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Drag Heals Season 3 Spotlight on Alice Starr

From rock ‘n roll musician to TV host to Canada’s first and only drag queen pro wrestler, Tyler Hodgkinson has always had a flair for theatrics. As Alice Starr, there’s no denying their passion and dedication for creating fun, unique and memorable performances that leave others inspired!

What has been exciting about participating in Drag Heals? The most exciting thing about participating in Drag Heals is getting to grow as a person and performer by watching other Queens and Kings accomplish exactly the same.

What’s been the biggest challenge with participating in Drag Heals? The biggest challenge with participating in Drag Heals is overcoming nerves and putting on a performance that I can be proud of. I'm working hard at shaking loose and just having fun with the entire experience.

Why do you think a show like Drag Heals is important when it comes to representation in today’s media? Drag Heals proves that there are real, vulnerable people behind the personas that you see. The show pulls back the curtain and tells the audience that entertainers struggle in life sometimes too.

What conversations from Drag Heals should be had more in today’s world? The type of conversations that have happened on Drag Heals are important because they show that everyone has a story. But equally important, the program stresses the importance of listening and learning through these stories.

What is the biggest takeaway or transformation you have gotten out of participating in Drag Heals? My biggest takeaway from participating in Drag Heals is that it's easy to get swept up in the noise of what you're doing but when you step back and take a breath, you realize that the most important thing is to have fun in life.

What was it like working with someone like Tracey Erin Smith, as well as the rest of the cast and crew? Everyone from Tracey Erin Smith to the cast and crew have been wonderful to work with. We've all learned from each other and discovered something new about ourselves along the way. It makes coming to work easy when you feel comfortable and safe!

Who or what made the biggest impact on you when participating on Drag Heals? Stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things like lip syncing, choreo and improv has made a profound impact on me and I'm now excited to explore those worlds even more after filming has completed.

How would you describe your drag, or sense of fashion and artistry in general? My drag is constantly evolving, but always "me." I have a wide range of interests, which spark ideas in my head of different looks and themes. I tend to love outfits that are bright and loud, but who knows what the future holds.

What makes you a unique drag performer? I think the fact that I'm Canada's first and only drag queen pro wrestler makes me a unique performer. I try to show people something they've never seen before and leave them remembering that moment for the rest of their lives.

What message should audiences, near and far, take with them after they watch Drag Heals? The message audiences should take with them after watching Drag Heals is that nobody's life is perfect and we all have obstacles to overcome, but you don't have to do it alone. Love yourself, love those in your life, and love what you do.


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