This post contains spoilers about RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 2.
Behind all the wigs, contoured cheekbones, sequins, and stunning, fierce, yellow fashion tape, Alaska, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars‘ second season, is a refreshingly starry-eyed theater kid hungry for your undivided attention.
“I’m just really grateful I get to have my picture on the wall next to RuPaul and Chad Michaels!” the 31-year-old, relishing her reign as America’s Next Drag Superstar, squeals during a recent interview with EW.
Alaska’s journey to the top wasn’t easy — in fact, she almost didn’t get the chance to compete at all, let alone take the crown; the western Pennsylvania native auditioned multiple times across the show’s seven-year history, finally landing a spot on season 5 and ultimately finishing in second place.
“I was more focused this time. Last time I just wanted to be everybody’s Good Judy, be everybody’s friend, and not make any waves,” she says of returning to the competition, which saw her squaring off against fan-favorites like Alyssa Edwards, Katya, Detox, and Tatianna. “This time I went in and I said, ‘I want to do so well that I make people mad,’ and I think I did.”
Read on for Alaska’s full EW interview, in which she spills the tea on Rolaskatox’s ongoing blood sacrifices, breaking down gender barriers, and what she really did with that $10,000 she promised to pay Detox for keeping her in the competition.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I have to know: Did you follow through and pay Detox that $10,000 for saving you?
ALASKA: Well, I tried. She said no. But, I wanted to karmically make up for being such a brat, so we decided to donate $10,000 to the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation. Hopefully that blood-bribed money can actually go to a good cause. We both donated $5,000!
Good for you! A lot of those people watch this show for inspiration. How would you say, from your experience, Drag Race is influencing the art form or changing the community for the better?
I think RuPaul’s Drag Race, as a show and as a phenomenon, is really important, and I think we might not realize its impact until many years pass. It’s remarkable that there’s a show where gender boundaries are completely eliminated. We’re talking about a room full of guys calling each other “she,” and nobody bats an eye. I can’t imagine being a kid and watching a show like this on TV. I’m very excited for the young children; I hope they spend less time filling my inbox with snake emojis and more time being kind to one another, being aware of really important issues like Black Lives Matter, making sure Donald Trump does not get into office, and getting women paid an equal wage.