Yuhua Hamasaki, a Season 10 RuPaul’s Drag Race queen, will be appearing in the upcoming film Guys At Parties Like It (GAPLI).
Described as ‘a #MeToo inspired horror film with the wittiness of Heathers and the gore of Tarantino,’ the film is produced by LGBTI-owned company Mattioli Productions.
GSN spoke to Yuhua about her role in the film as well as her experience on Drag Race.
‘AJ [Mattioli] asked if I would be interested in playing a role in a film that he’s involved in and I immediately said yes without even reading the script because I was familiar with his work,’ Yuhua says of how she got involved in the film. ‘But of course, I eventually read the script and I was like, “OH MY GOD, this is hilarious!”’
‘My role is Connor, a flamboyant gay college frat boy who is living his best life in [a] heterosexual world,’ Yuhua explains. ‘I don’t want to give away too much of what happens, but Connor plays an important part of showing LGBTQ youths out there that no matter of different you feel, it is alright to let go and be yourself. Once you let that happen, you will find life so much more free and happier.’
‘With the current presidency that we have today, it is important to showcase a movie that demonstrates diversity,’ she says of the film’s significance. ‘The movie shows the patriarchy and how the power in women can overcome those challenges. With that shown, it also leads to other minorities whether if it is race, religion, sexual orientation, etc., to have a stronger mindset that regardless of rules there are, we can be strong human beings.’
On the topic of Drag Race, Yuhua describes the experience as ‘a complete rollercoaster.’
‘I thought I knew what I signed up for, but I was wrong,’ Yuhua states. ‘I get to travel to so many places that I would have not thought I would have got to see. I got to see the world and I am very thankful. It has given me a huge platform that I did not have before Drag Race and I am very thankful for the show that it has given me. Even though the audition process is hard and so many people are competing, I still encourage everyone to audition!’
To support Guys At Parties Like It, check out their IndieGoGo campaign.