Willam Belli is known for her dry wit, gorgeous looks and outrageous YouTube videos. From “Chow Down at Chick-fil-A” to “This Boy is a Bottom,” she’s created a unique online and showbiz persona. Her film and TV credits include RuPaul’s Drag Race where she was booted early for breaking the rules by having a midnight rendezvous with her boyfriend. She was also a featured character on Nip/Tuck. Much more than just a talented drag queen, Willam will be one of the featured performers along with Detox Icunt, Alyssa Edwards and Vicky Vox for the Pride Night celebration at The Depot on June 1. Tickets are available through Smiths Tix and start at $15.
As a queen who has created a career outside of RuPaul’s Drag Race, how did the show change your career?
I’ve kept doing what I’ve been doing, but now I have as many fans as Home Depot.
Do you think you got cheated out of a chance to do more in your season of Race?
You’re known for your sardonic sense of humor. Are there any issues you feel serious about?
Fitness, too many people put crap into their bodies.
Do you ever let your guard down without the humor in public?
Guard insinuates that I’m defensive about something and I’m not. I was a big kid and being funny was the one thing that made me popular. I’m lucky that it’s always been in my wheelhouse.
Who are your biggest inspirations? Who do you idolize?
Missi Pyle, Jack Plotnick, Charles Nelson Rielly, RuPaul, Christine Baranski. Basically great character actors who have multiple genres in which they excel. I mean Jack Plotnick went from Gods & Monsters to Girls Will Be Girls. He’s as versatile as I am bottomy (I also appear in Girls Will Be Girls II, out later this year).
When did you start dressing in drag? What got you started?
My dad took me to Rocky Horror Picture Show when I was 13 years old and chilled in the car while my friends and I did our thing. He felt safe with it because his friends from his job at NASA ran it and he taught me how to throw a right hook and an uppercut.
If you could put one male celebrity in drag, who would it be?
Neil Patrick Harris.
Pepsi or Coke?
I don’t really drink soda. It fucks with your vocal cords.
What is your alcoholic drink of choice?
Malibu, scotch or tequila. Depends what I plan on coming out of me and going into me later.
What is your favorite body part?
I like my ass.
Any last words for ‘QSaltLake’ readers?
Lakes are God’s toilets.