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“Heroes.” That’s what executive producer David Collins calls the men being made over in each episode of “Queer Eye.” But it’s hard not to think of Collins himself, along with his new Fab Five, in a heroic context.

The Netflix-fueled return of the series, originally produced by Collins for Bravo in 2003, spotlights the talents of five experts who also happen to be gay — Bobby Berk (Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Tan France (Fashion), Antoni Porowski (Food), and Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming).

“And the amount of fear there, I knew there was an opportunity to lean in, and I couldn’t be happier than I did.” Collins said, “They had a weird bond instantaneously, these guys, and they all kind of locked hands, from what they’ve told me.

I stood up in front of the big group and gave my rah-rah speech to the forty finalists, and the five of them held hands during that and said ‘Boys, let’s do this.'” When asked about that moment, Van Ness laughed.

I know that sounds really lame, but those moments, that conversation allowed me to be open and allowed him to open up as well…[Now], we get to see that Karamo is a father of two, Tan’s a Muslim man married to a Mormon cowboy.And Bobby’s been married for almost fifteen years now.” Collins described the search for his new Fab Five as a quest for finding a similar chemistry to his original cast from the 2003 series.For starters, it feels possible to be more open about the Fab Five’s personal lives: “We’ve evolved in a big way,” Collins said.“If you think about the fact that our original Fab Five [didn’t use] word ‘my husband’ or ‘my boyfriend’ or ‘my kids’ — America was not ready to handle that.“Other shows might’ve been, ‘It’s a make-better show, you’re gay, just talk about that,'” he added.

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