As one of the original camp queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Pandora Boxx became a crowd favorite early in the show. She returned for a short-lived stint on RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. She’s a headlining performer for the official Utah Pride Festival celebration. We chatted with Pandora to find out her feelings with Drag Race history, her legacy and her Utah memories.
I have to admit, I was shocked to see how early you left on All Stars. I was so sad that I didn’t get to see more of you that season. Do you feel like you were kicked off too soon in both seasons?
All Stars was certainly a huge letdown. I was more upset because I knew who would be at the top and that they certainly weren’t going to let our team go very far. Clearly, by my stank face you could tell I wasn’t happy. I just felt duped. I came in for a fair chance and I don’t think we were given one.
As for season two, I feel like I should have been top three. I also think that Raven should have been the winner of that season. But, getting kicked off when I did rallied these amazing fans behind me even more than before. I wouldn’t trade that for anything. So now I can say I’m glad I got kicked off when I did.
More than almost any other contestant, you took a beating from the judges who were often critical of your looks. How did that affect your drag? Was that really difficult to hear?
It was horrible. I certainly felt the double standard because there were plenty of other hideous outfits on the show that no one ever said anything about. It is extremely difficult to stand there and be ripped to shreds while others should have been too. I won’t lie, I spent quite a few nights crying in my hotel room.
Do you think your style of drag was underappreciated on the show?
Yes, especially on season two. They favored the supermodel thing. Thank Buddha they’ve expanded and it’s great to see people like Sharon Needles, Alaska and Jinkx Monsoon get praised for things I would have been crucified.
Do you stay in contact with other queens from the show? Is there a camaraderie when you perform together?
I do. I made several great friends from the show. There definitely is a camaraderie when any of us works together because you have a shared experience, regardless of what season. You know what each other went through.
You’ve been working on various projects, including drag, film, theater and music. What is your passion? What makes Pandora tick?
I really love acting in any aspect. Making people laugh is my passion. I love to entertain people. I always have.
You’ve been to Utah before. What do you remember about your visit?
I remember everyone being so sweet and friendly and just how much they loved Drag Race. I also found it so weird how the streets are named from how far they are from the temple. I’m glad I didn’t get publicly caned for dressing like a lady. It’s also so beautiful there!
Any advice for your young gay fans living in Utah?
Stay true to yourself. It may be hard, but you have to or you will never be happy.
What is your favorite movie?
That’s a tough one. I love The Color Purple and 9 to 5.
If you could bump uglies with any celebrity, who would it be and why?
Matt Bomer! And umm, because he’s wicked hot.
Who was your first crush?
Keanu Reeves! And I ended up working out one bike down from him at the gym! I almost passed out!
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Any last words for ‘QSaltLake’ readers?
Please buy some Pandora merchandise at pandoraboxx.com/boxxedgoods. My rent is due soon.