Exclusive Interview With Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria (photo courtesy of Feinstein’s at the Nikko via The Broadway Blog.)

Lea DeLaria (photo courtesy of Feinstein’s at the Nikko via The Broadway Blog.)

“One of the best things Orange is the New Black has given me is straight boys,” says Lea DeLaria, who plays butch Big Boo on the hit Netflix series. “I spent many years having teenage boys spit in my face and call me a fat dyke, so its pretty amazing to have young guys coming up and wanting to have their picture taken with me, saying saying ‘I love you, my girlfriend loves you.’”

“It doesn’t matter to them that I’m a fat old dyke. Big Boo is funny. And funny is sexy.”

“When I started doing stand-up at San Francisco comedy clubs in 1982,”says DeLaria, who swings back through town for a Pride Eve cabaret performance at Feinstein’s at the Nikko tomorrow night. “Back then, I would spend a third of my time on stage dealing with straight guys heckling me.”

“The world has changed, and honestly, without wanting to sound like I’m patting myself on the back, I consider myself a person who helped effect that change.”

Read the rest of this great interview over at The Broadway Blog.

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