Warning! The next article incorporates main spoilers from Thursday’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars three. Learn at your personal danger.
The distinction between a hockey mother and a pitbull? Lipstick. The distinction between Jesus and BenDeLaCreme? A shoddily-smeared slick of Wite-Out… on a container of lipstick. That’s proper, RuPaul’s Drag Race followers: the second coming of BenDeLaChrist (okay, okay, Creme) got here to an unholy finish Thursday night time, as maybe probably the most beloved All Star within the sport — unable to ship one in all her cherished sisters residence after profitable her fifth of the present’s six challenges up to now — sacrificed herself to save lots of her fellow opponents.
After a season spent showcasing her performative skills (and a few of the most sickeningly attractive eleganza in All Stars herstory), BenDeLaCreme had a chat with EW about what went flawed, what went proper, who provided that now-infamous bottle of Wite-Out, what Michelle Visage mentioned to her after the stunning self-elimination, and shutting out her sophomore Drag Race go-round on her personal phrases. As BenDeLaCreme-as-Julie-Andrews would say, “Microphone drop.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars three airs Thursdays at eight:00 p.m. ET on VH1. Learn on for EW’s full cant with BenDeLaCreme.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Now that the second coming of BenDeLaChrist has come and gone and also you’ve sacrificed your self, ought to we put together for the Rapture?
BENDELACREME: Fairly probably. However like, with the Rapture, individuals are gone however piles of garments are left behind. This may be just like the reverse!
Are you okay with it if the title BenDeLaChrist sticks?
Yeah, completely! Individuals are making an attempt to make sense of the choice that I made in their very own approach. How ever individuals need to discuss it’s wonderful. I believe there’s undoubtedly the critique of individuals saying: “Oh, martyrdom!” Typically you simply make choices as a result of they really feel good to you, and it’s fascinating to observe individuals scramble to make sense of any person simply appearing from their coronary heart…. it was like an entire season of getting a good time, doing challenges, and being in fixed turmoil due to the drama, and within the second, it felt crystal clear, like I can have my cake and eat it, too.
Had this determination been festering for some time?
No, it actually got here to me as we filmed that episode. The present takes two days to movie, so it was on the second day that the choice got here to me. It jogged my memory of that [M. Night Shyamalan movie about an alien invasion], Indicators, you understand, the place there’s the water glasses far and wide and the baseball bat?
Sure! That film scared the crap out of me as a child.
It sort of was like that, the place all of these items had been laid out all alongside, and all of a sudden they crystallized and I may see [what I was supposed to do]…. all the items needed to be in place. I needed to have already got performed in addition to I had performed within the competitors, it needed to be that second the place all the ladies had been again…. And the ultimate factor, right here’s the gag: the one approach I may have performed it’s if I had one thing to scrawl on this lipstick. Again on episode 2, Thorgy painted her fingernails with Wite-Out. So I went as much as Thorgy and I used to be like ‘Thorgy, do you still have that Wite-Out on you?’ And she or he gave it to me. The celebrities aligned!
Okay, however now I concern for the digital camera one who filmed you doing the Wite-Out earlier than the lip sync, as a result of we did see the footage of you writing your title, which after all they confirmed after your elimination.
Oh, my God. I don’t know what occurs behind closed doorways, however Ru appeared 100 p.c genuinely gagged about the entire thing.
I couldn’t inform if Ru was pissed or upset.
I don’t know. I believe she was shocked…. My reminiscence of being current within the second, I used to be making an attempt to talk to Ru straight, not because the choose of the present, however because the performer who I genuinely have been impressed by since I used to be a teen. I needed to genuinely thank her for giving me the inspiration to be the sort of one who realizes that I can do no matter I would like. If which means turning into an internationally well-known drag queen, nice! If which means stepping away from a contest as a result of the foundations don’t really feel like they’re for me? That’s within the spirit of what I’ve realized from Ru. I felt, in that second, like she was listening to me.
Have you ever spoken to him or Michelle since?
From what I perceive, a lot of the ladies don’t have common contact with Ru. I believe she retains a really personal profile, which is completely her prerogative. Michelle and I are shut and we speak, and she or he was undoubtedly shocked by it. She advised me, “I don’t totally understand your decision, but I respect your decision and I love you and I’m proud of you.” That’s all you want from a good friend.
There are individuals who really feel such as you took a spot away from one other queen, although. You took Morgan out at first since you mentioned you had been making an attempt to guard the opposite opponents from her elimination technique, however then you definitely bowed out. So why did you go on the present within the first place if there was the potential so that you can bow out?
You go on the present to go on the trip. I actually didn’t have any intention of issues going the path they did. I additionally had no concept that I used to be going to go on and accomplish that properly. To anyone who’s like, “Oh, she took the place of somebody else!” Inform me what lady I took the place of who’s going to go on and win 5 challenges! I acquired to showcase my expertise and my abilities and never simply that, however my life view. I acquired to showcase that internationally and I mentioned it earlier than, I’ll say it once more: that’s the best way to win. Folks can outline that sort of success nonetheless they need to, however for me that’s completely not a waste of a slot on Drag Race…. it’s a chance that I acquired as a result of I’ve been working very exhausting as knowledgeable drag queen for 15 years, earlier than it was cool, and if that’s what I need to do with the work that I’ve performed, then I’m proud to do it.
You mentioned that a few of the ladies valued the title a bit greater than you probably did, although. So your perspective on the present itself — not simply the drama — modified as properly?
I felt the [other competitors’] feelings round how badly they needed the crown, and I noticed I wasn’t having the identical emotional expertise. I’m recognizing that there’s a ardour towards this particular finish that I’m not feeling on this second…. I’ve by no means been a fan of the drama of actuality tv. For higher or for worse, that’s by no means the kind of programming that I’ve tuned in to. However I like watching individuals make stuff, I like watching individuals exhibit abilities, and to me the attraction of Drag Race has at all times been that: I like it as a showcase for drag as a result of I f—ing love drag, and that’s not shifted. There’s one winner each season, however there’s at all times a couple of lady who makes an enormous impression on me every season, displaying me what it’s that she’s good at.
I went again and watched the primary episode and you probably did form of appear to inform Morgan on the sofa that you simply had been going to go primarily based on judges’ critiques — or no less than that’s how she interpreted it. Did you carry her again since you felt such as you wanted to atone for going again on what you advised her?
The beauty of this present is that it’s a showcase for artists, and she or he was the one who acquired the least alternative to showcase her abilities…. Primarily based on our interplay, I had this notion that Morgan was ruthless and she or he’d ship individuals residence as a result of she desires to knock them out of the best way, however then we interacted additional, I used to be like, no, this can be a multi-faceted one who speaks brasher than I do. She’s a very good human and deserves extra alternative to indicate her stuff.
Properly, Ben, I’m completely satisfied you’ve decided that’s good for you. And now you may request that Wite-Out cuts you a test each month since you’ve undoubtedly boosted their inventory.