After almost 4 months of grueling competitors, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14 is lastly coming to an in depth.
On Friday (April 22), the highest 5 queens of the season — Angeria Paris VanMicheals, Bosco, Daya Betty, Woman Camden and Willow Capsule — will duke it out in a lip-sync smackdown for the crown. The winner won’t solely stroll away with the title of America’s Subsequent Drag Famous person, however a boosted money prize of $150,000, whereas the runner-up queen may even take dwelling an extra $50,000 due to a brand new rule launched simply earlier than the finale.
For the reason that begin of the season, Woman Camden has confirmed to be a pressure of nature within the drag competitors. Whether or not it was her gut-busting overacting on the ostentatious “Daytona Wind” performing problem, her slip-and-fall-into-a-mustache-reveal on the runway, or her wonderful efficiency within the Rusical problem, Camden has rapidly develop into each a fan-favorite and a frontrunner for the crown.
Beneath, Billboard chats with Woman Camden forward of the finale airing about the important thing to a very good Rusical efficiency, why she’s at present “obsessed” with Arana Grande, and her on-camera journey from shy background character to a queen telling herself, “Oh, b–ch, I bought this.”
Congratulations on making it to the finale, Woman! How are you feeling about making it to the tip of the competitors?
It’s in all probability sappy to say that I’m happy with myself, however I’m! [Laughs.] That s–t was so onerous! I’m happy with attending to the finale — lots of people, I believe, had been shocked with my journey. Was I shocked? No. I do know myself, and I knew that I used to be going to have a tough time with believing in myself and having the arrogance I wanted, as a result of I like to point out my skills and show who I’m somewhat than speaking about it. So, I’m simply actually proud that I made it far sufficient to point out everyone who I’m.
I like that you simply introduced up the journey, as a result of I used to be fascinated by your trajectory — you clearly constructed as much as that first problem win in “The Daytona Wind,” after which from there, you had been virtually unstoppable. Did you’re feeling that momentum when you had been within the competitors?
I believe I simply realized that all the things stopping me as much as that time was all self-talk. It was all, “Oh, I don’t know if I can do that, I don’t know if I can do this.” Particularly after my second win, I used to be totally like, “Oh, b–ch I bought this. Maintain my purse, let me go.” I believe that the one factor that actually modified was that I believed in myself — I didn’t change what I introduced, I didn’t change who I used to be, I simply let myself have enjoyable with it. I do know that’s been recommendation given by previous Drag Race contestants is to have enjoyable with each problem, however you’ll be able to’t assist however really feel like, going into it, that’s simpler mentioned than completed! You don’t find yourself listening to that recommendation.
So yeah, I believe that it was my mentality that modified, as a result of I bear in mind pondering, “The most important danger proper now could be to not fear about failing.” I might continuously use that mechanism, as a result of if I may preemptively think about all the issues that would go incorrect, then I used to be defending my emotions. I may “catch myself earlier than I land,” which is one thing that Angie advised me as soon as. However I noticed that I may take that emotional parachute away, and it bought me all the way in which right here.
Talking of that second win — your efficiency in Moulin Ru, I’ll simply go forward and say, was among the best Rusical performances that we’ve had on Drag Race. What recommendation would you supply to queens trying to excel within the Rusical on future seasons?
See, I believe the shift that occurred after I realized that this truly was a very good half for me was finally me understanding that it’s not concerning the half that you simply get, as a result of each half on the present is designed to be a possibility. As a lot as folks need to be like, “Oh, this half is type of small,” it’s not concerning the dimension of it. Each function that the writers gave us for this Rusical had one thing. I imply, have a look at Willow! She was not in the complete present, after which as quickly as she got here onstage, she lit that s–t on fireplace! That’s an instance, the place it’s not the half you get, it’s about how one can make it yours.
I went to performing college, and my coaching may be very a lot about “convey your self to the scenario.” Often, you as an individual have a lot extra ammunition than you can add to a brand new character that you simply simply made. I’m not the emcee of a nightclub with a beard, however possibly I do know what it’s prefer to run a present, and to ensure everybody’s doing what I want them to do! I do know what it’s prefer to need cash! So I used to be actually simply channeling what it could really feel prefer to be in that scenario. So, the long-winded recommendation right here is to search out your self in no matter function you get, and also you’re going to show it out into one thing magical.
I like that you simply not too long ago shared that quick movie exhibiting off your unbelievable ballet abilities — had been you in any respect bummed that you simply didn’t get to point out off your ballet abilities extra on Drag Race?
