Trixie Mattel Is Here to Fix Her Home, Not Your Life

In the first episode of Trixie Motel: Drag Me Home, famed drag queen and multi-hyphenate artist Trixie Mattel begins demoing the kitchen of the $3 million historic Hollywood home she’s just bought with her partner of eight years, producer David Silver. David is rocking a pair of killer pink construction boots and a matching hard hat, but Trixie is in full pink Rosie the Riveter drag: polka-dot button-up tied at the waist, a matching bandana around her giant blond bouffant, pink work gloves, pink hot pants. She’s squatting with an electric rotary hammer and blasting tile off the floor. Trying to, anyway. Her size 14 white high heels aren’t making the job easy. Neither are her multiple sets of false eyelashes. They’re too big to fit within her clear protective eyewear—jammed up against her face by the frames—and it looks like invisible fingers are holding her eyes open in shock.

“Oh my God,” she says as tiles crack under the end of the power tool. Then again, more alarmed: “Oh my God!”

After a couple of seconds of pounding—David watches, smiling, but looks to the designer and contractor standing nearby, with maybe just a touch of concern—Trixie wisely agrees to hand the hammer to the pros.

“Yeah, I love to help,” Trixie says, recalling the moment in a phone interview. “And then ultimately, the people who are much better at this are like, ‘Ok, you had your turn, get out of here.’ But then again, how long could I sit there and watch them roller set a wig? I would be like, ‘Just let me just do this.’”

Drag Me Home, whose second episode premieres this weekend, is a follow-up to the popular 2022 docuseries Trixie Motel, in which Trixie and David spent four months and around $500,000 renovating a run-down seven-room Palm Springs motel they’d purchased for about $1.9 million. (Both shows were produced by Scott Brothers Entertainment, the production shingle of Drew and Jonathan Scott, the Canadian twins behind HGTV’s long-running Property Brothers franchise.)

For season two, Trixie and David (both executive producers) switch gears, from motel demo to home reno. “Our whole raison for participating in the home and garden space is to subvert it,” Trixie says. “’Cause right now it’s all straight people renovating homes because they’re pregnant and stuff. Or it’s gay people, drag queens, going to straight people’s houses and helping them with their life.”

Trixie’s not lending a manicured hand to straights in need; the show’s focus is on the renovation process and its effect on Trixie and David. The duo reveal in the first episode that they’re hoping to cap their budget at $150,000 and wrap things up within one month—“a psychotic thing to do, especially with cameras rolling,” David admits with a laugh, calling from the Trixie Motel. As for the vibe of the home: “We need this place to scream the lyrics to ‘I’m Every Woman’ or it’s not gay enough,” Trixie tells the designer in the first episode of season two, while dressed like a ’70s housewife. She and David want a space that looks like it belongs to two fabulous gay men, and is a glam melding of their styles: her penchant for pink, his love of animal print.

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