OK, can you straighten up a question I’ve had for awhile: What’s the proper way to address a drag queen? Do you take offense to being called Pandora when you’re out of drag?
Pandora Boxx: I don’t but there was a time where I used to be, like I really wanted people to call me Michael out of drag. Now I really don’t care as much. I think every drag queen is different so it’s about their personal choice. I’m kind of flexible and easy going.
So what is the genesis for Pandora Boxx — how was she born?
She was born out of a pile of wigs and glittery fabric and someone spilled a martini on it and she just grew out of it. It was very bizarre!
I thought it took some nads, some real nads, to wear a Kathy Griffin wig in your first episode of Drag Race — especially since she was a celebrity judge on “The Gone With The Window” episode of Season Two. Were you nervous about pulling it off or what’d she say?
Yeah I was nervous and I had debated whether I should do it or not because I really … I debated whether people would think it was just a ploy to get more attention, but I mean that’s what it’s all about if you’re a drag queen. But I didn’t want people to think I was just doing it to get a leg up on everybody. I was really doing it more because I love Kathy Griffin.
Speaking of nads, how would you describe what it feels like to tuck to a woman who obviously doesn’t share that experience or genitalia for that matter?
I guess … just imagine sitting on your boobs for a couple hours, [Pandora cracks up] That’s close.
Your obviously a fan fave of the show since you were voted Miss Congeniality, but how disappointed were you about coming in fifth?
I was pissed! I really was. I just felt on the challenge that I got sent home for I really did a good job and I really didn’t think that my drag mother outshines me at all — I mean it’s part of the act. Everybody seemed to love it and I was really feeling confident about it, so I was surprised to be sitting in the bottom two because I felt this was the week maybe I’ll win the challenge and I didn’t think some of the other girls were as strong with what they were saying.
It made me angry. I was nervous to see what my exit interview was because I was really mad. I was just thinking, ‘Please, please girl, I hope you didn’t go off too bad,’ because I didn’t remember what I said, it was just a lot of stuff. But I liked what they put on it, I was happy with it.
And after so many hate emails and there was a big backlash — Entertainment Weekly was even mad about it, I was glad I got kicked off, because I think I got a lot more interesting TV then I would have had I won.
So then were you really shocked when you were approached to become a professor at RuPaul’s Drag U?
[She laughs] Yeah I was! I knew about the show, I knew kind of the concept of it because it had been announced and I just assumed they had already been shooting it. I didn’t know who they were going to use for it, season three queens or use season one queens or use some other well known drag queens to put in it — so I didn’t know.
When I got the call I said to the producers, ‘You want the one her got her style critiqued the harshest on Drag Race to come and style people now?’ And I just started laughing for about five minutes because I thought it was funny and amazing. I then said yes, please sign me up, I’ll do that!
Were any of the makeover women on the show truly a bitchy queen trapped in a woman’s body?
Um, I think all these women were just really down on themselves. They weren’t bitchy, they were just — there wasn’t any happiness there. For whatever reason, something in their life has caused them some pain. They just want to feel fabulous for a day — or just the five minutes they’re on stage.
After catching the first couple episodes, I think what surprised me most, was the transformation of these women at the hands of the professor s— it was surprisingly positive.
Yeah, it’s got a good message behind it because it doesn’t have — Drag Race is a good show, I mean it’s great fun and drama. But Drag U has more of a message behind it. It’s helping people. It really, really helped these women. It was powerful because you could see the change in them, in their attitudes and self-belief. It was really wonderful.