EXCLUSIVE: How Adam Lambert Was Transformed Into “Rocky Horror” Badass Delivery Boy Eddie

"Poor Eddie—he's a mess!"

Fox’s upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show reboot has some brilliant casting—including Adam Lambert as Eddie, Frank N. Furter and Columbia’s ex-flame who meets an untimely end.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14:  Adam Lambert performs on stage at G-A-Y Club Night at Heaven on May 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Jo Hale/Redferns)
Jo Hale/Redferns

Turning the pop glampire into a messy biker with an attitude was no mean feat, but Tony-winning costumer designer William Ivey Long (Hairspray, Grey Gardens, Cinderella) was up to the task.

“Poor Eddie—he’s a mess!” says Long in an exclusive behind-the-scenes video. “He’s cover in mud… ripped jeans—and not in a fashion sense.”

Below, Lambert and Long discuss Eddie’s visual evolution.


Watch the all-new Rocky Horror Picture Show, October 20 at 8/7c on Fox.

And do the “Time Warp” again with the original movie when Cocktails and Classics: Rocky Horror Picture Show premieres October 16 at 8/7 on Logo.

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