Straight Guys, Post-Queer Eye
There was a long piece that appeared in some New Jersey papers Sunday on John Bargeman, the "Little Bit Country" guy who proposed to his girlfriend in the episode that was also shown on NBC. Here are some excerpts:
"[The show] opened some doors on his way to building a career as a screen actor. An audition was scheduled last week with casting executives at NBC, parent company to the Bravo TV network that developed and now carries the 'Queer Eye' series. After having worked with an acting coach, Bargeman was getting ready to read 10 pages of dialogue, putting some last touches on his performance and detailing his delivery of the material. ... Bargeman never believed he would get to this point in his career from appearing once on a one-hour reality television series."
" 'It's changed life a lot,' Bargeman said, 'just in my appearance alone. I pay more attention to what I put on in the morning and how I take care of myself. I have a lot more respect for myself than I used to, you know? And a lot more confidence. I don't think I would've thought about it unless these guys came into my life and did it for me.' "
" 'One thing's for a fact: I have more respect for gay people now than I ever did in my whole entire life,' Bargeman said. 'Coming from a small town in Virginia, I was never mixed into different kinds of cultures and different ways of living. My town is Hickville, [it's] country. I love it, but I just wanted to broaden my horizons.' "
"He no longer shaves against the grain. He realizes the inherent value of moisturizer. He now successfully achieves that perfectly unkempt hairstyle that movie stars commonly sport. Bargeman even now plans to get facials, manicures and pedicures every six weeks. The one thing he won't give up, however, is his signature dark tan needle pointed-toe boots."
"Bargeman, like many others before him, came to New York City to make it big. He hoped to break his way into the glitzy world of acting.... Represented by an agent in Milan, Bargeman has been featured in advertisements for Dasani bottled water and other products. Although his modeling resume is impressive for someone with no professional training, acting gigs still eluded him. He scored a few jobs as an 'extra' on shows like HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'Sex and the City,' but speaking parts were hard to come by. He said he hopes the exposure he garnered from his 'Queer Eye' time will give him more leverage in angling for roles."
"Bargeman said he and Jersey City resident Kyan Douglas - the "Fab Five's" grooming guru - had lunch at Hamilton Park Ale House a few weeks ago."
" 'It's funny, but I get checked out a lot by gay guys now and I feel more comfortable,' Bargeman said. 'It makes me feel good. It might sound weird coming from a straight guy, but if gay guys are checking you out, then you know you're good looking, you know?' "