Whoosh! Issue 71 - August 2002

INSIDE THE HEAD OF RUPAUL
By Amy Murphy
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Introduction (01-03)
RuPaul's Head (04-117)
RuPaul's Resume
Acknowledgments
Articles
Biography



INSIDE THE HEAD OF RUPAUL



Introduction

Even stars get broccoli in their teeth.

RuPaul


[01] On TV, I would watch RuPaul and just crack up. He was funny, smart, and way too sexy. More then half the women on the planet would love to look like this man in drag. His music and videos make you want to get up and shake something. His talk show was original and fun. In other words, this man can do it all.

[02] He came from a harsh background, but he always had one goal, "to become famous". He has. He is bluntly honest but with a heart of gold and you have to admire that. So thanks for doing this interview. On his website http://rupaul.com/about.html in the bio area it says, and I quote:

"I was born November 17th, 7:58 p.m. at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California. When asked what she named her baby boy, my Mother replied "His name is RuPaul Andre Charles and he's gonna be a star! Cause ain't another mother f----- alive with a name like that!"

[03] Amen to that and let us get to know this well rounded person.

RuPaulís Head


Interviewer:
[04] Why did you start acting/singing?

RuPaul:
[05] It's in my blood, it is what I was born to do.

Interviewer:
[06] Which do you prefer, acting or singing?

RuPaul:
[07] I prefer performing live on stage because of the immediacy and interaction with the audience.

Interviewer:
[08] Give us a brief day in the life of RuPaul.

RuPaul:
[09] Refer to my weblog: http://rupaul.com/weblog.shtml

Interviewer:
[10] How do you handle stress?

RuPaul:
[11] I don't get stressed.

Interviewer:
[12] Years from now, how would you want to be remembered?

RuPaul:
[13] As a great pair of legs.

Interviewer:
[14] What is your pet peeve?

RuPaul:
[15] Rush hour traffic in Los Angeles.

Interviewer:
[16] What do you see yourself doing in the future? Any future projects?

RuPaul:
[17] I try to stay in the moment.

Interviewer:
[18] How do you handle depression?

RuPaul:
[19] Dark clouds come and go. I endure the storm until it passes.

Interviewer:
[20] What advice can you give to future actors/singers?

RuPaul:
[21] Go back, run away!

Interviewer:
[22] Will you ever direct or write a script? Or did you already?

RuPaul:
[23] Yes, Yes and Yes.

Interviewer:
[24] What are your dreams? Hopes? Wishes?

RuPaul:
[25] I want more experiences.

Interviewer:
[26] Who do you trust?

RuPaul:
[27] The truth.

Interviewer:
[28] What is the stupidest thing you have ever been asked?

RuPaul:
[29] Who do I trust?

Interviewer:
[30] What would you say every actor/singer/dancer/host needs?

RuPaul:
[31] The ability to be present.

Interviewer:
[32] Do you believe in prayer?

RuPaul:
[33] Yes, thoughts are very powerful tools. I believe we are co-creators with God.

Interviewer:
[34] What makes your best friend your best friend?

RuPaul:
[35] Love, truth, honesty, and a sense of humor.

Interviewer:
[36] If God gave you the ability to cure one disease, what would it be and why?

RuPaul:
[37] I would cure the disease of fear.

Interviewer:
[38] What's the most romantic thing anyone has done for you?

RuPaul:
[39] Someone slipped a dollar in my brassiere.

Interviewer:
[40] What was the last thing that made you smile recently?

RuPaul:
[41] Seeing a little girl laughing in the grocery store.

You work it, girl!!

Order RuPaul's book, Lettin' It All Hang Out, today!


Interviewer:
[42] What made you angry?

RuPaul:
[43] A condescending a--hole.

Interviewer:
[44] Do fans scare you?

RuPaul:
[45] No, fans don't scare me.

Interviewer:
[46] How would you categorize your best work?

RuPaul:
[47] My most recent work is what I'm most proud of. Over the past three years, the work I've done on myself has enabled me to be more present, more close to the bone.

