"From the last challenge, I didn’t agree with what Michelle said as I thought it was a cute reference to a throwback time of country music and was a fun look."
Last week was another acrylic nail-biter on RuPaul's Drag Race, the girls having to complete a quick look from the contents of a military duffle bag in the mini-challenge then put on a scripted skit for judge Ross Mathews' fictional trash talk show “The Bossy Rossy Show" in the maxi. Then it was a denim and diamonds look on the runway for special guest judges Carrie Preston and Shania Twain.
Los Angeles and San Diego favorite Mayhem Miller gave it her all and actually did quite well on all the tasks. But the talent is so fierce this year even the smallest misstep can get you in the bottom two. Unfortunately, spoiler alert, this meant Mayem and Monet X Change had to lip sync for their lives in front of Ms. Twain to her song "Man I Feel Like a Woman."
Mayhem didn't make it to slay another day and was sent home mostly because she chose a hot pink denim frock that confused Michelle who asked if the dress was actually made of the assigned fabric. Mayhem sashayed away with her signature grace but took some time out of her very busy schedule to talk to San Diego Gay and Lesbian News about this historic season.
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News: San Diego is almost like your second (third) home; do you think you’ll be doing more gigs outside of California now?
Mayhem: I love San Diego so much, and they’ve always been so gracious to me! I know that with coming on “Drag Race” comes the privilege of showing your talent with the rest of the world. I look forward to performing and showing my talent to the rest of the country and the world, but I also look forward to coming home and showing California my love.
How does it feel to be a part of the historic Drag Race season 10?
It feels amazing for one. It’s rewarding to see hard work be recognized and dreams fulfilled.
You have an interesting drag name. Where did you come up with it?
I was watching porn and it was Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s sex tape, and Tommy has a tattoo on his ass that says Mayhem.
Who were you most surprised to see coming into the Werk Room this year?
Surprised? You know, I wasn’t surprised by anyone that walked into the workroom.
You seemed to avoid a lot of the drama in the Werk Room, why is that?
I wanted to represent myself as a classy individual that didn’t need to be in the middle of drama all the time. I didn’t want people having a negative perception of me as a drag queen, and I didn’t want to be classified as a stereotype of reality TV.
What difficulty did you have with the Maxi challenge? What made you choose pink denim?
I had no difficulties with it. I felt that I nailed the description of the challenge, which was denim and diamonds, with a strong country flair. I chose pink denim because when people think of denim they think of blue jeans, and I know that the judges always tell contestants that they need to think outside of the box. I wanted to show them that I take that very seriously, and denim is a fabric not a color.
Do you have a boyfriend?
No, I’m single!
What criticism from the judges do you not agree with? What do you agree with?
From the last challenge, I didn’t agree with what Michelle said as I thought it was a cute reference to a throwback time of country music and was a fun look. I thought it was something that’s not typically what I would do. I took something and put my own spin on it.
How did it feel to meet the celebrity judges?
It was great meeting the celebrity judges. I got to see Nico who’s my Instagram crush. I love the show “Younger.” I watch it all the time and I can’t believe he was standing 10 feet away from me. Of course I was a fan of “Martin” for forever, so Tisha was amazing. Lip syncing in front of Courtney Love… Who gets what opportunity ever? Same thing with Shania Twain! Getting to perform their own song in front of them is the most intimidating and rewarding feeling ever. And oh my god, Christina… I wanted to be a Mouseketeer so bad as a kid. I would watch “The Mickey Mouse Club” every day as a kid and wanted to sing and dance on television, and I got to live that dream as an adult in front of her!
What are you working on now?
I’m working on music right now. I’m working on movies, I’m filming one this summer and hopefully more in the future. And traveling the world and sharing my talent.
When can we see you in San Diego next?
I will actually be in San Diego next Wednesday at Urban MO's!