Following her elimination from RuPaul’s Drag Race, we had the chance to catch up with Dax! in an interview and learn more about this artistic comic book queen. Although we were sad to see her leave the show so early, especially in a surprise double elimination, her drive to succeed will keep her in the spotlight for years to come.
Queerty: Hi Dax! How has the response from fans online been since your elimination?
Dax: People are very supportive, actually. I’ve been trying to avoid the internet as much as I can, but people have been very supportive and positive from what I have seen. It’s been very nice.
Do you think the double elimination was justified?
I don’t think we both deserved to be sent home, no. Given the parameters of what we had to work with, I think we both did the best we could do. I would have rather it been one or the other who went home… preferably I wish I had stayed of course.
You posted on Twitter that the song you lip-synced to will haunt you forever.
I’ve seriously heard that song so much since then, you have no idea! [Laughs] I can’t go anywhere without hearing “I Will Survive.” I don’t know what it is, but as soon as I got home from filming I went to the grocery store and it came on. In the airport and it came on. Literally everywhere I go, it’s forever!
Do you think the double elimination was pre-planned before the season began?
No, I don’t. After it happened everyone panicked. Everybody on set was like, “What just happened!?”
If you got to stay on the show longer, what would the viewers have gotten to see more of from you?
More variety and hopefully more screen time. There’s a lot more to me that people didn’t get to see. I could have done more acting, more characters and a wider variety of looks, definitely.
I originally had some cosplay looks planned, but we’re not allowed to bring things that are copywritten. I like to make very overt references whenever I have the chance, but I wasn’t able to bring anything legitimately cosplay.
How and why did cosplay become such a big part of your drag character?
I began drag with the goal of becoming Storm from X-Men or emulating superheroes that I’ve always loved. It’s what I like and it’s what’s worked so I’ve just kept going with it.
Did you start drag before or after the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race?
Before. I started drag when I was about 18, technically. I was doing Rocky Horror Picture Show and go-go dancing at clubs. It was more androgyny and genderfuck kind of drag. From there I migrated more towards traditional kind of drag. Then, once Drag Race came out, I jumped on the bandwagon and definitely wanted to be on the show.
Do you have a goal for drag?
My goal is just to be an artist. I’ve always had this dream of being able to wake up and make something and then go to bed, all without having to go into an office. I just want to be able to have the outlet to create stuff. I get bored easily and my interests are varied, so I just want to have the outlet to make and create that isn’t mind-numbing all day.
Of the remaining queens on Drag Race season 8, who do you want to see win?
I like all the girls a lot. I love Kim Chi and Bob and Thorgy. Chi Chi I think is going to be one of the surprise queens because she’s from a small town and things are so new to her. She doesn’t have the crazy wardrobes that other queens have, but she’s a monster performer and she’s amazing on the stage. So much fun to watch!
Now that you’ve gotten this extra exposure from the show, the sky’s the limit. What are your plans for the future?
I want to focus more on cosplay and nerd stuff! I want to tour Comicons, make music and finish some graphic novels. I have a lot of things in my queue that are all just waiting to get completed so I can release them into the world!
Catch new episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race every Monday night at 9/8c on Logo and stay tuned for more exclusive post-elimination interviews coming soon!