The Queen of the North spills the tea in regards to the new season, the brand new judges and what LGBTQ2S+ Historical past Month means to her.
Brooke Lynn Hytes could be very Canadian — virtually to a fault.
Because the host and decide on Canada’s Drag Race season two — which premieres October 14 on Crave — being judgemental is kind of actually her job. Whereas many out and in of drag already learn folks free of charge (see: all of social media), being paid to critique contestants looks like a dream job. And don’t get her improper, it is Brooke Lynn’s dream job, however generally her “Canadian-ness” will get in the best way.
“We’re not naturally judgemental folks,” she says over the cellphone. “Effectively, we truly are, however we now have this politeness in us that thinks, ‘How do I say this properly?’”
The runner-up on season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the “Queen of the North,” is within the distinctive place the place she understands either side of the Principal Stage. As she rapidly grew to become a front-runner for her trend (howdy, glittery Mountie uniforms!) and runway stroll (thanks, Nationwide Ballet Faculty of Canada), the L.A.-based, Toronto-born queen was by no means one to shrink back from her Nice White North roots. So when the Canadian version of the sequence was introduced in 2019, followers knew just one performer might sash-eh (get it?) into the highlight.
“I can say being a contestant and a decide are each very annoying,” Brooke Lynn says of her Drag Race historical past. “I understand how a lot these queens need it and the way a lot they put into it. It’s exhausting as a result of drag is such a deeply private artwork type, so having to critique that may be tough. I feel I discover it extra emotionally difficult to be a decide.”
We kiki’d with the Canadian queen to untuck a number of Canada’s Drag Race season two secrets and techniques and get her ideas on LGBTQ2S+ Historical past Month.
What have you ever discovered from the primary season that you’re making use of to Canada’s Drag Race season two?
I feel the most important lesson that I discovered was how you can give good critiques in small sentences. Michelle Visage has actually mastered it as a result of she’s been doing this for thus lengthy. I generally tend to ramble and go on these tangents about issues, however it’s important to cease your self and be like, “Nobody’s going to listen to any of that as a result of that is an hour-long TV present, they usually must edit all of it down.” So, studying to say what I wanted to say in smaller sentences, I feel, was my greatest takeaway.
There are a whole lot of new faces on the judging panel. How do you assume this group differs from final season?
Our judges had been so nice in season one, and I feel this season has extra of the identical — we now have a very well-rounded group of individuals! This 12 months we now have Brad Goreski, a bonafide trend professional, and he was once a drag queen himself, method again within the day. Then there’s Amanda Brugel, an unbelievable actor on Handmaid’s Story, Kim’s Comfort and plenty of different issues. And we now have the great Traci Melchor, who has 20 years of broadcast expertise beneath her belt. After which we now have an precise drag queen — me! I feel we actually have all the bases lined, and everybody comes collectively rather well. I can’t say sufficient how a lot enjoyable we had!
From a viewer’s perspective, the vibe of Drag Race is pleasant chaos. Is that the best way it feels on set?
Chaos is the proper phrase [laughs]. Prefer it’s clearly chaos, however it’s stunning, and it’s great too. I all the time say we’re making a TV present, and the entire level of a TV present is to entertain folks. And I feel that’s what we did — we put out a really entertaining season, and I can’t assist however be happy with that.
What do you assume would shock viewers to be taught in regards to the present?
It takes a very very long time to movie. I’ve to be in drag for about 14 hours a day. I feel folks assume you present up; the whole lot’s prepared, bam, bam, finished. However no, it’s not: I want it had been that easy. I’m not a affected person individual, so it was an actual take a look at for me.
From the previews, it seems to be like an incredible group of queens. Are you able to tease something about what we are able to count on from Canada’s Drag Race season two?
You may count on some legendary iconic seems to be, for certain!
Via Drag Race, Canada is lastly getting the drag recognition it deserves. How do you assume the Canadian drag scene has developed over time?
It’s modified a lot, and I feel that’s actually on account of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Earlier than that, there wasn’t a lot to do for queens. You can have your reveals on the bars and possibly get a company gig right here or there, however there was nothing to do by way of taking your profession to the following degree. Then immediately, there was this platform, and it pushed drag queens and impressed them to work more durable and be extra artistic. And I feel that’s precisely what occurred in Canada. We had season one, after which for season two, we’re seeing all of those blossoming, fabulous queens popping out of the woodwork and being impressed to get on the present.
How does it really feel to be premiering throughout LGBTQ2S+ Historical past Month?
I feel it’s superb! I really like that we’re premiering throughout this time, and I feel it offers a chance for folks (and me) to be taught extra about our historical past — there’s simply a lot that we don’t know.
How will you be celebrating?
I’m going to learn a e book [laughs].
Congrats in your different internet hosting gig for 1 Queen 5 Queers. What are you able to inform us in regards to the new present?
We’ve had a lot enjoyable making it! It’s principally a revamp of [the 2009 show] 1 Woman 5 Gays, and I simply wished to make one thing extra inclusive and that had extra illustration the place it wasn’t simply homosexual males. So trans folks, non-binary, two-spirited, masc, femme, you identify it. We tried to get as a lot variety in there as doable.