‘Queer Eye’ Cast on Wedding Plans, Dealing With Haters & More! | In Studio With THR


(uptempo drum music) – Hey everyone, welcome to In Studio. We have a very special
episode for you today because we have the Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye in the house. So excited, how’s it going guys? – Great. – Thank you for having us.
– Yeah, yeah. Okay, so I hear
congratulations are in order because somebody from
this group got engaged. – Ah, that’s me! (clapping) I did, I got engaged. – I can’t believe you proposed
to me, that’s so exciting. – I know, I did, I did. It was actually supposed to be Jonathan that I was supposed to be proposing to. – I can’t believe you said no. – Can we just, can I
just say that that was the most beautiful, seamless, most well pulled off surprise after surprise – It was beautifully choreographed – I usually don’t want to
use the word choreograph for a proposal but it was
really impeccably done. – Earlier the news was
asking me, they’re like, “Do you think you’ll cry tonight?” And I’m like, “No, you know I won’t” and then fast forward
to pictures in the press yesterday with me literally
in the background going (sobbing) – I am happy that I did
accurately predict that. – Yes you did. – Because they were like, but I was like, “No, I think it will be
so much of a celebration.” I was like, “Karamo’s number
one objective in life is – [Everyone] “is to make people cry.” – It is, it is. – So I’m feeling like I probably will cry, I don’t want to get cocky and I did, so I thought that was I feel like I know you really well. – Thank you. – And Karamo got Ian, his
fiance’s family to be there to surprise them and – That was so cute when the mom – That was actually my favorite part. – I love you guys right now. – The look on his face
when he saw his mom. – It was probably the best
engagement I’ve ever seen. No joke. Truly so beautifully done. – Not to make this about me
but you’re in my Instastory engagement on your engagement (laughter) was through the roof. Like so many comments on my Instastory, they were like it was so well picked, and I did I saved all of it then I decided which ones it was really, I produced well on that, yeah (laughter) There’s so much beauty in that day. – I’m happy, this was a
special moment for me. We’ve been together for eight years. But to have my new family
be there when I’m also proposing to my new partner I mean you know it was like special it was like all my family
members coming together. So thank you guys for coming. – Thank you for making
it a little bit about me. – Exactly. – And I have a feeling he might
be tapping a couple of you guys to help with wedding
plans here and there. – I actually had a day
dream where we were ushers, and we were dressed up. – [Bobby] No you were
the flower girl, honey. – No, we were ushers. And we were dressed up as
like different characters from like our favorite movies. I was Satine from Moulin Rouge. (laughter) – I was Baby from Dirty Dancing. – I didn’t get to anyone else,
I was too obsessed with mine. – I’ve already started planning
the wedding in my mind. – Yes. Yes. – I love it. Now, you’re not the only ones
kinda hearing wedding bells. There’s someone from the Queer Eye family – Oh my god! – Tom! Tom just got married. Do you guys kinda have
some words for advice? Bobby, I’d love to hear
’cause you’re kind of been married the longest, correct? – Yes, 14 years. – We’d love to hear some advice for Tom. – Wow. – Some advice, well hmm. My advice for you guys is to
always respect each other. You know, also well, should I go here? – [Karamo] Communication, too! – Go there! – Don’t fart in front of each other. I’m sorry that is my golden
rule of a relationship. – I agree.
