The Hollywood Reporter Unveils 2013 Reality Heat List
This story first appeared in the April 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
"We're the crack dealers of reality," says Fenton Bailey, co-founder of World of Wonder, the factory that churns out addictive fare like RuPaul's competition show Drag Race, whose season-five premiere was the highest-rated in Logo history. Up next: Life With LaToya, debuting April 13 on OWN, peeks inside the world of Michael Jackson's eccentric little sister. "We're drawn to people who fly their freak colors high and proud," adds Bailey. "And that's not just gay. That's everybody!" RuPaul let THR in on the secrets of Drag Race's success.
The Hollywood Reporter: Who's the audience for your show?
RuPaul: People who dance to the beat of a different drummer.
THR: Do you embrace social media?
RuPaul: Oh absolutely, I've live-tweeted every episode so far this season. When you take the red pill as opposed to the blue pill, it can be very lonely. And when you find your tribe, you want to connect with them.
THR: You recently signed with CAA. Why?
RuPaul: I had been with William Morris, and what ended up happening there was, I got the job, and they did the paperwork. And after a while I was like, "What the f--- is this?"
THR: Do you ever walk into CAA in full drag?
RuPaul: That costs extra. Drag is just what I do for coins, for coinage in the mortgage. It stopped being hilarity, or she-larity, once I got famous.