Interviewer:
[48] If you had thirty seconds to live, what would you think, feel, or say?

RuPaul:
[49] Thank you, God.

Interviewer:
[50] What stupid thing did you do as a teen?

RuPaul:
[51] As a teen, I carried a magic marker with me and wrote Bowie on everything that wasn't moving.

Interviewer:
[52] What, if anything, can stop you acting/singing?

RuPaul:
[53] An incredible piece of a--.

Interviewer:
[54] What's the difference from RuPaul the Man, from RuPaul the Queen?

RuPaul:
[55] RuPaul the man is more serious and deliberate. RuPaul the queen is light and spontaneous.

Interviewer:
[56] Do you feel more power with one or the other, or is it just the wig?

RuPaul:
[57] I am far more butch in drag than I am out of drag.

Interviewer:
[58] In your opinion, do you fit your astrological sign?

RuPaul:
[59] Absolutely, I'm a double Scorpio.

Interviewer:
[62] What is the first thing you think of in the morning?

RuPaul:
[63] Getting on my knees and thanking God.

Interviewer:
[64] Is there one part of the acting/singing process where you usually get stuck?

RuPaul:
[65] When I'm writing songs, sometimes there are periods when I get blocked.

Interviewer:
[66] When do you think about a piece when you're working on it?

RuPaul:
[67] I usually think about it, really hard, at or around the deadline.

Interviewer:
[68] When someone walks into your bedroom, what is the first thing that they are likely to notice?

RuPaul:
[69] The first thing they are likely to notice is my CD collection of about 4,000 CD's.

Interviewer:
[70] Do you feel in control of your acting/singing, or do you get carried away by your inspiration or characters?

RuPaul:
[71] I'd like to be carried away more by different projects, that really is the goal, but unfortunately sometimes I'm not.

Interviewer:
[72] If you consider yourself to have a muse, what exactly do you mean?

RuPaul:
[73] I never know where that next big idea is coming from. I'm very observant and I think my ability to pay attention is my muse.

Interviewer:
[74] Would the world be a better place if women ran it or would it be basically the same?

RuPaul:
[75] The world would definitely be a better place if women ran it. We just probably wouldn't have such big strapping structures like the Washington Monument.

Interviewer:
[76] What is your favorite spot where you live now?

RuPaul:
[77] In my solarium, at my computer with a view of the San Fernando Valley.

Interviewer:
[78] What books are you reading now?

RuPaul:
[79] I just finished David Sedaris Me Talk Pretty One Day. He has a keen eye and a great sense of humor. He's easy to read and he is totally someone I could spend the rest of my life with.

Interviewer:
[80] What would your friends say is your worst trait?

RuPaul:
[81] My worst quality is that I isolate myself.

Interviewer:
[82] What was the last thing you bought that you really didn't need?

RuPaul:
[83]Wham! The Edge of Heaven CD.

Interviewer:
[84] Do you keep a diary and if so what do you call it?

RuPaul:
[85] Yes, http://rupaul.com/weblog.shtml

Sweltering!!!!

Buy RuPaul's CD, Foxy Lady, today!


Interviewer:
[86] What skills would you like to have that you don't have now?

RuPaul:
[87] Hairdresser and auto mechanic.

Interviewer:
[88] Who is your real life hero and why?

RuPaul:
[89] Jesus is my real life hero. What a really cool guy, not perfect but perfect.

Interviewer:
[90] How would you describe your parents?

RuPaul:
[91] Psychopathic.

Interviewer:
[92] What is the hardest thing you ever had to do?

RuPaul:
[93] Divorce my husband.

Interviewer:
[94] What was the easiest?

RuPaul:
[95] Staying up late at night.

Interviewer:
[96] What movie touched you so much that you still remember it vividly?

RuPaul:
[97] The Wizard of Oz.

Interviewer:
[98] If you could only choose a single climate with no variation, would you prefer it to be sweltering hot or freezing cold?

RuPaul:
[99] Sweltering hot.

