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Jinkx Monsoon Wants to Voice an ‘Overwatch’ Character

Jinkx Monsoon isn’t playing games when it comes to their love of Overwatch.

On Tuesday, Monsoon tweeted directly at the senior casting director for Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind the massively popular online video game Overwatch, asking that they be considered for a voice role for the Queen of Junkertown, a character who is the subject of continuous fan speculation.

“Hello Lovely. Looking for a JunkerTown Queen? Talk about my dream job,” Monsoon tweeted.

This was Monsoon’s second Overwatch-related tweet in the past few days. On Friday, the Drag Race Season 5 winner shared some fan art that cast her as the non-playable queen whose disembodied voice is heard on the Junkertown map.

In a February interview with INTO, they said that video games were an “escape from being the chubby, effeminate, weird kid at school, and were often my way of closing myself off.”

They also said that video games influence their drag and vice versa.

“Whenever I play a game where you can customize your character, I always create a fierce, badass lady to play as,” Monsoon said. “My avatars are always female and always a little drag queen inspired. I’ve had a few looks made for myself that are inspired by costumes from video games. That’s the closest I’ve ever gotten to cosplaying.”

Monsoon has also discussed their love of Overwatch in an 8-Hit Gaming segment on YouTube.

Currently, the Junkertown queen is not playable, but she’s become something of acult figure among the game’s loyal devotees. Though Monsoon is not Australian, they said on Twitter that, given that they teach voice and speech to actors, they think they can handle the role.

Monsoon is not the first celebrity to campaign to be a part of the Overwatch universe. In July 2017, actor Terry Crews spoke up about his deep desire to voice Doomfist, the newest character in the Overwatch universe at the time. The role eventually went to actor Sahr Ngaujah.

We’re hoping Monsoon can get the casting gig, but if they don’t, we know it’ll just be water off a duck’s back.

Photo by Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images


Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew is a staff writer at INTO. His work has appeared in Mic, Slate and Complex. He loves "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Flannery O'Connor and female rappers and is working on a memoir.

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