Jonathan Van Ness is again on Netflix — this time solo. His new sequence, “Getting Curious,” is a video extension of their long-running podcast of the identical identify. The present explores matters from the fantastic thing about bugs, to the advanced origins and impacts of the gender binary, to the historical past of hair (sure, “Queer Eye” followers). With the assistance of educators, scientists, activists, and some well-known buddies, Van Ness sheds mild on questions regarding what they’re keen about. POPSUGAR caught up with the TV persona about bringing the sequence to tv, producing her first solo sequence, and the way Hollywood can dismantle the “othering” of marginalized communities.
Van Ness expresses being “conflicted” at the concept Hollywood illustration is a place to begin for trans and nonbinary advocacy. But when he needed to deal with the subject of allyship in leisure, he mentioned: “Hollywood may be very intertwined with firms, and what are numerous firms doing proper now? They’re supporting numerous candidates who’re doing what? Passing horrific anti-trans payments on state ranges. They’re additionally giving some huge cash to Republicans who’ve been systematically blocking the Equality Act, [and] systematically blocking [the] Voting Rights Act laws. I feel voting rights is disproportionately have an effect on[ing] individuals of colour [and] LGBTQIA+ individuals.” Whereas she agrees award exhibits ought to push away from the binary, laws is the place trans and nonbinary individuals want allyship essentially the most — particularly throughout this midterm election 12 months, “to guarantee that we are able to proceed to make progress on these hard-fought points that we have made some [movement on], however we have now not made as a lot as we have to.”
They proceed that their present “Getting Curious” is a first-rate instance of how Hollywood may prolong its allyship. “I’m a nonbinary, gender-nonconforming, HIV-positive one who has been given an opportunity to inform tales and to create their very own sequence on a platform that’s in 190 nations, into what number of lots of of hundreds of thousands . . . it is lots of people.”
Van Ness provides that main networks like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and NBC ought to apply “giving gender various, giving various individuals, giving BIPOC individuals extra alternatives to shine, extra alternatives to create their tales, [and] extra alternatives to inform their very own tales.”
The “Queer Eye” star was given extra alternative than solely visibility when it got here to his present “Getting Curious”: Van Ness is the manager producer and creator. “For my first solo mission of attending to be an government producer and being a creator of a present, I felt somewhat bit extra certain of my voice and certain of my model as a bunch and as an entertainer, taking part in on this world of ‘Getting Curious,’ however altering it, making [it] somewhat bit faster paced, making it somewhat bit extra appropriate for TV,” she explains of the selection to convey the podcast to tv. Van Ness added: “I felt like I may push myself and problem myself as a producer and as a author and as a creator and as a bunch, however not do one thing so new to me that it would not translate and would not be partaking. I simply felt assured that I may create an attractive sequence out of this podcast.”
“Getting Curious” may have you desirous to ask “why” and “how” much more in relation to the issues that curiosity you, which is in the end the objective. “I hope that [viewers] take away extra data, extra of a way of curiosity, [and] possibly extra confidence to go discover what they’re interested by in life,” Van Ness says. “Curiosity is de facto enjoyable and also you really could be curious and do it safely.” “Getting Curious” premieres on Netflix on Jan. 28.