It's hard to fathom, but somewhere out there in the multiverse is a reality where Tan France is not a fabulous fifth of the cast of Queer Eye . Luckily we do not live in this dark timeline, but we got pretty close; France has shown that he was on the verge of leaving the show several times before and during the first season.
France spoke with INSIDER about the pressure he exerted on Queer Eye today. " After I accepted the job, I wanted to quit before I started filming because I was too scared of printing," he said. "Then, Episode Three, I tried to quit because I was too scared of the cameras and the pressure to be so publicly part of this community and speak for a community, so yes, there were many, many times After I accepted the job, I thought, "I'm not fit for it." I had so much pressure to be Hollywood-y, Showbusiness-y, but I was the only one who had no show business experience, the producer of Netflix encouraged me to be just myself, so I got involved, I did not have to, I have to put on that fabulous personality, I just had to be myself, which gave me real comfort. "
France also talked about the pressure he put on felt that they represent different communities; not just LGBTQ people, but especially South Asians and the Pakistani community. He knew that as a gay, brown-skinned man he would attract attention and the prospect of having to speak for an entire population group was daunting – until he realized he did not have to.
"I will never go to represent everyone," he said, all I can do is being myself and doing my best to behave well, which will hopefully encourage people, my people But I do not see myself as a representative at all, I do what I do, and I hope that encourages people to say, "Well, we do not all see Pakistanis like that, we do not see all of them South Asians like that, but we like that he's not what we see in the press … Basically, I say that not all browns are terrorists. "
Ultimately, he adopted the lesson that the To preach the Fab Five in each episode: One has to accept and love yourself. "On the other hand, I accepted the fact that I did not have to be a version of what it is to be a South Asian gay immigrant, I just have to be myself, and that's why I thought, "Okay, I can do that and who at no time claim to speak for people. I am only me and me. "
The fourth season of Queer Eye will start streaming on Netflix on July 19.