Chico's Angels' Frieda Lays It All Out For Ju

Gil Kaan

Writer, Registered Critic

Chico's Angels latest VIVA LA CHICAS! A CHICO'S ANGELS VARIETY HOUR CHO will be premiering May 23, 2017 at The Cavern Club Celebrity Theater inside the Casita Del Campo Restaurant. A loving spoof on the 1970's hit TV series Charlie's Angels, Chico's Angels recruits three gorgeous, comedic Latina drag queens as the crime-solving private ai-yi-yi's. We had the chance to catch up with the blondest one Frieda Laye between her beauty regime rituals.

Thank you for taking time out between doing your hair and nails for this interview, Frieda.

CHICO'S ANGELS is all of 14 years old. So you, Frieda, didn't start with its conception, your alter-ego Danny Casillas did. What role did Danny play in CHICO'S ANGELS's birthing?

I think he were Bossman. I don't know, I weren't there.  He prolly don't played it as good as the guy who play it now, verdad?

What were the circumstances that Danny originally connected with you?

I used to be taller when Edward Alvarado played me.  Then, there was a scheduling thing, so they called Danny.  I think Kay & Chita liked me no taller than thems, so Danny stuck as me.

 Who in his past does Danny tell you, you remind him of, Frieda?

He say I remind him of Goldie Hawn mix with Xaviera Hollander.  They both very happy peoples… and blond.

Frieda, do you and your alter ego ever argue?

Jes, sometimes can't decide: jock strap or panty hose!

I bet you win most of the time, si?

Jes!  I need coverage there, if ju know what I am meaning!  We don't want to lose all of stage right, verdad?

Does Danny come to Casita Del Campo with you? Or do you drive to the Cavern Theater by yourself?

We drive together and sing the show tunes real loud with the windows down!

Does Danny pick you up? Or don't you want anyone to see him at Casita Del Campo?

He picks me up, but I make him dropping me off where Fountain turn into Hyperion.  Then I walk up alone, without him to embarrass me and I also, tambien look real eco-illogical, ju know?

Frieda, do you get jealous when Danny does someone else? I hear he does a mean Herve Villachaise in Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's THE MISMATCH GAME.

He can do whoever he want, I know he will NEVER do as many people as I have!

I read in your bio, Frieda, that you were born in La Frontera de Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. You were left under the door mat of a convent, Las Hermanas de la Madre Guadalupe de los Chavos. Were the nuns there mean to you?

I don't know if they were mean… Is it mean to making ju eat jur macaroni portrait of La Guadalupe for dinner… without queso?

What did they do to you to make you rebel against everything they taught you?

They maked being good a chore.  I decided, once I leaved there, that I would let my body tell me what es good, and not my head.   And not the little plastic Mary statue they put it my room, either! It talked en the night!

I guess you can give the nuns credit for the fabulous way you ended up today, wouldn't you say, Frieda?

No. They were stupid.  I gib credit to my natural instinks, my stubbornness and reruns of Los Facts of Life. That Miss Garrett were crazy, but she knowed how to drive a lesson home, ju know?

If I had to guess which Charlie's Angel was your inspiration, I'd say Farrah Fawcett's 'Jill Munroe.' Right?  

Jes!! How ju knowed?

What color blonde do you like to keep your Farrah wings?  

I actually finded a color by la Señorita Clairol call Halo Gold 236.  So use that …and a spray of the peroxide, or two.

In the many shows that I've seen you in, your hair and make-up's always so plastered perfect. Never a hair out of place, a lip smudged or an eye unlined. Reminds me of the episode of Charlie's Angels where the three of them, outfitted in prison denim, escape into the ocean and come out completely dry and immaculately coiffed. So, for the discerning Jill-wannabes out there, would you share your make-up tips on presenting a perfect 'Jill' face?  

Es all about jur color inspiration!  For me, I like to thinking an angel eated too many Eskittles and throwed up on my eyelids!  Then, once ju have all jur colors in place, pat it down with powder mix with cornstarch and spray it over with hairspray.  Then add more hairspray to jur hair.  4 times.  Then it all stay in place!

How long did it take you to get used to walking in platform cha-cha heels?

I learned since I were a little children in the convent and they maked me wear high heels to swat flies all the ways up to the ceilings!

How would you describe your unique sense of style?

Well, I thinking, ‘What would Goldie Hawn wear if she barrow something from Veronica Castro?' and then I think ‘what is real easy to take off fast?'  and I go from there.  

 Where can your fans get your clothes?  

Sometimes, ju can't find that at T & A Maxx, so I design my stuff and have Carol the Quincenera dress maker lady make it.

Frieda, I have to ask. Do you have a diploma?

No, I getted el DipTet shot for that when I were 5.

In school, what did you major in? 

Lee Majors.

Come on, Frieda! I bet you're smarter that you let on. Sometimes you're the one who solves the crime Chico sends the Angels to crack. What's your IQ?  

I think O+, but I not sure.

Tell us your favorite characteristic of your close friend Chita Parol?

Sometimes she misses hitting me when I duck good enough.

And what about your closer friend Kay Sedia?

Sometimes, she remember me and Chita are there.

Will there be a new case to crack in VIVA LA CHICAS! A CHICO'S ANGELS VARIETY HOUR CHO? Or is this a "Best of CHICO'S ANGELS" compilation? 

It's what they call a “Clip Show” where we play clips from previful episodes.  Ju know, like the shows used to do en the TV when they runned out of ideas, but were contracted to do 32 episodes.

What can the Cavern audiences expect in this CHO?

Singing, dancing and a STRANGE Surprise! ('STRANGE,' Hint! Hint!)

Frieda, if you could have one wish for you and your fellow Angels, what would you wish for?  

More chirtless hunky suspects!

If you could only have one wish and it was just for you, what would you wish for?

I would wish for world pieces, and a bed that change its own sheets every day!

Frieda, if you could have only one wish and it was for Danny, what would that wish be?

That he find a boyfriend!  Pobrecito, he gonna die alone, verdad?

Hopefully, this has been as fun for you as it's been fun for me. Mucho gracias, Senorita Laye!  

Aye! It were more fun than putting Pop Rocks candy en my panties!

For ticket availability (May 25th through 28th) to see Frieda and co-detectives Kay and Chita mess up, I mean, solve some cases, log onto Ju gonna laugh!

Gil Kaan, a former Managing Editor of the now-defunct Genre magazine, has had the privilege of photographing and interviewing some major divas in his career, including Ann-Margret, Diana Ross, Faye Dunaway, Carol Channing, Shirley MacLaine, Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minnelli, Sandra Bernhard, Anna Nicole Smith, Margaret Cho, and three Catwomen—Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and Julie Newmar. He had the fortuitous opportunity to conduct Lily Tomlin’s coming out interview. Gil has since reviewed movies and theatre for a number of local and national outlets.
A photo montage of Gil’s Halloween Carnavale photos through the last decade was recently included in the WeHo@ 25 juried exhibition.