Fox’s stay manufacturing of Rent (Jan. 27) was a highly-anticipated tv occasion that didn't fairly go as deliberate, however performances from the present’s star-studded forged that includes Vanessa Hudgens, Keala Settle, and RuPaul’s Drag Race breakout star Valentina greater than made up for a few of the present’s pitfalls.
Valentina performed the position of Angel Dumott Schunard, the present’s iconic HIV-positive drag queen and the love curiosity of the drummer Tom Collins. As an expert drag queen herself, the Drag Race star’s casting and portrayal of the character couldn’t have been extra of an ideal match.
With a portfolio stuffed with gorgeous accomplishments, Valentina has actually made a reputation for herself because the begin of her skilled drag profession in 2015.
Here's every thing it is advisable know concerning the Drag Race and Rent Live! famous person.
Valentina has competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race twice, and carried out two iconic Ariana Grande lip syncs throughout each runs
Valentina made her tv debut in 2017 on RuPaul’s Drag Race's ninth season. She was well-known for her attractive runways, and her very dramatic telenovela persona that shortly made her a fan favourite. She was infamously eradicated within the present’s ninth episode throughout a lip sync to Ariana Grande’s “Greedy,” during which she initially refused to take off a masks that coated her mouth. Once she did, it was revealed that she didn’t know the phrases, and was eradicated after the efficiency. Despite her exit, Valentina received the hearts of followers throughout the nation once they all voted her to be the Miss Congeniality of the season.
In 2018, Valentina returned for an additional spherical of Drag Race on the present’s All Stars four season. During All Stars, she introduced again much more glamour and dramatics, and had the chance to not solely rating a problem win, however to additionally redeem herself with a stellar lip sync efficiency to Grande’s hit observe “Into You.” Sadly, because the competitors grew tighter, she started to flounder in the primary challenges. Valentina was finally eradicated within the present’s seventh episode, simply two days earlier than the premiere of Rent Live!
Before Drag Race, she competed and received an early model of The Boulet Brothers' Dragula
While RuPaul’s Drag Race celebrates a extra mainstream model of drag, The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula by Swanthula and Dracmorda Boulet is one other drag competitors that showcases a darker and edgier aspect of drag. Before the present had made its YouTube debut in 2016, the Boulet Brothers’ used to host the competitors in nightclubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City.
During one in all these occasions, Valentina competed and received the spooky contest in 2015. Valentina’s Dragula win was later acknowledged by the Boulet Brothers when she was introduced for season 9 of Drag Race. The duo shared a photograph of the three of them from 2015 on Instagram with a congratulatory message.
Valentina has had a ardour for performing ever since she was eleven years previous. During an interview with the LAist, Valentina mentioned going to a performing arts faculty and always working round Hollywood for homework. “My schooling expertise was very inventive,” she stated. “We had been free to do no matter so long as we coated what was assigned to us.”
Valentina identifies as nonbinary
In a current interview with Out Magazine, Valentina got here out as nonbinary. “I don’t utterly really feel like a person, I don’t utterly really feel like a lady,” Valentina stated. “I really feel like a goddess. I really feel like I’m my very own gender.”
In addition, taking part in the position of Angel on Rent Live! allowed Valentina to convey this facet of herself into the character. She was additionally wanting ahead bringing extra nonbinary illustration onto tv screens throughout the nation. “I do take the duty of being a homosexual nonbinary drag queen individual taking over a very necessary iconic position like Angel and I hope [audiences] tune in for it,” she stated.
She has launched her personal music
Valentina launched her debut single “A Prueba de Todo” in December of final yr. Instead of going for a typical membership beat, Valentina opted for an empowering Latin pop observe. She informed Billboard that she wished her followers to really feel the message of hope and perseverance within the music. “It actually resonates with me and my life proper now, and I feel it resonates with plenty of my followers and my following -- those who have felt underestimated, or pushed down, or pushed out of the best way, and may nonetheless make it by,” Valentina stated.
“And along with your hair blowing within the wind, along with your head held excessive -- even when the fact, or to different folks it's a nightmare, your fantasy is your dream come true.”