HGTV's Orlando Soria - Interior Designer/TV Personality

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

What’s a boy to do when you break up and have to move out ASAP? You become an HGTV star and become a master interior decorator, that’s all!

In the HGTV series Build Me Up, Orlando Soria, a charismatic interior designer, social media influencer and author, works with homeowners as they embrace a big life change to overhaul their home and create the fresh start they deserve. Through beautiful design, humor and a healthy dose of moral support, Orlando helps his clients transition into their next chapter by infusing their homes with uniquely personalized elements that will change their lives for the better.

We chatted about getting through quarantine on a positive note, how to spruce up your space on a budget, moving to Yosemite, love and dating during COVID, and how hot Gus Kenworthy is. Check it out!

This is Metrosorcmini. The Official Pothas the Metroshorce magazine and home of short form interviews with yourfavorite personalities from the LGVTU world and beyond quit fun andinformative, its metralsource on the go out in cowsence nine Nihtoh, my Granhello, allow. This is Metrohorse MINNIS. I have your host Alin iner radriges.What's the poin to do when you break up and have to move out a you become anHGTV STA become a master interior decorator. That's all in the HD TVseries build me up: Orlandosoria, a charismatic interior designer SocialMedia Influencor, an author works with homeowners as they embrace a big lifechange to overhau their home and create the fresh start that they deserve.Don't we all deserve a fresh start on S. design humor in a healthy dose of moralsupport, Orlondo helped his clients transition into their next chapter oftheir life by infusing their homes, with uniquely personalized elementsthat will change their lives for the better and get rid of some other onestoo. Orlando has been a staple of the design industry for years working withclients such as Whitney Port, Abri, Plaza and Olivio Copo. His first bookgetting together, it's a comical design book, filled with life, advice and tipson how to decorate your home, which is available on Amazon, get it. Wefeatured Orlondo in our October November issue of metrisource wit, somebefore and after photos of some of his work. Please welcome ORLONDOSARIA WHBhello. Welcome Tom, my home nowyour Intero, made me excited aboutmyself, you're, really good at that Ike, your biggest friend, you know. I watchHD T v all the time and I've been a fan of yours forever from social media andnow on TV, and it's always so much fun talking to you, because not only youknow do you do such a great job, and you present yourself well and representHD TV so well, but you are so down to earth and so accessible like you, justtell it how it is. There's no like entertainment, Fla for like Gay Guy,you know Superficiauita you're like it is what it is, and this is what I amyeah I mean. I don't think it serves anybody to pretend like you're, perfector TP. You know to not just be pully honest about, what's going on so yeah,well, my filters not fully honest. What's going on Durin Quarnte do' tellyou that much I' like well so, but Corntean has not been afun timefor the LGBT or any community for that matter. People have lost their jobs,their places to live, they've broken up all during quaranty, and I, this kindof whole thing started. You were at a pretty low point in your life. Brjust broken up Um from a prettypublic relationship. Your big job didn't come through. You had to find anew place to live and look look what you've done lo look at yoube come. Canyou tell me what mot of love? Can you tell me what motivated you? U To keepgoing and what advice can you give to people going through a tough time rightnow, O that's a very good question! Um Yeah I mean I so this was in twentyseventeen that I kind of like went through that big life transition whereI went break up and was like lost my job and everything all at once and Um. You know we're all kind of goingthrough that, in a certain sense this year, which just like losing our lives,because it only is gone Um, and I actually think that I do wellagainst adversity like if there's something that I'm trying to workagainst. It actually motivates me to move forward. So I think that'sprobably why I jumped out of that hole not easily but quickly, and you know one thing that I learnedin that situation is how adaptable I am and how good I am at making. You knowgood situations out of bad situations, and the other thing there that I learned isthat, like a you have to ask for help,...

