Is it possible that our love for Derry Girls’ Nicola Coughlin and Louisa Harland could grow anymore but it continues to do so as a clip emerges of them very sneakily proving their Ms Vanjie stan status.
Last year, the pair along with the other Derry Girls appeared in a Celebrity Special of Crystal Maze, a tv show where teams of five celebrity contestants, take on a host of skill, physical, mental and mystery challenges, in the hope of winning crystals that can be exchanged for time in the iconic Crystal Dome to raise funds for Stand Up To Cancer.
As well as taking on these challenges, Nicola and Louise set themselves a secret challenge to slip in ‘Vanjie’.
Ms Vanjie, who sadly made her exit in the latest episode season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and it was almost, if not more, iconic than her first exit.
As in Vaaaaanjie, Ms Vaaaaaanjie and the way they managed to slide it in was iconic.
Ok @VanessaVanjie my friend @louisa_harland and I love you and our main aim on this v famous quiz show called @CrystalMazeHQ was to slip in ‘Vanjie’ and…we won the challenge
Also we’re on a @netflix show called Derry Girls so if you wanna watch that it would be cool ok love u pic.twitter.com/h90gKBSGCA
— Nicola Coughlan (@nicolacoughlan) May 22, 2019
Nicola tweeted saying that this was actually their main aim in taking part in the competition.
One of the challenges was to put pieces of a shell in the correct order and Louisa made short work of the challenge. As she is completing the task, Nicola shouts in “Louisa the safe word is Vanjie.”
Louise responds saying “Ms Vaaaaaanjie.”
Nicola, who plays Clare in Derry Girls, is well known for her love of all things Drag Race and has been a vocal supporter of LGBT+ rights, lending her voice most notably for reproductive rights and marriage equality in Northern Ireland.
The final episode of series one of Derry Girls saw Nicola’s character, Clare, come out to her school pals.
Coughlan told Radio Times that she knew from the very beginning that her character was gay, even if her co-stars didn’t.
“For me, it was always part of her because I had known when I got the character briefing,” she says. “I knew Clare was gay, but I didn’t realise the others didn’t know. It was not intentional that I was keeping it from them, but I’d known for six months that Clare was gay, and then the others found out.”
Needless to say, we stan this icon who has proved herself to be anything but a craic killer!
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