1. Who is Rubella Spreads?
She's everyone's favorite disease, deliciously delusional, a truly infectious BBW with a heart of gold and a fascination with rainbows; and penis. Also, the Queen of Crayola. (Thanks Marta Beatchu)
2. When and why did you begin doing drag?
I did drag for Halloween and a couple parties as a joke but I realized I had too much fun just to stop. When I was a little boy, I would play loud music and do some lip syncing with friends and family and doing drag just made me miss those moments when all eyes were on me. I really love the attention. Now I'm going on two years and can't get enough...except heels. Those can burn.
3. Where did you get your drag name?
Well, a good friend of mine and I liked calling each other an std or disease instead of our slave names. So one day I referred to him as Chlamydia and he called me Rubella. And it stuck as a nickname, since it's so close to my boy name, Juan.
Just kidding, it's Ruben.
Once I started taking drag seriously, It was a no brainer. I added Spreads later because Facebook wouldn't just let me be Rubella, and I do love a double entendre.
4. Who is your biggest inspiration?
Oh shoot, this one's a tough one. I pull from so many different things. I'm a huge Roseanne fan. She can do no wrong in my eyes. I also am the sixth Spice Girl, true story. And of course The Golden Girls were a huge inspiration. I'm a fan of the underdog, as I've always felt like one. These women all made it big using comedy and camp. The Spice Girls had a real impact in me as a way of finding my self-esteem. Their positive messages really empowered me, still do to this day. Fun fact- my peace sign tattoo is actually my Girl Power tattoo.
Now, as for Drag inspiration I'll start with Dame Edna! She was the first drag queen I ever saw on tv and her career has spanned decades! I've always wanted a variety show like hers where people can see everything I have to offer. And everything I shouldn't. There's also Jackie Beat, who is just the funniest Queen alive. Plus, she work with Roseanne! Bendelacreme, and then there's my local Queens who I admire. Saint Peter D'vil, Ms Luna, Allusia, The Boulet Brothers. I just love the art.
5. Do you ever get any hate since your style is so unique compared to everyone else's?
Yes I do! It's funny, but because of my style and being a big girl, people don't see me as a threat. I am totally ok with that though. It makes me work harder and push myself. I really don't get involved in people's drama and their opinions are fine with me. I know what I can and can't do and I know I will always keep growing as an entertainer. The queens that usually have a problem with me are the ones who don't think they need any growth and expect to be handed gigs because they think they're good looking. People are going to judge people no matter what. It's how you handle it all that really helps you in the long run.
6. What is your favorite stage number you've ever performed and why?
My personal favorite is my "Saved By The Bell" mix. I come out and perform to the song the girls did in the episode Jessie's addicted to caffeine pills. Yes, caffeine pills. Then I go into her freak out and end with "I'm so excited" by The Pointer Sisters. It's a high energy number that leaves me super tired but it's so much fun.
The audience seems to really love my Small Wonder/Fembot number. I shake my tits and they go crazy! But, still no boys in my yard.
7. What's a quote to live by?
"eat my pussy". Kidding.
I actually have it tattooed on me. It's by Alanis Morissette and it's a lyric from her song "Giggling Again for no Reason" and it goes:
"Oh this state of ecstasy, nothing but net could ever give to me. This liberty, wind in my face, and I'm giggling again for no reason". And that's just about taking in every moment and enjoying the little things. Find happiness in everything you do!!
8. Do you interest in making a comeback on YouTube in the future?
I've had a rough year so sadly episode 2 of The Rubella Spreads show hasn't happened yet! But of course once everything is settled I will be filming as much as I can. I have guests and ideas all waiting so just be on the lookout!
9. When people come to see you perform, what should they expect?
Lots of sweat and heavy breathing.
A good time! Rubella is all about having fun! My objective is to make people laugh (and give me money). If the audience isn't enjoying it, I'm not either.
10. What is something you really love about the drag community?
I love the creativeness. Just think of it all. We have to come up with concepts, costumes, looks, mixes and all with little to no money. We have to work within our means to make sure we are being noticed and you all are loving it. I love that everyone is so imaginative. It makes me happy to know that in that way, we can still hold on to our childhood.
11. If you could eliminate something from the world, what would it be and why?
Bugs. All of them. They're gross.
And babies. Mostly babies.
I think hate, pain and suffering would be the correct answer here. If we could all live in love, the world would be a better place.
I'd also like to eliminate taxes.
12. What other passions do you have besides drag?
I'm a huge music collector. I listen to so much stuff. I can sit around for hours finding a new sound and just exploring each genre. I also like to write, although it's been a while since I last did. I like writing short stories, and music journalism.
13. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
The UK because men.
I have a fascination with British culture. Their style, humor, music, television. It's all so good. I want to experience life out there for a while and stalk Nicholas Hoult and Harry Judd!
14. What is your favorite item of drag you own?
My pink monster hat dealy. It's pretty much the only thing I wear. It's my cartoon costume; like in the Simpsons where everyone wears the same thing every episode. I would die if I lost it. Die. Dead. Super late abortion dead.
15. Marry, Kai Kai, Kill: Saint Peter D'Vil, Allusia Allusia, Judas Joe Manson
I'd kill them all because I want to be the prettiest.
I guess I'd marry Peter because her spells can help me win competitions. Hi, Dakota! And I like her movie collection.
Kai Kai Judas because she's the youngest. And she has that long wig I want to steal.
And kill Allusia because she's been the Queen of WeHo for too long. It would have to be pills and alcohol though. Give her a good time before she bites it.
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