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path-of-my-childhood: Louisville drag queen ‘literally on cloud nine’ after co-starring in Taylor…


Louisville drag queen ‘literally on cloud nine’ after co-starring in Taylor Swift video

Louisville Courier Journal // by Lucas Aulbach // June 20th 2019


You need to calm down, but Jade Jolie doesn’t. After all, she just had the break of a lifetime. The Louisville drag queen and performer at Play Louisville has “literally been on cloud nine” since she had a key role alongside Taylor Swift in the pop superstar’s latest music video.

“The last time I freaked out this much, it was the Spice Girls,” Jolie said.

Jolie was a natural fit to be featured in Swift’s video for her summer single “You Need to Calm Down.” After all, she’s been practicing her Taylor Swift drag performance for eight years, dressing up and performing as the Grammy-winning singer at Play and other venues. It’s a big moment for Jolie, who was featured years ago on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and has spent nearly a decade perfecting her Swift routine.

“This has just been so wonderful, the way that everyone’s kind of like had a chance to see how much I’ve grown since eight years ago… It’s really awesome to see the blowup, from starting then and learning all the techniques I have, to doing her now.”

The whole thing came together pretty quickly. Jolie knew Todrick Hall, who knows Swift and co-produced the video, and when they met up one night a year or so ago at Play while Jolie was doing her Swift act, Hall sent a photo of the two of them to the real Swift. Swift reached back out and said she liked what she saw. Then, around a month ago, Hall reached back out to Jolie with an idea. Swift needed a look-alike for her upcoming music video, Jolie said, and “he couldn’t imagine anyone else that does Taylor.” Before she knew it, Jolie was on a movie set in Santa Clarita, California (just north of Los Angeles, about a half-hour drive from Hollywood), for a one-day shoot for Swift’s upcoming video.

They say you never want to meet your heroes, Jolie said, because you never know how it’s going to turn out. But this was different – Swift even broke out the champagne at one point for a toast to the performers.

“It was even better than I imagined. She came in our dressing room while we weren’t scheduled to do anything, she just like came in and hung out with us. She made sure she came over and talked to each one of us individually. It was so awesome.”

The clips might look bright and sunny, but don’t be fooled – it was cloudy and windy that day on the west coast, Jolie said.

“We were all kind of freezing up there, but it’s just so cool how everything looks so toasty, it’s funny. She took great care of us – everything, the whole time. She put us in a beautiful place, everything was taken care of. She treated us all like queens.”

Source: TSwift Daily

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