Quick recap: on the fourth and most recent season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Willam was the uproariously funny, love-him-or-hate-him queen who was disqualified mid-season because, as he put it, “My husband was coming to bang me out.” Post-Drag Race, Willam was nominated for the 2012 NewNowNext Awards’ “Most Addictive Reality Star” award, a small testament to the fandom he gained during his short stay on the popular LOGO show. In addition to his television and movie appearances, Willam has a YouTube channel that’s scored video parody hits with “The v*gina Song” and “Chow Down at Chick-Fil-A.” Currently, you can watch Willam on this season’s “RuPaul’s Drag U,” where he and other popular alumni of Drag Race teach down-and-out women how to bring out their “inner divas.” We recently sashayed (shantay!) our way into Willam Belli’s house for an incredibly lively chat with the queen and one of NMR’s most revealing and sexiest photo shoots ever (in a “Britney Spears hot mess” sort of way). At one point during our stay, we were all treated to Willam a55-naked and untucked in the flesh. Everyone ran away. True story.
Since Drag Race ended, you’ve carried on friendships with some of the queens. What are the qualities that Sharon Needles has that makes you such good friends with her now when it seemed like during the show you two weren’t the best of friends?
I don’t know — she didn’t really respect what I was doing during the show. Now, we just don’t care. We’re just faggots havin’ fun. We hang out, we party the same way.
Beside Phi Phi, are there any other queens that you just haven’t wanted to have any relationship with after the show?
The ones that I don’t share interest with, like I don’t have any interest in like Leshauwn. We’re not anything alike, you know. I don’t share any interest with Madame LeQueer, but she’s been to the house, you know. We’ll chill, but I’m not going to like pen pal with them. Phi Phi, I’m actually fine with now too.
Yeah, I don’t care. No one cares.
Have you had her over to the house?
No, but we’re fine now.
Would you do a show with her?
So, what’s something you’ve learned from your time in Hollywood that you could never have learned anywhere else?
What was it like being in Rihanna’s “S&M” video?
It was fun. It was a lot of work because they slowed the song down to make us dance to it, and then so they could speed it up and play it back and make us look like maniacs and everything, you know. It’s a common music video trick, so it was exhausting.
You used to talk about being overweight on your Tumblr. How did you lose that weight?
I lost weight because I became a vegetarian, and I stopped eating white stuff — nothing from bags, cans, boxes — just started eating healthy. Like, when you have to cook your own food it forces you to eat healthier instead of just making like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese or some bullsh*t, you know.
Is Twitter a girl’s best friend?
I’m not a girl, I’m a dude. There is no misconceptions. I don’t have a drag name, but you can call me “he” and I won’t get offended. A lot of drag queens will be like, “Hey!” but I’m not that girl. I’m not trying to fool anybody into thinking I’m a girl. Usually, when I’m in drag I try to look like the closest thing to a prostitute, not necessarily a woman. So I love Twitter. It is one of my great ways to connect with people, to let them know what I’m thinking. I have a big mouth, and I like to use it.
You are probably one of the most engaging drag queens on social media and YouTube. Why do you think that is?
Because I understand that people are always hungry for something. You can’t let a day go without entertaining your audience, you know. Because that’s your only job is to entertain people; that’s my only job with people is to entertain you. So I try to.
So, “Love You like a Big Schlong,” “The v*gina Song,” “Chow Down at Chick-Fil-A” — what do you think made them such highly viewed videos?
I put sexy boys in them, and people had a hunger for the girls after Drag Race. They wanted to know what we were doing, and they would watch anything we were in. And it just so happened that mine were good, and people liked them, so other people reposted them and that’s how viral videos are born.
Do you ever actually eat at Chick-Fil-A?
I won’t pay for food there. But if someone wants to buy me my nuggets or give me those freebie cards, which I have a whole stack of like 25, I sure will eat there. And then I’ll make them give me all the sauces I want, and they have to; they have to say, “My pleasure,” like little faggots. Yeah, so I’ll eat there, but I don’t pay for the food.
One of the knocks on you during Drag Race was that you had a five o’clock shadow, and I noticed that during Drag U, you don’t have that anymore. Was that something that you cared about before or did you just not notice it or what?
I don’t think I had it on the show. A lot of people looked very different under the lighting. I have a very prominent vocal mask, and it was just the light hitting the white part of my face right here and it reflecting. Latrice looked like a Pumpkin sometimes, you know, but no one called her out on that. So, it’s one of those things where they wanted a detractor for me, they wanted to say, “Oh, you look bad right now.” They needed something negative to say about me because there wasn’t much, you know; I was doing really well.
So, beside Chad Michaels, who do you think has had the most noticeable plastic surgery alterations?
Oh, you can’t really tell. A lot of the work is good, but you notice it. I notice it, like the silicon. A lot of people have had work, like I know from the past, Alexis Mateo has had work, Kenya’s had work, Latrice has had work, and they’ll talk to you about it; they’re not shy. It’s not something they’d volunteer like, “Hi, I’m Alexis, and I’ve had plastic surgery,” you know. But they have, and if they lie about it, that’s irresponsible I think. It’s your choice, but if you’re going to be a liar then someone is going to call you out eventually.
Would you ever get plastic surgery?
I have, yeah.
What have you done?
I’ve done lipo twice, once on my body, once on my face. I’ve done scar revision, Botox, Rejuvederme, Dysport.
A movie that you’re set to star in, “Kicking Zombies a55 for Jesus,” has a Kickstarter campaign. Can you tell us about that?
They need money because somebody backed out so they are trying to get it on the Internet. That’s the premise of the Kickstarter. Or do you mean tell me about the movie?
Tell me about the movie.
Oh, duh. The movie is a popular d**k-fun zombie romp where I hope I get to live. I don’t know; I haven’t checked.
You did a previous movie, “Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives,” with Israel Luna who is also directing this movie. Did that movie deserve the criticism it received?
Probably. Some people hated it. Yeah, but at least they watched it.
So what can we expect from you on this season’s Drag U?
Well, my loud mouth, my signature loud-a55 loud mouth, and I don’t know — it should be fun. Some awesome, awesome clothes.
Are you having a funner time now on Drag U than you did on Drag Race?