Bianca Del Rio has become increasingly busy since winning season six of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2014. Her 2019 “It’s Jester Joke” tour has hit five continents, she guest-starred for eight weeks in a musical in London’s West End and is working on the third “Hurricane Bianca” movie. But she’s always open to new projects.
“If America is interested in a clown from a second-rate reality show, I may have a campaign,” Bianca, aka Roy Haylock, says. “You never know.”
Bianca Del Rio performs Sunday, Nov. 10, at Orpheum Theater. The tour has taken her to Cape Town, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong and across Australia, and she learned that she had fans everywhere. Wherever Bianca goes, people know what to expect, and some even want to be subjected to her verbal abuse.
“People will say, ‘Can you read me? Will you insult me?’” Haylock says. “You’re like, ‘This is a meet and greet. Give it time.’ I don’t just walk up to people in the grocery store and curse them out. I am the opposite of most people. I’m actually nice in real life and a total c—t on stage. It’s usually the opposite. I’ve heard horror stories about Julie Andrews.”
Haylock performed in local theater productions in New Orleans, but it was Bianca Del Rio’s fame that drew an invite to fill in as an older drag performer in the British musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.” He starred as Hugo, a shop owner and former drag performer who mentors a young man who is coming out as gay. While Bianca Del Rio isn’t particularly fond of lip synching, Haylock sang two songs in the show.
On “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Bianca Del Rio was best known for her self-described Joan Crawford meets Bozo the Clown looks and the cutting wit that drives her comedy.
In 2020, Haylock will shoot the third installment of his “Hurricane Bianca” movie series. Former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Rachel Dratch returns, and the plot takes them to Africa, Haylock says. He is also talking about writing a follow-up to his 2018 book of advice, “Blame It on Bianca Del Rio.”
Although Haylock says one of the best parts of doing the musical was having the same dressing room for eight straight weeks, he’s glad to be back in the U.S.
“I was happy to get back to America because there were so many things I couldn’t talk about (elsewhere) because nobody cared.”
At 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, (504) 274-4870; www.orpheumnola.com. Tickets $40-$203.