Bianca Del Rio

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Bianca Del Rio
Close-up Bianca Del Rio, Rolodex of Hate Tour, Theater Amsterdam 2015.jpg
Rolodex of Hate Tour 2015
Born Roy Haylock
(1975-06-27) June 27, 1975 (age 42)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor, insult comedian, costume designer, and drag queen.
Years active 1993–Present
Known for RuPaul's Drag Race (season 6) winner
Home town Gretna, Louisiana
Predecessor Jinkx Monsoon
Successor Violet Chachki
Website thebiancadelrio.com

Roy Haylock (born June 27, 1975), better known by his stage name Bianca Del Rio, is an American actor, drag queen, insult comedian, and costume designer. He is a fixture in the New Orleans and New York City club scenes, often working with Lady Bunny, and is best known for winning the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Early life[edit]

Haylock grew up in Gretna, Louisiana. He is of Cuban and Honduran descent and is the fourth of five children. He started acting and designing costumes for plays at West Jefferson High School. After high school, Haylock moved to New York City and worked at Bloomingdale's for nine months, but later returned to Louisiana.[1]

Career[edit]

Haylock has primarily worked as a costume designer. In 1993, he won a Big Easy Entertainment Award for Best Costume Design for Snow Queen at the age of 17.[1] He has been nominated for 13 Big Easy Entertainment Awards for costume design, winning six. Haylock has also made costumes for New Orleans Opera.[2]

In New Orleans, Haylock started performing as a drag artist in 1996 in the play Pageant.[3][4] The local drag queen Lisa Beaumann saw him in the play and later cast him in shows at the nightclub Oz.[1] Haylock won the New Orleans Gay Entertainer of the Year for three years as drag queen Bianca Del Rio.[2][5]

In 2001, Bianca Del Rio was selected as co-grand marshal, with Pat "Estelle" Ritter and Rick Thomas for Southern Decadence XXIX.[6]

2005–present: Move to New York[edit]

Haylock moved to New York City after Hurricane Katrina.[7] In addition to performing in drag, Haylock builds costumes for Broadway shows, ballet and opera having worked for Barbara Matera, Ltd.[4][8] Del Rio performs weekly in various NYC nightclubs including in cabaret with Lady Bunny at XL Nightclub. Notable events include a roast of Patricia Krentcil, better known as "Tan Mom."[9][10]

Haylock starred in the first regional production of Rent (following its initial Broadway closing) at Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans, playing the role of 'Angel' opposite Christopher Bentivegna as Collins.

Del Rio was featured in the web series Queens of Drag: NYC by gay.com in 2010. The series featured fellow New York drag queens Dallas DuBois, Hedda Lettuce, Lady Bunny, Mimi Imfurst, Peppermint, and Sherry Vine.[11] In 2011, Del Rio appeared on One Night Stand Up: Dragtastic! NYC by Logo TV. The episode was filmed live at the Bowery Ballroom and was hosted by Pandora Boxx.[12]

He appeared on the cover of Next for their Summer Yearbook 2012 issue.[13] Del Rio appeared on the variety show She's Living for This, hosted by Sherry Vine, in 2012.[14]

In 2013, Del Rio was announced starring in the film Hurricane Bianca. An Indiegogo campaign was made for the film and was sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit art services organization in New York City.[15] The film is directed by Matt Kugelman, who works as an editor on CBS This Morning.

RuPaul's Drag Race[edit]

Bianca in 2014

In December 2013, Logo announced that Bianca Del Rio was among 14 drag queens who would be competing on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. She quickly became a front-runner among the contestants and a fan favorite, eventually reaching the top three.

On May 19, 2014, Del Rio was crowned the winner of the sixth season over runners-up Adore Delano and Courtney Act. She was the second winner and fourth contestant to reach the finale without having to lip sync for her life, and is the first contestant in the history of the series to make it through the entire competition without ever placing low or in the bottom of a challenge. Del Rio is also the first Hispanic winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, with the second being her successor, Violet Chachki.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Cypress Edge Assistant wardrobe
2010 The Sons of Tennessee Williams Himself Documentary
2011 National Lampoon's Dirty Movie Drag Queen Direct-to-video
2016 Hurricane Bianca Richard Martinez / Ms. Bianca Del Rio Released September 23, 2016 [16]
2017 Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia With Hate Richard Martinez / Ms. Bianca Del Rio TBA 2017

