Mattel performing in Finland, 2018
Brian Michael Firkus
August 23, 1989
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee|
|Successor||Trinity Taylor and Monét X Change|
|Genres||Country Folk, Americana|
Brian Michael Firkus (born August 23, 1989), known by the stage persona Trixie Mattel, is an American drag queen, singer-songwriter, comedian, and television personality from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mattel is best known as the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars season 3, competing on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race, and co-starring on the web series UNHhhh and its Viceland follow-up The Trixie & Katya Show alongside co-host Katya Zamolodchikova and guest host Bob the Drag Queen. Mattel's first studio album, Two Birds, was released in 2017, followed by her second album, One Stone, in 2018.
Firkus was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is half Ojibwe, and comes from a Native American family living in Crivitz, Wisconsin. He had an abusive stepfather who would call him a "trixie" when he acted feminine, which would later inspire his drag name. After graduating high school, Firkus attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he was introduced to drag while performing in a production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Oriental Theatre.
He first performed in drag in 2008, at LaCage NiteClub in Milwaukee. Firkus became a staple among the Milwaukee drag scene, while also performing in Chicago alongside other acts introduced on RuPaul's Drag Race, such as Kim Chi. In 2014, Firkus attended The Institute of Beauty and Wellness before withdrawing later that same year to participate in RuPaul's Drag Race.
RuPaul's Drag Race
As a competitor in Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Mattel was originally and controversially eliminated in episode four and later reentered the competition in episode eight by winning the "Conjoined Twins" challenge with Pearl Liaison. Mattel was once again eliminated in episode 10, placing sixth overall and becoming the first queen to last more than one episode after returning to the competition.
Mattel later returned for the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, which started airing on January 25, 2018. On March 15, 2018, her fellow competitors voted for her to advance to the final two, where she ultimately won against runner-up Kennedy Davenport in the final lipsync battle.
After competing on Drag Race, on December 31, 2015, Mattel guest starred in a special edition of WOWPresents' Fashion Photo Review with fellow season seven contestant Katya Zamolodchikova, which later launched UNHhhh, that premiered on March 25, 2016. The duo later went on to star in The Trixie & Katya Show, which premiered on Viceland on November 15, 2017. Also in November 2017, Trixie and Katya starred in a drag stage adaptation of the 1997 cult film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, entitled Trixie and Katya's High School Reunion.
Mattel has toured around the world with her stand-up comedy show called "Ages 3 and Up". In October 2017, Mattel streamed on the live video gaming platform Twitch alongside 8BitDylan to raise money for the GaymerX foundation and many other charities before and since.
In February 2018, she announced her new comedy tour "Now with Moving Parts", set to begin in April 2018.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Mattel listed her primary influences as June Carter Cash and Dolly Parton and states that she grew up on the music of George Jones, Conway Twitty and Johnny Cash. She is also a fan of Jason Isbell, Kris Kristofferson, Aimee Mann and Kacey Musgraves.
|2015-2018||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself (Contestant)||Season 7, 6th place; Seasons 8 & 10 Guest appearance|||
|2016||American Horror Story: Roanoke||Herself||Season 6, Episode 10: "Chapter 10"|||
|2016||Gay for Play Game Show||Herself||Season 1, Episode 5: "Featuring Mindy Cohn"
Season 2, Episode 2: "Featuring Frankie Grande"
|2017-2018||The Trixie & Katya Show||Co-Host||14 episodes|||
|2018-2019||RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars||Herself (Contestant)||Season 3, Winner; Season 4 (guest)|||
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself (Guest)||Season 10, Episode 1: "10s Across The Board"|||
|2018||Super Drags||Champagne (voice)||English dub; Main cast|
|2018||Larry King Now||Herself||Guest|
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular||Herself (contestant)||Joint Winner|
|2015||RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked||Herself (in drag)|||
|2015-2017||Hey Qween||Herself (guest)||3 episodes|
|2016||Gay of Thrones||Herself||Recap Season 6, Episode 4: "Thrust of the Stranger"|||
|2016-present||UNHhhh||Herself (in drag)||4 seasons, 84 episodes
With Katya Zamolodchikova
|2018-2019||The Pit Stop||Herself (in drag)||All Stars 4 Host|||
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Greener (as Brian Firkus)||2009||
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Two Birds, One Stone||7||36|
|"Where the Grass Is Much Greener"||2009||Greener||as Brian Firkus|
|"You Belong to Me"||2009||non-album single||as Brian Firkus|
|"Mama Don't Make Me Put On the Dress Again"||2017||Two Birds||Credited as Trixie Mattel/Brian Firkus|
|"Moving Parts (Acoustic)"||2018||non-album single||Reached #83 on the Scottish Singles Chart.|
|"Break Your Heart"||One Stone||as Trixie Mattel|
|"Geronimo"||2015||RuPaul||RuPaul Presents CoverGurlz 2|||
|"Eggs"||2016||Lucian Piane, Ginger Minj||RuPaul's Drag Race: The Rusical|||
|"Drag Up Your Life"||2018||RuPaul, BeBe Zahara Benet, BenDeLaCreme, Shangela, & Kennedy Davenport||Non-album single|
|"Kitty Girl"||2018||RuPaul, BeBe Zahara Benet, Shangela, & Kennedy Davenport||Non-album single”|
|"Aileen (Jolene Parody)||2018||Willam Belli||Now That’s What I Call Drag Music, Vol. 1|
|Ages 3 and Up||2015-2017||Chicago, U.S.|||
|Now with Moving Parts Tour||2018|||
|Super Bowl Cut||2018|
|Skinny Legend Tour||2019|||
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Trixie Mattel.|
- Brian Firkus on IMDb
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