“Veneno” Breakout Star Paca la Piraña to Guest Judge on “Drag Race España”

Along with "Veneno" co-creators, Javis!

Paca la Piraña knows a thing or two about dealing with divas, which will come in handy on the set of Drag Race España.

The actress has become a star not only in her native country of Spain but all over the world as audiences discover the critically acclaimed Atresmedia/HBO Max series Veneno, about the life of Spanish trans TV personality La Veneno.

In the series, Cristina Ortiz plays the titular role, while Paca la Piraña, La Veneno’s real-life best friend, plays herself. The limited series was based on the memoir by journalist Valeria Vegas, Not a Whore, Not a Saint: The Memories of La Veneno. It premiered stateside on HBO Max back in November to rave reviews.

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Paca’s breakout performance made her such a fan favorite that she then starred in her own digital miniseries for Atresplayer Premium, Paca la Piraña, ¿dígame?, where she doles out advice to viewers.

Paca recently made an appearance on La ruleta de la fortuna (the Spanish version of Wheel of Fortune), solving the puzzle for “Presentadora de Drag Race España,” guessing Supremme de Luxe. It was also revealed that Paca would be making an appearance as a guest judge on Drag Race España, joining her Veneno collaborators Los Javis.

Previously, it was announced that Spanish drag legend Supremme de Luxe would be hosting Drag Race España, the latest international version of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The judges joining Supremme on the panel will be fashion designer Ana Locking and Veneno co-creators Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi (collectively known as Los Javis), who will be rotating judges on the competition series.

“[Paca] has become a huge star in Spain now, viewers really fell in love with her,” Los Javis told EW last year. “We are proud to be able to highlight what a beautiful and talented person she is.

Like Drag Race Holland and RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K., the Espanõl extravaganza will stream exclusively on WOW Presents Plus in the U.S. and other international markets, day-and-date with the Spanish airing on ATRESplayer PREMIUM.

“It is such an honor to welcome Spain to the Drag Race family, partner with Atres, and bring the fierce fabulous glamour of Spanish queens to new audiences around the world on WOW Presents Plus,” said World of Wonder co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey in a statement. “In these dark and challenging times, we believe people need Drag Race’s joy, laughter, and heart now more than ever.”

The show’s queens and premiere date — it’s set to debut later this year — will be RuVealed in the coming months, but we better see a La Veneno-inspired runway challenge!

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