– That is so true. – That is my golden rule. – That is a wrong rule– – No no, we don’t, we’ve been together, well we haven’t been
together but (laughter) – You know what is so true about that? That is so
– Yes. – This is like this is words to live by I’ll tell you. Hip tip. That is like going to a
play and you see backstage. It ruins the illusion. – Thank you! – That is a lie! No no no. – Marriage? After marriage? – I still don’t fart. – My partner and I have been
together for eight years, and literally I have no problem with that. Why would I be hiding
something so natural? That makes no sense to me. You’ve been with him, you
haven’t been married to him, watch, when you’re married
you don’t want to fart in front of your partner. – I want him to bury his face in– – [Everyone] Ohhh!!! – Next question! ♪ Moving along, moving along. ♪ ♪ Sing a song to distract
from what just happened. ♪ – Let’s go back to, let’s talk about the show. – [Everyone] Yeah. – I’m so embarrassed. (laughter) – What has been the most
eye-opening response to the show? – Wow. I think it would be how people are saying they
are having these like, really cathartic moments. I don’t think any of us were
really expecting people to cry as much as they cried. Well I was kind of hoping, but I think that what’s been
the eye-opening experience and then also that it’s
bridging people together that normally would never come together. A lot of people felt divided are like, “Oh I see somebody for who they are now,” and was really special. – I think the biggest shock
to me has just been the amount of conservative people
who are watching the show. The amount of messages I’ve
gotten from pastors and churches who have told me that my
scene with Bobby Camp, the guy with the six kids, where I was talking about
how I used to pray everyday and beg and cry for God not
to make me gay and I still am, and so many religious
people have contacted me saying that I’ve completely
changed their view on homosexuality. That they realize now
that I was born that way and it wasn’t a choice. And that’s a big important thing to me. – For me it’s the fact that
so many people are using our show as a vehicle to
come out to their families. – Yes! – I’ve never, ever expected
how impactful that would be. But we’ve never had so many
people come up to us saying, “After watching your show, I
felt comfortable telling my parents I am a certain way.” – I had this amazing girl
in Iowa when I went to the LGBTQ kids Governor’s conference
there a few weeks ago, and this girl came up
to me with her phone, and she was like, “This
is my coming out post, “I’m going to say I’m with you, “And I’m going to do it right now.” – [Everyone] Aww. – I was like, “Okay girl.” And she did it. And then like I met
all these other people, and then she came back an
hour later and she’s like, “I’m getting so much support.” It was really, that was
like that’s amazing. – But what’s nice about
that, at least for me, that wasn’t the goal. Like that wasn’t why we had
that conversation with AJ. It was a very simple, very honest, private conversation, with cameras, that ended up affecting so many people, which I just think is a
testament to the universality of the show and why it’s
important to have these talks especially now. – You guys tackle a lot of social issues, was that the intention from the get-go or did that kind of naturally progress? – It wasn’t the intention, but for me, to have culturally relevant conversations was important, y’know. Each of us have a different comfort level of what we’re willing to talk about or what we want to talk about. But what we are good at is listening, and knowing that if the
hero wants to go somewhere, it’s our job to go there with them. So with the religion, with y’know, your cultural
background being Pakistani and Indian, with me and the police officer, it was like this moment
has presented itself, so we would do a disservice if we did not have a conversation while entertaining. – The original show was
much more light-hearted, and I think our intention at the beginning was just to kind of do that. And then when we got in there and we realized there are
so many polarizing topics right now, far left and far right, and we had the opportunity to
really bring people together, like us, kind of on the left, and people on the right in Atlanta, that you normally wouldn’t
see just sitting there having real conversations. And I think it humanized us, in a world right now where we
all don’t think of each other sometimes as humans. – I think the other thing,
speaking to that point, is that you, so much of the time when we get in arguments or disagreements with people that are on the other side, especially like on social
media where there’s like so much confrontation. We weren’t trying to change anyone, like that’s not the
intention to change anyone, it’s about meeting
people where they’re at, and every one of our heroes
met us where we’re at. So it’s kind of an
opportunity or an exercise in being like, just kind of accepting
someone for who they are. Like “I’m not trying to change you, “you’re not trying to change me. “We’re just finding commonalities “where we can both connect.” And then in my case it’s like, We all want to look a little
cuter and feel a little cuter, like I don’t need to know
that you’re a card carrying member of the NRA, like we’ll leave that for a different day. Let’s focus on a connected issue for now. – You know I heard you say on that topic that you guys are kind
of, people always ask you, “You’re judging my outfit right now.” – Yep. – And you guys are kind of
these judgmental people, but how you guys ended that quote is, “We find what’s beautiful about you, “and lift you up.” And that’s so important in America today. So thank you for doing that. It really stood out. So did you guys watch the original show? – [Everyone] Yeah.
