Ginger Minj & Manila Luzon on Dragstravaganza
ComingSoon editor Spencer Legacy spoke with drag superstars Ginger Minj and Manila Luzon about their work on Huluween Dragstravaganza and what Halloween means to the drag community. Huluween Dragstravaganza is now streaming on Hulu to launch Huluween.
“Two world-renowned drag superstars, Ginger Minj and Monét X Change, are trapped in television – and the only way out is to host a hilarious special on Huluween,” reads the special’s synopsis.
Spencer Legacy: Ginger, you and Monet have amazing chemistry on the special, and you’ve known each other for a while. Was it easy to break up together?
Ginger Minj: It’s super easy! My first introduction to Monet was that I was hired to do the show she was hosting in New York long before she was even on drag race, and we got on well. I think if you’ve ever been in that kind of situation where you’re just with someone you really like and appreciate and trust on stage in front of a large audience, you’re just allowing yourself to have fun. That’s what I’ve always been able to do with Monet.
Manila, which sketch is your personal favourite? There are so many different types and different performance. Which marked you?
Manila Luzon: Ooh… you know, I love sketch comedy and so doing it in drag was a lot of fun. I got to do a lot of the fun skits but I think my favorite is the skit with Lady Bunny and Jackie Beat, the legend, hanging out with mum because, honey, they look really good when they play someone younger than they actually are.
What does Halloween mean to the drag community, to be able to do a special like this?
Ginger Minj: Halloween is the great gay holy day. It’s, it’s the day all new drag queens are born. It’s one of those times when it’s okay to dress and express yourself the way you want and go out into the world like that and see how everyone reacts. So we’ve always really loved and enjoyed Halloween, and I think now it’s so fitting that we can show that to the rest of the world, who may not know how special it is to all of us.
Manila Luzon: Yeah, I agree with that of course. One of the first times I went out in drag was on Halloween because it’s a safe place. So if you can dress like a zombie or a mummy, you can also dress in drag and without judgment anywhere. It is therefore an open space. Having a special like this helps people find that part of their expression is fantastic and awesome and a good time!
Which of your Halloween costumes was your favorite?
Manila Luzon: You know, I’m a simple girl. I am really. After doing years and years of Halloween shows, I realized I liked being more docile, like putting on cat ears and calling it a day. For a working drag queen, it’s Halloween every day. So on Halloween I like to take a nice break and put on little mustaches and call it an easy day for sure.
Ginger Minj: She said, “I’m a mouse, duh.”
Manila Luzon: Exactly! Exactly!
Ginger Minj: I’ve always been obsessed with The Wizard of Oz and when I was probably around nine or 10, my mom let me dress up as the wicked witch with the striped tights and the ruby slippers and the little witch dress. I guess this is really the first time I was in drag. It was something that was a defining moment in my life and it made me feel like no matter what I did or who I became, my mom would always be by my side. So it’s the one that really strikes me as my favorite.