Hedda Lettuce Headed To Nations
She most recently made national headlines during the holiday season when an ornament made its way to a White House Christmas tree featuring her photo.
Hedda Lettuce has appeared on To Wong Foo, Sex & The City, Project Runway, and most recently, Ugly Betty. Now, she shows Nations green is the new black this Thursday night.
While at home in NYC, she has been preparing for her summer-long stint in Provincetown. She’s been writing a new show called Drag Queen. “I’m trying to make [Queendom] more a symbol of royalty instead of bitchiness and prostitution,” Lettuce says.
The self-proclaimed Queen of Green took a moment by phone to clear the air about that White House ornament and more.
GayRVA: When you were on Project Runway, you didn’t leave things too well with Jeffrey. What happened after the show?
Hedda Lettuce: I just made up with him a couple of months ago at this awards show in Manhattan. He said he was upset about the experience and all of my YouTube videos. On the show, it’s a lot about how they edit and how they cut it. It’s just showbiz. Now, we’re friends on Facebook.
When did you find out you had the ornament on the White House tree?
I was home on the computer. The week prior to it, I was volunteering for SAGE making ornaments with older gays and lesbians. I got an e-mail from someone saying “I was there for the lighting of the tree, and your ball was on the tree.” Oh my God, my ball’s hanging in the White House! I can’t believe I’ve made it in the White House. A few days after another person said, “Have you seen this link from FOX that puts you in a pairing with General Mao saying you’re one of the reasons for America’s destruction?” Then, it just snowballed.
How do you feel about all the commotion it caused in the media?
You have to take it with a sense of humor. I was sincerely going to do volunteer work at this community center for gay seniors. It was a simple day decoupaging balls and the next day, it gets all this attention. It’s a bit bizarre.
When you’re performing in Richmond, what should people expect at your show?
If you go in there expecting anything, you’ll probably be disappointed. I do a lot of original music and some fun song parodies. It’s a hodgepodge of all my things I enjoy doing like stand up comedy.
I just filmed a pilot called “The Real Drag Queens of New York.” They took some of the most popular queens and filmed our shows, or work, our loves, our triumphs, and our troubles for the world to see. The pilot is being shopped around Showtime and Bravo.
Hedda Lettuce performs at Nations, 2729 W. Broad St. on Thursday, March 18. A dinner cabaret begins at 6:30 p.m. with Hedda Lettuce headlining at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at door. Call 257-9891 for more information.
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