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'A Star Is Born' Drag Queens Were Dead, Then Resurrected

By TheBlast Staff

Last night, before a special screening of the blockbuster film "A Star Is Born," the four breakout drag stars of the flick held a special Q&A screening on the Warner Bros. lot.

The panel, moderated by Andrew Hotz (EVP of Worldwide Digital Marketing) was hosted by WB's LGBTQ organization, Out@WB.

Scenestealers D. J. "Shangela" Pierce, Willam Belli, Pssy Wells, and Dennis "Ms Lucky Thirteen" Tong fielded questions ranging from how the ladies landed their roles to how it felt on set with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

[Full disclosure: Pssy Wells is the alter ego of The Blast staff member Joshua Wells]

A Star Is Born stars

One interesting response came when Willam ("RuPaul's Drag Race" alum, "Eastsiders"), who plays the fabulous bedazzled guitar-wielding Emerald, revealed that the queens' original scenes at one point seemed cut — but then thankfully added back.

According to the panel, the meet-cute of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper originally was set during a "Dead Icon" night at a drag bar (see: skeleton Marilyn Monroe) but was ultimately changed to the girls playing themselves (for the most part).

Pssy Wells said the queens were so comfortable on set with their mega co-stars, it "added to the authenticity of the scene."

Shangela, who is on a non-stop whirlwind tour, gave the audience advice, saying that in the entertainment world "know who you are before you go into an audition, so you know who you are after."

A Star Is Born stars Willam Shangela Marilyn Monroe

The panel wrapped up with the queens announcing what's next for them — a plethora of projects in-production for Shangela, Willam, and Lucky, and Pssy campaigning to remake "To Wong Fu" with her fellow castmates.

"A Star Is Born" is currently in theaters.

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