– Of course we did. – Now, we were kinda doing the math trying to think some of you guys were teenagers, – I was 21, 22. – Were you guys out yet? Were you watching that? – No. – I was out. So I was on MTV’s Real
World at the time when Queer Eye came out. And so we were sort of
doing these parallel first openly gay black
guy and Queer Eye cast things together. And I remember the first
and only time I’ve ever won an award, hopefully not the only time, but the first time I won an award, I got the award and they
were like, “It’s a tie! “With Queer Eye!” And I was like (clapping) (laughter) And never at that point
did I think will I one day follow in their footsteps
even though I respect and love them so much. And to be here now, is pretty amazing. – I worked in multiple
furniture stores in New York years ago, that Queer Eye filmed in. So Thom Filicia was in there
filming with the heroes and I just remember
standing there watching him, never in a million years thinking that fast forward 15 years later I’d be taking his place. – What about you Ant? – It just seems like, it’s
crazy thinking about it, but I would watch the show with my, my sisters would watch it,
actually I wouldn’t watch it, I would like sort of pass
by and watch secretly because I still felt like this weird shame and kind of like engaging in it too much. And then I worked for Ted. For Ted Allen. For a couple of years. Which is like really bizarre, and when I look back now I keep on thinking, like am I completely delusional? Did I not have that thought? But I never really did and now it just kind of all makes sense, the way it’s all sort of fit together. – It’s like us. How we all fit together. – [Everyone] Yeah. (Karamo laughs) – Now Antoni I just want
to ask you something about people are not nice to
you on social media, kinda criticizing some of the recipes–
– What are you talking about? – Some of the recipes. Do you have a message to those haters? – Read the New York Times article maybe. – [Everyone] Yeah. – I think that it was a lot
of attention from the get-go and when you get a lot
of positive attention, it’s bound to sort of like go down, the way waves sort of work. And I just think that’s
part of the process. Honestly, I stay in my own lane. I also remember this
is not a cooking show. It’s not me trying to show
molecular gastronomy or sous vide eating to somebody who eats out of cans. It’s about showing what
works for that person and that’s what we’re there
to do to keep it simple. If I come up with something
super intimidating, then it’s a lost opportunity. It’s like bringing up politics
right when I meet somebody who has a Trump banner
in front of their house. I’m going to miss an
opportunity to actually connect on a really human, simple level. It’s about planting that seed and just trying to have
it grow from there. I’ll jerk off in my
cookbook with my skills so, I don’t need to do it
on the show, but thanks. – That’s the most shocking
I’ve ever been from anything you’ve ever said before. – No but it’s like, that’s like there’s a
place for everything. – What’s interesting about that is right before you that said that sentence, I was like, “Great answer.” – That’s exactly what I was thinking! – And then you said that I was like. – I was like what just happened? – To be fair, a lot of people forget that we shoot for five days
sometimes 12 hours a day. And it gets cut into 47- 48 minutes. – [Everyone] Yeah. – So all of us have these
long moments when we spend with the heroes. Antoni will cook meals with
them which show them so much. – Yeah like cross some scenes, and look at the background, there’s like three other
dishes and other components that didn’t even make it. Like I’m not even going to tackle that because again, it’s not what it’s about. But thank you. You’re absolutely right. – At the end of day, our show is about the transformation about
the guy, of our hero. Not what I’ve done for his house, not what Antoni taught him how to cook. It’s about showing the
transformation of how we’ve helped that guy
see how beautiful he is inside and out. And that’s where our editing time goes, is to the viewers to see him. – And also it’s like human nature, like you get five guys who are all passionate, and all good at what we do. And like everyone is living
for a little Queer Eye moment. Like, of course you’re going
to have that 7% of trolls that are going to like, y’know. And there’s like what are you doing with your day? (laughter) ‘Cause we out here doing this. What are you out there doing? Get off Twitter and the Gram and go do something with yourself. Is your mom not telling you
to get that ass of the couch? – Now I can’t let you guys
go, we’re running out of time, and not ask you about Season Two. What can you reveal? – I think Tan needs to tell us, tell us. – So if you love Season
One, which you did, you’re going to love
Season Two so much more. I love Season One but there’s
so much more diversity in Season Two. Straight out of the gate,
we start with a woman. We make over a woman, and people have been asking
for this through social media, ever since we launched the show. So we actually do take on our first woman and she is formidable.
