Lady Gaga was a guest judge on the premiere episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9, but it seems as though she walked onto the set like she owned the place.
Season nine winner Sasha Velour and runner-up Peppermint gave the scoop on what it was like having Gaga around the werk room, and revealed how she challenged the show’s producers.
Speaking on Entertainment Weekly’s BINGE podcast, Peppermint said Gaga set a new Drag Race precedent when she visited the queens in the Untucked lounge.
“Lady Gaga seemed to do something unusual and make it a point to come back and connect with us.
It seemed as though she was genuinely touched that we had put so much into these tribute looks to her. When she came back into the room, she really came back with some constructive feedback and criticism, but that was preceded by a nice, pretty good conversation.
“A very honest conversation about what it’s like to be a queen and how she identifies with us and how closely she feels connected to us, and that was something I didn’t expect.”
“Now it’s like, oh, every single episode when a star comes, here’s their walk back, but that was the first time I remember that happened.”
“There was even a moment when the producers were kind of like, trying to get her to wrap it up, because she had hand-written notes about each and every one of us, and she went through, took her time, and gave individual feedback to each of us sitting right there.
“They were like, ‘Ok, we’ve got to get back to filming!’ And she was like, ‘No, I’m going to finish this!’”
Would you expect anything less from a self-assured Queen advising other queens?
(Photos, VH1; via Queerty)