You’re about to see a whole lot more of OG fashion blogger BryanBoy. In addition to his big TV break as a judge on the upcoming season of America’s Next Top Model, he’s also wrapped a cute video series for Dolce & Gabbana where he worked just about every job for the label. And there might be more on screen appearances in the works. We chatted with the new New York-implant (he was moving in while we spoke and had been staying with fellow ANTM judge Kelly Cutrone until he found a place) about his transition to on-screen work, his latest projects, and new ones (possibly one with bff Rumi Neely) in the works.
Fashionista: So what are these adorable little “Bryan Works 4DG” videos all about?
BryanBoy: It started with me going to the Dolce & Gabbana press office one time and pulling some samples and joking around. I said, ‘Oh I really like working here, this is my new office.’ And from there, they were like ‘We should make a video of that.’ So we made these videos of me working all these jobs at Dolce–from me applying for a job and getting my ID card, then I was a receptionist, a bartender.
So you basically worked every job at Dolce & Gabbana.
Pretty much, except for being a model. I’m too fiercely real as Tyra says. For me the whole thing was really entertaining because I had never done any of these things: I’ve never worked at an office, I’ve never made a drink in my whole life. I really loved being a bartender, because never in my life did I think I could look good in a suit. I wore a suit that day, and I thought, ‘Oh my god.’ I felt like a different person. I also had fun making a drink. I’ve been drinking for like half my life but to make the perfect drink is really hard. But I had fun doing it.
You’re increasing your visibility on screen–what’s that like for you?
Being on television was not something I had any interest in. It’s never something I imagined doing. But for the past two years I’ve received a lot of offers from production companies interested in doing some kind of reality show based on me. I said no to everything because I feel like I haven’t really done so much in order to open up my life that much. I don’t think my life is interesting! On my blog I only share what I feel like sharing whereas on television you’re really a public figure. And when Top Model approached me in May, it wasn’t until the very last minute that I actually said yes. When you asked me about it they hadn’t even approached me but I guess I was on their radar already? So I thought why not give it a shot. It’s a contract for one season.
What was the experience like?
Being on that panel is not easy. We would tape for five hours and I remember for the first five episodes you’ll see me very, very quiet, thinking about what I should say, but in the end I was like, you know, I’m just going to show the real me. I threw paper at a girl, I made the girls cry, I cried.
So would you do this or other TV projects in the future?
I really really loved doing a competition because you’re just being yourself–it’s not scripted. Would I do it again? I don’t know. We’ll see how this one comes out. Me and Rumi are toying with the idea of doing something together though. She’s my best friend and I think it would be fun.
Here’s BryanBoy making a martini for Dolce & Gabbana (and wearing that Dolce & Gabbana suit quite well).