RuPaul is bringing his special form of drag to the Logo network as the mentor and judge for a new reality series, "RuPaul's Drag Race."
At a press conference for his upcoming series, RuPaul recalled working with Patrick Swayze on the film 'To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.'
"He is truly generous and a real sweetheart," says the drag queen, who has not spoken to Patrick since the actor was diagnosed with cancer. "A lot of the time when straight men come around the drag thing, they have to assert their masculinity. They act a peculiar way. He is very secure in who he is, understands the act of show business and performing. He was really generous and lovely. He did a really good job, too."
RuPaul credits Patrick's background in dance for making him a good drag queen. "If you see the movie, he sold it. Not on how he looked, but on his body. He really nailed it."
RuPaul also weighed in on "America's Next Top Model" host Tyra Banks, joking when asked to compare his show to hers: "Tyra learned everything from me."
On the more serious side, he comments, "Drag has been thought of as subversive. The biggest misconception is that drag queens want to be women. They have always reminded a culture to not take yourself so seriously. It is all illusion. Drag rubs up against people the wrong way because it shows you aren't who you think you are."
"RuPaul's Drag Race" premieres February 2 at 10 p.m. on Logo.