For a show about two heterosexual women having a late-life renaissance, Grace & Frankie has always been pretty gay; after all, the inciting incident of the entire series is Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin turning to each other for support when their husbands (Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) reveal their decades-long gay affair. But the writers were clearly wondering how they could make the show gayer without having Grace and Frankie pivot to lesbianism. The answer? RuPaul!
Netflix released the official trailer for the upcoming fifth season of Grace & Frankie this week and the first scene has the leading ladies finding their house empty after their adult children sell it out from under them. The buyer is none other than Mama Ru. While Fonda attempts to ease the whole “breaking into a house they technically no longer own” thing with straight-woman classic, “Hey girl,” Ru isn’t having it, perfectly delivering, “Who the fuck are you?”
This isn’t RuPaul’s first guest spot on a Netflix show: the Drag Race creator was a recurring guest star on the much-maligned 2017 comedy Girlboss, which was cancelled after one season (but not before blessing the world with the much-memed image of RuPaul hitting a bong).
It was also announced in April that the streaming giant ordered a series called AJ and the Queen, which will star the drag legend as “a bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club in a rundown 1990’s R/V with her unlikely sidekick AJ, a recently orphaned, tough-talking, scrappy 11-year-old-stowaway. As these two misfits, one tall, one small, travel from city to city, Ruby’s message of love and acceptance winds up touching people and changing their lives for the better.”
Grace & Frankie’s fifth season drops on Netflix January 18.