Trixie Mattel is on the cover of the June issue of Los Angeles magazine…
And two icons of L.A. Pride —Trixie and George Takei— sat down with Pitch Perfect author Mickey Rapkin for a Q&A and THE gayest interview ever…
George Takei: I was closeted for most of my adult life.
I came out at 68 years old. However, we did attend the Pride parade—one in Los Angeles—as a part of the crowd. [Brad and I] also went to a rainy Pride parade in New York City in the same guise—as viewers on the sidewalk. It was a diverse crowd. Senior citizens, young people, teenagers, homophobic people—they were all there. But we were still closeted.
Trixie: L.A. is super gay.
Obviously, if we’re talking numbers, this is a city for entertainment. It’s a city of people who are creators. And a lot of queer people are creators. There’s probably a lot of superficial reasons—which is, the weather’s good. I think gay people are like,
‘I’ve been through enough. Just give me sunshine, please.’
Also, the gay bars. Maybe it has to do with the extreme vanity of the city? I don’t know. I think it’s because The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are here.
The gays just want to be close to the Beverly Hills Housewives.
George: The first time I did The Howard Stern Show, I was doing a play in New York. When you’re doing a play, you get this list of media to do to promote the show. I had never heard of Howard.
I went to the studio on Madison Avenue, and they asked me to wait. I sat down, grabbed a magazine, and they had this radio on. It was the most disgusting, crude conversation. I said to the other guy waiting with me,
‘Why can’t they get some pleasant music on in the waiting room?’
And he said,
‘That’s the show we’re waiting to go on.’
On cue, the receptionist came to get me. I walked into this studio, and here is this skinny, tall guy—horn-rimmed glasses, hair all over. I said,
Oh, you have a deep voice. Anyone with a voice that deep has to have a dong bigger than Tokyo.’
‘I beg your pardon. Are we on the air?’
‘Yep.’ And I said,
Trixie: (laughing) Oh, my God!
GT: He had it on tape. And so —whether I’m there or not—whenever someone says something outrageous, he presses a button, and my voice says,
OH, MY! You can read the whole interview here….
Trixie photographed by Magnus Hastings • George Takei photographed by Michael Sharkey •
Creative direction/ Production Greg Garry