By Christopher Rudolph
Crystal Methyd won’t be America’s subsequent drag famous person, however she was undoubtedly topped the kookiest queen of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12.
The Missouri woman wowed Ru and the judges along with her imaginative runway appears; in some way, she reworked Freddy Kreuger right into a trend icon. However Ru was additionally obsessed along with her look out of drag, particularly her luscious mullet, which served main El DeBarge realness. Crystal cruised by the competitors, by no means successful a maxi problem — that’s, till the one-queen present, when she seductively slayed the viewers as male unique dancer Phenomenal Phil.
For those who can rely on Crystal for one factor, it’s pondering outdoors the field; simply have a look at her “I’m Like a Chook” quantity from the Season 12 finale, the place she craftily reworked right into a pair of colourful birds and regurgitated into her personal mouth. MTV Information spoke with Crystal about making it to the finale, if she’s sick of the mullet comparisons, and why Chromatica makes her cry.
MTV Information: Hello, Crystal, the place are you proper now?
Crystal Methyd: I’m in my residence in fabulous Springfield, Missouri.
MTV Information: And the way’s it going there?
Crystal: Thus far, so good. It has been raining quite a bit. Ever since “Rain On Me” dropped, it rains just about each day.
MTV Information: Properly, I suppose we have now to speak about it. Have you ever listened to Chromatica?
Crystal: I did. I listened to it twice the night time it got here out, and I’m excited to take heed to it many extra instances.
MTV Information: It is so good, proper?
Crystal: I actually find it irresistible. That Elton John music — I began crying. I do not know what was occurring, however I simply began crying uncontrollably. It was so enjoyable.
MTV Information: What was the hardest half about filming this distant finale?
Crystal: There have been so many components that piled up collectively that made it so tough and fascinating. It was unhappy that we weren’t going to do it in particular person, however I believed the reunion got here collectively fairly cute. It was a lot enjoyable and to have the ability to see inside everybody’s properties and everybody nonetheless regarded so superb and had their very own second. I simply really feel like Drag Race is such a magical present. It has been so magical to look at it in quarantine. And for therefore many individuals, that is how they hold monitor of when it is Friday.
MTV Information: I liked your piñata look.
Crystal: Properly, my entrance line was, “Who’s able to social gathering and play?” So what’s a celebration and not using a piñata?
MTV Information: The place do the concepts to your appears come from?
Crystal: I smoke lots of weed and the concepts simply form of come. After which lots of the stuff that I did on the present I made myself, however I did work with a really younger designer, a drag king buddy that I do know. And I simply talked by how we wished to do it. However lots of the opposite stuff, it was identical to, “What can I get on the thrift retailer that’s going to satisfy this theme?” As a result of ladies spend some huge cash to organize for the present. I spent lower than $4,000 on the whole lot to prepare, however that felt like some huge cash to me. I’ve all the time been form of a thrifty particular person. That is simply been my lifestyle of discovering that discount.
MTV Information: Are there good thrift shops in Springfield?
Crystal: I am obsessive about Goodwill. That is my favourite one. Simply because the whole lot is priced the identical. Like, all denims are $4, all attire are $5, all T-shirts are $3. And that is the place I get lots of my jewellery too.
MTV Information: And was your drag all the time kooky, or did it begin off extra magnificence pageant after which reworked?
Crystal: To start with, I attempted to be extra “feminine phantasm,” I suppose. I would not say I regarded like a lady, however that is what I used to be attempting to do. However then I began to have enjoyable simply doing out of the field, membership child appears, portray my face the identical sample because the shirt I used to be sporting or little issues like that. And each time I did my make-up, even earlier than the present, I all the time favored to do it in a different way each time. And that is form of how I acquired to my signature base. It took me 4 years to determine that is how I favored to look. In order that’s why, when initially the judges had been thrown off by the large make-up, it anxious me at first. However I really like switching it up, so I simply went again to my room and re-sketched out faces for all of it. That was additionally why, once we solely had 30 minutes to alter and I used to be like, “I am simply going to color myself blue now.” It was all the time actually irritating and arduous, however I really feel prefer it paid off ultimately.
MTV Information: Your Freddy Krueger look was simply so superb. Are you a horror film fan?
