Catching Up With Josh Strickland


By Gregory Miller

The chorus of your single mentions 'haters.' Do you have a lot of those?
I think everybody has haters. Everybody has their own opinions. Everybody has their own things they want to say. That's what makes it great to live in America, that we can say whatever we want. But obviously not everyone's going to like you, and not everybody can be friends. I'm not trying to say that everybody should love each other -- we should all try and get along, but everybody's not going to like what you're doing. Everybody's not going to like something that you stand for. That's the haters part. We're in a club, we're dancing. It's just supposed to be fun. So the 'haters go home' is like, we don't need that vibe or energy in the air.

Last summer you told The Advocate that Holly's World was sort of your place to come out to the public, since your sexuality hadn't been revealed one way or the other before then. How has life changed since you publicly came out?
It was never something I was hiding. I just never really addressed it. So people formed their own opinions. But since it was such a public show, and it is on television, and people are going to see it, there was no point hiding it. When you're in a [theatrical] show, and you're doing your own thing from day to day, it's not really anybody's business. But if people are going to watch the [television] show, you're going to see that on the show. So it's all about timing. Nobody should ever be forced to come out of the closet. If you feel that it's the right time in your life, and you feel that you need to address that for people, then you should. It's very liberating. It's very wonderful to be able to say out loud that you're gay and you're proud to be who you are.

What has been the best part of being on Holly's World?
The best part is people being able to see my talent. And just being out and living our lives. Everyone likes to say, 'Are they friends just for the show?' But it's really not like that. We were all friends before the show even started. It's just really cool to see how all of us have blossomed as people. I'm really excited that everybody enjoyed watching it. And me and my music, and seeing me not be afraid to be who I am, and I think that's really important especially for the gay community -- to see someone who's on television and is not afraid to be who they are inside.

What was it that drew you to Holly in Peep Show, as opposed to Mel B. or Aubrey O'Day, who have also starred in the show?
That's a question that I don't know if could be answered even in any kind of friendship. Whenever you spend time with somebody and just click, the friendship just blossoms and becomes what it is. We worked together throughout the rehearsals for Peep Show, and spent a lot of time together, and we just really get along and have fun. And we're really loyal to each other, and I think that's what's really important in a friendship.

Is it true that you don't actually strip down in Peep Show?
I do not. No, I just have some low-cut shirts. It's about the evolution of a woman and her sexuality, in a way. And it is Vegas. If it was a Thunder Down Under show, maybe I'd have my shirt off. But it's more about the women and empowerment. That's what it is, and that's what it blossoms to be. Now definitely it's based upon Broadway Bares in New York, and a lot of guys and gals strip down there. But this is kind of a different take on it because it is Vegas and it's more about women's empowerment.

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