While the makeover challenge is typically the favourite episode for RuPaul’s Drag Race fans to watch at home, showcasing unlikely people experiencing their first time in drag, it can often be the most stressful for the contestants.
This week's episode of Drag Race Down Under saw the final four queens tasked with making over men from the same family, with Molly Poppinz getting to transform super fan Keelan into Kandy Flippinz.
The pair had a strong connection and served a cute ‘Opposites Attract’ look on the runway but found themselves in the bottom after a series of incidents that happened both on and off-screen.
“I think we had about four hours to get each other in drag and there was obviously just a lot of talking and kiki-ing and stuff,” Molly tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
“What really set me back is, you could see it in the episode, Keelan was bleeding and he had all this toilet paper over his face because he cut himself a few times while shaving and it kept bleeding… We were trying to get the blood to stop and I was like, freaking out.”
Molly, who admits she feels “woozy to blood”, explains that they tried for over 45 minutes to stop Keelan’s face from bleeding.
“We had a damp face wash putting pressure on it to get it to stop and it just wasn’t,” she details. “Then we tried toilet paper and there was a lot of blood so the toilet paper would soak it up so we’d put a little bit more on and when we thought it had stopped we’d peel it off and then it would just re-open it. It was very stressful.
“I had to actually glue toilet paper to his face, like I had to glue it down and paint over it. There was a huge cut and you could kind of see it but I was like, you know what? You’re going to have a lovely little rhinestone beauty mark right there. So then I stuck a rhinestone on it just to cover it up. But yeah, that was a big thing that really put me behind.”
‘That was a choice!’
Despite being sent home right before the finale, Molly says she feels “super chuffed” about her performance this season.
“It would have been great to get to that top three, but I’m just as proud,” she says.
“I got a pretty good edit, I’m not going to lie. I tried not to let it show, but I was very overwhelmed and very nervous the entire time. I was like, ‘I can’t let these bitches see me sweat, just play it cool and try not to let this opportunity slip by’. So I'm happy with how everything played out.”
The Newcastle-based performer adds that there are a few things she would do differently if she had the chance to compete again, including packing more outfit options.
“If I was to go back and do All Stars, fingers crossed, I would have a different Snatch Game character too, that’s for sure,” she laughs. “I wouldn’t wear a mask, because that was a choice!
“If I went back in I wouldn't be so overwhelmed and freaking out the whole time and just have some more fun with it. Even though I did have a great time, I was just getting in my head and overthinking things, so I wouldn’t do that.”
‘I’m totally keen’
Post-show, Molly says she is keen to work on projects and tour with her competitor and close friend, Hannah Conda.
“If Miss Hannah Conda is open to it, I think we should definitely go on the road,” she teases.
“Even if we did like a brunch tour, just popping around to all these little venues! But I would definitely love to go on the road with Miss Hannah Conda. A ‘Two Little Girls’ international tour, why not? If she's down for it, I'm totally keen.”
RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under airs only on Stan with new episodes dropping on Saturdays at 4pm
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