Trixie Mattel runs wild remodeling her 'definitely haunted' house in “Trixie Motel: Drag Me Home”

Trixie Mattel runs wild remodeling her 'definitely haunted' house in “Trixie Motel: Drag Me Home”
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"Why the f--- are you decorating your house for who lives there next?" Trixie tells EW of Max's "Trixie Motel: Drag Me Home" show. "Life is so short, paint the bedroom pink."

“Opening a business is hard. Renovating is hard. Making a TV show is hard. We’re doing all three at the same time,” drag superstar Trixie Mattel (also known for the difficult task of balancing a mountain of blonde hair on her head) exclusively tells Entertainment Weekly between bites of her working-woman lunch and reviewing cuts of her new Trixie Motel: Drag Me Home renovation series. "Even if you had everything aligned, renovation is still hard. People die trying to change out light fixtures. This is serious business."

Trixie might've stacked her brand as one of the world's leading drag entertainers — and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3 — through camp comedy and stunning beauty, but she’s definitely not joking about her latest venture (or those who might've died inside it).

Trixie Motel: Drag Me Home is the official second season of her 2022 Discovery+ venture that saw the 34-year-old and partner David Silver buy, remodel, and open a Palm Springs motel after slathering it in retro-pink glam. The show, and the lodging, proved to be a success, as were Trixie's subsequent musical and comedy ventures on the road — enough that she and Silver used the profits to purchase a 100-year-old craftsman home in Hollywood, right as the show secured a season 2 renewal. This prompted the couple to invite the series to focus on the three months (and twice the initial budget) involved in fixing up the Los Angeles abode. Naturally, as a result, "there's definitely more crying this season," Trixie promises, but hopefully for good reason.

<p>Courtesy of HGTV</p> Trixie Mattel in her new house's dining room on 'Trixie Mattel: Drag Me Home'

Courtesy of HGTV

Trixie Mattel in her new house's dining room on 'Trixie Mattel: Drag Me Home'

“Having cameras in your home is a lot more invasive than at a business, so season 2 is in a lot of ways a better season,” Trixie explains, adding that she sourced inspiration by filming "celebrity house porn" inside the homes of special guests like her longtime UNHhhh cohost Katya, Vanderpump Rules star and restaurant mogul Lisa Vanderpump, musician Orville Peck, comedian Nicole Byer, Selling Sunset's Christine Quinn, and more. “It moves quicker, there are great celebrity guests, the before and afters in this house? This house is f---ing beautiful. I can't believe this is my house."

And yet, she and Silver might not be the home's only inhabitants.

With 10 decades' worth of history, Trixie tells EW the house is "definitely haunted" — because why? Well, she's seen a ghost. Multiple times, beginning after she and Silver began transforming the interior.

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“I’m a little bit psychic, and I swear I’ve seen a guy standing at the top of our stairs three times. Everybody can laugh at me and make fun of me, but I’ve been seeing ghosts my whole life. The one in this house, he’s maybe 5’10, 5’9, darker hair, maybe chin length," she recalls. "Kind of scraggly beard and a mustache combo. He just stands at the landing at the top of the stairs late at night and just looks in the bedroom. I don’t really feel threatened. I believe in ghosts, but I think it’s unfair to think that all ghosts are out to get you."

As EW's exclusive first-look photos of the house show, the ghost might just be vibing with the aesthetic energy she and Silver put into the home.

<p>Courtesy of HGTV</p> Trixie Mattel and her partner, David, in 'Trixie Mattel: Drag Me Home'

Courtesy of HGTV

Trixie Mattel and her partner, David, in 'Trixie Mattel: Drag Me Home'

“Our house is so gay and crazy and a lot of people would be like, I’d never want to live there. But, luckily you don’t. Two gay men live here," Trixie says of the home, which she hopes can make a lasting imprint on the home-renovation genre of television. "There’s a lot of pink in this house, but I’m not the only one who lives here.... there’s a lot of David in the house: animal print, bold, it’s a marriage of pink, retro, and Barbie, but the things are still masculine and sexy. It still looks to me like two gay men’s house. This is a gay show."

The sight of a drag queen sitting atop a pink suede couch in her living room next to her lover — framed by large peacock-accented stained-glass windows — is enough to communicate that this is, in fact, “a gay show,” as Trixie repeats a few times. She knowingly and enthusiastically leans into the endeavor’s nature, stressing that the series isn’t just remixing the couple’s house, but also the home-renovation genre space that the couple occupies on mainstream TV.

For years, Trixie points out, HGTV has followed cis, straight, white couples as they hunt for dwellings to suit a major life change, or maybe even to flip for the next person who moves in. That doesn't make sense with Trixie's fantasy, for her dream home or the TV show she produces alongside genre veterans Drew and Jonathan Scott, also known as the Property Brothers.

<p>Courtesy of HGTV</p> Trixie Mattel works a power tool in 'Trixie Mattel: Drag Me Home'

Courtesy of HGTV

Trixie Mattel works a power tool in 'Trixie Mattel: Drag Me Home'

“Our show subverts that because we’re in it for ourselves. So much of drag on TV is helping other people, and like, sorry, I wanted to make a show where I help my own goddamn life, you know?” she says. "Our house, to some people, is probably a f---ing nightmare. We swung big. It’s color, texture, bold print everywhere. Unlike people on HGTV, we don’t decorate for the next family. I feel like so much of the emphasis is on resale value. Why the f--- are you decorating your house for who lives there next? Life is so short, paint the bedroom pink."

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That live-your-dreams mentality hit a bit of a roadblock during filming for Trixie Motel: Drag Me Home. It's not as simple as fix my house up with a rake, mom. Being an international icon is hard, with an estimated "40 other careers" to her credit — including her bustling Trixie Cosmetics venture and her art as a musician (contrary to recent reports, she's not quitting music, either, she's simply "not currently working on a record" and "focusing on DJ-ing"). So Trixie can't be expected to keep up with local laws, especially those that might threaten her grand vision.

"There are certain historically significant things in your house in Los Angeles that are super old and you’re not allowed to change. Let’s just say we find that out the hard way in the show," Trixie admits, referencing a fireplace she started "swinging hammers" on, but had to course-correct.

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Trixie Mattel/YouTube Trixie Mattel and Orville Peck
Trixie Mattel/YouTube Trixie Mattel and Orville Peck

Still, she's not letting a little bureaucracy get in the way of, say, draping her walls in two-story sheets of wallpaper. Or trucking in a turquoise dining table with undulating legs.

“The government can’t control me!" Trixie warns. "The Los Angeles local government? They can’t come get me!"

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We'll settle for (maybe) watching them try on Trixie Motel season 2.

Trixie Motel: Drag Me Home premieres June 1 on Max, with weekly episodes airing through June 22. See EW's exclusive first look above.

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