Catching Up With 1 Girl 5 Gays
By Shane Michael Singh
Or to just not answer. Juan's guilty of that.
Juan: I figured I'm going to be the Sophia Petrillo or the Joy Behar of the show -- so when I don't want to answer a question I'll just throw in a random funny comment.
On the opposite end, Matt gets a lot of flack for what he does say -- especially in season one when he would defend his abusive relationship and be accused of lying on the show.
Matt: I assume all responsibility of what does come out of my mouth, but it definitely does something to me when we're all sitting down there with the lights and the cameras. Everything just pours out of my mouth like word vomit and I can't stop.
David: People talk about Matt being young and we have to forgive him for some of the things he's said.
Matt: It's not like, 'Oh God, I need to answer this properly.' It's 'I need to give my actual honest answer to every question.
Juan: I like Barker, but once he talked about how much he liked bareback sex. We do need to remember who is watching this show and we cannot be saying that bareback sex is OK on TV.
Is it ever embarrassing to have to answer such outrageous questions about sex? Especially if you know your parents, boyfriends or family will be watching.
David: Every episode there's a question where we'll just burst out laughing. Once there was something along the lines of whether I've ever had a foreign object inside of me. I walked away shaking my head thinking, 'Oh God' my parents are going to see this!'
Juan: I just tell my parents not to watch the show, which is easy when your mom lives in Mexico.
David: That's always in my head: my dad and my mom sitting on the couch watching the show with their finger on the big old mute button.
JP: But if I'm censoring myself it's because I'm censoring myself because of what I want to share. It's about my boundaries.
Everyone's bound to have an outrageous or unpopular answer every now and then. Do you worry about the potential backlash?
Matt: I've actually gotten a lot from family, my sister especially, I've called her a bitch and it really impacted our relationship. She didn't speak to me for weeks and my family was on top of me to be censored when it comes to them.
David: I'm always worried about negative backlash.
Dean: In general, anybody can get an idea of what you're like based on what you talk about on the show, and I don't think that's always accurate, but it's not regrettable.
Not always accurate because' ?
Matt: I totally don't come off the same way I am in real life.
Dean: It's such a reality TV clich' to be like, "Oh, that's editing, that's editing."
David: The beauty of the show is that the producers want us to be as real as possible. There's no sneaky editing. It's as close to real life as we can get it.
Dean: Ultimately the things that you say' that's you.
Matt: Yeah' but I'm definitely not as dumb as it seems on the show.
It's safe to say the show still maintains cult status, but it is on its way up. Earlier this year the show was nominated for Logo's NewNextNow award. You're gaining more fans on Facebook and more followers on
Twitter every day. What's it like becoming a celebrity?
Matt: You can't even be on the subway right now without getting noticed, and people just stare and it's awkward' but I love it.
Juan: People on the street are like, 'Oh my god, I can't believe you go to Starbucks!' And one night I was leaving work and riding the subway and these two girls were like 'I can't believe you ride the subway!' It's like' I'm leaving work right now. The only thing that's changed is I'm now addicted to Twitter.
Matt: I feel like we're a big band of Jonas brothers.