With the Season 1 Premiere of Pose on Fx, a new show all about juxtapositions of life in 1980’s, the Trump Era, and specifically Ballroom Culture. With a cast of about 90% QTPOC, It’s something we’ve been waiting for since the initial posts went out about Mr. Ryan Murphy and Steven Canals.
SOULE snagged an exclusive interview with Dyllon Burnside, “Ricky, and Twiggy Garcon Pucci, Ballroom Culture staple, and Producing Consultant for Pose, at MOBIfest in New York City, which just so happened to be only a few days after the Red Carpet Premiere of Pose.
SOULE: How did Pose manifest itself, how did you get involved with Pose?
Dyllon: I auditioned, just like any other project that comes my way, at this point in my career at least – I went in and the rest is history.
Twiggy: When I first heard about it, I made a post on Facebook, and a friend of a friend reached out to me and said he wanted to connect me to Ryan’s team, two weeks later I was talking to his team. Two weeks after that, I was in his office in L.A.
How was it working with THE Ryan Murphy?
Twiggy: Interesting, I was really anticipating the need to sell myself, and it was the exact opposite. He really sold me the project, and his intentions and he has really followed through with everything he’s initially said.
I know we are all very protective of our spaces. How has it been preparing to share this with the world?
Twiggy: Heavy. It’s been Heavy. I think it’s a big weight to bear for any person, not just specifically people involved with Pose, Anyone who is in Ballroom has to bear the weight of the When, and the How – When to share, when not to share. When do you put the wall up, when don’t you. It’s Heavy.
Have Either of you had a moment where you realized It’s here, and my life is about to change?
Dyllon: That moment happened for me this week, I’m Generally really mild mannered about these kinds of things because it’s my career, I don’t get star struck by the opportunities when they come. But every now and then, I have a moment where it all sinks in. That happened for me this past Sunday, I was sitting in bed – I was like oh shit! After this week it won’t just be happening in a vacuum, in a few weeks the world will be watching. That excited me, it scared me, all the feelings.
Who were you most excited about seeing at the red carpet premiere?
Twiggy: Me! I was excited to see me there! It wasn’t about seeing any other bitches there (no shade). But this was about this moment as Black Queer/Trans People. It’s like, even waiting in tow, that one moment before you step onto the red carpet, it’s a surreal feeling. It’s not about anyone who’s going to be there, but you.
Dyllon: Not even in an egocentric sense, it was about honoring that moment in history, and our accomplishment. It’s not what we work for, but it’s a symbol of what we’ve worked for.
**Episode 1 Spoilers Ahead!!**
Episode 1 was everything the show has been sold to be. Amazing performances from Ryan Jaamal Swain, who wins hearts as “Damon,” a young Black gay boy who finds himself homeless in the streets of New York.
MJ Rodriguez “Bianca,” the Mother of the House of Evangelista, —who leaves Dominique Jackson’s “Elektra’s,” House of Abundance —gives us several honest and heart wrenching monologues, and chills to everyone who watches. (I smell Emmy Noms)
I could not forget to mention a shout out to Indya Moore, who has been a personal favorite of mine since Saturday Church. She shows off her chops once again as “Angel,” a Trans street worker, who inadvertently falls for Evan Peter’s Stan.
For more on Pose – Check out SOULE’s original article “Summer 2018 Is Time To Pose,” and tune in on Sundays at 9pm on FX!
Cover Photo: Tarrice Love