On HBO’s We’re Here (think To Wong Foo meets Queer Eye), three queens of Drag Race royalty – Shangela Laquifa Wadley, Bob the Drag Queen and Eureka – descend on Smalltown USA to give one or more of its denizens not just a makeover but so much more.
Interview: Shangela and costume designer Diego Montoya talk out and proud examples of visibility in HBO’s ‘We’re Here’ [VIDEO]
Each week of the 6-episode series, which is available to stream on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and on HBO via HBO Max, finds the queens and their teams turning shy boys, devastated moms, local queens and strong allies into confident performers. Working with the community and families, they bring joy and love and empathy as they set upon creating a one-night only drag show experience of a lifetime.
I spoke with Drag Race winner Bob the Drag Queen (Caldwell Tidicue) the day after his birthday with his richly talented costume designer Domino about We’re Here, allies, the art of drag as activism and making it work in small towns. Says Bob, “we did not bring queerness to these towns, they already existed in these towns.”