Courtesy of Sinfinite -
Special to the SGN
The Baltic Room
This Saturday, October 29, at The Baltic Room, Sinfinite Productions presents Ravage, a Halloween spectacular featuring the very sexy Falcon/Raging Stallion model DJ Tristan Jaxx and, from RuPaul's Drag Race and Drag U, the infamous and equally glamorous superstar Morgan McMichaels. Together, they are going to turn up the heat for what is sure to be one hot party! The boys over at Sinfinite shared a call with Morgan this week to grant us a little peek into her world.
Sinfinite: Welcome to Seattle, Morgan. Everyone is buzzing about your appearance at Ravage this coming Saturday night at The Baltic Room. You're visiting us from L.A., but some of your fans may be surprised to learn that until the age of 18, you lived in Scotland. How was life growing up as a Gay youth there?
Morgan McMichaels: Yes, there are a lot of people who are unaware that I am from Scotland. It's true I have only lived in the United States for 12 years as an adult, however, I spent a period of my childhood growing up in California. See, my mum is an American-born Scot and my siblings and I were blessed with dual nationality, so we got to experience California from an early age. No matter where in the world you live, it is very, very difficult to be a Gay youth. Scotland, like the United States (hell, the rest of the world), is a completely masculine-driven place, where everyone struggles to be the alpha male, so when you don't fit into society's mold, you are looked upon as a mistake and it's difficult to feel like you belong. My parents taught me from an early age that if you want to stand out, make your voice be heard and stand up for what you believe in, so being an outcast wasn't as difficult for me to deal with as I found the positive in it and surrounded myself with the other outcasts. I think that it actually drove me to work harder at my studies and achieve academic success.
Sinfinite: RuPaul's Drag Race made you a superstar. How has life changed for you since the show?
McMichaels: I have honestly been touched by an angel. People around the world either love me or hate me, but they know my name. I have had the most fabulous opportunities, been able to travel to the most interesting places, have met so many fantastic people, and am being taught so many tricks of the trade from the queens I meet on my travels! I am so very grateful to RuPaul, LOGO, World of Wonder Productions, and Doron Ofir for this once-in-a-lifetime chance. It is the most surreal thing to have people recognize you in the most random places, and it is a great feeling when people tell you how much your confidence, point of view, or just smile has changed their day or their lives. The biggest change in my life is that I am now a role model for the Gay community and a role model for all of the people who look to me for guidance and support.
Sinfinite: After two seasons of Drag U, how would you sum up that experience?
McMichaels: I love, love, love RuPaul's Drag U! I think that this spinoff series is so inspirational, uplifting, and just fun all around. I love the fact that RuPaul has given us the chance to pay our blessings and lessons forward. We are taking these women who are not in a very good place mentally and changing their whole outlook on life simply by using the tools and experience of our craft. That is something that is priceless, in my eyes. I love my RuPaul's Drag Race sisters. I get the opportunity to work with some of the girls I was on the show with and some of the girls from the other seasons. I am not allowed to work with BeBe Zahara Benet because we get into too much trouble together. When we worked together on RuPaul's Drag U, we laughed the entire time. I love that chick so much. I love all of my RuPaul's Drag Race and RuPauls Drag U sisters!
Sinfinite: How was it working with Rihanna on the 'S&M' video?
McMichaels: OK, so I had a pure blast working on the Rihanna video! I was so happy to hear that I got the gig. I auditioned with some of the best drag queens L.A. has to offer! I got the gig with two drag sisters of mine, Willam Belli and Detox Icunt, so I was in good company! When we arrived, we learned that Perez Hilton was also making a cameo appearance in the video, which was amazing. I love Perez's taste in music, so we had a lot to chat about and he was very, very pleasant and quite the chatterbox (which I live for). There is this really great clip in the video where I am thrashing on top of Perez, beating him up while he is bound, and it will be featured on the new LOGO TV show When Drag Queens Attack. Rihanna was the most humble, down-to-earth person ever, from the moment she walked onto the set. She stopped and greeted everyone on the set, which was inspiring. She walked up to me, pointed, and said, 'You were on that show about drag queens!' I was stunned that she knew who I was. I mean, Rihanna knew who I was! She is a massive fan of RuPaul's Drag Race! If you watch the video, I am the chick in the black bob.
Sinfinite: Do you think it's important to use your celebrity status as a platform to express support for LGBT rights?
McMichaels: I am such an advocate for LGBT rights. I belong to many campaigns that deal with that issue, and also a lot of campaigns that deal with anti-bullying. It makes me so mad that some celebrities who are Gay don't fight for our community's rights! What is the point in having a voice if you're not going to use it? I think that it is imperative for Gay celebrities and the celebrities that support their Gay community to utilize their power - we influence so many people and have the ability to change a mind, a heart, or a vote! This is my plea to all of those people who have the power: please use it for the good of our youth, our community, and most importantly, our basic civil rights.
Sinfinite: With regards to your younger 'Morgasms' out there who look up to you, what do you tell them in light of all the bullying and suicides in the news?
McMichaels: I have spoken to so many of my Morgasms (I hate the word 'fan'; it implies that I am better than someone else and that simply is not true, so I call the people who love and support me my Morgasms because, like an orgasm, I believe that every single one of them is special) who are in situations of bullying and suicide. I do my utmost to try and do what I can for them. I chat with many of them on Facebook and Twitter, and I Skype with a lot of them who need to chat. I feel like the kids need to have mentors, someone to talk to, someone who has experienced it all before. We did not have Gay mentors while we were growing up and I simply refuse to let the younger generations go through what we did without a shoulder to cry on and someone to lend an ear. It doesn't take any time out of your day to tell someone it is going to be OK. There is sunshine after the rain. I encourage all of my Morgasms to please contact me no matter how small you think the issue may be. I will always be here for them and no matter how negative it gets you have to find the silver lining to the cloud. People may be mean to you and say horrible things, but they only say those things because they are ignorant and uneducated to what and who you are. If they don't wanna learn about you, then they are a complete waste of your time. My motto is 'Why blend in when you can stand out?'
Sinfinite: Television, music videos, performances, tour dates & what's next for Morgan McMichaels in 2012?
McMichaels: I have written and recorded some songs. I have been busy, so it is taking some time getting it out there - I want it to be perfect, not a sloppy, thrown-out song that has nothing to do with who or what I am. I have other projects that are in the process of being finished and hopefully put out to the public soon. I am traveling the country with some other RuPaul's Drag Race/ Drag U girls with a charity campaign called 'Hope's Voice.' Our division is called 'Divas of Diversity.' We get to talk to the masses about our coming-out stories, our struggles, and how to overcome issues that deal with that! I am going to take a vacation back to Scotland and then Australia this year. I can't wait to see my family. Last but not least, hopefully I will be featured on the new season of RuPaul's Drag U! I was voted by the fans one of the top five professors on the show!
Sinfinite: Finally, what's your best Halloween memory?
McMichaels: Halloween is my fave holiday! I have always had a great time at Halloween, always getting to choose our costumes as a kid - it is one of my fondest memories! As an adult, I get to be as creative as I wanna be, and it is always a challenge to outdo last year's costume!
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