Patricia Quinn went from Playboy Bunny to one of the most iconic ‘Domestics’ in pop culture history. I had the pleasure of spending a great deal of time with her at the Mad Monster Party Convention in Charlotte, NC March 2014.
WBP: Good morning! Are you enjoying the convention so far?
PQ: Yes, I am having a great time. You know, I’ve just got up, you see. I’m kind of waking up here. [laughs] Where am I? Charlotte? [puts on a very southern drawl] Charlotte, North Carolina. [laughs some more] And I am having a great time. Though, I have a very noisy young man here wanting me to sign a few things. [She glares at the man as if annoyed, then winks playfully at him and takes a moment to sign his mementos and have a chat.] This is turning out to be a wonderful convention. It’s very Rocky Horror oriented around here. Quite nice.
WBP: Will you be attending the movie screening tonight?
PQ: Yeah, I shall indeed! And also, Larry Vizel is here. He’s doing Rocky Horror Saved My Life. It’s a new documentary film for the 40th anniversary of Rocky Horror. It’s going to be stunning. Because, really, his collection of Rocky Horror stuff is fantastic! In fact, I’m just going to tell Larry Vizel to walk away and shut up, if that’s alright?
[Quinn rises to address Vizel, who is standing in front of her table, chatting with another fan about the documentary]
PQ: Okay. Excuse me. Excuse me…I’m doing an interview. Could you not talk so loudly, thank you. Carry on. [laughs as she returns to her seat] He’s sweet.
WBP: Could you have ever imagined back then that you would be here now, 40 years later with the Rocky Horror Picture Show the phenomenon that it has become?
PQ: Well, I always answer ‘of course I thought that’, which of course is just nonsense. It’s been totally extraordinary. In fact, just last night when we did an interview panel, the gentleman talking was saying this is the only film ever, rather the longest running film ever. And I thought, what does he mean by that? You know, I knew it was one of the biggest cult films in the world and all of that, but um…What he meant was the point being for 4o years this film has never been out of the cinema.
PQ: I know! It is extraordinary. I didn’t think of it like that. I know it’s been 40 years, but it has just never stopped.
WBP: So, we know you are a part of the longest running film, but tell me about being a part of the longest running television series as well.
PQ: [laughs] Yes…
WBP: Doctor Who?
PQ: Yes, that is correct! Yeah, yeah, yeah…I was with Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor. He is adorable!
WBP: I bet you made quite a pair together.
PQ: We get on well. Sylvester is a neighbor of mine in London. I’ve known him forever. He is the wittiest fellow, such fun. Yeah, very clever.
Patricia Quinn and I continued to chat–off the record–for quite some time. Nothing top secret. My battery ran out in my mini-recorder. She told my friend and I the greatest story of how her ‘Magenta’ look came together and the history behind those iconic lips. She’s a gem! Thank you, Patricia Quinn for a wonderful time.