Fin Argus Q&A | POPSUGAR Celebrity

Fin Argus

In our Q&A series Last Call, we get to the bottom of it with some of our favorite celebs – from the last time the stars surprised them to the last song they listened to. This week it’s Fin Argus.

For Fin Argus, one of the best parts of filming the recently released “Queer as Folk” reboot was spending time in New Orleans, where the show takes place. “It’s the coolest queer scene I’ve ever been a part of, and the people there are so expressive,” they tell POPSUGAR. “It’s an environment where craziness is encouraged. And that’s really exciting for me, because I’ve always been a bit of an off-kilter person, and so I felt I fit right in, which was a brand new experience for me .”

“While it was still the south and I was actually running into homophobia and transphobia every day, I also felt this sense of security in knowing I had queer people or allies everywhere,” they explain. “New Orleans is a truly forward-thinking and beautiful place. It’s a beacon of queerness in the middle of Louisiana.”

“I like a challenge, and I went to investigate and as soon as I arrived in New Orleans, I was welcomed with open arms by the drag community there.”

In the new “Queer as Folk,” now streaming on Peacock, the show moves from Pittsburgh (where the original US series was set) to the Big Easy, and the city’s LGBTQ+ culture shines through the screen. Argus plays Mingus, a non-binary teenager who still has things to figure out. In the first episode, Mingus has a debut appearance in drag, but the moment of glory is interrupted by a gunman who attacks the gay bar. The rest of the series focuses on the characters as they deal with the grief and trauma in the aftermath.

Argus says series creator Stephen Dunn immediately told them about this plot point: “It’s very important for him to shed light on that storyline and watch people unwrap their respective PTSD and heal and build a community after such a tragedy.” they say. “A big part of the reason this show is being redesigned is to shed light on the harsh realities queer people face, and that reality is often aggression and violence, especially in more conservative areas.”

“What this show does is it gives you the chance to look past that incendiary incident and see the humanity in all these beautiful and human characters,” Argus says. “We often laugh our way through pain, cry our way, and hug our way.”

Argus heard about the show directly from Dunn. They had seen a movie he was directing, Closet Monster, and had fallen in love with it. “I decided to contact him on Instagram, not realizing that I already knew him and that we were actually neighbors,” they say. “I thought, ‘This is the guy who walks by my house every morning with his cute little Chihuahua.’”

They started hanging out and Argus showed Dunn some music and videos they had made. Dunn thought the atmosphere was perfect for Mingus and asked them to read for the part.

Argus says drag wasn’t on their radar before booking the part. “I thought, ‘Wow, this character is so much fun. Will I be able to make a drag performance?’” they explain. “But I like a challenge, and I went to investigate and as soon as I got to New Orleans, I was welcomed with open arms by the drag community. Laveau Contraire, Virginia SlimJim, Visqueen, Hugo Gyrl – there are a imagine queens that really embraced us as a production, and specifically me as this booger drag queen just trying to learn the ropes.” In the show, Mingus is developing as an artist, and Argus says they were in a parallel process. They also actually started performing with drag-offset. “And I’m in love with drag now, and I still do it,” they say.

The trauma of the shooting and the joy of the drag performance came together for Argus – and Mingus – in a final drag performance for the character. “It’s this really climactic and cathartic moment for Mingus,” explains Argus. “Basically, it all culminates in this one moment when they give this house a drag performance, and it ends with sobbing on the floor.”

“That was really hard to play and it was exhausting, but I’m really proud of it. And it was just so much fun, because it ends in this moment of uninterrupted joy,” they explain. “The performance is over and everyone starts dancing and laughing together.” Argus gets emotional just thinking about it and bursts into tears. “That’s the joy all queer people deserve.”

The show spends one episode following the cast at a Mardi Gras parade, and Argus has been able to experience the joy of New Orleans Mardi Gras in real life as well. “I didn’t think I’d like Mardi Gras because I don’t usually like partying,” they say. But they were surprised that it was less of a hard-hitting, drinking atmosphere and more of a community moment of celebration. “Everyone is dressed in these fun costumes and everyone just wants to hug each other. It was so much fun. I loved Mardi Gras. What a magical day,” they say.

One of their favorite moments came a few days before Mardi Gras. “There’s a day when it’s House of Barkus, which is really just a dog parade, and it was the most heavenly experience of my life,” they say. “I walked out in the morning to get my coffee, and there were cute dogs everywhere.”

Keep reading to see what else Argus has to say about their “Queer As Folk” costars, their reading list, and more.

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How was your last day on the set of “Queer as Folk”?

The last day we were all filming together, it was this scene where we all walk into Babylon in the final episode. † † † We were just sniffling. We were all sobbing, with snot noses. We took a lot of cute pictures. It was very exciting. And it was also a long shot, so it represented a lot. I feel like each of us has changed so much and learned so much about ourselves through the process of filming. Not only was it exciting to close the show, but we also felt all these personal journeys stall. It was a special, special day.

Who was the last Queer as Folk colleague to text you?

Probably Chris. Chris Renfro plays Daddius and they are my best friend. We got super close while filming, and they’re still my best friend.

When was the last time you were starstruck?

I was recently at the GLAAD Awards a few weeks ago, and I’ve been watching “Drag Race” like it’s nobody’s business. I had just finished watching the season where Yvie Oddly won. I was walking down the red carpet, and then she walked right past me, and I literally thought, “You’re so cool.” And she said, “Thank you.” She is very cute. Very nice. But I was really starstruck.

What’s the last photo in your camera roll?

The last photo on my camera roll is of me and Ryan [O’Connell] press do.

What was the last show you binge-watched?

“Drag race.” Like I said, obsessive. But I’ve also watched Summer Camp Island, this cartoon on HBO Max, and it’s so soothing and healthy, and it’s just the best color palette.

What was the last movie you saw?

“The cat in the hat.” That movie is great, and I’m not kidding. Not even in an ironic way. It’s just straight forward.

What is the last book you read?

Right now I’m reading “Just by Looking at Him” ​​by Ryan O’Connell. But I just started that. The last book I read from start to finish was “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong.

“Queer as Folk” is now streaming on Peacock.

Image Source: Courtesy of Fin Argus