Queer Eye is Netflix’s feel-good series, in which five gay guys give American men entire life overhauls – and the second season launches on June 15.
Food expert Antoni Porowski, culture guide Karamo Brown, stylist Tan France, grooming guy Jonathan Van Ness and interior designer Bobby Berk make up the hosts.
And all of them minus Jonathan stepped in to give Shaun a makeover in order for him to shed his character of Barry Evans.
Speaking about his continuous labelling as “Barry from EastEnders”, he said: “It’s never gone away.
“Barry was manual, a bit fat, scruffy, so I’ve never felt pressure to look anything other than that”
“We were lucky enough to get the end of the big audiences. There were less leisure options back then – we got about 20 million an episode on a bog standard Monday night, so it’s just never gone anywhere.”
He added: “I must point out I’ve changed my pants and socks in that time. I’m under no pressure to look good.
“Barry was a certain type. He was manual, a bit fat, scruffy, so I’ve never felt pressure to look anything other than that, but I’m having my eyes opened today.”
When it came to the makeover, Shaun came out with his hair coiffed and his baggy shirt gone.
Instead, he was wearing a tan polo shirt and brown suede jacket, alongside black trousers and brown boots.
Tan said: “What we did was make sure his hair no longer looks like Barry. We got it out of his face and gave it some volume.”
He explained that a leather or suede jacket is timeless and the well-fitted jeans had slimmed Shaun down too.
Karamo went on: “He said to me he’d never tried because he’s used to people calling him Barry.”
And while the new-look Shaun was loving it, he joked: “There’s only one problem. I just had Barry put on my passport.”
Finally, Antoni told him to go home and prepare a roast chicken with lemon for him and his new wife Adele.
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