The 'Drag Race' Moment That Was Almost Too Much For Robin Fierce
Spoilers ahead for RuPaul's Drag Race Season 15, Episode 6.
The latest episode of RuPaul's Drag Race featured a Golden Gal Girl Group challenge, but not all things were gold for Robin Fierce, who was asked to sashay away after a Lip Sync For Your Life against Jax.
On "Old Friends Gold," the queens divided themselves up into three groups to become old gal girl groups, and while the process of picking teams was easy enough, figuring out which group would take which genre of music proved to be dramatic, resulting in what fans have dubbed "metalgate."
Even though Robin Fierce's group was not part of "metalgate" her performance in the Ol' Dirty Bitches girl group followed by her Tie-dye to Die For runway look left the judges wanting more. In the end, Robin brought her all to the Bangles Lip Sync For Your Life, but Ru decided for Jax to stay, and to have Robin sashay away, joining her Connecticut sister Amethyst, who was sent home the previous week.
Robin spoke with Logo about why she thinks this season is the "Game of Thrones" of drag, the moment on the main stage that was almost too much for her, and what it was like sharing the stage with Real Housewives of Potomac star Karen Huger after portraying her on Snatch Game.
So you just met Karen Huger the other night. How did that happen?
I have an amazing manager, Corey Anderson, who has worked with the Housewives before and has lovely connections. Also, she [Karen] saw that I did her [on Snatch Game] and tweeted me. So she was aware and was actually honored, even though my portrayal of her wasn't the best because I'm nobody's actor yet. But she appreciated it and meeting her was amazing. She was so kind and had such a warm energy. But I'm very excited and thrilled that I got to meet Karen because she is literally one of my favorite Housewives.
She brought you up onstage at her show in Philadelphia, right?
She did, yes. We chatted a little bit. I did a short little Karen Huger mix for her audience. It had three of her quotes in there, and I loved watching some of the videos because I can see her living on the side. I'm like, "Yes, Karen is enjoying me. Oh my gosh." But it was amazing. I hope I get to meet her again one day. But anybody who has an opportunity to go to a Karen show, I say do it because she is amazing.
Speaking of Snatch Game, did you have any Snatch Game alternatives when you were considering who you could play?
I did. I contemplated doing North West. But that was not possible. And then I also considered doing Jackée Harry, and she was my actual backup, which I'm glad I didn't do because Ru has worked with Jackée and enjoys Jackée. I didn't know enough of her references to really feel like I could volley with her. So Karen was, for me I think, the best option.
Got it. So let's talk about this week's episode because I want to hear your thoughts on what was going on with the groups fighting over who got heavy metal.
It was definitely an experience. I'm glad my group was not a part of that, although I would have loved to do country for ours.
My two picks were country and hip-hop. Me and Anetra, our two picks were country and hip-hop. Anetra could have went either way. Loosey [LaDuca] and Jax both wanted hip-hop. So I'm like, okay, hip hop was one of my options anyway, so sure, fine, whatever. I think country would've worked great for our team because you have two singers, Loosey and I, who could have held down the actual vocals. Then you have a stunning performer like Jax, and then you also have another amazing performer, Anetra, who could lean into the comedy of country. So I felt like that could have been great for our team. I enjoyed doing hip-hop, but country for me was my first option. But then watching the other two teams go back and forth, I was basically like, "You know what? It's fine. I don't care. I'm not doing this whole back-and-forth rock, paper, scissors, name in the hat, whatever it is, to pick what song I want to do because I don't have the mental capacity for that right now."
But I think the main thing is nobody wants to get chosen for. So I think it's valid that the other girls felt a way by basically just getting their song picked for them in the beginning. So if I was in that situation, I probably would have fought back as well, because again, nobody wants something picked for them or to feel walked over.
What was it like doing the girl group challenge? Because it seems like you have to do everything really quickly. You have to write the lyrics, record them, and then learn the choreography. What was that all like?
Everything on the show is done very quickly. I am a perfectionist, and music is something that I care about very deeply, and if I'm going to do something musically, even if it's a campy moment, I want it to be to the best of my ability. So that was a little stressful. Also, I dance, I'm a great performer if I say so myself, but I generally don't do choreo in my numbers. My numbers consist of me doing what I feel, what I feel like the music is feeling, whatever. So I wanted to make sure that I was getting all of that, which is hard to do when you don't have a whole lot of time to do it. But we got it done and made it work. I just happened to get the boot.
You mentioned being in the bottom, this was your first Lip Sync For Your Life. What was that whole experience like? Were you nervous? When Ru said you were in the bottom two, what was going through your mind?
Honestly, my heart was pounding harder than it has ever pounded in my whole entire life. I didn't say anything, but I'm like, "Oh my God, am I about to have a heart attack right here on the main stage of RuPaul's Drag Race? But I don't want to be dramatic and I don't want to stop production, so I'm not even going to say anything. If it happens, it happens. Get the fucking defibrillator I'll hop back up here and do what I have to do." Because being in the bottom is something that nobody wants and when it comes down to a lip sync for your life, you never know what's going to happen or what Ru is going to feel like so it's definitely super nerve-wracking. I just remember holding my hands and being like, "Okay, get it together. At the end of the day, you're a performer, this is what you do. So either they're going to like it or they're not." And not necessarily that they're not going to like it, they might have just connected to somebody else a little bit more and it is what it is.
I loved the moment on Untucked when they show you all talking to the Old Gays in the workroom. I was just wondering, where do you see yourself in 50 years or where do you hope to be?
I'm 28 this year, so 50 years, I'd be 78. I hope that I'm content. I don't have to be necessarily doing the most, I don't have to necessarily still be performing. I hope that I can still if I wanted to. But I think at that age, I definitely just hope to be content and know myself, but still be able to learn and grow and also be able to teach other people behind me. One of my favorite things is getting to talk to the older gays who didn't get to experience what it is to be queer in this day and age. I am excited to be able to experience the youth of my old age, if that makes sense. I'm looking forward to it. Not rushing it, but looking forward to it.
I love that. Then my last question is, Ru has sent Connecticut girls home two weeks in a row. Should Loosey be worried?
Ru just wanted to reunite the Connecticut divas. He thought that we might miss each other. No, honestly, I think everybody should be worried. I describe the season as the Game of Thrones of drag. We are all amazing queens, so a lot of the time it's not that you did badly, somebody might have just done better in that moment. So everybody should be worried. But I think Loosey is amazing and she is perfect for Drag Race, so I'm hoping that she doesn't have anything to worry about, but you never know.