Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Tituss Burgess has a lot of love and respect for drag legend RuPaul

By Abby Stern
October 05, 2016 02:19 PM
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Tituss Burgess’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt character, Tituss Andromedon, believes he’s the biggest star in the world, but the real Tituss was very much starstruck when he met one of his real-life idols – RuPaul.

Burgess was introduced to RuPaul through a mutual friend at an Emmys event and when RuPaul approached for the introduction, Burgess got down on his knees and bowed to the drag legend for about 40 seconds.

“That’s like the Holy Grail for me, meeting that man,” Bugess told PEOPLE at the Television Academy’s Reception Honoring the 68th Emmy Award Performer Nominees in West Hollywood, California, on Friday night.

“Talk about not giving a f–, and doing things your own way, but with class and a total disregard for societal norms,” Burgess said of RuPaul. “Whether it was on purpose or, you know, on a subconscious level, [he] has set into motion a lot of trajectories for a lot of young people, not even just in the LGBTQ community, but everywhere.

“He’s just so legendary,” Burgess continued.

RuPaul won his first Emmy earlier this month at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program for Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Burgess, 37, is nominated for an Emmy in the outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role on the hit Netflix show. While he’s a fan-favorite to win, Burgess isn’t breaking out the pinot noir just yet. He says he’s “not prepping” anything for Sunday if his name is called, maybe in part because he already feels like a winner.

“I mean, look, there’s a lot of TV, and some wonderful, wonderful performances, and the fact that these people, and my peers, dwindle it down to six people, that is the statue.” He added, “So, I don’t give a f– if I win or not. That’s the truth.”

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