At 20, Bryan Carpio is the youngest female impersonator at Play Dance Club, where his drag persona, Aubrey Jolie, performs weekly. Carpio is originally from Tampa and only recently moved to Louisville for the position as a Playmate at the popular dance and drag venue in Butchertown.
Carpio says he has grown to love the city and is thrilled it’s so supportive of the LGBTQ community. He’s only been performing drag for two years, but during that brief time, he’s worked with some of the top divas, including Jade Jolie from season 5 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” whom he refers to as his drag mother.
“I feel I have overcome some crazy challenges and moved up quickly in the drag scene,” he says.
Before wig and makeup preparation begins, Carpio answered some very important questions …
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
I would say to go bungee jumping off a bridge or building.
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
Honestly, Hilary Duff was my wifey back in the day, and I still love to listen to her music.
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
I would give it to Beyoncé!
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
Pepperoni and bacon.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
I would go back to being 16 — young, wild and free. Still in high school, no bills, no worries. Living life with friends and just doing what most high schoolers do.
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
As Bryan, umm, no one. But as Aubrey, I get that I remind others of Lady Gaga, depending on certain looks.
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
Ohh, this one is tricky. I would say Chang from “Orange is the New Black.” She seems like a tough woman, and she’s very smart when it comes to creating meals from what you have — I would feel secure.