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Beneath the Wig: A Q&A with Natasha Carrington

Eric Russell | August 31, 2009

We wanted to check in with one of Richmond’s divas and find out more about the person beneath the fabulous wigs who swirls around the floor while performing on heels that would topple a runway model. So I did what any other modern journalist would do. I hit them up on Facebook.

And here is what I learned about Natasha Carrington.

Eric: Who is Natasha Carrington? Where did she come from and how did she get her name?

Natasha: Natasha started out as a way for me to let my hair down and have a good time. She has evolved from a club going diva in DC to a performing queen here in Richmond. The name has evolved several times, starting as Natasha Fatale, and then becoming Natasha Suede and finally I was adopted by Miss Beverly Carrington and assumed the family name to carry on the Carrington legacy. Personally I feel Natasha is a show queen, she strives to give the audience a little bit of everything; drama, comedy, a love affair of sorts.

Natasha Carrington

Eric: What diva inspires you the most and why?
Natasha: I’m a girl that loves Broadway, so show tunes and show DIVAS really hit home for me. But it’s really all about the performance; my favorite (cliché as it may be) is Liza Minnelli. I am however fond of most types of music and try to venture out when performing to not just one type of song or style of music.

Eric: You recently competed in Esta’s Drag Race, what did you learn from that experience about competitions?
Natasha: Well I learned mostly that not every competition and competitor is only out for themselves. While there are those that are, some times people are truly good and work together to just enjoy what they are doing and help each other.

Eric: You perform regularly with the Trailer Court and you have done a few shows with Variatease, what do you like about ensemble performances?
Natasha: Ensemble performing gives you a chance to work off of each other, the audience doesn’t always understand all of your inside jokes but it doesn’t make it any less funny. (Ham Biscuit!)Sometimes the real excitement in the show is backstage; the stuff the audience doesn’t get to see. It’s crazy back there when you’ve got 7-8 people all trying to get ready at once, you have to work together and sometimes you can’t help but laugh.

Eric: What are three things we don’t know about Natasha alter ego John Jessie?
Natasha: Well Natasha is John’s adventurous/creative outlet; I’m actually a home body at heart and love nothing more than curling up with a good book and a glass of wine. I also love spending my Saturday and Sunday’s people watching in Carytown. (It boggles my mind what some people wear out of the house!)

So I hope that sheds some light on some of the questions you ever had about the “Sex Kitten” of the Trailer Court.

Interview & Photos by Eric Russell

2 Comments

  1. Posted September 1, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    From a Man that had the pleasure of some great time with John, I can tell you he is the best, and Richmond is lucky to have him around!!!! H

  2. Posted September 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Wow…one of my favorite former colleagues interviewing one of my favorite former students. Talk about when worlds collide!