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'Friends forever' Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan reveals how friendship with Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness started

Queer Eye had just come out, and I was like, ‘I don’t know who that person is, but I love that person,’” she said.

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Nicola Coughlan with Jonathan Van Ness. Photo:  Instagram

Nicola Coughlan with Jonathan Van Ness. Photo: Instagram

Nicola Coughlan with Jonathan Van Ness. Photo: Instagram

Nicola Coughlan has revealed how her “rare” friendship with Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness came to be.

Back in 2018, the Bridgerton and Derry Girls actress posted a photo to her Instagram wearing a hoodie with Jonathan’s face on it after watching his popular Netflix series.

The pair connected through DMs and the rest is history.

Speaking to PEOPLE Magazine for their 2021 Pride issue, Nicola explained that she was completely enthralled by the self-care guru.

“Queer Eye had just come out, and I was like, ‘I don’t know who that person is, but I love that person,’” she said.

The pals finally met a year later in New York, where they went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child together on Broadway.

During the intermission, Jonathan told Nicola that he wanted to publicly reveal his HIV diagnosis.

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Nicola Coughlan as socialite Penelope Featherington in Netflix’s Bridgerton

Nicola Coughlan as socialite Penelope Featherington in Netflix’s Bridgerton

Nicola Coughlan as socialite Penelope Featherington in Netflix’s Bridgerton

“A lot of folks in my orbit were like, ‘Are you sure?’ But Nicola has consistently been so supportive,” Jonathan said.

“We are consistently there for each other... Our friendship really is just so special to me because Nicola's been in this industry for a minute, and I haven't, and there's just been so many times where I had questions and didn't know what to do, and needed feedback.

“She's helped me navigate all sorts of situations that I never thought I'd find myself in.”

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Nicola added: “It felt like we had met before. It just felt like we'd been friends forever. Then our friend groups just sort of melded together.

“The fact that our friends and family know one another and have love for one another — that's incredibly special, and it's rare in the world. It just means so, so much, honestly.”


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