The Life Motto Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness Swears By

Jonathan Van Ness is America’s sweetheart. And it’s easy to see why. The Queer Eye star’s personality is infectious. On the Netflix show, he radiates positivity (hello, self care!), fabulosity (yesss, henny), and realness (he is in the business of makeovers, after all) in a way that makes him instantly likable and totally relatable. As the show’s grooming expert, he not only plays a critical role in every physical transformation, but is also there for every step of the emotional journey, too. (Pretty much every episode is a case of “I’m not crying, you’re crying,” but there are plenty of laughs, too.)

Van Ness loves spending most of the day chatting from behind the salon chair or, when filming, trimming off an overgrown beard to reveal a beautiful face hiding beneath. But when I got the chance to sit down with him a few weeks ago in New York City, he shared how important it is that he make plenty of time and space for himself. “I’m an introverted extrovert, so I really don’t love people in my space,” he explained. His apartment, as a result, is pretty much reserved for his three cats and boyfriend.