Jennifer Saunders, the creator and star of the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, says that she was startled the first time she saw a drag impersonation of her character.

After years off the small screen, Edina (played by Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are back in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, which opens July 22 in the United States.

“The first time we saw our drag doubles was startling!” she told told Michigan gay weekly PrideSource. “Because you realize quite how small we are, and short and insignificant, when you're standing next to your drag doubles. They're more glamorous than we could even hope to be!”

“And occasionally with a beard!” Lumley added.

Saunders noted that impersonations of Patsy she saw during London Pride “were very well dressed,” compared to previous imitations which tended to be “kind of trashy dressing.”

“I think Patsys are becoming better dressed, and that's quite important for Patsy, because you've gotta start off looking good, like you've got somewhere to go. … By the end of the night, you can be … literally spread eagle.”

Saunders added that “everything's gotta be too small” on Edina.

“Wear shoes that literally hobble you and costumes that strangle you,” she advised. “Remember that Eddy has never woken and not been marked by her clothing. She's always marked – elasticated marks everywhere on her body from her clothes.”