Adrianne Curry, producer, reality star, model, queen of the geeks and all around awesome lady is an authority on dressing up in costume. She loves cosplay and frequently appears in one at cons around the country. You want to talk about Halloween? This is the woman to get advice from. She’s also got a brand new show on Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube channel called “Super Fans” that will have your inner geek squealing with delight. Check out what she has to say about her favorite holiday, getting kicked out of Comic-Con for one particular costume and some pretty amazing collectors. After the pictures, check out a trailer for “Adrianne Curry’s Super Fans,” which you can watch right here.
Q: How did you get into cosplay?
Adrianne Curry: I’ve been into cosplay since I was a kid. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I dressed up for anything. I dressed up when The Lord of the Rings came out, with my little elven ears on and everything. That was 2001, so that was before I even won America’s Next Top Model
Q: The trend now is to use Halloween as an excuse to dress a bit slutty.
Curry: I use it for my cross-play (note: this is dressing up as the opposite gender). I’ve been Atreyu from Neverending Story, Pinky from Pink Floyd The Wall. People are confused by it. ‘I’m a sexy nurse. I’m a sexy bunny.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m a psychopath serial killer!’ I think Halloween is a day to drench yourself in blood … I think Halloween is meant to celebrate and be scary and have fun. This Halloween, had I found a party on the actual day, to turn my Dark Lili from Legend into the Black Dancer.
Q: What’s your favorite costume?
Curry: I enjoyed doing Aeon Flux because she was my role model growing up, but the one that was the most fun for me was Pinky from Pink Floyd The Wall.
Q: What did you dress up as when you were a kid?
Curry: Everything! Ghosts, nurses, mermaids, Pac-Man — I tried to be the ghost from Pac-Man. The blue one. Witches, warlocks, always tried to be elves. The Childlike Empress from Neverending Story was one of my favorites. I wanted to be her so bad in her ivory tower! Gypsies, Cleopatra. I did attempt a ‘Silent Hill’ nurse way back in the day when I used to play and be scared of it. Once I was Britney Spears but I was all beat up and dead. On the back of my shirt, I put ‘hit me baby, one more time’ so I was domestic dispute Britney Spears. I literally have done so much that I can’t remember them all. Someone just reminded me the other day that I had done Wonder Woman … I’d also go as psycho killers. Once I went as John Wayne Gacy. They held him in Statesville prison, and I believe put him to death and that’s in my hometown area. Literally right down the street. I could drive there in four minutes. I cut hospital cards with which children I was going to visit as a clown … then next year I was like, now I can be It!
Q: Does dressing up for cons differ in any way for you?
Curry: Cons have put a bit of a damper on Halloween for me, because I’m always in costume. At first I looked at cons like, ‘holy s***, yeah’ but now it’s become this stress thing, because people expect me to top myself every year. I was really just doing this to have fun, but now it’s like, what am I going to do next year?
Q: I have to ask you about the year they kicked you out of Comic-Con for your Aeon Flux costume.
Curry: It was really awkward because there were women walking around everywhere in thongs, showing way more than my butt. I was way more covered than them. I saw a chick who’s nipples were clearly visible through the mesh of her costume and I was like, why are you bothering me? He said, ‘Well, I’m looking at you.’ I think they just saw cameras following me and they wanted to feel official. And I loved that one. I was 27 years old and Aeon Flux was 28 years old. A 28-year-old dominatrix assassin. I was made for this moment. I felt like I was here. And then I couldn’t walk around. I couldn’t do anything. And I spent a lot of money on that because I can’t work with latex. I had to hire someone who could. It’s not easy.
Q: You actually make a lot of your own costumes, right?
Curry: I do. And I’m actually not good at doing my own hair, but I’m good with wigs. Dyed wigs that are synthetic. I’m good at the rest, but if I want something really hard core, and theatrical, then I have to commission somebody who’s skill is above my own.
Q: Tell me about your show ‘Super Fans.’
Curry: ‘Super Fans’ is something that I put together a while ago, but it’s something I knew would not be network friendly because networks only believe in The Big Bang Theory and How It’s Made and that’s it. When I heard about Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, I thought I might have something they’d be interested in. I went in and I pitched it. It’s the first show that I’ve been more than a co-producer or an executive producer. I was able to creatively write, co-create, executive produce and star in. It’s my baby. Basically it’s a reality documentary, looking into the lives of collectors of super fandom. And not just any collectors. The are the super fans. I stared off small and I end up pretty big. I’m going to go to a guy’s house who has the biggest comic book collection in the world in Indiana. He built the Hall of Justice in his backyard. It’s got a full replica of the Batcave. It’s amazing.