Who Was RuPaul’s Character in ‘The Brady Bunch Movie?’

Before RuPaul appeared as the host of the Emmy Award-winning reality series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, she acted in drag alongside characters like Jan Brady. That was in conjunction with the spinoff movie released in the 1990s, inspired by The Brady Bunch.

Here’s what we know about RuPaul’s character in The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel.

Director RuPaul speaks onstage during a news conference for the world premiere of 'RuPaul's Drag Race Live!'
Director RuPaul speaks on stage during a news conference for the world premiere of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!’ | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

RuPaul appeared in ‘The Brady Bunch Movie’

This series released over 100 episodes in five seasons. The Brady Bunch told the story of a lovely lady and a man named Brady as they raised their six children with the help of their housekeeper, Alice.

Years after the last episode of this sitcom debuted, a movie featuring these characters debuted, titled The Brady Bunch Movie. This movie featured new actors as the loveable and musical Brady family and even a cameo from the drag performer RuPaul. 

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RuPaul returned to ‘The Brady Bunch’ universe for ‘A Very Brady Sequel’

 In this feature film, RuPaul portrayed the school counselor, Ms. Cummings, who gave Jan advice regarding her glasses and the voices inside her head. In 1996, the movie A Very Brady Sequel, where RuPaul reprised her role as Ms. Cummings. 

Years later, one contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 went by the stage name “Jan,” even quoting the character’s iconic “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” line during an original verse.

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RuPaul is now the Emmy-Award winning host of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Following her appearance in The Brady Bunch Movie, RuPaul became the star of the reality competition series, RuPaul’s Drag Race. There, she asked drag performers from across the United States to compete for a crown, a cash prize, and the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”

RuPaul released several spinoffs of this reality series, including RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, and Canada’s Drag Race. In 2020, RuPaul released the Netflix original series, AJ and the Queen, where she starred as the drag queen, Ruby Red. 

RuPaul is also the mastermind behind DragCon, the world’s largest drag convention which typically took place on an annual basis in cities like New York and Los Angeles. 

“We do a convention called DragCon, and the kids who come are smart,” RuPaul said during an interview with Oprah. “They’ve almost got a new belief system that’s completely of the 21st century. Our show speaks to that forward-thinking voice. They see the kids on our show overcoming adversities and realize, ‘I can do that.’”

Even some of the performers from RuPaul’s Drag Race went on to have their only television shows and movies. That includes season 7 contestants Trixie Mattel and Katya who had their own series on Viceland. 

New episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race are available on VH1.