Crystal: I’m. And that is considered one of my favourite issues I’ve ever made. Though it’s totally fascinating to put on as a result of it is a sweater. It is very heat, however then the entire security pins are chilly as ice, and typically you get poked every so often.
MTV Information: We’ve got to speak concerning the mullet. Have mullet lovers been popping out of the woodwork? Have you ever been contacted by mullet fans?
Crystal: It is quarantine and folks cannot go get their haircuts and I really feel like everyone seems to be beginning to develop their very own mullet. However I can not take full credit score for that as a result of Joe Unique additionally created mullet illustration for an entire totally different form of viewer.
MTV Information: Are you going to continue to grow even after quarantine is over?
Crystal: I believe so. My plan with my mullet is that I would like it to develop to my butt — only a mane of hair — after which I need to dye it all types of enjoyable colours. After which I will simply buzz my head. I do know that after I try this, Ru will cry.
MTV Information: Are you sick of “Rhythm of the Evening” or have you ever embraced it?
Crystal: I do not suppose I might ever be sick of it. I really feel honored that I used to be given a theme music. I find it irresistible when followers ship me movies of themselves simply rocking out within the automobile to El DeBarge.
MTV Information: Was there one problem that was particularly tough for you?
Crystal: Particularly tough for me was clearly Snatch Recreation. I used to be having a tough time with that one. It is the problem that you just all know is coming, and I do not suppose that I ready myself sufficient. No matter you carry, all three choices or no matter, they need to all be good it doesn’t matter what. That means you’ll be able to all the time fall again on one thing. And also you’re in your thoughts, as a result of the followers have actually excessive expectations of it. You have acquired to have the ability to joke with Ru, and the opposite contestants, however everybody’s totally different characters and perhaps you do not know who they’re. I really feel like I made myself a robotic and what Ru anxious would occur to Gigi [Goode] occurred to me. I acquired actually in my head and wasn’t capable of make jokes. It was additionally arduous as a result of Ru did not know who Poppy was.
MTV Information: How did doing Drag Race change your drag?
Crystal: I really feel like Crystal is admittedly what made me assured and I used to be totally ready to be assured, however I believe my nerves began hitting me the second I acquired to the airport. You are like, “The survival pack that I packed, did I get the whole lot? And did I neglect one thing? What is going on on?” And then you definately meet everybody. I undoubtedly was evaluating myself to the opposite ladies, which is silly as a result of we had been all introduced to present the aesthetic that we introduced in our tapes. When there are lots of ladies there you are like, “Oh my gosh, one slip-up and I might go residence.” The thought of going residence and going residence early is such a scary, scary factor to consider. I used to be psyching myself out and I want I might simply return and be like, “Snap out of it. What is going on on with you? Simply have enjoyable and trust in what you are sporting.”
MTV Information: It nearly felt like watching an All Stars season, as a result of all the ladies had been so good.
Crystal: Oh yeah. For certain. Which was one more reason why I used to be like, “What is going on on? Am I okay to be right here?” After which, as ladies stored going residence and I simply was nonetheless there, I used to be like, “Wait, am I a legend? Am I the most effective drag queens that is ever lived?” So I am simply tremendous unbelievable now.
MTV Information: I believed you had the proper selection for Enlightened Madonna within the Rusical, however what’s your favourite Madonna album or period?
Crystal: I actually like “Hung Up.” That is after I discovered who Madonna was, as a result of I did not actually take heed to lots of music. The primary music video I ever noticed was “Hey Ya.”
MTV Information: Since nobody’s going out on tour anytime quickly, what’s developing subsequent for you?
Crystal: I’ve my present. It was a month-to-month present known as “Get Dusted” that I do with my home; we name ourselves “Simply to Get Dusted Ladies.” However we have been creating motion pictures of drag performances. We try to make it form of as actual as a present might be. It has been enjoyable as a result of now we’re capable of get particular friends that we perhaps usually would not have been capable of fly in or afford. I am wanting ahead to creating extra of these and simply seeing how digital drag continues to evolve. I’ve liked watching it. I have never been capable of get as concerned as I need to as a result of I’ve actually excessive expectations of the sorts of content material that I put out. And it takes me ceaselessly to edit these items collectively. However I actually loved the truth that you are capable of painting a narrative in a means totally different means than what you’ll do on stage.