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For Scarlet Envy, “All Stars” Was “RuPaul’s Best Friends Race”

"This time I definitely made it a priority to have that sisterhood."

Even before RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6 started, Scarlet Envy was already asking herself, “Am I the drama? Am I the villain?”

From the moment Scarlet walked into the workroom, the other queens knew she was there to slay. With her long, flowing hair — in and out of drag — and her incredible runway looks, Scarlet showed the queens what it truly means to be an All Star. She not only proved she was fierce competition, but she also became close with the queens along the way, especially her Pink Table teammates, Kylie Sonique Love and Ra’Jah O’Hara.

Scarlet spoke with NewNowNext about getting Katy Perry’s stamp of approval, her reaction to RuPaul calling her Pink Table Talk “uncomfortable,” and if she thinks she really is the villain of the season.
 

First, I want to ask, how did it feel to get the stamp of approval from Katy Perry herself about your Halftime Show?

Oh, well it’s a dream come true. Honestly, I don’t know what else I could ask for in a challenge like that, other than the approval of the diva herself. I got to work with her on SNL in 2017.

Yeah, I wanted to ask about that.

She was always so wonderful. You know, I was a local queen at the time, and she treated us as if we were big stars before we were. And I’ve always remembered that. And her energy has always just been so cool, so kind, so joyful, almost childlike in a fun way. I don’t know. I’ve just always been a big fan of hers. I was nervous, obviously — when you’re a big fan of someone to impersonate them like that, you want to make sure that they at least don’t hate it. And for her to be a fan of it, it’s a dream come true.

Is there an underrated Katy song you love?

Well, my favorite Katy Perry song of all time is “The One That Got Away.” I mean, Teenage Dream is my favorite album. I wouldn’t say that it’s underrated, though. I’d say maybe an underrated Katy Perry song that I’m really into is from her new album, “What Makes a Woman.” I think it’s a really beautiful song, and it’s a really raw song where she kind of breaks down. I always love when a pop star takes away their image and their brand and brings a rawness to their song.

I thought Smile was really overlooked by the gays. There are some great songs on that album. They should’ve given it more due.

Overlooked by the gays, relatable. I’m just kidding. I’m like halfway kidding.

Moving on to this week’s episode, I want to know like when you were filming the Pink Table Talk. Was it uncomfortable filming that raw conversation up on the mainstage?

Oh yeah, absolutely. I definitely had to shift my mindset because when you’re on the mainstage normally, it’s not nearly as, I guess, personal. But honestly, I was more excited to share my story. You know, I was very close with Kylie and Ra’Jah. I loved being up there with two of my closest sisters in the competition. And I generally like to, you know, talk on stage about nothing. That’s like my favorite thing to do. Maybe it backfired this time, but I don’t know. I’m trying not to let this turn into a “don’t be vulnerable” situation. I don’t think that my lesson here is to be less vulnerable. I’m trying to find a different lesson in that.

Were you surprised when Ru said that you talking at the Pink Table made him “uncomfortable?”

Yeah, I was. I think that that’s very unfortunate. But also, sometimes the healthy thing is to address something that makes us uncomfortable.

You spoke about being close with Kylie, and I noticed that you two were holding hands when Ginger was lip-syncing. How did you two become close, and what does your friendship with Kylie mean to you?

My friendship with Kylie means everything to me. Between her and Ra’Jah, she was definitely my closest friend. In the competition, we shared a workstation together. And I’ve been working with her for a few years in Los Angeles, but she made me really comfortable. Her friendship in the workroom made it felt very much like home, which is so nice to have. It’s a bonus, right? You don’t have to have that in competition, that’s not why we’re there. But it was just such a blessing to have her there, we were very, very close in the competition.

They always say “this isn’t RuPaul’s Best Friend Race,” but in your case, it kind of was.

It kind of was. And I think it’s nice, ’cause I made that a priority this time around more than the first time.

So do you think on your original season that you could have been closer with some of the queens?

Yeah, I think so. It wasn’t a priority to me that time, and this time I definitely made it a priority to have that sisterhood. And I’m just really happy that I did. Kylie and I are still very close and same with Ra’Jah. And of course it’s unfortunate the way that some of us voted, but you know, there’s nothing I can do about any of that.

Going back to the lip-sync, what was going through your mind when Bianca Del Rio came out on stage?

Honestly, I was already in a million pieces because I knew what was going to happen. I just, I knew, I could see it in Ginger. I knew what she was going to do to me. So I wasn’t really focused on that as much, but I have like a fever dream of Bianca coming out for a moment. There’s a silver lining to my demise, I guess it was nice that Bianca was in the room.

What about your “Am I the drama? Am I the villain?” becoming a meme…how’s that feel?

It feels great. I feel like I’ve been crowned at least the meme queen of the season. We had a lot of really fun memes. Before the season even started, it was just the most random clip from my pre-season interview. And I am very happy to see people coming to the conclusion that maybe they are their own problem, and that’s okay.

So, are you the drama? Are you the villain of the season?

Well, I think maybe I am the drama. I don’t know. I think it’s okay to be the drama, you know?

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6 is streaming now on Paramount+.

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