Five questions for drag darling Edie, who celebrates her 2000th performance this month as Mistress of Sensuality in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity in Las Vegas.
DLNQNT: If you had your own fragrance, what would it be called and what would it smell like? Edie: My fragrance would be called Beaver, in honor of my home state of Oregon, aka the Beaver State. The odor — er, I mean, the scent would take you back to my roots, to the soil in which I was reared — uh, raised. Extract of pine from a majestic Douglas Fir combined with the essence of delicate rose petals to honor my home city Portland, the City of Roses, mixes with fresh spring-thaw run-off from the top of towering snow-capped Mount Hood as it enters the mighty Columbia River and gently glides over a freshly built beaver dam. It will soon be available at all participating Walgreens in the Pacific Northwest. Why do I think this will be a big hit with the lesbians?
What’s the most valuable advice your drag mother ever gave you? Edie: I never had a drag mother, but my own mother was definitely a drag growing up. She was just so damed optimistic. She used to say, “Life is what you make it,” and, “Sh*t or get off the pot.” She’s not exactly the poet laureate of Portland, but I’ve grown to live by her words every day.
If you threw up right now, what would probably come out? Edie: I’m currently between shows at Zumanity, and I’ve just had a little snack, so it would undoubtedly be half of a clementine, a shot of espresso, and the sweat of a hot Russian Cirque du Soleil acrobat who shall remain nameless.
Which celebrity do you look most like — as a lady and as a boy? Edie: Once, after a show, RuPaul said that I was a cross between Gina Lollobrigida and Tina Louise. I’ll happily take her observation — plus, I’ve learned not to argue with a lady taller than you. As a boy, I’m told I look like some chick named Edie.
Selflessly plug something that you have nothing to do with. Edie: Daniel Tosh of Tosh.0 on Comedy Central is currently my obsession. I have a such a crush on that boy. He’s so adorable and so silly. I’ve always been attracted to men who make me laugh. So every Tuesday I rush home after the show, pour a glass of wine, start the DVR, and my 22-minute — of course I fast forward through the commercials — date with my current boyfriend begins!