Interview with CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER winner COURTNEY ACT, aka Shane Gilberto Jenek. She talks about being filmed 24/7, the 2018 Under The Covers tour and children displaying different gender identities.
Act first appeared on Australian Idol in 2003 and made it through to the Semi-Finals. She released a song which peaked at 29 on the ARIA Singles Chart, before finishing as a runner up in season six of RuRaul’s Drag Race.
The drag queen won Season 21 of Celebrity Big Brother (CBB 2018), but how does it feel to be filmed all day, every day.
“There were lots of cameras, but we didn’t really know how scrutinized we were. In many ways it was blissful ignorance, but everyone quite enjoyed the conversations and shenanigans that were going on in the house.”
The public vote in CBB showed 49 percent of the show’s fans voted for Act.
Courtney/Shane is pansexual, and was involved in fiery and sometimes heavy discussions with former politician Ann Widdecombe. “I think that people appreciated the way that Ann and I were able to have conversations about potentially inflammatory topic, whilst treating each other with respect.”
Ann eventually finished Runner Up. Other viewers favourites included Boyzone singer Shane Lynch, Ex on the Beach star Jess Impiazzi and Stepping Out judge Wayne Sleep.
Courtney will perform her Under The Covers tour this year, which will be at venues such as Birmingham, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, London and Manchester.
“If you enjoyed me on television, then come and have a three dimensional, full sensory experience. It will be a fun night of songs, comedy and glamour. If you’re lucky to get close enough, you will have smells aswell! You can’t get that through the TV!”
In a previous interview, Act urged parents to be aware of different identities that their child may show. So how can parents support a child who may not be ‘the norm’. “Children are constantly evolving, growing and changing their identities. One day they will be a super hero, then a dress and the next playing with trucks.”
“You must support children in whatever identity they choose, it is an important part of their development.
"They need to be allowed to explore and grow without any shame. The most important thing is showing your unconditional love and making sure lines of communication are always open.”
Meanwhile Lorraine recently said Act was more than welcome to present the show in her absence. Though would that be of interest? “I would love to present for Lorraine whilst she’s on holiday or a regular slot. That would be great. I love the Sonny and Cher show era of television, anything that sparkles. If I had my own show, I would want a variety chat show format. My other target is to represent the UK in Eurovision 2019.”
Telly Binge spoke to Courtney Act in April 2018. Visit their official website for future updates.