The ever-iconic RuPaul spoke to the ever-iconic Cindy Adams in today’s “Page Six” about the much buzzed-about TV series in the works about Ru’s early days in New York City.
“Not filmed yet. No title yet. Not cast yet. I won’t play me. It’s maybe Willow Smith.”
Now THAT’S an interesting casting idea. Funny, I had been hoping it would be Jaden, but either Smith kid would be genius. Yes, yes, I’m on board. MORE DETAILS, PLEASE!
“This is about my New York life in the ’80s,” he goes on to explain. “Interview magazine in those days was my Bible. I grew up in San Diego wanting to be Andy Warhol. No grim storyline about white guys sniffing white powder. It’s the Yellow Brick Road. Wanting to go to six different clubs every night.
“Networks are bidding on the project now. A one-hour show is 42 minutes. A streaming service is an hour. Until we know which, we haven’t started shooting. J.J. Abrams is behind it.
And World of Wonder, of course!
“Look, I just keep doing my thing. Nothing new or different. More people are discovering me. Maybe it’s social media. Maybe with Netflix I’m now around the world. Maybe young kids look to express how they feel. It’s all make-believe. Drag reminds us not to take identity too seriously.
“There’s a political aspect to looking at what I do. My show represents the fair shake, the promise of America we all hoped for. It’s all about identity. Everyone can be famous. This represents that you can create your own persona. Look, I never expected validation or some form of status quo. There’s no template for what I do.
“I heard of this new Emmy nomination in the dentist’s chair. Headphones on. Getting my teeth cleaned. The hygienist finished then I celebrated with friends on the phone.”
This can’t happen fast enough!
(Photo of Willow: Pacific Coast News)