After gradually burrowing into our hearts as the most beloved oddball friendship yet to emerge from RuPaul’s Drag Race, comedy sensations Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova are tackling one of the most beloved oddball friendships in movie history.
On November 18 (in the midst of their forthcoming Viceland series, The Trixie & Katya Show) at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre, the superstar drag-duo will play the lead roles in an all-new live stage tribute to the ‘90s cult classic Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion written and directed by drag icon Peaches Christ. Performances are at 3 and 8pm; following the stage show, the original Romy & Michele will be screened in its entirety. Ticket information is available at PeachesChrist.com.
We recently chatted with Trixie and Katya about their upcoming performance, who’s the Mary and who’s the Rhoda, and their own high school reunions.
“I missed my ten-year high school reunion in rural Wisconsin this summer! But I sent an 8×10 of Trixie and a bottle of champagne. I heard my class believes I am rich and transgender now.” – Trixie
How did the idea of you two starring in a Peaches Christ tribute to Romy & Michele come about? Katya: It was a no-brainer really, since Lisa Kudrow was Trixie’s math tutor and Mira Sorvino was my babysitter in high school. It was just destiny. You can’t fight destiny.
Trixie: I always wish I’d attended high school with Katya. But I wasn’t even alive in the ‘80s. She’s significantly older than me.
Katya, you previously costarred in Peaches’ Spice World tribute. What’s your favorite memory from that experience? Katya: Well it’s hard to choose—I guess it’s a tossup between the abusive rehearsal schedule and the complete lack of food and water during the entire run of the show. But it made for great theatrical tension.
Trixie, this will be your first Peaches Christ show in San Francisco. How are you feeling about making your PC debut? Trixie: Little known fact: Peaches came to my hometown of Milwaukee when she was touring her movie, All About Evil. It’s all come full circle. TBH I’m more here for the popcorn.
What are your earliest recollections of watching Romy & Michele? Trixie: “DISCOVER ME RAMONE DISCOVER ME.”
Katya: I’ll never forget Janeane Garofalo’s fast-burning cigarettes. That innovation was relatable to me since I’m a heavy chain-smoker.
Which of the film’s characters reminds you the most of your high school selves? Katya: Definitely Garofalo’s character. I will have to dig deep for this role.
Trixie: No one at this school is as athletic as I was.
Have you attended any of your own high school reunions? Trixie: I missed my ten-year high school reunion in rural Wisconsin this summer! But I sent an 8×10 of Trixie and a bottle of champagne. I heard my class believes I am rich and transgender now.
Katya: No. When I want to experience any more unnecessary humiliation I just call Trixie.
Has there ever been a dispute in your friendship over who’s the Mary and who’s the Rhoda? Katya: Never. If Trixie wants to be the Mary, I let her. If she wants to be Rhoda, that’s fine. I even let her believe she’s Beyoncé. But she knows that deep down I am the Tina. Not as in crystal meth or Tina Turner—I’m talking Tina Knowles THE MOTHER.
“If Trixie wants to be the Mary, I let her. If she wants to be Rhoda, that’s fine. I even let her believe she’s Beyoncé. But she knows that deep down I am the Tina. Not as in crystal meth or Tina Turner — I’m talking Tina Knowles… THE MOTHER.” – Katya
Trixie: I am not old enough to understand this reference. I guess I’m just really young and stunning.
What other beloved movie duos would you like to reenact? Trixie: Cher and Tai in Clueless! Because I’m a sort-of virgin who can only sort of drive.
Katya: J.Lo and Ja Rule.
Romy & Michele’s favorite movie to watch together is Pretty Woman. What’s yours? Trixie: Katya and I watch our own YouTube series together. Some might say that’s sociopathic, but I call it fun.
Katya: Also Faces of Death.
Romy and Michele claim that they invented Post-Its because they assume no one will know who did. What would you like to take credit for inventing without anyone questioning you? Trixie: I invented the “your mama” joke. Look it up before you try to approach me with known facts.
Katya: Being an effortless glamorous and beautiful woman.
Romy and Michele exact revenge on their high school bullies by performing an elaborate three-way dance while clad in latex dresses and then absconding in a helicopter with Alan Cumming. Would you do anything differently in that scenario? Trixie: I would be strumming an autoharp while Katya chain-smoked. To be honest, their scenario is more elegant.
Katya: I would fall to my death from the helicopter. But then come back from the dead for a do-over and then just fall again.
Is there anything you’d like your fans to know about this show? Katya: This will be the most incredible live theatrical show they will ever see in their lives, no exceptions.
Trixie: Katya will be upright for 75 minutes. See it while you can and ask her what it was like to grow up with a rotary phone.