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posted Friday, April 11 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 15
RuPaul bares all
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RuPaul bares all

RuPaul bares all by Boy Mike - SGN Contributing Writer

The amazing talent of RuPaul now stretches more than two decades after he burst onto the scene back in 1993 with the #2 Billboard Dance Chart hit single 'Supermodel (of the World).' He has released six albums, been in more than 20 films such as The Brady Bunch Movie, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar and But I'm a Cheerleader. He hosted his own talk show on VH1 in the mid-90s called 'The RuPaul Show' and guested on dozens of other television shows. He has authored two books, Lettin' It All Hang Out and Workin' It! RuPaul's Guide to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Style. RuPaul was also a MAC cosmetics spokesperson, which raised millions of dollars for the MAC AIDS Fund. All that just for selling lipstick! And in 1999, RuPaul won the GLAAD Vito Russo Award for his contributions in making a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.

In this exclusive interview, conducted in mid-February, Ru talks candidly about his new album, Born Naked, RuPaul's Drag Race and shares a day in the life of RuPaul.

Boy Mike: Hi Ru. It's been a long time.

RuPaul: Boy Mike, you old geezer. (Laughs.)

Boy Mike: Oh you!! How are ya?

RuPaul: I'm doing fabulous, darling.

Boy Mike: I haven't talked with you in like two years.

RuPaul: It's been a long time.

Boy Mike: What one word describes how you are feeling today?

RuPaul: I feel excited. I'm so excited for the new season of Drag Race and my new album Born Naked that comes out on the very same day. I'm just bursting at the seams.

Boy Mike: So, tell me about your new album.

RuPaul: It's called Born Naked and it has so many genres of music on it. It's mostly a duet album. I have guests like Big Freida, Michelle Visage, Martha Wash, Frankmusik and many more.

Boy Mike: So, how many girls are competing in Drag Race this year?

RuPaul: It's 14. We've got a great group of gals this year who are just amazing. It just gets better every year. It's just the nature of boys who are overtly creative. It's the nature of this creature that can be so interesting and so beautiful to watch. And so every year, I'm never disappointed.

Boy Mike: What if some of your fans don't get Logo TV on their cable systems?

RuPaul: Well, ya know, you can get it on Logo's website and they have a new free app where some fans have already seen the first episode.

Boy Mike: Who are you having on the show as celebrity judges this year?

RuPaul: We've got Paula Abdul, Adam Lambert, Cheryl Lee Ralph, Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka, Khloe Kardashian. This list just goes on and on. It's so much fun. They all had a blast doing the show.

Boy Mike: At what point in your career did you finally tell yourself that you had made it?

RuPaul: Ya know, I believe it was when I did 'The Arsenio Hall Show' 20 years ago. Ya know, it's funny; I am actually taping a new appearance today. Wow, 20 years!!

Boy Mike: Will you be in drag or out of drag?

RuPaul: I'm not gonna be in drag. Ya know, the only time you can get me in drag is if you pay me. Cash money. (Laughter.)

Boy Mike: So, you've done many movies. Do you have any dream roles?

RuPaul: Well, I'd love to do a Drag Race movie. I'd love to put all our girls, which at this point are 75 girls, all in one movie. That would be my dream.

Boy Mike: Describe a typical day in the life of RuPaul.

RuPaul: Let me just describe my day yesterday. I got up and exercised; then did my tweeting. I had to sequence the new album because we mastered it yesterday. And then do my regular business. I learned some lines for an audition I had yesterday. I went in for the audition at Paramount for a sitcom. It always weirds me out to see other famous people going out for the same role as me. And you're like, wait a minute, that's so and so going for the same role. Then, I had a conversation with Lucian, my producer, because he was in the studio mastering the new album. So, I left there and had lunch. And then I got ready to go onto the set of this other film I am working on at Manhattan Beach where I worked until 1 o'clock in the morning. Went home to bed. Woke up at 6:30 the next day and started all over again.

Boy Mike: What does the word 'diva' mean to you?

RuPaul: Oh, it's the word that people use because they can't think of anything else. (Big laugh!)

Boy Mike: Out of the famous people you know, who do you consider the ultimate diva?

RuPaul: Oh, Judge Judy, by far.

Boy Mike: Do you have any advice for teens that are just now discovering their sexuality?

RuPaul: Well, it's important for teens, regardless of discovering their sexuality, to know thyself. That is the most important words, most important message for everybody. If you're a teen or an adult, know thyself. Be willing to invest in getting to know yourself. And to not judge harshly what you find out about yourself. Because sometimes it's not what you would expect.

Boy Mike: What would you like engraved on your tombstone once you're dead and gone?

RuPaul: 'You better WORK!' or 'You're born naked and the rest is drag.'

RuPaul's Drag Race has entered an unbelievable sixth season on Logo TV, and on February 24, RuPaul released his latest album, Born Naked. For more information about RuPaul, go to www.rupaul.com or www.rupaulsdragrace.com.

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