Trixe Mattel’s new series puts a Palm Spring Motel on the line

Trixie Mattel in her new motel. (Instagram)

It’s a made-for-TV motel makeover.

The Palm Sprints Desert Sun reports that “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” winner Trixie Mattel has documented her purchase and renovation of a Palm Springs motel for her new “Trixie Motel” limited series.

Mattel, Brian Michael Firkus’ drag alter ego, has teamed up with partner David Silver to buy the Ruby Montana Coral Sands Inn, whose four-month revival as “Trixie Motel” will span eight episodes of Discovery+ series airs June 3.


“When I first walked into the dark, dingy motel, I was disgusted, horrified, and just wanted to bring a match to the place,” Mattel said in a statement. “But then I thought about how a little paint and glitter can turn a 32-year-old bald man from Wisconsin into a Hollywood darling, and I knew that with our talented team and strategic reconstructive surgery, we could turn this dump into a dazzling one.”

Mattel says she bought the motel for $2 million, then invested an additional $500,000 to renovate the grounds and create seven themed rooms that the drag superstar says are “100% Trixie Mattel.”

On the show, Mattel is visited by friends including “New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel, “Vanderpump Rules” Lisa Vanderpump, comedian Nicole Byer, “Property Brothers” star Jonathan Scott, actor Leslie Jordan and drag queen collaborator Katya. Mattel and Silver are also getting help from fashion and interior designer Dani Dazey and Palm Springs project manager David Rios.

Mattel, who bases her character on Barbie dolls and other Mattel toys she loved growing up, was the winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” in its third season in 2018. She previously competed in the seventh season of ” RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2015.

Mattel has also starred in the World of Wonder web series “UNHhhh” since 2016, as well as the Viceland spin-off “The Trixie & Katya Show” and the Netflix web series “I Like to Watch”, both with a another drag queen. and his collaborator Katya Zamolodchikova.

[Palm Springs Desert Sun] — Vince DiMiceli

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