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 MTV Mardi Gras Herself (in drag) TV Special
2011 One Night Stand Up Episode 10: Dragtastic NYC
Threesome[17] Season 1, Episode 3
Season 1, Episode 4
Season 1, Episode 14
Season 1, Episode 15
2012–13 She's Living for This[18] Season 1, Episode 5: "The Bianca Del Rio Episode"
Season 2, Episode 4
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race 14 episodes, Winner
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Episode 7: "Snatch Game" (via video message)
Episode 13: "Countdown To The Crown"
Episode 14: "Grand Finale"
2015 Big Brother's Bit on the Side[19] Celebrity panelist for the show on September 17, 2015
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race Episode 9: "The Realness"
2016 Bianca's Rolodex of Hate 60-minute special of Bianca doing stand-up comedy, aired May 9, 2016 on Logo TV. The special was recorded in Austin, Texas.
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 2, Episode 2: "All Stars Snatch Game"

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Queens of Drag: NYC Himself (in drag) Produced by gay.com
2013 Kings of New York[20] Himself Produced by Lucas Entertainment
2014 Really Queen? Himself (in drag) Produced by WOW Presents

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre Ref.
1998 Psycho Beach Party Marvel Ann True Brew Theatre [21]
At The Club Toot Sweet On Bourbon Street Cooch Deville Southern Rep Theatre [22]
...And The Ball And All Ernesto North Star Theatre
1999 Southern Rep Theatre
2002 Cabaret Emcee Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre [22]
2003 Bianca's Remote Out of Control Various roles Le Chat Noir [23]
Hollywood Heaven [24]
2004 Grease Vince Fontaine Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre [22]
Murder at Movary Manor Daphne Marigny Theatre
The Bad Seed Hortense Daigle Le Chat Noir
2005 At The Club Toot Sweet On Bourbon Street Cooch Deville Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre
Pageant Miss Industrial Northeast/Tawny-Jo Johnson
2008 Cabaret Emcee
Rent Angel Dumott Schunard
2010 She'll Be Dying Bowery Poetry Club [25]
Mayo on Your Breakfast at Tiffany's [26]

Comedy tours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Simmons, David Lee (9 July 2002). "Double Trouble". Gambit. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Cherry's On The Bay": Bianca Del Rio". Cherry's On The Bay. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Andreoli, Rick (21 September 2010). "Bianca Del Rio in 13". Gay.net. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b C, Frankie (23 April 2012). "Frankie C Goes Head to Wig with The One & Only BIANCA DEL RIO". Get Out!. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Snap Paparazzi/Social Scene". Ambush Mag. 2004. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Grand Marshals of Southern Decadence". Southern Decadence. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Musto, Michael (4 July 2013). "Politically Incorrect Drag Insult Comic: "I Hate People!"". Village Voice. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Montoya, Maria C (16 August 2008). "Actor/entertainer Roy Haylock returns to New Orleans for 'Rent'". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hot Mess @ XL Nightclub". Next. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Cusma, Kathryn (20 August 2012). "‘Tan Mom’ gets sloshed and thrown out of drag-queen show". New York Post. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Gaycom launches Queens of Drag NYC". The Advocate. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Voss, Brandon (14 January 2011). "Hot Sheet Big Love, Idol, Skins". The Advocate. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Avery, Dan (3 September 2012). "La Dolce Evita: Don’t Cry For Drag Queen Bianca Del Rio". Queerty. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "WATCH: Tonight's 'She's Living For This' with Sherry Vine & Bianca Del Ro". Gay.net. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Kugelman, Matt. "Hurricane Bianca". Indiegogo. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Salandra, Adam (August 9, 2015). "Bianca Del Rio’s Movie, "Hurricane Bianca," Wraps Filming In Texas". NewNowNext. Logo TV. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Threesome Episodes — Threesome Full Episode Guides from Season 0 on Here! TV". TV Guide. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "**She's Living For This**". here TV. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Tonight on Big Brother's Bit On The Side: 17th September". Celebrity Big Brother. Channel 5. September 17, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Bianca Del Rio and Derek Saathoff trade barbs in Lucas Entertainment's Kings of New York". Next. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  21. ^ Papatola, Dominic P. (28 April 1998). "Cast had a ball, but 'Psycho Beach Party' must come to an end". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  22. ^ a b c "Roy Haylock". StageClick. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  23. ^ Sands, Brian (2003). "Oh La La–Cabaret as Art: Bianca’s Remote Out Of Control at Le Chat Noir". Ambush Magazine. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  24. ^ Shannon, Patrick (2003). "Camping With The Black Cat, Again!: A Revisit to Hollywood Heaven and The Black & White Blues". Ambush Magazine. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "She'll Be Dying-2010". The New York Times. 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "Mayo on Your Breakfast at Tiffany's-2010". The New York Times. 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 

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Preceded by
Jinkx Monsoon
RuPaul's Drag Race winner
Season 6 (2014)
Succeeded by
Violet Chachki

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