By now we’ve all heard the story of Pearl’s encounter with RuPaul on season seven of RuPaul’s Drag Race, during which the queen tried to thank her hero for inspiring her and was told that “nothing matters” unless the cameras were rolling. Now, her cast mate Katya has weighed in, confirming the story and seconding her assertion that you shouldn’t meet your heroes.
During an interview on Joseph Shepard’s series Exposed, Katya said her own on set experience “was worse,” but that she has “enough couth to not bring Ru into it. I was there that day and I remember it very vividly, the feeling of it.” She recalled that Pearl and Max “were over on the couch and I was at the workroom table, closest to them. My perception of Ru is… I watched your interview with Pearl and she says it best: don’t meet your heroes.”
Katya said the best way to describe the experience was a saying about expectations: “‘Expectations are premeditated resentments.’ I can imagine Ru saying what she said to Pearl in a lot of different ways, and I’m not saying she made it up.”
The UNHhhh co-host has plenty else to say about her first season of Drag Race, largely considered one of the less engaging installments in the series. She confessed that the other queens “seemed rotten,” and that “some of them were!”
Katya, who had come up in Boston’s drag scene, “wasn’t prepared for that cattiness, well not cattiness, but I wasn’t prepared to be judged on that level. I get on with everybody at home, even the trolls, the whores, the rotted skanks who had nothing to offer. I couldn’t deal with it. I swear to god, I heard Violet say, ‘Well, looks like we needed a filler queen,’ or something like that. I think she did. It was awful.”
The queen added that fans now consider season seven “a season of great potential in not good challenges,” referring to the many acting challenges that don’t allow the queens to be themselves.
“It was a season of unused talent,” she insisted.
Thankfully, many of the contestants from that season have gone on to become some of the show’s most famous alumni. Katya and Trixie Mattel host their extremely popular YouTube show, which was briefly adapted for TV, Miss Fame has conquered the beauty industry and appeared on the cover of Out, and winner Violet Chachki regularly walks high fashion runways.