&#zero39;Drag Race&#zero39; Star Gia Gunn on Creating &#zero39;Legendary Television,&#zero39; Hints at a Career Out Of Drag


“Drag will ceaselessly and all the time be the explanation that I’m the proud trans girl that I’m. And now that I’m that, I look ahead to transitioning together with my journey and each facet in my life.”

On Friday night time (Dec. 28), followers of RuPaul’s Drag Race bid adieu to one of many greatest shit-stirrers within the present’s decade-long historical past, as Gia Gunn was eradicated on All Stars four. During her three episodes, the queen rehashed previous beef with Farrah Moan and delivered legendary one-liners like, “What you wanna do isn't essentially what you're gonna do," whereas her and Trinity the Tuck fought over who would impersonate Caitlyn Jenner through the Snatch Game problem.

The queen added much-needed drama between the queens, and he or she doesn’t deny it: “I take full duty for all my actions,” she mentioned a number of instances by means of an interview with Billboard.

The queen additionally acknowledges that whereas some individuals can see the distinction between the human, Gia Ichikawa, and her drag persona, Gia Gunn — she additionally is aware of that there are some Drag Race followers who’re troubled by issues she mentioned on the present.

"In all honesty, I see it as problem for me to additional present individuals who I’m by means of my exhibits, by means of my speech, by means of my on-line presence and thru no matter inspirational issues that I’m doing going ahead."

Below, Billboard catches up with Gia to debate her time on Drag Race, whether or not she supposed to play the position of the season’s villain and probably transitioning to a profession exterior of drag.

What are you most happy with from this season?

My most proud second was positively on episode one, the expertise present. That is my pure born expertise and it’s one thing I’ve taken very critically since I used to be 5 years previous. It’s additionally a really proud second for me as a result of I’m representing my Japanese tradition. Just like trans individuals, I really feel Japanese tradition can be very underneath represented in at the moment's world. Especially within the drag world. So for me, it was actually simply [a big] second for me to have the ability to current this to the world. Not solely as a result of it was so near my coronary heart and being my expertise, but in addition simply bringing visibility to my heritage as effectively.

Do you’ve gotten any regrets from this season?

No regrets. I simply assume I may have possibly gone in there with somewhat little bit of a unique mindset; I may of possibly considered just a few issues in a different way. But on the finish of the day, I actually don't stay my life with regrets. I'm very unapologetic, not solely about my reality and my journey, but in addition the issues that I do and say.

I feel on one thing like Drag Race, all of us do and say precisely what you see on TV. Yes, it's edited. Yes, there could also be issues which might be rearranged or no matter, however on the finish of the day, I take full duty for all my actions.

Now that you just’ve seen Trinity’s interpretation of Caitlyn Jenner, do you assume you’ll have accomplished a greater job?

Definitely not. 110 p.c not and that’s the reason I used to be so prepared to let her play the position and be her. Just as a result of I knew that she was going to nail it. And I'm Trinity's primary fan relating to the whole lot she does.

I already knew that Snatch Game was positively a weak level for me, as that's additionally what bought me eradicated on season six. So nothing has modified. But yeah, I positively don't assume that I might have been capable of do it higher than her.

What would you say is the largest false impression individuals have about you?

I feel there's blended emotions on the market. I feel there's some people who have seen me since season six and are actually seeing me in All Stars they usually're like, "Wait, what occurred to her?" I feel some people who don't know me in any respect, may even see me as this tremendous adverse and evil, brash like, bully kind individual. Which is totally not me.

Those that know me personally and my household and my shut buddies, all know precisely who I’m. And I feel for me it's about making a TV persona versus who I’m through the day. Gia Ichikawa and Gia Gunn are very totally different. I needed to sort of create that persona with a purpose to deliver readability to my life. As for me, as a trans girl, drag at one level, not too way back grew to become very complicated for me. I wasn't certain if it was my actuality or a personality or what. So, I sort of constructed this wall up to have the ability to separate the 2.

I’m curious: Did you go into this competitors accepting the position of the villain? I feel you introduced some much-needed drama this season, however what that the sport plan or did it come naturally?

You know what? When I’m going on TV, I actually don't go in there calculated in any respect. I don't go in there with something deliberate. I simply sort of let no matter boils up within the second, come out. And I feel that's why I've been capable of create such legendary tv. Other individuals go in there mincing their phrases and holding again as a result of there's cameras in entrance of them. And simply not being themselves.

I feel some individuals accuse me of being faux and being deceptive, however in all actuality, I feel that's being faux: Holding again as a result of there's a digital camera in entrance of you, since you're anxious about what followers are going to say. For me, that's not being real to who you might be and that's not dedicating your self to tv. Which, I used to be there devoted to creating good TV. Not essentially to tug. If that is sensible?

That completely is sensible. So, out of the remaining women, who’re you rooting for?

I'm positively rooting for Trinity. I'm positively rooting for Naomi Smalls. And I'm positively rooting for Manila as effectively, my Asian sis.

Last query: what are your plans for 2019?

I plan on occurring a one girl tour the place I'll simply be displaying individuals who I’m by means of theater, by means of dance, by means of drag, by means of visuals, by means of speech. And I invite these which might be prepared to get to know me for who I’m, to return and see me at these tour dates. It's going to be referred to as the "This is Me" tour and I can be mainly sharing my journey with individuals, from childhood to turning into a drag queen and a homosexual man and now a trans girl.

On high of that, simply conquering the world and persevering with to simply be seen and dwelling my reality. I actually look ahead to, hopefully, transitioning out of drag and doing issues that, for me, are way more wanted on this world. I really feel that now, with the hundred plus RuPaul's Drag Race alumni that we’ve got, there's a lot underestimated expertise on the market and drag queens which might be actually placing in a lot effort into their craft. I really feel that for any individual like me, who had the time, not solely on TV, but in addition throughout the trade — I positively look ahead to, not closing the door, however permitting extra doorways to open for different artists on the market who actually need this.

And that's to not say that I don't need it anymore, I simply positively really feel myself shifting ahead. I really feel myself advancing. And simply getting extra in contact with what life actually means to me. Drag will ceaselessly and all the time be the explanation that I’m the proud trans girl that I’m. And now that I’m that, I look ahead to transitioning together with my journey and each facet in my life.