Featured in our June PRIDE MONTH issue of Compete Magazine
We were fortunate to be able to interview the fabulous Shangela (aka D.J. Pierce)! For the few, if any, who aren’t familiar with her, she’s possibly best known for her appearances on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and other TV shows and appearances. But Pierce is a real force in the entertainment world through his drag management company, Say What Entertainment.
And now, here’s Shangela!
Dirk Smith & Jared Gaduno, aka Compete: You’ve competed in not one, not two but now THREE seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Will the third time be the charm?
Shangela: I definitely hope so! I came back smarter, stronger and with a fire to win. I wanted to showcase to RuPaul and to my fans how I’ve grown over the last six and a half years and how strong a competitor I can truly be.
Compete: What have you been up to since Season 3 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars?”
Shangela: After Season 3 I put a lot of dedication into being the best drag entertainer that I could be – the most well-rounded drag entertainer that I could be. I went on to appear in scripted and unscripted television shows; I worked as an actor in film; I released music, including my hit “WERQIN’ GIRL” (Professional), “Uptown Fish,” and I also worked with the House of Edwards on a holiday album.
I’ve toured the world and now have performed on six of the seven continents; Antarctica is the only one remaining. I really have worked hard to create a career based on being the best entertainer that I can be. I also started a business called Say What Entertainment that manages other drag talent from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” So, with all of that, I’ve been busy, honey! Let’s just say that I’ve been busy working!
Compete: We absolutely loved you in “Hurricane Bianca” which was such a fun movie. Did you have a good time filming it?
Shangela: The best! I mean I love Bianca Del Rio. They’re great friends off-camera so to be able to bring that chemistry on-camera was easy. It was like hanging out with your buddy and there just happened to be a script, as well.
Compete: Will you be returning in “Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia with Hate?” Please tell us you’ll pop out of a box again.
Shangela: Stay tuned! You should know that no box is ever safe with Shangela around!
Compete: Compete Magazine is focused on sports so did you follow the Winter Olympics? If you were there, what sport would you have most likely been in?
Shangela: Oh, I’d want to be a figure skater and I’d want to be pulling my good ole’ Adam Rippon realness! You get to wear fabulous costumes, you get to have a sickening musical number and you get to fully perform – and that’s what I want to do … as long as no one tries to “I, Tonya” me.
Compete: What did you think of Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon?
Shangela: I celebrate every person who is living their truth to the fullest. And to know that Gus and Adam are part of our queer community and have the opportunity to represent us so well, I was thrilled to see them there at the Winter Olympics. But you know who my real crush is? She wasn’t even competing in the Olympics but she was there as a commentator, and that is Lesley Jones. I watched most of the Winter Olympics not just for the athletes but also for her commentary because she is HILARIOUS … and I think we would have so much fun on a date together. I just love her to death.
Compete: After “All Stars 3,” what will you do?
Shangela: Shangela has been busy for the last six years and she doesn’t plan on slowing down now. With regards to television and film, first of all I will be appearing in the sequel to “Hurricane Bianca,” “Hurricane Bianca 2” out this summer. I have a role in the new film, “A Star is Born” with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper that will be out this fall in theaters, so I would love for people to go and check that out.
Also, I have new music starting with my newest single, “Pay Me” – a dance track featuring producer Ryan Skyy that will be available on iTunes anywhere music is sold. In addition to that, I’m going to be continuing touring the world this year and I have a brand new comedy show called “Shangela is Shook” in which I’ll be touring in the U.K. and later this year in Australia, with more to be added.
From all of us at Compete and from our readers, we thank our superstar entertainer Shangela for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk with us. If you’d like to learn more about her, please check out her website at www.shangela.com
By Dirk Smith with Jared Garduno