Monique Heart came to RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 with something to prove.
After her season — the show’s 10th — ended, Monique Heart regrouped and prepared for her “ru-demption” on All Stars 4, and if you ask us, that’s exactly what she got. (She doesn’t agree.)
From her “brown cow stunning” looks (plus a single of the same name) and jaw-dropping lip syncs and challenge performances, Monique Heart traveled all the way to the Top Four of All Stars 4.
Hornet caught up with her post-elimination to chat about stepping back into the competition so soon after her own season. Plus she tells us all about what’s next for Monique Heart as she moves to L.A. and chases some dreams outside the drag world.
Here’s our post-elimination interview with the one and only Monique Heart:
You made it through All Stars 4 with a fantastic showing! Are you proud of yourself?
Yes, I am, thank you! I was happy, very much so!
We were pleasantly surprised to see you come back so quickly after Season 10. Was there any hesitation to come back so soon?
You know, there wasn’t, not at all. The only issue I had with Season 10 was that the “butterfly killer” [that’d be Asia O’Hara] sent me home because her costume was better than mine! [Laughs]
When you first walked into the Werk Room this season, was there anyone you were surprised not to see?
Actually, no. I was not really worried about any of them other girls. I was just worried about getting myself to the finish line! [Laughs]
Do you think it’s fair to say that you got the ru-demption you wanted?
No. I didn’t win.
On Season 10 it seemed you got into your own head a bit. Was there an inner saboteur this year that you had to overcome?
You know, I didn’t really have an inner saboteur the time around. All I really had to do was rebuke the devil and take each of these hoes out one by one. And you know what? Manila and each of them, one by one, got the chop! Bloop!
“Brown Cow Stunning” was your performance in the season premiere talent show, and it’s your new hit single, complete with an eye-popping video directed by Assaad Yacoub. What was it like creating music that defined you and your journey this season?
Oh, the music was great, but it was definitely hard! “Brown Cow Stunning” was initially a bleak moment for me on Season 10, and they wanted a song, so I gave them one! it turned out we got to use it for the variety show, so boom!
What’s next for Monique Heart?
Well, I’m currently finishing my one-woman show. We just finished rehearsals yesterday, and tomorrow we are officially hitting the road. We start in Canada the last week of February, then I’m back in March for the other half of the country.
I’m doing film in Los Angeles, and I just moved out there to give myself some more opportunities. I just filmed for two weeks with a major television network, and I meet with an agent very soon. I’m going to be auditioning, doing more shows and building the brand. Long-term I want to be a gay Oprah! [Laughs]
As you move forward in your post-All Stars life, what gives you the most pride in your career?
When I look back over the entire experience, I may have been on television for a year, but for me this was a 10-year journey. Seeing the preparation for success I went through, I am gagged, I am gooped. The goopery is very real.
I can look at my life and say, “Wow, Jesus, you really did hear the dreams and plans of my heart and allow them to come true in time.” I am very happy.