Can you believe?
In a year full of Marvel mayhem and Game of Thrones anticipation, it can be hard to remember that Queer Eye Season 1 just came out this past February. Fresh off of three Emmy wins and the release of a surprise Season 2, the Fab Five have even more planned for the last few months of their jam-packed 2018.
Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness collaborated with reporter Monica Corcoran Harel to create QUEER EYE: Love Yourself, Love Your Life—a lifestyle book that Van Ness promises covers how to “break up with your hairdresser” and Porowski assures gives “a general guide” on how each of the five live their lives.
In honor of their new book (out November 13) we did a rapid-fire Q&A with the Fab Five on a few projects they didn’t create. From Lena Dunham on the Iron Throne to not getting the totally deserved call to collaborate on Netflix’s Dogs, here are a whole bunch of Fab Five opinions you knew you wanted, but didn’t know you needed.
Who is the best dressed/best groomed Avenger?
Antoni Porowski: I would say Iron Man just because his apartment has all kinds of awesome, really cool mid century French modern pieces. And he has amazing suits. He has really nice Brioni suits I think.
Tan France: Chris Hemsworth! Because his hair is nice, his skin’s nice.
Bobby Berk: His body is nice.
AP: The new Spider-Man as well. He’s got really great style.
TF: Yeah! Tom Holland.
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Aside from Queer Eye, which show or movie has been the best of 2018 so far?
Jonathan Van Ness: Probably the Olympics from this year. Olympic figure skating was just a battle of the titans. You had Zagitova and Medvedeva battle to the gold. It made us laugh, it made us cry.
“It was depicted in a really lovely way by super talented actors. Even Nicole Kidman’s wig.”
AP: Bobby and I were lucky enough to see a preview of Boy Erased and we were really touched by the story of conversion therapy. I didn’t realize how prevalent it was. It is still going on. It is still heavily funded. It is still very popular among certain groups of people. It was really concerning and really eye-opening.
It was depicted in a really lovely way by super talented actors. Even Nicole Kidman’s wig. It’s a wonderful, wonderful film. She has a great performance.
TF: I think Season 2 of The Crown came out in 2018. It is my favorite show. I think Claire Foy is a national treasure.
AP: I’m also really excited because, I don’t know if you saw, but there is a documentary coming out on Netflix about dogs. It’s called Dogs and it’s about dogs.
And there is like a Pixar (sic) movie coming out about Corgis? Which I’m very excited for.
Who do you think is ending up on the Iron Throne?
JVN: I feel like it’s going to be just like really out of right field. No one ever saw it coming. Like that Lena Dunham lookalike. I think that lady from that Iron… the Iron…?
AP: What about the big guy who saves the really pretty little girl and then was like in the convent with all the other grays?
BB: It’s the Lena Dunham girl. It’s the Iron Islands woman.
What are your Hogwarts houses?
TF: I’ve never even seen Harry Potter.
BB: I haven’t seen Harry Potter.
JVN: Wait, wait! Karamo! Somebody said based on our outfits for the Emmys that we looked like certain ones.
Karamo Brown: Oh, that we were… Gryffindor and Hufflepuff?
JVN: No, Slytherin.
KB: We were Gryffindor and Dumbledore?
JVN: We’re so connected with pop culture. We’re really on the pulse.
AP: We have no idea what’s going on.
If you could cameo or collaborate on any other project, what would you pick?
“I’m kind of disappointed Netflix didn’t contact me to narrate the Dogs documentary.”
JVN: I would help US Gymnastics get a clue. I would be so dedicated. I would be their hype-man. I would get their form together. US Gymnastics!
BB: I want to do something on Broadway.
JVN: Oh, I would love you on Broadway! I love that!
AP: I’m kind of disappointed Netflix didn’t contact me to narrate the Dogs documentary. I feel like it would have been a really organic fit and I think it was a really missed opportunity on their end. It’s kind of unfortunate.
TF: I want to go on as a contestant on The Great British Baking Show.
JVN: Also, just to put it out there… To get to be a contestant on The Price Is Right and get Plinko, win your Showcase Showdown, and make it in the around the world Showcase Showdown challenge would also be something that I would live for.
AP: And I just found out that that show still exists.
JVN: It does. It’s so good!
In light of Antoni’s Patrick Bateman impression, which horror icons are your favorites?
AP: I’m actually terrified of horror films. I don’t understand why anyone would want to intentionally be scared.
TF: Stop, stop, stop, stop.
“Speaking of blondes, the mom from The Exorcist, the original Exorcist. I love that.”
AP: Tan loves horror films. For me, I think… I’d love to go in like a really crowded space basically dressed as Jason. Or anything with a mask.
JVN: For me, it’s Drew Barrymore in Scream. I just love that iconic character and she’s got that strong blonde fringe. I wanna scream.
TF: Speaking of blondes, the mom from The Exorcist, the original Exorcist. I love that.
BB: I don’t think… I’ve ever seen a horror movie.
AP: I don’t like evil stuff!
KB: Oh, It. Pennywise, the clown. That’s all.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
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