Elaine Lancaster on Artopia, Love for the New Times and Too Much Botox
When it comes to the ladies of The Real Housewives of Miami, there's one who's head and shoulders above the rest -- literally. In season two, the larger-than-life Elaine Lancaster (AKA James Davis) frequently stole the spotlight from her drama-loving gal pals.
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And though she's seen her fair share of reality-TV-fueled drama, this queen is all about being real (you know, except for those ladyparts). Ahead of Lancaster's appearance at this week's New Times Artopia shindig, we spoke with the drag icon about Karent Sierra's Botox, Lisa Hochstein's decrepit house, and The Elaine Lancaster Show Starring Elaine Lancaster.
Cultist: We're stoked that you're gracing us with your presence at Artopia. Any big plans for the evening?
Elaine: I'm going there as Elaine Lancaster to bring attention to the Arsht Center's production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which I'm really excited for. I love the soundtrack, and at one time I had fantasized about being in the play, and I took voice lessons and I've learned every song. And I love New Times, and you guys have been good to me over the years, plus Adrienne Arsht is a friend of mine and her name is on the building.
The burning question: What will you wear?
I have no idea. Hopefully, everyone will dress sort of festively. I have an extensive wardrobe, so it's not like I have one costume. I will be Elaine; I'm not gonna try to be anything other than that. My hairdresser Monte Mayo just got back from the Oscars; he was doing some big stars in Cali. I said, "You've gotta come," and he hopped on a plane. We used to be roommates in Miami for a while -- he just got so big. I said, "Please come," and he arrived on Monday at 8:05 a.m. and he's been working on new hair creations for me ever since. So I'll probably be sporting a new 'do.
Your costar Lisa Hochstein is battling the Miami Design Preservation League over the proposed renovation of her home. Which side are you on?
I mean, listen. I have been the grand marshal for Art Deco Weekend, which is with those folks, but I think it's an opportunity for the Preservation League to garner attention for themselves. The house is not structurally sound. No one can inhabit that house. Sometimes an old house is just an old house. There is a need for a preservation board, but also, someone should have the right to demolish a house if it's not structurally sound. Lisa is my friend, and I adore her and we get along well, and I want them to have the best.
Former Housewife Larsa Pippen is branching off to do Big Pippen, which is the best name ever. What would your spinoff be called?
The Elaine Lancaster Show Starring Elaine Lancaster, of course. Or The Elaine Lancaster Show Starring James Davis as Elaine Lancaster. There has to be some kind of humor to it. That's the thing with me -- I'm all about trying to have a good time. Like I said on the show, I'm as nice as people let me be. I'm not Mother Teresa; I'm somewhere between Mother Teresa and motherfucker.