Eureka O’Hara of HBO’s We’re Here Spills The Tea

RuPaul’s Drag Race legend Eureka O’Hara, Bob the Drag Queen, and Shangela are bringing the gift of drag to America on HBO’s We’re Here, one town and one straight man at a time.  Eureka spills the tea.

Cody Epperson

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: May 9th, 2020 8:20 pm pst

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David Huggard, more prominently known as Eureka O’Hara, is a fierce and bodacious drag queen made famous for making the finals of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 10.  O’Hara now hosts and co-stars in a new show, We’re Here.  Today Eureka graced us with their presence and gave Afterbuzz TV all the tea, sis, on We’re Here, self care, and dealing with the heteros.  

HBO’s We’re Here takes us on a journey with three drag queens, Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka, who go to small American towns and each work one on one with someone living there, getting them all dolled up for a drag show! Every week, all three queens have a new person or people they work with, helping them find happiness and confidence through drag.  

Something we noticed on the Afterbuzz panel was a common theme that Eureka typically works with straight or heteronormative people, which can get a little dicey, espically in drag. When asked about it, Eureka told us, 

“This is the tea with straight people, a lot of time [queer folk] are afraid to interact with straight people, and they can feel that tension, and that creates a fear amongst the relationship. I am actually not afraid of straight people at all, I am actually more nervous around gay people sometimes, you know?”

This is why Eureka tends to be partnered with “straight” men while working on We’re Here.  They feel more comfortable and in return that helps the men feel more comfortable.  Because, let’s call a spade a spade,  we love seeing straight men in drag!  Everyone is a winner.   Eureka brings it out in these men and I am here for it! We also asked how it is dressing these men in drag and if there is any other kind of tension between them and their drag baby, to which Eureka replied, “as soon as you call me “mama” the sexual attraction is out the window.” 

The people who are chosen to participate on the show are not just drawn from a hat.  They each have their own story that is relevant to why they are there.  Some are there to be a leader in their community, while others need help coming out.  Some of them want to make amends with family, while others want to simply show support and be an ally.  But whatever their story may be, it is usually coupled with long term struggle.   Eureka says that, “one of their first concerns going into the show” was aftercare and the mental health of those they had on during the series.  They didn’t just want to pop in and put a big bow on a bad situation and call it a day.   

“There is a licensed therapist/ psychologist who is on call for the series.. At the same time we’re here as a family… the creators of the show, Johnnie Ingram and Steven Warren, call everybody and check in on them all the time.” 

This is very reassuring.  Eureka, Bob, and Shangela tackle some very heavy topics on this show and it is very reassuring that the queens, as well as the production team, truly aim to make a difference and help people, not just the ratings.  

“Take care of your minds right now. Quarantine is hard on everybody. Mental awareness is a smart and tactful thing at this time. It’s not saying that you have a mental illness, it’s saying that this situation can make your mind a little crazy, don’t be afraid of it, you’re just human.”

This show couldn’t have come at a better time.  Now more than ever, people need to be shown the light.  Though we don’t know exactly what to expect, Eureka did say they’re also, “doing a big special for the final episode, because of quarantine, where a lot of these people will be coming back (I’m probably not supposed to say that).”  

Well, it’s been said, honey.  We at Afterbuzz are so excited for the rest of the season.  This show is built on a queer family value and we cannot wait to see these queens spead more light and love.  

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Cody Epperson is a host for Maria Menounos’ Afterbuzz TV Network.  He is an actor / singer born and raised in Los Angeles.

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Cody Epperson is a host for Maria Menounos’ Afterbuzz TV Network.  He is an actor / singer born and raised in Los Angeles.

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