Lady Gaga’s surprise entrance as a guest judge in season nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race has gone down as one of the most memorable moments in the show’s history.
And according to series nine queens Sasha Velour and Peppermint, the beloved pop star was very generous with her feedback when the cameras were switched off, even being asked to hurry up by producers because she was so thorough with her comments.
Speaking on Entertainment Weekly’s BINGE podcast the two queens shared some of their behind-the-scenes memories of Gaga’s appearance on the show.
“Lady Gaga seemed to do something unusual and make it a point to come back and connect with us,” Peppermint explained.
“It seemed as though she was genuinely touched that we had put so much into these tribute looks to her.”
She continued, “When she came back into the [Werk] Room, she really came back with some constructive feedback and criticism, but that was preceded by a nice, pretty good conversation.
“A very honest conversation about what it’s like to be a queen and how she identifies with us and how closely she feels connected to us, and that was something I didn’t expect. Now it’s like, oh, every single episode when a star comes, here’s their walk back, but that was the first time I remember that happened.”
And Velour added that Gaga “insisted on” giving as much feedback as possible, adding, “There was even a moment when the producers were kind of like, trying to get her to wrap it up, because she had hand-written notes about each and every one of us, and she went through, took her time, and gave individual feedback to each of us sitting right there.
“They were like, ‘Ok, we’ve got to get back to filming!’ And she was like, ‘No, I’m going to finish this!'”