As the Netflix reality show returns, its stars descend on the rural Australian town of Yass to record a mini episode and explain the secrets of their enormous success
Jonathan Van Ness screams – and then starts crying. The Queer Eye star is sitting in a car on a cattle farm in the rural Australian town of Yass, New South Wales. As the tears stream down his face, he begins filming himself on his phone.
“I just found out Michelle Kwan followed me on Instagram and lost my mind,” he tells his followers – close to a million of them on the social network, the latest of whom is the retired Olympian figure skater.
His co-star Karamo Brown pops his head into frame: “Oh, Michelle,” he coos, tenderly rubbing his friend’s arm. “You made our baby’s dream come true!”
The resulting post, which has had almost 1m views at the time of writing, is solid Queer Eye content, encapsulating not only what fans of the reality show love about Van Ness (his inexhaustible extravagance), but also the whole cast’s feelgood earnestness, the joy they take in each other and their eagerness to play up every charming moment and send it straight to social media.
Van Ness (31, the grooming expert), Brown (37, culture), Antoni Porowski (34, food), Bobby Berk (36, design) and Tan France (35, fashion) are in Yass to film a mini webisode to promote the second series of Queer Eye, in which they make over a local farmer, George, and a pub. The location was selected thanks to the pun: as Van Ness explains to the taciturn George: “‘Yas queen’ is a major slogan for the gays and the brunch-going ladies of the world.”
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