'Queer Eye's Antoni and Tan explain how fame has changed filming the show

Though the stars of "Queer Eye" "don't want" the upcoming third season of their Netflix hit to be a "major departure" from the previous two seasons, the cast's skyrocketing fame has undoubtedly affected the show.

Antoni Porowski and Tan France, two of the Fab Five, explained that their increased notoriety creates different reactions between them and the so-called "heroes" being made-over on "Queer Eye," but they've made a conscious effort during filming this summer to take steps to combat that change.

"For the most part, they’ve seen the show and know what it is," Antoni told AOL's Gibson Johns during a recent sit-down on behalf of Excedrin. "Fans of the show approach it in many different ways: Some are just really excited and have a personal story to share about, like, their little brother who came out to their parents after seeing the A.J. episode, which f-cking pulls at your heart and makes you want to snot cry. And then there are people who get very afraid, because there’s this weird phenomenon where people get scared with people that are public and you stop them in their tracks."

Tan added that it's not just their newfound "celebrity" titles that have altered the show, either: It's also the popularity of the show itself, which is available to stream on Netflix in countries all around the world. The idea of being watched by millions of people across the globe isn't always lost on the show's subjects.

"Some of them also realize how big the show is globally," he explained to us. "It was a very different experience last year, where they thought, 'Maybe nobody will watch this.' Now, they know that people are watching and they walk into this room with us and realize, ‘Oh sh-t, these cameras don’t just mean five people in the room -- they means millions are watching.'"

46 PHOTOS
'Queer Eye' star Antoni Porowski
See Gallery
'Queer Eye' star Antoni Porowski
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 30: TV personality Antoni Porowski attends the 2019 City Harvest Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 30: Chrissy Teigen and Antoni Porowski speak onstage at City Harvest: The 2019 Gala on April 30, 2019 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for City Harvest)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 29: Antoni Porowski (L) and Karamo Brown attend the "Gay Chorus Deep South" screening during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 24: Antoni Porowski as Boursin and Antoni Porowski Host Farm Fresh Fete Entertaining Evening at a Private Residence on April 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Erik Voake/Getty Images for Boursin Cheese)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 4: Tan France, left, and Antoni Porowski from the Netflix series Queer Eye, are seen outside the Capitol after meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday, April 4, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 03: Cast members of "Queer Eye" (left-right) Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness at The Library of Congress on April 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images for Netflix)
NEW YORK - APRIL 1: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guests Johnathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk and Tan France during Monday's April 1, 2019 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 28: Antoni Porowski attends the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 28, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Antoni Porowski -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Antoni Porowski and Sonja Morgan -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Cast from Netflix series "Queer Eye", Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Karamo Brown visit the SiriusXM Studios on March 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, March 18, included Mandy Moore ("This Is Us"), Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown & Tan France ("Queer Eye"), and musical guest Dean Lewis. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) KARAMO BROWN, ANTONI POROWSKI, TAN FRANCE, JONATHAN VAN NESS
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: TRISCUIT unveils new Wheatberry Clusters with Antoni Porowski on March 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Triscuit )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Antoni Porowski attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 06: Antoni Porowski (L) and Dan Levy attend the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Party at a private residence on December 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for GQ)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 06: Joey Krietemeyer (L) and Antoni Porowski attends the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Party at a private residence on December 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for GQ)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Antoni Porowski attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Actor Antoni Porowski attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Day 2 at the Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Antoni Porowski arrives for the Ketel One family-made vodka celebrates Queer Eye Cast at pre-Emmy Party at Kimpton La Peer Hotel on September 8, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage,)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: TV personalities Tan France (L) and Antoni Porowski attend Build Brunch to discuss ' Queer Eye' at Build Studio on September 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau (2nd from R) leading the 2018 Montreal Pride parade along with his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Canadien actor Antoni Porowski (R) in Montreal, Quebec on August 19, 2018. - (Photo by Eric THOMAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ERIC THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Antoni Porowski attends Netflix's Queer Eye and GLSEN event at NeueHouse Hollywood on August 12, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Antoni Porowski -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 24: (L-R) Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France and Antoni Porowski of Queer Eye attend a Spotify Premium intimate event with Florence + The Machine on June 24, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spotify)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk,Phillip Picardi, Antoni Porowski and Karamo Brown attend Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Cast In Conversation With Teen Vogue at 92nd Street Y on June 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Antoni Porowski attends the NETFLIXFYSEE event for 'Queer Eye' at Netflix FYSEE At Raleigh Studios on May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: The cast of Queer Eye, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski and Bobby Berk at KISS FM Radio Studio's on May 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)
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)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Because of this altered dynamic, Antoni, Tan and the rest of the Fab Five have been determined to make sure that they're still completely plugged in during filming, so that they can continue to create the emotional connections with their heroes that define the show. Without those connections, the show would lose its heart.

