It took Utah’s ‘Queer Eye’ guy 20 minutes to decide to move to Salt Lake City

Utah is not exactly where you’d expect to find one of the stars of the Netflix series, which has been a major topic of conversation on social media since it premiered in early February. The streaming service doesn’t release viewership numbers, but the show won over skeptical critics — it’s at 96 percent among critics (and 90 percent among viewers) on Rotten Tomatoes.

His friend scoffed, but France said Salt Lakers “are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. And I can see the mountains from this restaurant, and that’s beautiful.’ ”

“The other [Fab Five] boys have all done TV before. They’d done film before. They’re comfortable in this space, and they’d always wanted this for many, many years,” France said.

Muslim and Mormon • Growing up in London, Tan France was raised Muslim; growing up in Wyoming, his husband, Rob, was raised Mormon. In an earlier interview with the New York Post, Tan France said, “We practice some of our religions’ practices. We don’t practice them all. We practice what works for us.”

Inspiring to Salt Lake gays • France said he’s regularly approached by people who don’t just want a selfie with him, they want to tell him “a story about their dad watching [‘Queer Eye’] or their granddad watching it — just people who I would never expect to watch the show. And they say, ‘You don’t know how much it’s changed the conversation in our home.’

‘Queer Eye’ for a new generation • There are some major differences between the original “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and the reboot — and not just that, in one of the eight episodes, the new Fab Five make over a gay guy.

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