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CE L EBRIT Y INTERVI EW COUR TNE Y ACT


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UM GOSH, WELL I WOULDN’T SAY NO TO KYLIE. SHE’S AMAZING AND A WONDERFUL PERSON. GAGA WOULD BE ICONIC. I THINK BOTH IN THEIR OWN WAY HAVE DONE SO MUCH FOR THE QUEER COMMUNITY.


society says you should be. Everybody said I shouldn’t be doing what I was doing, but I loved it so much and it forced me to know who I was even stronger. I think that’s probably one of the greatest gifts about doing drag really – you know what, I love this and even though people say you shouldn’t be doing it, well maybe not so much these days, as it’s a hot commodity, but back in the day when they said you shouldn’t do it, I still did it because I enjoy it.


Simple question to start: did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams that when you first dressed in drag for the party that you would end up making the incredible living and career you have out of being a drag queen? No not at all! I thought you were going to ask did I ever think I would be drag-racing a car? I’ll come on to that… It was post Queen of the Desert world, before the internet and social media. The thing about drag queens then was they were hyper celebrities, these untouchable human beings and I was enamoured by them and then when I did drag for the first time I just kind of fell in love! As someone who grew up as a performer, going to a theatre company school, drag just seemed the perfect way to do what I love – and get paid for it!


Have you always been as self-aware as you are as Courtney or have the years of sell-out shows, TV presenting helped you be more accepting of what you’re capable of? I’ve definitely got more self-aware, we’re constantly evolving as humans, but I think interestingly doing drag and being Courtney has given me a whole other level of self-awareness that I don’t think I would have gotten if I was doing a regular job! I love performing and I love drag, but that love has put me outside of what society’s expectations of normal are, so it kind of ostracizes you in some way. You have to come to love and understand and be in sync with who you are on your own terms, rather than from expectations of what


You’ve performed all around the world in some iconic venues for some incredible people and in countries where maybe drag wasn’t previously so widely understood or accepted and you’ve had some incredible experiences and moments – if you could pick your top three ‘pinch myself’ moments, what would they be? Winning Celebrity Big Brother was pretty epic! I think because of the mainstream recognition and validation that represented. It’s one thing to perform on a stage where people have bought tickets to come and see you, but it’s another thing to have the public vote for you to be the winner! Yes, as viewers are highly critical of that show, so some validation… …Yes! And another was the opening performance of the final of Australian Idol, but it was the location that made it, as it was outside the Sydney Opera House. It was outside in the forecourt so you could see the big sails and the Sydney Harbour Bridge behind me and it was just cool to be there and that was probably the first performance I’d done where there were thousands of people and it was exhilarating. And you performed for Lady Gaga’s birthday – pretty cool for to have her as a fan? Yes, it was amazing! It’s funny because we were driving there, my friend and I, and it was like doomsday as we had to drive hours to get there and there was a torrential rainstorm and we were just convinced it wasn’t going to happen, [laughing] it was too good to be true! You know, an act of Mother Nature would keep us from Lady Gaga! Oh god, we’re not going to make it! [laughing]. But we got there and she was just lovely. You know you think of her and she’s just a huge star, but when you meet her she was just a normal human, lovely, she’s passionate about what she does, but she’s lovely and just a regular person to hang out with!


You recently took part in Jaguar’s Drag Race for charity, how important is it for iconic brands like Jaguar to support the LGBT community? It’s really amazing, Jaguar have been supporting the Attitude Awards for a few years now and the LGBT community. I think the funny thing is the hashtag #dragrace did cause a few straight car enthusiasts some frustration – despite years of RuPaul’s drag race there were men out there looking for actual drag racing cars [laughing] and found drag queens [laughing]. I think we’re solving the problem of that hashtag –


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