AUGUST 28, 2019 11:45:20 When we first met the drag queens of RuPaul’s All Stars, the queens were all in the same room and the vibe was almost like a dance party.
“You get all the queens together, we all start singing and it’s kind of weird,” says RuPaul, who co-created the show with Drag Race alum and fellow RuPaul alum Jinkx Monsoon.
“I remember the first time I met all these girls, I thought, ‘I wish I could be in this room,'” says Monsoon, who also serves as the show’s executive producer.
“And then when I was on season two, I felt like I could just be the queen and have my own space.”
After the first season aired in 2011, RuPaul decided to step away from the Drag Race world and concentrate on his acting career.
The show’s first season focused on a group of friends and family, including a group from his native South Africa, a group who have been living in Los Angeles for the past six years.
After the show ended, he began working with RuPaul on his own drag show.
In a series of behind-the-scenes videos released on Twitter, Ru is seen dancing with fellow drag queens and talking about the challenges of being the only woman in a room full of men.
“We didn’t know that we were going to have the privilege of being on Drag Race and have a room filled with guys,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter.
“That was just a dream come true for me, to get to do that, and then to have a group that was like family to me.”
The new season of All Stars has already attracted plenty of attention.
Alyssa Edwards and Mandy Moore recently signed on to play the queens, while new faces like Courtney Act, Sasha Velour, and Raven-Symone are all signed to star in their own drag projects.
RuPaul has also hinted that he may return for a reunion series of All Star Season 2.
“They’re really going to do a reunion,” he told Rolling Stone.
“So that’s something I want to do, because that’s where it’s at.”
With all of the attention the show has gotten, it’s been a long road for the queens.
“There was no one to really tell us, ‘Hey, I have a life,'” says Edwards.
“RuPaul has been really supportive of us.
He told me, ‘You’re not a diva, you’re a performer.’
“Everyone has to take a leap of faith when it comes to the show, and to get out of their comfort zone.” “
The girls were so supportive of each other,” says Moore.
“Everyone has to take a leap of faith when it comes to the show, and to get out of their comfort zone.”
“You can’t be a divina and not be a performer,” says Velour.
“To be on a show like Drag Race where people are going to say, ‘Why is this diva not on the show?’
You have to just do it, and I’m glad I did it because I was so young and I wanted to be a part of that.”
For Edwards, the biggest thing to come out of the new season is the way RuPaul encourages the queens to be themselves.
“He says, ‘Your life is the only thing that matters to you,'” she says.
“But I don’t think he ever gives up on you.
“It’s not just the show that matters. “
Because you’re not on camera, you don’t have to be perfect,” adds Velour of Ru’s philosophy.
“It’s not just the show that matters.
You’re on a stage, you have to do it.”
All Stars Season 2 premieres on August 29 on Logo.