Queer Eye star Karamo Brown just launched a bomber jacket line and podcast, announced his first book and is set to give the commencement address at Chaffey College thanks to his partnership with EXTRA Refreshers gum. As if that weren’t enough, Brown and his fellow Fab Five members, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan van Ness, recently wrapped Queer Eye: We’re In Japan!

PureWow sat down with Queer Eye’s 38-year-old culture expert yesterday to catch up on all that he has going on. Lucky for us, he spilled the (green) tea about his time in Tokyo and hinted at what to expect from the mini season.

Brown started off by expressing gratitude for the people he met while filming Queer Eye: We’re in Japan. “It was a beautiful experience. Japanese people are some of the most loving, giving people I’ve ever experienced culturally [while] traveling the world—because I’ve traveled almost everywhere,” he shared.


“But one of the things I was surprised by is that they weren’t always the most open emotionally,” Brown admitted. “Somehow—I won’t say somehow, I have the skills and will give myself a pat on the back—I was able to get them to open up.”

We couldn’t help but wonder what happened once Brown and his innate gift for connecting with others got going. He filled us in: “You see these really fun, amazing experiences where people are laughing and crying. You’d think because of the language barrier that it wouldn’t happen, but it goes to show that we are all connected and we all have the same fears and hopes and dreams. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Japan or in Kentucky.”

The one thing that was different for Brown while filming in Tokyo was the food. “I’m not a big sushi fan—Antoni is going to kill me. I only ate sushi once and Antoni fed it to me. So, I spent the majority of the time eating McDonald’s and KFC,” he admitted.

Adventurous eating aside, Brown says he and the rest for the Fab Five are eager for a season four. “We’re hopeful because we all really love our jobs and we love each other,” he said.

We’re just as hopeful, Karamo.

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