Questions for Jerick Hoffer

The young Seattle actor has the lead role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

By Seattle Mag January 11, 2013


This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Seattle magazine: How long have you been performing?
Jerick Hoffer: I am 25 years old and I have been performing on stage since I was about 12 years old. I started in ballet, but soon I shifted my attention towards theater and comedy, and was in my first professional theatrical production at age 17.

SM: When you first encountered Hedwig and the Angry Inch, was it love at first sight?
JH: When I was 15, I found the movie version of Hedwig. I was a huge fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and I remember thinking, “This could be the next Rocky Horror.” Little did I know it would be so much more to me. I watched that movie and listened to the soundtrack over and over, and that year I went as Hedwig for Halloween. Soon I would start doing drag myself. It wasn’t until I was 18 that I learned that it was a stage show before it was a movie. That year, I competed in a statewide high school theater competition with the song “Wig in a Box” [from Hedwig] and won first place. It was love at first sight, and it just got stronger and stronger, and I couldn’t be more excited to get the chance to share my interpretation of this story.

SM: What draws you to the Hedwig character?
JH: Hedwig is a tragically beautiful heroine. She has endured so much hardship in her life, and it fuels the passion of her art form.… She has been through trauma I can’t imagine and that’s what makes her such an awesome rock star.

SM: What’s the inspiration for your drag persona, Jinkx Monsoon?
JH: There would be no Jinkx Monsoon without Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The songs in that show inspired me to create a character with a whole backstory; her own soundtrack. “Wig in a Box” is an anthem to the drag queen that has empowered me throughout my drag career. It’s about a person whose happiest moments are exploring the different sides of their personality and gender. As a drag performer, I can relate to that. Jinkx Monsoon is heavily inspired by my favorite female comedians: Sarah Silverman, Madeline Kahn, Lucille Ball, Jennifer Saunders, Maria Bamford…. But she is also an expression of my life. The ups and the downs.

SM: What’s your dream role?
JH: My all time dream role is Mrs. Lovett in the Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd. I would love a chance to portray that character earnestly, without a nudge and a wink to the fact that I’m a drag queen. It is one of my all time favorite musicals and given the chance I think I could perform a wonderful interpretation of this complicated character.

SM: Where else can our readers see you perform?
JH: I host “An Evening at Le Faux,” the number one celebrity impersonation show in the Northwest, every Friday and Saturday night (whenever I’m not in a play) at Julia’s on Broadway. Tickets and show info can be found at

SEE THE SHOW: 1/15–1/27. Times and prices vary. The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.; 206.682.1414;

SEE JERICK ON TV: He’s a cast member of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 5, debuting January 28, 2013. Watch it Mondays, 9/8c on Logo.


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