Proper, I bought to a little bit within the premiere with my expertise present, however it wasn’t actually actual ballet, it was form of drag ballet. I believe Ru gave me some recommendation then, which was “Why is it drag?” And I do know that it’s a drag present and we have to entertain folks, however I believe I took that all through all the things and was like … ballet is who I was. It’s a lovely time of my life, I beloved being a ballet dancer, and it was a number of the hardest years of my life, and in addition a number of the most ecstatic emotions I’ve had on stage.
The draw back of that’s that my precise character was probably not on show, it wasn’t free — I used to be dancing in roles that had been choreographed by different folks, and being perfected, and rehearsing in order that they’d be constant. Drag is like, “No, b—h, we’ve seen that. Fall down, stand up, put on a mustache, no matter!” I’ve discovered a brand new interior confidence from all of this — like, actually, I by no means felt horny till now. I’ve by no means felt genuinely lovely till I grew to become a drag queen, and I don’t actually need to return. I like ballet, and I’ll nonetheless go to the ballet and like it. However I believe what I wanted as a human was to form of let go of that perfectionism, as a result of I felt so trapped on this shyness. The journey of Drag Race actually let me step out of that.
Now, issues have modified for the finale — the winner is now taking dwelling $150,000, whereas the runner-up will win $50,000. What was your response to this information?
At first, I used to be very very like, “Ooh, yay!” After all, who wouldn’t? Duh! Like, “Nice, f–king superior, more cash!” After which I believed that the opposite queens of earlier seasons had been going to be pissed! [Laughs.] However honestly, I’m not somebody who tries to focus an excessive amount of on what I’m going to get out of one thing, as a result of that by no means actually satisfies you as an artist. Like, in the event you’re an actor, if all you care about is cash or admiration, then we’ll scent it!
It’s a must to concentrate on nothing however what you’re truly doing, and never what’s on the opposite aspect of it. That method, you’re not anticipating the cash, and also you’re not disillusioned in the event you don’t get it, you’re simply centered on what you’re doing — after which afterwards, you’ll be able to get up out of the dream and be like, “Ooh, yay, cash!” So I’m attempting not take into consideration the cash, actually — I do know that’s a pageant reply, however it doesn’t produce good work! I simply wanna give the folks a present!
If you happen to had been to make the pitch for your self, why do you suppose you should be topped the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14?
I believe I’ve had the very best journey, when it comes to discovering myself. I really feel like I symbolize somebody who by no means believed in myself anyplace close to sufficient, after which rediscovered who I’m through the course of. I do know that I’ve the expertise to work endlessly, I do know I’ve what it takes to be a famous person. I do know that I’m going to proceed to kill it! I imply, simply have a look at what I did on the present — I’m a theater child, I all the time will likely be, and I’m going to do massive issues with that! I’ve all the time been a dreamer, you recognize? I’ve all the time lived in a fantasy, and even at occasions the place it appears like a foolish thought or a foolish dream, I’ve by no means listened to anybody after they’ve advised me all of that, and it’s gotten me this far. So I’ll proceed refusing to take heed to the naysayers, as a result of it’s a waste of my time!
Earlier than I allow you to go — is there a selected tune, album or artist that you simply’ve discovered your self going to recently for inspiration?
Ooh, I’ve two right here. First, I’m obsessive about Ariana Grande. I’m an enormous Ari stan. When she first adopted me and commented on my web page the primary time, I’m not even embarrassed to inform you that I drunk, messy-cried for like a very good hour. Now, I’m attempting to be cool! I’m attempting to be her buddy, like, “What’s good.” [Laughs.] So sure, in fact, Ariana. After I first form of departed from being a bunhead into somebody that’s keen on popular culture, she was the primary particular person I obsessed over.
However along with that, I’ve been listening to “Don’t Cease Me Now” by Queen a lot. I simply really feel like, you recognize, Queen is already an enormous inspiration on the whole for me. However there’s one thing concerning the phrases of “Don’t Cease Me Now,” of the trajectory of that tune, that’s type of how I’ve been feeling since I stepped into the workroom. Like, “Don’t cease me now/ I’m having such a very good time/ I’m having a ball,” it’s similar to … I’m! It’s good to have a f–king ball generally! Life is supposed to be loved, and I believe that tune has been form of a reminder recently, telling me, “Don’t fear concerning the trip ending, simply go forth!”