Jonathan Van Ness on Pleasure, Queer Eye, and Grand Theft Auto

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 13: Jonathan Van Ness attends the 2023 GLAAD Media Awards at New York Hilton Midtown on May 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)

It appears that evidently Pleasure Month has rolled round sooner than we will wave our flags at. However away from the marches and the rainbow-themed magnificence buys that are donating to worthy LGBTQ+ causes, Jonathan Van Ness believes that Pleasure celebrations are on unchartered territory this 12 months.

“I believe I am unable to sugarcoat it, this Pleasure feels very totally different,” the “Queer Eye” star tells POPSUGAR. For a begin, the Illinois-raised hairstylist finds themselves in London, of all locations, and is having fun with all issues British; baked beans (that are “probably the most attractive little breakfast deal with,” says the JVN Hair founder), sticky toffee pudding, and the stifling heatwave.

“I actually really feel Prideful being in my backyard, hanging out with my cats, and blowing up some folks on GTA.”

However even flying nearly 5,000 miles from their dwelling in Texas, USA, onto the cobblestone streets of the UK means they can not escape the fact that individuals locally are presently going through. “It is attention-grabbing as a result of I believe being somebody who aligns myself with extra progressive values and the left, I need to guarantee that I really feel like Pleasure is every single day of each month, all 12 months round,” they clarify. “However it’s been bizarre that Pleasure has been co-opted by the correct and now we have simply cancelled Pleasure. It feels so intense.”

After all, Van Ness is referring to the way in which that right-wing activists have been concentrating on LGBTQ+ folks and boycotting companies that assist and rejoice Pleasure Month, in addition to the Anti-Trans and “Do not Say Homosexual” laws which has been rolled out within the US. “It feels very coordinated and in alignment with the laws on queer folks, so it does really feel actually totally different,” they add. “And Roe v. Wade and the top of nationwide entry to abortion and reproductive healthcare in the US is sort of the identical factor that [the government] did with loads of actually problematic points of American historical past. It feels actually regarding.”

And whereas their celebrations could be “totally different” this 12 months, they’re studying to beat the challenges in the easiest way that they understand how: by unleashing their frustration on “Grand Theft Auto” (GTA).

Those that have been within the viewers of Van Ness’s comedy reveals can be aware of their set on the motion and journey online game, with the hair skilled telling POPSUGAR: “On one half, we will completely rejoice and provides acknowledgement to our ancestors which have labored so exhausting to get us right here and have these alternatives.” They proceed: “I additionally assume at 36, celebrating Pleasure for me seems just a little totally different. I actually really feel Prideful, for me, being in my backyard, hanging out with my cats, and blowing up some folks on GTA. Simply being at dwelling and being in a secure house, GTA has additionally been an intensive supply of therapeutic for me.”

We will not talk about Van Ness’s journey with out paying our dues to the fact present reboot of “Queer Eye”. Van Ness, alongside the rest of the “Fab 5”, Karamo Brown, Tan France – who not too long ago welcomed his second child –, Antoni Porowski, and Bobby Berk, who serve these in want with a heartfelt makeover, and a critical dose of feel-good vibes.

Amid every of the member’s private initiatives, together with Van Ness’s newest launch of their Embody Volumizing Foam at JVN Hair, the gang have come collectively to see season 7 of the Netflix by means of.

“It was exhausting, and I believe it is gotten tougher each season as a result of there’s extra issues that like we’re all balancing, as a result of Queer Eye clearly comes first once we’re taking pictures. Queer Eye simply has to come back first,” says Van Ness. “I really like that half, and I additionally love attending to see the boys, and we have all simply grown up collectively on this present and thru this expertise. However it’s loads to steadiness.”

One factor is for certain, if there’s anybody who can handle being the spine of each comedic aid and activism throughout a time when LGBTQ+ rights are in jeopardy, and having good hair, it is Jonathan Van Ness.

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