But the process wasn’t easy.
Writing a book has always been a goal for Alaska Thunderfuck 5000. In fact, she’s got a rather ambitious three-step plan for herself: “The big things are the book, the movie and then the made-for-TV movie.” 
“Gender is such a pain in the ass to me,” she says when reflecting on the exchange. I just think it's so unnecessary, these strict structural gender things that just are based in the tradition of, ‘Well, that's the way it's been for a really long time, so that's why it's there.’”  “I still hate getting called ‘sir.’ I don't want to be called ‘ma'am,’ either.
She’s gearing up to star as Queen Gynecia in the Go-Go’s-scored musical comedy “Head Over Heels” at the Pasadena Playhouse. While she’s perennially on the road, a new opportunity has Alaska spending a rare month in one place.
Of course, Alaska can’t keep away from her fans across the country for long. In 2022, she will embark on her first-ever headlining tour of North America as she performs songs from her upcoming album “Red 4 Filth.”  
It really couldn't be a better combination of things that I love," she says. “My heart resides in the theater, so this is such a good fit for me because they're reimagining the show like a dance party, and like a concert.
I got my first tape, and it was Ace of Base. I listened to it over and over and over, and that began my love affair with music. So we're fully diving into this '90s and early 2000s sound.”  She promises the record will explore attraction, friendships and sisterhood, tied together with a throwback sound: “The time in my life when I really started to fall in love with music was the '90s and the early 2000s.
While her memoir traces a colorful journey through those underground drag scenes in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Alaska says it’s her fellow queens that make her feel most comfortable. “Drag has this magic power. Whenever I'm on the road and I don't know where I am or what time zone I'm in, as soon as I end up in the dressing room with other drag queens, I feel instantly at home.” 
“It was horribly painful,” Alaska says of reliving her most difficult moments, including a salient memory illustrating her struggle conforming to gender norms as a child.
“An important thing to take away from it is that it's OK to make mistakes and it's OK to not always get it right, so long as you're able to learn from those things and be better because of them,” she adds. “I learned that I'm really lucky that I'm still alive with some of the dumb shit that I did in my youth.” 
Don’t play like a girl.”  Just as a young Alaska was discovering her love for Catwoman and Barbie, she was told by her mother, “You’re a boy, so you have to act like a boy.
9, “My Name’s Yours, What’s Alaska?”  The “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” winner swears to tell “the T, the whole T and nothing but the T” in her new memoir out Nov.
And now there's so many more people invited to the party, which is great,” she says. As the drag scene has exploded in recent years, Alaska is ready to invite more perspectives to the table. “When I first started, it was very underground. “I think drag queens are able to connect on a really deep level no matter where we're from.”  And kind of like a secret fucking society.
And hopefully other people can too,” she tells Variety. “I want to be able to talk about things in a real way, because I think that it was a way for me to learn from my past and my journey.
While the book brings a fair share of belly laughs, Alaska is also unafraid to face her past head-on with a candid account of her upbringing, her relationship (and public breakup) with fellow “Drag Race” winner Sharon Needles and her drag journey.
You can kind of dip your toes in everything, so I can write a book and then I can be in a play and then I can put my face on vodka bottle and sell that too,” she says. “Part of what I love about drag is that there's not really one set path that you have to follow. “I see myself in the future as being 90 years old and being propped up in the doorway like Mae West and still being in drag.”” />
And she’s got no plans of stopping there. While her repertoire already includes singing, acting and podcasting, Alaska is open to whatever new opportunities come her way.
“It's really exciting to be alive right now where we're dissecting that, taking it apart and looking at it from a different way, being like, ‘Are these things useful, or are these things trash?’” she continues.

“We’re so lucky to work in TV,” added Kressley, the "RuPaul’s Drag Race" judge, on an uncharacteristically serious note. “It’s really having a renaissance right now and so inclusive and diverse.”
