Lucy Lawless - I Had A Ball With Ru Paul
It wasn't a drag For Lucy Lawless to take part in a new
1 November 2009
KIWI beauty Lucy Lawless has once again teamed up with the
world's most famous drag queen.
The Xena: Warrior Princess stunner has long been friends with
RuPaul, and in 2006 he dueted with the actress on the single
Come 2 Me, which helped kickstart her singing career.
Now she has repaid the favour by appearing in the US
entertainer's latest project, a reality show called RuPaul's
Drag Race, dubbed America's Next Top Model for cross dressers.
Lawless will appear on our screens later this month as a
guest judge in the series, which has been a surprise hit in the
"I've been friends with Lucy for many years so I just asked
her to be on," RuPaul told The Buzz.
"She's highly regarded and loved by the gay community here.
She's a gay icon. The character she played in Xena really
personifies what gay people love about feminine energy, someone
who is both feminine and masculine at the same time.
"The contestants were so excited to see her."
The show follows RuPaul's hunt for the next drag superstar.
Each week one of the nine contestants is eliminated after taking
part in challenges which range from creating outfits to singing
and dancing in a music video.
Lawless is one of several guest judges, lining up alongside
Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams and 90210 actress Tori
Lawless feels the reality show draws on the themes shown in
documentary film Paris is Burning, which follows drag queens as
they prepare for and compete in underground balls.
"Paris is Burning has gone legit!" she told The Buzz.
"I had a fabulous time on Drag Race. RuPaul is a wonderful
man, and a wonderful woman to boot."
The judges in America's Next Top Model and Project Runway can
be quite hard on the contestants but RuPaul was determined to
avoid anything "too hostile" in his latest show.
And the 48-year-old admitted that mum-of-three Lawless was
gentle in her assessment of the contestants. "The characters she
plays are really tough because she's got a strong presence and
aura, but she's a soft touch," he said.
"She likes a bit of a joke, she's got a Kiwi sense of
RuPaul, who has enjoyed music success both on the club
circuit and in the charts, was last in New Zealand more than a
decade ago for a nightclub performance.
And he is hoping the New Zealand screening of RuPaul's Drag
Race, currently showing on Sunday nights on Vibe, will boost his
profile so he can return.
"Selfishly the thing I'm most excited about is that it'll
mean I can come back to New Zealand because after they've seen
the show viewers will want to see me in person," the 2m tall
"I've always wanted to return, I was just struck by how
lovely it was over there and beautiful, like this unspoiled part
of the earth that I just love.
"If you have a Mardi Gras or something similar coming up, I
have a strong feeling I'll be there for that."
RuPaul's Drag Race is on Vibe,
Sundays at 7.30pm.