– Amazing. – She is an incredible, incredible woman. You will fall in love with her. And also, we have our first trans guy. So there’s so much to look
forward to this season. Honestly, I think everybody
at home is gonna love it. – That’s amazing. I actually am so glad that
you answered that question, I hear you have a great American accent. – Oh my gosh, yeah. – What are you having
for lunch today, Tan? – Okay, I’m gonna have a burger, and then I’m going to Starbucks, I’d like a Venti coldbrew. And I work at Neflix. – I just want to let you
know that no one sounds Oh I do sound like that. You’re right. (laughter) I was gonna say, “People in
America do not sound like that.” – What’s really amazing is
that people don’t realize that Tan and I actually
come from the same place. And I took an accent removal course. – And I took my accent removal course. – And so we both come from Doncaster but we don’t really
talk about it too much, ’cause we don’t wanna
like go against the story that we’ve told. – At some point over the next few years, he’s known me for a year, and he still can’t pronounce– – Dan-caster! – It’s Don-caster. – No, no it’s Dahn-caster. – Thank you Dahn-caster. – That’s actually exactly
what I’ve said, Tan. I’m so sick of you always saying things about my accent, Tannie. – Stop it. This is the first
time I’ve ever gonna say this, ’cause Jonathan ordinarily would kill me. The person who does really good
British accent on this show, is not him, it’s him.
– It’s me. Hold on, you think it’s me. It’s me. – You are so lucky you did that on camera. – I know that, that’s why I waited! – Cut the tape, cut the tape. – This about to get real. – This interview is over and
we’re gonna be in the hallway in a few seconds. – It was so lovely knowing all of you. He’s going to kill me. – I hope that was worth it. I hope that was worth it, Tan. I hope that was worth it. Thanks for having us. (laughter) – I do have a question for you. – Sure! – I wanted to ask you– – How do I put up with
this constant verbal abuse? – Yes! – I don’t know. I’m honestly a saint. – I’ve been dying to ask
you this ’cause honestly, you speak in gifs. Like you are hilarious. – And beautiful brilliant
accents, I appreciate it. But that’s fine! It’s fine! It’s- Tan, it’s fine. It’s fine. It’s totally fine. I don’t want you to freak out. – It’s gonna be a dark day for all of us. – Tan. Don’t worry. This is not as bad as a time, – I’ve never been so worried. – It’s not as bad. You’re fine. – [Antoni] You had a question did you? – Tell me about your question. – Well I was going to ask you,
– I don’t want you to worry. – Were you always so outspoken? Or is that something you developed? – Oh, she misspoke. Have you always been so frustrating? (laughter) Or is it something you developed? – Oh it’s starting here. It’s not starting when the camera, we’re doing this now aren’t we? This is where we’re at. – Let this be known as the day
where the Fab 5 fell apart. – As you can see they
always have a good time. – No, I’ve always been very outspoken and very much um.. I’ve always been very outspoken and very much like, you know
willing to live in this lane. – Yeah. – Yeah. – Amazing. Guys thank you
so much for joining us. – Thank you for having us.
– It was so much fun. I have so many questions
we didn’t even ask because I mean, I could just
talk to you guys forever. Thank you so much and make
sure to catch Queer Eye on Netflix. – Don’t kill me Jonathan Van Ness. – Season Two. (laughter)

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