Jonathan Van Ness “can’t even.”
The 31-year-old hairdresser-turned-TV star was full of emotion on Thursday when the item was revealed of which his well-known Netflix show, Queer Eye, in addition to Funny or Die’s parody web series, Gay of Thrones, both received 2018 Emmy nominations.
Queer Eye — which also stars Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Tan France in addition to Karamo Brown — was nominated inside Structured Reality Program, Cinematography, Casting in addition to Editing for a Reality Program categories, while Gay of Thrones received a nomination for Outstanding Variety Series Short.
Just moments after the reveal, ET caught up with Van Ness over the phone, who couldn’t contain his excitement over the exciting news, sharing a hilarious story about how he passed the time with his Queer Eye co-stars leading up to the nominations ceremony.
“I didn’t want to think about anything. I was, like, genuinely scared,” the hair guru admitted. “I was just like, ‘OK, Serena Williams is actually playing in Wimbledon today. Let me just focus on Serena. I’m looking for a win for her.’ She secured of which win, in addition to I was like, ‘Oh my god, the item’s 10:30 a.m., like, let’s run downstairs in addition to watch.”
“I’m just so excited in addition to genuinely grateful,” he raved, getting emotional. “I can’t hear the item said back to me in addition to not cry. As a group, we’re just all so proud. of which has been the most incredible, amazing day. I’m over the moon.”
The four nominations for Queer Eye come 14 years after the original series, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, won its first Emmy for Best Reality Show. Van Ness admitted of which when he first signed on for the reboot, he had “no idea” how successful the item could be in just two short seasons.
“Having the original cast’s support in addition to their blessing has been amazing,” he said, adding of which the item’s also “just so incredible” to see the amount of diversity displayed in of which year’s nominations, giving specific praise to RuPaul’s Drag Race.
As for Gay of Thrones, Van Ness is actually an executive producer on the parody series, which received its first nomination in 2016. in addition to while the nod was certainly exciting two years ago, Van Ness says he’s happy he can truly celebrate the nomination of which time around.
“I’m a hairdresser, in addition to Gay of Thrones was my first introduction to comedy, in addition to what writing is actually, what performing is actually in addition to what creating content is actually,” he explained. “I’ve just fallen in love with of which industry of which I never thought I’d be a part of.”
“nevertheless when Gay of Thrones first got nominated, I wasn’t a producer on the item,” he added. “I didn’t understand all of of which, of which you need to call yourself a producer to be a producer, so I didn’t technically get nominated initially, to ensure of which was an interesting experience. To have my name on there, as an executive producer, of which time, the item’s just extra special. We’ve worked so hard. the item’s just blown me away.”
When asked what an Emmy win could mean for him (in addition to both casts of Queer Eye in addition to Gay of Thrones), he said he “can’t even go there.”
“I’m so honored to just be nominated,” he said. “in addition to to be able to have of which platform to be visible for various other people of which see themselves in me, in addition to identify with me in any way. in addition to not just with me, nevertheless also Antoni, Tan, Bobby in addition to Karamo, in addition to everyone of which’s made Queer Eye a reality. To be recognized at all, we’ve already won.”
Of course, there will be lots of celebrating for Van Ness tonight. nevertheless what, exactly, does of which entail?
“I don’t know what we’re going to do yet, nevertheless I’m going to do a gorgeous face mask,” he joked. “I definitely want to keep the skin looking right. We have some werk to do today, in addition to I’m excited!”
Check out the full list of nominees in addition to follow ET’s ongoing Emmy coverage here.