Miss Lawrence on His Celeb Crush, Beauty Secret, and Playing a Queer Character on Primetime TV

"I never thought I'd be playing a Black, gay, gender non-conforming character on television."

From stylist to the stars to becoming one himself, Lawrence Washington, better known as Miss Lawrence, is living authentically personified. The gender non-conforming Atlanta-native outgrew The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and his larger-than-life personality and raw talent caught Lee Daniels’ attention earning him guest appearances on Empire and eventually a permanent gig on Star as the fierce Miss Bruce.

Ahead of Star’s season three premiere (September 26, 9/8c on FOX), we caught up with Miss Lawrence to play “21 Questions.”
 

1. What was your most recent purchase?

A Christian Dior tote with matching clogs.

2. What is your favorite restaurant in New York City?

Melba’s in Harlem.

3. What is your favorite restaurant in Atlanta?

Busy Bee. I’m a fat girl. I’m a greedy girl. I love soul food.

4. What was the best movie you saw this year?

Equalizer 2 was really good with Denzel Washington. I was moved by his performance. He killed it.

5. What was the last thing you read?

Jessye Norman’s Stand Up Straight and Sing!

6. Name a TV show you wouldn’t mind seeing rebooted?

Dynasty! The slaps, the shade, and the fashion. You don’t ever want it with Dominique Deveraux. I could see Dominique Jackson from Pose playing her.**

7. What advice would you give a room full of entertainment executives?

Continue to push the envelope on bringing in more diverse talent and stories. We are seeing it a little more, but let’s step our game up in it.

8. What advice would you give a room full of LGBTQ youth?

March by the beat of your own drum. Live loud. Live unapologetically. Live boldly.

9. What’s your dream role?

Because I never thought I’d be an actor, especially not one on primetime television playing a black, gay, gender non-conforming character who is Miss Bruce, I am in the middle of what feels like a dream.

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10. Who would you love style?

One day, when I’m nominated for an Emmy or an Oscar, or some award, I’d style my mother for the red carpet.

11. Who is the last person you called on the phone?

I am not a big texter. I’m an old school girl. The last person I called on the phone was my mentor and dear friend Bevy Smith.

12. What’s one thing you’ll never do again?

I’ll never allow myself to be portrayed as a token gay. I will forever be cognizant of what the angle looks like.

13. What’s been your favorite moment from Star?

I have two. One was when I sang “Gooder Than A Mother” with Queen Latifah during the first season. The song’s hook sampled Little Richard’s “Get Down With It.” My second favorite moment was during the second season when I performed “The Boss” by Diana Ross.
 

14. What are the words you live by?

To thine own self be true.

15. Who was your first celebrity crush?

A celebrity I have a crush on—not in a sexually attracted to way, but in a way of being enamored by beauty and sex appeal—is Toni Braxton.

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16. What is your favorite Brandy song?

I can’t pick just one Brandy song. I have to say the entire Full Moon album. But, of course, I love the classics like “I Wanna Be Down.”

17. What’s one of your beauty secrets?

One of my priming layers is milk of magnesia. It tightens the pores and creates a smoother canvas.

18. What was your favorite show growing up?

Fame.

19. Describe Lee Daniels in three words.

Lee Daniels is courageous, brilliant, and talented.

20. Only one of these albums can stay. Which one will you save? Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope, The Waiting to Exhale soundtrack, or Toni Braxton’s debut album?

I love all three, but the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack.

21. Three reasons everyone should tune into Star

It’ll be a season like no other. You get to see the evolution of Miss Bruce. You’ll learn about her life and her past. And it’s one of the most radical shows on television right now.
 

**The Dynasty reboot is about to start its second season, but we’d still like to see Dominique Jackson make some sort of appearance.

Lamar Dawson is a pop culture junkie and pop diva addict living in Manhattan. Follow him on everything @dirrtykingofpop.
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