Queer Eye cast talks makeovers, 'gorgeous trees' and 'fierce and fearless' Jacinda Ardern

One of the biggest and most binge-worthy shows on the planet right now, Queer Eye, is back for its fourth season (let's get a 'Yaaaaas, Queen').

The popular show is a reboot of the beloved makeover show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which ran from 2003 to 2007. 

Queer Eye's fab five help everyday Americans get back on their feet, touching on everything from LGBTQI+ rights to making the best farm-to-table guacamole. 

Jonathan van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown and Tan France joined The Project live from New York on Thursday night (NZ time) - much to the delight of Kanoa Lloyd and Justine Smith.

Tan France was quick to admit the popularity of the makeover show had greatly impacted their lives.

"Our lives have changed a lot," Tan France admits. "People feel connected to us, it gives us the opportunity to really help people, especially in our communities."

Fangirl Kanoa Lloyd couldn't help gushing to the hosts, assuring she loved them "ten-times more" after proclaiming her love for the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

"I definitely felt they were huge shoes to fill," Jonathan van Ness confessed when asked about the daunting process of rebooting the beloved original. "I felt the pressure of wanting to do the show justice."

Queer Eye has been making an effort to touch on heavier topics. The newest episode takes a gunshot victim to meet his attacker.

"We've been taking on weightier topics since season one," says Karamo Brown.

"We [featured] a police officer as one of our heroes... we discussed police brutality, adoption, religion... we like to show people how to really grow as an individual."

Jonathan van Ness had his own fangirl moment when Justine Smith revealed she is Facebook friends with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

After a moment of confusion as to whether baby Neve was actually born ("Isn't she on maternity leave?") van Ness launched into a stream of admiration.

"She's the youngest Prime Minister, she's really fierce, she's really incredible, she's a really fearless leader, she's just amazing," he gushed.

When asked about his love for the country, it was apparent that New Zealand leaves van Ness speechless.

"There's incredible natural resources... and there's gorgeous trees..."

"And hokey pokey ice-cream," Berk said, who clearly has his priorities straight. 

Watch the full interview above.


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