Interviewer:
[100] What is the first thing you notice about someone when you meet them?

RuPaul:
[101] Their aura.

Interviewer:
[102] Have you ever done something that accidentally caused something really bad to happen to someone?

RuPaul:
[103] Yes, I was in a band called Wee Wee Pole in 1983. Part of the gimmick we used during our set was to throw confetti out into the audience. One night I was out in the audience and I knocked a table over and it broke someone's toe.

Interviewer:
[104] Would you rather live in a sociable suburb, or alone in the deep woods?

RuPaul:
[105] I'd love to live in a social suburb smack dab in the middle of the deep woods.

Interviewer:
[106] What literary character did you most identify with as a child?

RuPaul:
[107] Curious George.

Interviewer:
[108] What is the source of your inspiration?

RuPaul:
[109] Love.

Interviewer:
[110] What were your favorite book, TV show, and movie when you were a teenager?

RuPaul:
[111] Carol Burnett Show was my absolute favorite show as a teenager. I've since ordered videos of all of her shows available on Columbia House. Cleopatra Jones was my favorite movie. The first time I ever wrote a fan letter was to Tamara Dobson. Dreams Die First was my favorite book by Harold Robbins because it was a trashy Hollywood f---fest.

Interviewer:
[112] What's your idea of a perfect world?

RuPaul:
[113] The world is perfect as it is. The only thing wrong, is my perception of it.

Interviewer:
[114] When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

RuPaul:
[115] I wanted to be famous.

Interviewer:
[116] What makes a great kisser?

RuPaul:
[117] Being present.

RuPaul's Resume

RuPaul's e-mail address: rupaul@rupaul.com
RuPaul's website: http://rupaul.com
RuPaul's biography: http://rupaul.com/about.html
RuPaul's book: http://rupaul.com/shop.html#

Book:
Autobiography, Lettin' It All Hang Out (Hyperion 1995)

Movies:

Who is Cletis Tout 2001/Ginger Markum
For the Love or May 2000/Jimbo
The Truth About Jane 2000/Jimmy
The Eyes of Tammy Faye 2000/Narrator
Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in the World 2000/Daryl.com
But Iím a Cheerleader 1999/Mike
EDtv 1999
An Unexpected Life 1998/Charles
A Very Brady Sequel 1996
Mrs. CummingsFled 1996
A Motherís Prayer 1995
DeaconRed Ribbon Blues 1995/Duke
Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 1995/Miss Rachel Tensions
Blue in the Face 1995/Dancer
Wigstock: The Movie 1995
The Brady Bunch Movie 1995/Mrs. Cummings
Crooklyn 1994/Bodega woman
Student Films:
Beauty1990
Vampire Hustlers1989
Cupcake1989
Police Lady1987
Voyeur1987
American Porn Star1986
Psycho B-tch1986
Mahogany II1986
Terror 3D1984
Terror II1983
Wildthing1983
The Blue Boy Terror1983
For a more complete list, go to Recording:
His debut album, Supermodel Of The World garnered three #1 Billboard maxi-single chart hits.

He works closely with the M.A.C AIDS fund.

Acknowledgments

Thanks to Kamouraskan for the beta.



Articles

L. J. Maas and Murphy Wilson [Amy Murphy].One Step Beyond ... Uber, That Is. WHOOSH #49 (October 2000)

The "Inside the Head of..." series in Whoosh issues #58, 61-66,68-71



Biography

a woman of mystery Amy Murphy
Thirty-one-year-old Amy Murphy resides in Indiana, and is an avid reader of Xena: Warrior Princess Fan Fiction. If it exists in the Xenaverse, chances are she has read it! Murphy has also tried her hand at writing fan fiction, turning out two very nice pieces that reside on a couple of web sites throughout the Xenaverse.


Favorite episode: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE (24/124)
Favorite line: "I Have Many Skills" Various episodes
First episode seen: TITANS (07/107)
Least favorite episode: LYRE, LYRE HEARTS ON FIRE (100/510)

 

 

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