8List.ph had the amazing opportunity to talk to “Queer Eye’s” Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, and Antoni Porowski about the new season, their friendship, and how the show has changed their lives.
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Queer Eye, with all its charm and craziness, has become a well-loved show. Season after season, we bear witness to lives being changed, houses being renovated, and self-love being fostered in every household they visit. And at the helm of it all were the Fab Five — Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Antoni Porowski — collectively loud, proud, and fabulous.
With the premiere of Queer Eye Season 3 on Netflix, most of us quickly binge-watched all episodes in one sitting to become reacquainted to the things we missed, like Tan’s French Tuck and Jonathan’s peppy personality, and also to be introduced to new things, like the newest Fab Five Furbaby Bruley and Antoni’s chiseled physique. But some things stayed the same: we laughed, we cried, and we learned to love ourselves a little better.
“What shows [on Season 3] is a lot of our funny little quirks and just sort of our chemistry. I think it’s not just learning from each other but it’s more about being more comfortable around each other.”
But it’s not only the heroes’ lives we got to witness being changed. We saw the change in the Fab Five’s own friendship from the very first episode of Season 3. You can tell how much it has evolved to the point where they’re much more open, outspoken, and comfortable with one another.
“There’s a big difference between Season 1 and Season 2 and then Season 3 because Season 1 and Season 2 were filmed at the same time,” Tan tells 8List.ph in a phone interview. “I think the biggest difference is the fact that we all know each other so well. Our timing is so different because we actually know each other, we’ve known each other for all those two years—rather, three years now.”
“We’ve been through a lot but we learned from each other the more time we spend together,” Antoni chimes in. “What shows [on Season 3] is a lot of our funny little quirks and just sort of our chemistry. I think it’s not just learning from each other but it’s more about being more comfortable around each other […] having spent so much more time together now ‘cause we’ve traveled together at all these different countries doing press, filming more episodes… so we’ve gotten so much closer and I think that there is more of a comfort there and we’re more able to be ourselves.”
Naturally, even with the millions of people globally who are obsessed with Queer Eye and the Fab Five, there are those who are not quite as impressed with what the show offers.
However, no matter what your opinion on the show or on the members may be, Jonathan reminds us all that it’s not about whether you like the content of the show or not; it’s about the feeling you get from watching lives being uplifted from the kindness of five strangers.
“I would say that, you know, there are so many things that we can be kind of discouraged about and feel upset about. I think that both the United States and the Philippines are going through all sorts of things that a lot of people are really upset about and it’s nice to be able to have 45 minutes where people are getting along and they’re working towards something together and they’re finding common ground as opposed to fighting with each other. And I think that is a refreshing tonic for the kind of climate that we’re all in, really, all over the world.”
It’s nice to be able to have 45 minutes where people are getting along and they’re working towards something together and they’re finding common ground as opposed to fighting with each other.
Queer Eye Season 3 is now airing on Netflix. Stream it here!
Special thanks to Netflix Philippines.
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