Interview with The Vivienne from RuPaul's Drag Race UK
RuPaul and BBC Three ru-veal the first ever line-up for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Meet the Queens!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am The Vivienne, I’m 27 years old and I’m from the gorgeous town of Liverpool. I’m an engaged lady and I live for my fiancé. And I’m here to win the crown of the first ever RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, so bring it on!
How would you describe your style of drag?
My style is like a scouse wife who has come into money, she moved to LA and blew it all and then she’s had to move back to Liverpool. I like to have a really fierce look, but I like to be hilarious on stage, so I’m kind of an old school and the new school put together, which I think works.
Comedy is definitely my trump card. My favourite trick in drag is my vocal impersonations, so I do everyone from Kim Woodburn, Cilla Black, Donald Trump - you name it, I’ll do it - for the right price!
How did you come up with your drag name?
I love Vivienne Westwood and when I moved to Liverpool everyone used to call me Vivienne as I was head to toe in Westwood, so when I started doing drag it was a natural progression, but I didn’t want one of those cheap, nasty, slutty drag names, so I thought of 'The Vivienne' and here she is, there’s only one of them.
What are your greatest strengths?
My impersonations, I can sing, I look good, I’m funny as fuck and I can drink a whole bottle of Jägermeister in 20 seconds flat.
Are you worried about any of the challenges?
If I was to be nervous for any of the challenges it would be choreography. I can definitely move to music but choreography is not my strong suit. Strictly Come Dancing, I am not.
Would you say you’re competitive?
Yes. I can’t wait. I am so ready for this! I can’t wait to show the world all the skills that I’ve got, win every challenge and murder the competition.
You are a Drag Race Ambassador? What does that mean?
Around four years ago I was crowned by RuPaul himself as the UK ambassador for RuPaul’s Drag Race in the UK. It was like a role to have here in the UK to make some noise about Drag Race.
Being crowned by RuPaul was the most crazy experience, I’m a huge fan of the show and RuPaul himself. He’s the absolute queen of the world, so being crowned was the most nuts experience, but I don’t think that it’s going to give me a head start in this competition. I had to audition like everyone else and I’m coming to slay, like everyone else.
What does being in this competition mean to you?
Being in this competition and doing well means absolutely everything to me. I have got quite a big following outside of this, so if I fuck it up I’m gonna look so stupid. I owe it to myself and everyone who’s rooting for me out there. Please God don’t let me die.
What are your lip-syncing skills like?
My lip-syncing skills are actually really good, which not a lot of people know about because I’m a live singer in my shows. If the situation does arise, I will absolutely kill it, so watch out if you’re in a lip sync against me!
August 26, 2019 9:00am ET by BBC Three