It gives me chills to be in a category with her let alone Dame Diana Rigg, Viola Davis, Cherry Jones, and Samira Wiley. “When I think about the category that I’m in [guest actress in a drama series] — and the women who are in that category — it is just mind-blowing. I feel like I am standing on Cicely Tyson’s shoulders, and that’s why I am able to be here right now talking to you because of the path that Cicely paved. Kelly M. Jenrette, a nominee for "The Handmaid’s Tale," is similarly thrilled to join the club. Just to be a part of that legacy of women leaves me speechless.”
"Drag Race" star Kameron Michaels praised the progress that has been made, saying, “I never thought I would see drag on TV let alone 12 nominations for Emmys, but we had a sickening season, and RuPaul killed it."
“Are we 70 already? Gosh, I remember the first one like it was yesterday,” Carson Kressley, who was the fashion expert on the original iteration of "Queer Eye," joked with Variety at the TV Academy’s (platinum) performer peer group celebration on Monday night.
The Emmys are turning 70, and the Television Academy brought together some of this year's nominees at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles to celebrate.
“I didn’t realize it was 7-0 until I actually became part of it all. My favorite part of the Emmys is ‘In Memorial,’ and now, being nominated, I think, ‘Well, I probably will be in a clip of ‘In Memorial’ when I die.' Hopefully that won’t be for a long, long time. I’m very happy to be a part of the club.” “I’ve watched the Emmys since the beginning of my life and practiced a little speech because as an actor, who hasn’t?” asked Adina Porter, who is nominated for "American Horror Story: Cult" and will also appear on the upcoming "Apocalypse" season of the show.
One can only imagine what luxurious congratulatory gifts were sent out by Netflix, which reigned supreme with 112 nominations. “It’s awkward because I’m in [HBO’s] 'Barry' as well, but I’ve worked for Netflix twice now and in my experience, they run the business side and they let the creatives run the creative side. “It’s the best — and it’s the best to be a part of it,” "Mindhunter" star Cameron Britton said of the streaming service’s sweep. That’s how Roy and Walt Disney did it, and it was incredibly successful for them.”
While actors like Britton and Jenrette are greener on the awards circuit, some nominees, such as 'Barry'’s Henry Winkler, are older than the award show itself. Ditto for Christina Pickles: “This is the seventh time I’ve been nominated,” the actress said. Ironically, Pickles couldn’t even watch the Emmys, since she grew up in England.
“That was a long time ago — the turn of the century,” she joked. “It’s always such a delight to watch everybody walk down the carpet and see all the glamour and the glitz,” said Drew, who played Dr. She’s already got her dress picked out and can’t wait to attend the ceremony next month. But actress Sarah Drew, who is nominated for her directorial debut on "Grey’s Anatomy: B-Team," fondly recalls “practicing my speech with a hair brush in my mirror” as a little girl. April Kepner on ABC's hit medical drama.
However, the "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" veteran couldn’t resist a jab at the revised Fab Five’s Netflix reboot. “I’m thrilled that they’re nominated, but it was a little more groundbreaking back when we won an Emmy in 2004,” he said.
“We live in a culture that he helped to create, and he was way more than a fashion designer. Edgar Ramirez and Darren Criss, who portray the iconic designer and his murderer, respectively, in "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," which snared 18 nods, worked the carpet in tandem. He was a true social disruptor and cultural force.” “It was a huge honor to me because Gianna Versace is someone I admired a lot,” said Ramirez.
Meanwhile, it left the powers that be at Hulu extremely grateful, since "The Handmaid’s Tale" racked up a total of 20 nominations for the streaming service. “They sent me a couple bottles of champagne, and I don’t even drink,” Jenrette said.
“You don’t always get to work on things that are compelling stories that have value, that have a lot to say, that fascinate you and spark important discussions. To say that Criss felt honored to land such a meaty role is an understatement, however. That’s the real victory. It’s probably all downhill from here,” the former "Glee" star said.” /> “As an actor, it’s nice work if you can get it, right? Like, I’ll work on anything,” admitted Criss.