But win she did. And the opportunities have been flowing ever since. She’s been working on Hurricane Bianca with her friend Matt Kugelman for several years.
The film centers around a science teacher in Texas named Richard Martinez. When people in his small town find out he’s gay, he’s promptly fired. Martinez returns to the town as Bianca del Rio to teach the close-minded folks a valuable (and hilarious) lesson. The movie is ostensibly a comedy, but Del Rio says it holds an important message, too: In twenty-nine states across the USA, it’s still legal to fire someone just because they’re gay.
“It’s really insane,” she says. “It’s 2015 and this shit still happens. Everyone’s talking about marriage equality… but you can still get fired from your job just loving members of your own sex. It’s nuts!”
Del Rio says the most challenging part of the 18-day shoot was playing a science teacher — not exactly typecasting in her case.
Playing Bianca Del Rio in the Texas heat had its challenges, too.
“But a drag queen in the heat ain’t nothing,” she says. “I can deal with it.”
As for future projects, Del Rio says she isn’t slowing down anytime soon. On top of Hurricane Bianca, you can expect a brand new stand-up comedy tour in the spring. And when you’re a girl who says “yes,” you can expect to be busy.
Very busy, indeed.
She may have even hinted at a secret project that she’s not quite at liberty to discuss yet… but she promises she’ll let the world know her master scheme as soon as humanly possible.
Bianca Del Rio 2016?