Well hello, Max! I want to make some sort of Wizard of Oz pun to welcome you, but is that still your thing?
Oh, yes. Oz will always be part of my identity. It’s a different realm, energy, and type of power, both the books and the movie. It’s constant inspiration.
Why that film in particular?
The colors, textures, sensations, lace front wigs -- everything from a lot of old films inspires me. I love how then, films had to physically create everything from nothing, not CGI or anything like that.
How did those inspirations lead to drag for you?
Hmmm. I think it just sort of happened. Lucky for me that I studied theater and films. [That knowledge] came back to help me fill out and saturate my creative side more versus just putting makeup on.
When was first time you became Max?
When I was younger and playing with my sister I’d always make her be Aladdin and I’d be Jasmine -- or I would be Dorothy and she would be everybody else. Things just kind of grew from there. I performed in Rocky Horror in 2012 and I realized I could play in the in between, not just a character of one single gender or identity.