Conchita Wurst is hilarious. On Friday the Eurovision 2015 winner and the reigning Queen of Austria had the audience cackling at the Eurovision 60th Anniversary Conference. We elbowed our way to the front and grabbed a front-row seat to hear her speak about everything from her win at Eurovision to hosting the green room to her toilet encounter with a certain celebrity at the Golden Globes. And note to all y’all who meet her in the future: Don’t call Celine Dion a diva or Conchita will put you in your place. You can watch the entire interview below, and also read some choice quotes.
On the Golden Globes
“Being in one room with Meryl Streep, getting the same air. Seriously, that was one of the highlights. Having a little chat with Felicty Huffman on the toilet. That was really one of the most intense moments. It was a really great experience.”
On her Eurovision win
“I didn’t expect anything. I didn’t feel anything like winning or anything and I wouldn’t dare to think about it during this Eurovision time. After the semi-final people wouldn’t stop saying, by passing in the hallway, ‘You’re gonna win!’ I was like, ‘Please, don’t say that.’ Even the moment I have won…I thought there was this glitter raining down, and I was like, ‘Stop, stop. There are still countries to go. Why would you do that?'”
On Americans and Eurovision
“Going to Los Angeles and meeting some people from the LGBT community, they said, ‘I haven’t heard of the Eurovision before and I think it’s fabulous.’ And I thought , ‘We know. Why don’t you know?’ Some people heard of the Eurovision because of the bearded lady winning.”
On why she kept her Eurovision act simple
“Because I like to stand still.”
On booing Russia at Eurovision 2014
“I think that’s awful, especially in Copenhagen. Those two girls were singing their hearts out and doing what they love most — singing. It’s not to blame them for what’s happening in Russia. I understand that the audience wants to send a message, but that’s on their backs. I felt so sorry for them. It’s nothing to blame on them. They should get applause like anybody else. [As green room host] I have to turn into everybody’s grandmother. I’ll say, ‘Don’t you dare!'”
You can watch the full interview below.