"I have been extra conscious even when the cameras aren’t rolling," Antoni said. "Sometimes you check out and it’s an opportunity to check your phone and find out what else is going on, because our phones are blowing up all the time now. But, what I realized is that, you actually have to stay connected with the hero and, this is weird to say, you have to humanize yourself so that they don’t see you as a concept and they see you as an actual individual."

Both Tan and Antoni agreed that they're "enjoying it more this year because it's more of a challenge" that requires each of them to "really have to go for" that connection. That being said, they've both come to understand the pressures of being a public personality and the expectations to always be "on."

"We are very grateful and lucky for the jobs we have, but it’s exhausting being Tan France and Antoni Porowski 12 hours a day in the public eye and living up to what people expect you to be," Tan explained, noting that he combats that stress with Excedrin. "They see a version of you on TV, and they want to see that on the street or at a panel or an event and to keep that up is exhausting."

Another thing that has made that pressure more manageable is the way in which the show was embraced this summer by the people of Kansas City, where the third season was filmed.

"Kansas City could not have been more welcoming to us," Antoni said. "They have gay pride colors on one of their main buildings that apparently went up for us, and they still shine every single night, and seeing that at night is kind of amazing. They’ve been opening their businesses and their homes and all of these public spaces that we get to use, and we want to showcase the city."

24 PHOTOS
'Queer Eye' star Tan France out and about
See Gallery
'Queer Eye' star Tan France out and about
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Tan France attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys Day 2 at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Tan France arrives for the Ketel One family-made vodka celebrates Queer Eye Cast at pre-Emmy Party at Kimpton La Peer Hotel on September 8, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage,)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: TV personalities Tan France (L) and Antoni Porowski attend Build Brunch to discuss ' Queer Eye' at Build Studio on September 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: (L-R) Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Nicole Byer speak onstage during Netflix's Queer Eye and GLSEN event at NeueHouse Hollywood on August 12, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Karamo Brown, Tan France, Andy Cohen, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Tan France -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 24: Tan France and Casey Cott attend a Spotify Premium intimate event with Florence + The Machine on June 24, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spotify)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Tan France attends the NETFLIXFYSEE event for 'Queer Eye' at Netflix FYSEE At Raleigh Studios on May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - May 31: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Tan France from 'Queer Eye' visits the Young Hollywood Studio on May 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mary Clavering/Young Hollywood/Getty Images)

Tan France joined Express for a panel discussion at the "Success and Style" event in New York City on Wednesday, May 2.

(Credit: Express)

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Tan France attends the Netflix FYSEE Kick-Off at Netflix FYSEE At Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
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 Party at Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Netflix)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Tan France attends The Center Dinner 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Tan France and Antoni Porowski attend The Center Dinner 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Tan France 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, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, 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)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Tan France attends the Nordstrom Men's NYC Store Opening on April 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Fashion Designer Tan France attends the Mercedez-Benz USA's Official Awards Viewing Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Rob France (L) and Tan France attends the 26th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party sponsored by Bulgari, celebrating EJAF and the 90th Academy Awards at The City of West Hollywood Park on March 4, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF)
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)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Tan France attends Netflix's Queer Eye premiere screening and after party on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Netflix)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Tan France attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Kayan Douglas, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Thom Filicia, Antoni Porowski, Carson Kressley, executive producer David Collins, Tan France, Jai Rodriguez, and Karamo Brown attend Netflix's Queer Eye premiere screening and after party on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Netflix)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Tan France attends 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)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Both Tan and Antoni admitted that the show could theoretically be filmed anywhere in the country, but they also acknowledged that there were experiences specific to the South and the Midwest that they noticed in their heroes.

"The experience of what they were exposed to when they were younger was different," Tan said. "For example, in Georgia they had more people of color at school, whereas in Kansas City a lot of these people haven’t had that."

"The public sphere is certainly different, but I think the private sphere -- in terms of family dynamics and the way people are exploring growing up -- those stories are very similar," Antoni added. "There’s a universality there."

Read Full Story