'Queer Eye' star Antoni Porowski talks season 2, underwear and his weekly ritual with Jonathan Van Ness

Since premiering on Netflix back in February, the new incarnation of "Queer Eye" has been, well, everywhere.

In addition to touting the likes of Gigi Hadid, Chrissy Teigen and Eva Chen as diehard fans, the Fab Five has been meme'd ("Can you believe?"), sparked important conversations around self-care and gun violence and coming out and even faced a misguided barrage of criticism ("Can Antoni Cook?"). And, with the recent announcement that Netflix has renewed "Queer Eye" for a second season (that has already been filmed!), the public should buckle up for even more of these fabulous men.

AOL Entertainment recently caught up with food and wine expert Antoni Porowski to talk about navigating his newfound fame alongside the rest of the Fab Five, his new #VouchForThePouch campaign with Hanes and whether or not we can expect any changes in season 2 of "Queer Eye."

Check out our full conversation with Antoni Porowski below:

Congratulations on the success of "Queer Eye"! It’s been so fun to watch it really catch fire over the past two months, which isn’t easy to do when there’s so much content out there.

I really appreciate that. To be honest, as much has I believe in the show and am behind it, I thought it would be more of an homage show and sort of a flashback to the original. It’s taken on its own voice, though, and I think it’s come out at the perfect time. I’m so excited.

What I’ve also loved is how much you and the rest of the Fab Five have been supporting one another, which is something that I chatted with Jonathan about when he came in last month. How nice has it been to have four other people to navigate this newfound fame with?

It’s definitely a bit of a camp syndrome where you’re forced into this weird environment and make best friends overnight. Since you brought up Jonathan, we’ve become fast friends and we actually have developed this sort of Wednesday ritual where we spend the whole day together, work out and judge each other’s Instagram photos. [Laughs] It’s fun to have them to go through it with. My boyfriend is incredibly supportive, but to have them they know exactly what it’s like to go through this is great. It’s nice to have them on speed dial and in a group chat where we can tell each other that we’re overwhelmed or whatever we’re feeling that day. It’s nice.

It’s nice that you and Jonathan have developed that routine! That’s pretty rare to be able to maintain something like that.

Yeah, he’s my workout buddy! And then we go to a museum together and do other activities and then we prepare a meal for my boyfriend Joey, and we have our little family day. As Jonathan says, he’s a bicoastal baby! I’m convinced he’s going to move here, and I’m trying to make it happen. New York will be better for it.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Chef Antoni Porowski collaborates with Silk to celebrate Bike to Work Week, giving New Yorkers free bikes, coffee and smoothies made with Silk to champion small steps toward a healthier lifestyle on May 16, 2018 in New York City. #ProgressIsPerfection #LoveMySilk (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Silk)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 09: Antoni Porowski attends Karamo Brown's engagement party at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on May 9, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Antoni Porowski attends the Netflix FYSee Kick Off Party at Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Netflix)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: (L-R) Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness attend the Netflix FYSEE Kick-Off at Netflix FYSEE at Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Antoni Porowski and Joey Krietemeyer attend City Harvest's 35th Anniversary Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for City Harvest)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Antoni Porowski attends The Center Dinner 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Antoni Porowski attends the 15th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares Fashion Show and Fundraiser at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on April 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: (L-R) Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, and Bobby Berk of Queer Eye attend the 10th Annual Shorty Awards at PlayStation Theater on April 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Antoni Porowski attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Tan France, and Antoni Porowski attend the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Antoni Porowski attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown attend the after party for the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at the Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Antoni Porowski and guest attend the after party for the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at the Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: TV personalities (L-R) Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness visit Build Series to discuss TV series 'Queer Eye' at Build Studio on January 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk and Karamo Brown visit SiriusXM to talk about the 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' reboot at SiriusXM Studios on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Antoni Porowski visits SiriusXM to talk about the 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' reboot at SiriusXM Studios on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski and Bobby Berk from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy with Andy Cohen visit the Talk Andy show at SiriusXM Studios on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Television personalities Jonathan van Ness and Antoni Porowski (R) attend the Marcel Ostertag front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Marcel Ostertag)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Antoni Porowski attends New York Knicks Vs Orlando Magic game at Madison Square Garden on April 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
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You also have this growing new platform that has brought you a ton of new opportunities and brand partnerships, like this one that you have with Hanes. Talk to me about this collaboration and why it felt right.

We waited a little bit, but I’m very impatient and I want to do everything all at once. At the same time -- and this is a bit of a contradiction -- but I’m definitely more about quality over quantity. On the show, I try to be as authentic and honest as I can. If I’m not myself, it’s a missed opportunity for the hero. Tying that into my social media [collaborations] with partnerships and brands, I only want to promote brands that I’m passionate about. When Hanes came up with the possibility of a collaboration, I was super excited because I’m very loyal with my brands -- and I wear very few -- but I think of the Hanes as being the epitome of iconic American underwear, and they told me about the Comfort Flex Fit boxer briefs -- try to say that five times fast! -- their newly adapted version that’s more roomy not as flat. You know what I mean, we don’t have to get into it. [Laughs] But they’re super comfortable.

My parents were European, so I was raised wearing classic briefs, while Americans are more comfortable with boxer briefs. These feel like underwear, but leg portion a little longer so they don’t ride up. They’re not being promoted as activewear, but I’ve been benefiting from them that way. If you’re doing pilates on a reformer, you don’t want to have your full naked leg showing and they have a stretch fabric and hold really well. I workout once or twice a day sometimes, so I need something that dries really quickly. Also, the logo is really cool, too. My boyfriend, who is an art director, really loves it.

And, like you said, Hanes is such an iconic American brand, so it must feel validating that the company like that trusts you to represent them.

Right?! I didn’t even think of that until you mentioned it, but for them to be so open to working with me is amazing. I’ve lived in Montreal and New York, so I come from a multicultural, liberal bubble, and for them to want to have someone who is gay promote their underwear and t-shirts sends a really awesome, strong message.

Let’s talk season 2 of “Queer Eye” -- to say I'm excited would be a massive understatement.

We can actually talk about it now! It feels really nice. I had to stay quiet about it in interviews for a long time, so it’s lovely to be able to talk about.

And you guys already filmed it, so is it safe to assume that not much will change between the first and second seasons? Will it almost feel like an extension of season 1?

Yes and no. We’re going to continue with the same message we had in season 1, and we’ll be touching on a word that I brought up earlier, which is “inclusivity.” It’ll be a continued focus, but it’s an evolving word in season 2. I’ll leave it at that, though, because I don’t want to get in trouble, but also, exploring from a food perspective is all about helping the hero, however complex or simple their needs may be. In season  2, I had an opportunity to go into more of a cultural direction with food and exploring heroes’ roots and backgrounds this season. It’s really fun.

I learned a lot more in season 2 than I did in season 1, so I’m very excited for everyone to see it.

If you were to film new episodes tomorrow, would you change anything about the show?

Well, I would definitely take a thee-pack of Hanes Comfort Flex Fit boxer briefs! [Laughs] But, no, I think I would just focus more on really interacting with my cast mates and figuring out what’s best for the heroes -- which we did, but I want to do that even more. I want to learn more about what Jonathan, Bobby and everyone is doing with them and making it more of an integrated piece. I find that it’s the best when we work together.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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