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The Queer Eye Cast Opens Up About First Meeting Each Other & What the Future Holds

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Six seasons in, and the cast of Queer Eye is still just as fabulous as ever!

Just a few weeks ago, viewers watched the beloved fivesome from Netflix's popular reality makeover series take on the city of Austin for their Texas-sized sixth season. Out caught up with the group to rehash filming memories, what their first impressions of each other were, and much, much more!

We all love a good makeover — this season is the era of “the glow up” after all —but it’s safe to say that the Fab 5 go far beyond decluttering spaces and reviving dull haircuts. With Antoni Porowski covering food and wine, Bobby Berk on interior design, Karamo Brown taking culture and lifestyle, Tan France revamping fashion, and Jonathan Van Ness doing all of the grooming (and then some, honey), the group leaves little left untouched. Even so, their roles go even further than meets the (queer) eye.

“I care about style, of course, but I always know that that’s the least of my concerns,” France says.“I want to know that whatever we’re talking about impacts somebody at home. As somebody who didn’t see a version of themselves represented on TV at all, I’m hyper-aware, when I’m on our show, that my words matter.”

Consistently bringing a refreshing level of authenticity to the screen, viewers might be surprised to learn that that act didn’t always come naturally. (Let’s just say authenticity didn’t ooze out as seamlessly as, perhaps, JVN haircare.)    

“I definitely had my guard up,” Porowski shared, reflecting back on the first season of the series. “I made a decision that I failed at miserably, that I was not going to share about my personal life at all.”

“But when you realize that...these are real human beings who are sharing their stories of vulnerability...we have a responsibility to be able to give back that exact same thing and then some.”

When asked about their initial chemistry, off-screen, well...Van Ness’ response says it all.

“Tan thought I was too sexy and too threatening because I was so sexy when he first met me,” JVN recalls. “So he talked sh*t about me in his memoir.”

“I didn’t read that part in the memoir,” Porowski jokes. “Interesting.”

A clear camaraderie between the group, Berk brings the bunch back to unison.

“I would say by day two [of the casting process], the five of us had kind of morphed into this little group,” he shares. “It worked.”

Now, six seasons in, the Fab 5 is looking ahead at new projects that are well underway. Van Ness, in particular, has their own Netflix show, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, premiering on January 28.

“It’s an exploration of all things that I’m curious about,” they say, before Porowski quickly adds, “It’s so funny, deeply informative and I think it’s just a really wonderful insight into JVN’s inherent curiosity.”

You can watch Queer Eye and Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness on Netflix!

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