that Bob the Drag Queen looks like?—Viola Davis grabbing her purse and leaving. I’m out. Also, truthfully, I’ve been on tour and I haven’t seen much. I haven’t seen anything since before the Cher Rusical.
So you missed Aquaria’s remarks on her fondness for clear pee?
Clear pee. Like, she gets excited when she pees clear.
Oh, OK. So that’s why you think I’m brilliant. Because my colleagues get excited about their pee color. Obviously, I’m kidding—and they’re all superstars and they’re all great. I’m on tour, so I haven’t been watching. Also, once you’ve done Drag Race enough times, it’s sort of like you saw Santa Claus bumming a cigarette behind the mall with his beard off and you don’t want to sit on his lap anymore.
Based on your Twitter feed, I must ask: How’s your binging of Lockup: Raw going?
Oh, my God! I am obsessed with Lockup. Well, I finished Lockup: Raw, so I moved onto Lockup: State Prisons, I watched County Jails and now I’m watching this other one called Lockup: Chain Linked. It’s amazing. I mean, I’ve learned a lot of prison life and the cyclical tragedy of drug abuse. It’s amazing how many people go to prison then keep coming back. It’s crazy how many prisons are severely overcrowded. I also find it alarming how drastically different prisons are state to state—some prisons are horrible, like Azkaban, and some fully have TVs and bubble baths—so I don’t know. I just hope that not if but when I get picked up for tax evasion, I end up somewhere where I can charge my Nintendo DS.
Of course, I admittedly kind of watch it for the gay sex fantasy. Like, if you were a gay kid, you watched The Wizard of Oz, but I was a really gay kid so I used to watch Oz, that prison drama on HBO.
What’s your “Now With Moving Parts” tour all about?
It’s a stand-up show—75 percent stand-up, 25 percent of it is my music. I love doing comedy and I love singing my songs. It also has some great costumes in it. There are five costumes, three wig changes, all while telling all these jokes and singing all these songs. My goal was whether or not you’re a comedian, a musician or a drag queen, you can come to this show and be like, “You can’t fuck with it. She really is that bitch.”