Drag Race star Paloma has opened up about her role in the new Walking Dead spinoff.

In 2022, the beloved queen from Paris made waves within the Drag Race fandom after becoming the inaugural winner of the franchise’s French iteration.

Since securing the title of France’s Next Drag Superstar, the beloved talent has expanded her charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to other projects outside the Drag Race universe.

Back in June, a Walking Dead news account on X announced that Paloma secured a role in The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon.

“NEWS: Paloma (@The_Paloma_) aka Hugo Bardin has joined the cast of “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” in the role of Coco,” The Walking Dead World wrote.

After months of silence, Paloma’s character finally made her grand debut in the third episode of Daryl Dixon, which premiered on 24 September.

During her brief appearance, her character is shown hosting a lavish underground club night.

In an interview with Digital Spy, the talented drag performer spilt all the tea on filming the show and how she ended up being cast.

“It’s quite a funny story because I have to confess I haven’t seen The Walking Dead. It’s not a show I knew,” she explained.

“One day my phone just rang, and it was my agent who told me, ‘They want to meet you for The Walking Dead.’ There was no audition, it was just a meeting.”


“They wanted to see me and hear me speaking English. And I was like, ‘Okay. Why not?'”

Paloma went on to say that her glamorous post-apocalyptic drag character was specifically written for her.

“The casting director told me, “There is no one else in mind for the character. It’s for you. I’ve been waiting for you,”” she recalled.

She also revealed that the show’s star, Norman Reedus, had a hand in her casting.

“The first day of shooting, Norman [Reedus] just jumped on me, gave me a big hug, and was like, ‘Oh my God. I’m so happy to meet you. I’m a fan,” she revealed.

“Later, in my dressing room, the scriptwriter told me that Norman asked them to write a part for me. He told me Norman is a very big fan of Drag Race in general, but of France in particular.”

Towards the end of her statement, Paloma praised the nightclub set and described it as “really realistic and, in a way, very theatrical.”

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon takes place after the events of The Walking Dead and follows the titular character after he washes ashore in France with no memory of how he arrived.

As he embarks on a perilous journey home, the skilled hunter encounters new enemies, potential allies and, of course, deadly walkers.

You can watch the first four episodes of The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon on AMC and AMC+.