Valentina Talks 'All Eyes on Me' & 'La Casa de las Flores' Netflix Debut

Ernesto Casillas


After dropping her debut single "A Prueba de Todo" in 2018, Valentina has spent the last two years experimenting and exploring with music to find her sound and voice. She's also focused on "becoming the pop diva that I want to become," she tells Billboard.

The Rent: Live and RuPaul's Drag Race alum released her new single "All Eyes On Me," which was born for a number of reasons, according to the Mexican-American drag queen--but it became a reality after attending her first-ever songwriting session with producer Agir and songwriter Ilka Cortez.

"It was my first experience getting to know how to create the melodies and the music," Valentina says about the upbeat, dance-tinged bilingual song where she sings about having the courage to rise above it all no matter the obstacles. "I want to continue that experience of sitting down with other talented professionals. I was not yet fully a musician or the type that went to school to study music or write songs. This experience was a blessing and I’m excited to take on the next step and keep writing, hopefully one day being at the Latin Grammys."

Given that so much is on pause due to the current coronavirus global pandemic, Valentina says that instead of thinking about whether to release an album or not this year, she's in full developmental mode.

"I am in the process of figuring out how I can make a full album. It’s something that I’m really curious about. Obviously with what’s happening right now with COVID-19, I can’t really answer that," she adds. "I would hope that what I’m doing right now would give me all the experience and allow me to just evolve and explore as an artist and keep me more polished."

Aside from releasing new music, the multifaceted artist is also making her telenovela fantasy come true by joining the cast of Netflix's hit show La Casa de las Flores for the third and final season of the comedy-drama series. While Valentina couldn't reveal many details about her character, she says we'll be seeing a lot of her on the small screen.

"I was asked to be in it by Manolo Caro [creator of the series] and I will be on many episodes fully in drag the entire time. I am really excited and it's an important moment for me because it’s an opportunity given to a queer, drag artist in a mainstream series on Netflix. I’m not just making a quick appearance on something; I'm making history by being able to part of La Casa de las Flores. I get to live my telenovela fantasy that I’ve always wanted to live."

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Among the many things I get to do and be, one of them is work with extremely talented people. One of them being @manolocaro who gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to appear on his magical Netflix series called La Casa De Las Flores. I went crazy for the show when it first came out and thought “I HAVE TO BE ON THIS SHOW” especially when they used Yes sir I can boogie for the trailer! I was just ending Rent and All Stars 4 when I got the call! Once I was on board, I got to live in Mexico City at @fsmexico for a month! Hay! And with a full glam team! And it’s all thanks to my friend Manolo who believed that I also needed to be on the show. I honesty got to live my fantasy as a telenovela actress and made many new friends along the way. Manolo Caro is a Gem to Mexico and the entire world. Thanks for believing in me, I love you friend April 23 on Netflix Entre las muchas cosas que puedo hacer y hacer, una de ellas es trabajar con personas extremadamente talentosas. Uno de ellos fue @manolocaro, quien me dio la oportunidad de mi vida de aparecer en su mágica serie de Netflix llamada La Casa De Las Flores. Me volví loco por el programa cuando salió por primera vez y pensé: "DEBO ESTAR EN ESTE SHOW", especialmente cuando usaron la canción Yes sir, I can boogie el trailer! ¡Acababa de terminar Rent y All Stars 4 cuando recibí la llamada! Una vez que estuve a bordo, ¡pude vivir en la Ciudad de México en @fsmexico durante un mes! ¡Hay! ¡Y con un equipo de glamour completo! Y todo gracias a mi amigo Manolo, que creía que yo también necesitaba estar en el programa. Honestamente, pude vivir mi fantasía como actriz de telenovelas e hice muchos amigos nuevos en el camino. Manolo Caro es una joya para México y el mundo entero. Gracias por creer en mí, te amo amigo 23 de abril en Netflix

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La Casa de Las Flores' third and final season will be available on Netflix April 23. Meanwhile, Valentina's "All Eyes On Me" drops tonight (April 15) at midnight EST.

"It’s such an honor and a blessing to still have work, to be an artist," Valentina says about being in the spotlight and having all eyes on her. "I get paid to wear makeup and wear wigs and do what I love. I will rise out of this situation and I understand my responsibility to my fans who pay to watch me perform, who watch RuPaul’s and keep supporting me. I’m grateful for that. The song will give me a voice that’s not just lip-syncing. I now get to share my own voice and my message."


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