...if you want help from other people likepeople aren't just going to like psychically know that you on emotionalor career support Um- and you know there really is a lot that you can dofor yourself, like I've, just kind of gotten a lot more Um, confident in my own abilities to to make decisions without asking otherpeople for approval, and that's Kindof like what the showwas about it's about, like people moving into these spaces, where theycan design with only themselves in mine, which is one of the sort of silverlinings of going through a break up. Well, yes- and I think to your point-is like asking for help- I now you know up until coveg. You know we're livingour best lives on social media, like I said, with the filters and showing ourvacation picks, but we're not necessarily showing who we are andthere's members of the community that do need to be h. You Know Talk Totheyre,they're lonely and it's that kind of like well, let's, let's do away withsmoking mearors for a little bit, Yo kN W it's okay to ask for help itsokay to tell people hey, I'm not doing well, and it's okay to feel loss andgrief at whatever you're going through because going through those steps- andyou can definitely talk about this- you have to go. You know how they put those-I don't know seven or eight stages of grief. You actually have to go througheach of those stages before you can come out of it in any way. You can'tignore any of those steps you're just going to have to go through it. I meann actually that in terms of how it relates to Coet and social media, Ithink are really interesting and you know we in the gay community havebeen really in large part, not great at being goodfor each other on social media, dring, Ovin I'de seen so many people beinglike here, I am on a belt like Herei, am at a pool party here I am inPuertoviar so like, and what that does to other people. It makes them feellike losers, for like quarantining and staying at home and social distancing,and so I've been kind of like on people and on my friends to be like Hey, I'mnot judging for doing that. But do you really need to share that right now andI've been like aware of what I'm sharing too. I know that I'm not beingperfect, I'm being pretty conservative with what I'm doing and how I'msocializing ind, who I'm seeing. But I also if I do something where I'm likehere, I am with my friends- I'm not going to be like hosting it onInstagram, because that doesn't really do a service to everybody. Right now,what would be a service to other people as to reassure them that being safe andsocial, distancing and m kind of being conscientious about keeping everybodyprotected are are valuable and that other people are doing it you're, notcrazy for doing it 'cause, that's what it feels like. Sometimes when everybodyis just pretending like nothing is happening and osing the same stuff thatthey've been toasting for years. It's like we can go to those stupid circuitparties in Twentan, twenty one, an twusand and twenty two. You don't haveto like post about that right now. I I I totally agree, and it is that, likefear of missing out- or you know, kind of not being included- and it's likeyou know what everybody needs to take care of themselves right now and toyour point, you know you can do make your own choices, but you don't have tobroadcast everything and y. Some people are not fullin. Anybody and there's ishypocrisy. People are out of work, I know, and I'm just go N, I'm not in thename names, but I could people in the night life have literally lost theirjobs. The bars are, you know the gay night life are institutional bars thathave been here from day. One are clothing and some of these employeesare outparting around without mass whatever, and it's like. Well, you knowI anyway, but Orpin your industry. If you're doing that, because naully Eanit's healthy and safe thoes can open back up yeah yeah, but one y you're,always evolving, which I love. You know the show build me up actually startedoff as unspouse your house, and so your own show was evolving, but you, myfriend personally, going through different stages during Quaantine, youpacked up your beautiful La abode, all...

...the work you put into your space andyou bought a house near Yosemite, and now you live as a mountain man withtwenty cats yeah, I'm growing a moustache o. You don't notice. I knowtic garl ther sonower. First, I kind of like it's a weird time to be in cities, andso I I've wanted to buy a country house for a really long time. I wanted to owna home for a really long time and it felt like it was kind of impossible.Oddly quarantine put me in the position to do it because I continued makingmoney, but I wasn't spending it. I wasn't going on any vacations, I wasn'tbuying clothes Um, and so I was able to save up money for a down payment and bya house, and I just felt like if there was ever a time to get out of the city.It was right now, like I think I'll always kindo be like an urban person,but I do crave nature and I do crav being a country, and I also crave doingthings with my hands and being outside and having like a project to Fixaton.So for me, it just was like a kind of perfect alignment of a time to comeback to an area. That really means a lot to me to leave a city when really there wasnothing there for me right now, like everything that I, like the museums arclothes. Restaurants are closed. The Gym is closed. There's no fun partieslike you, can't really socialize with your friends in the way that younormally do because, like you're not fully sure how everybody is acting interms of their own social distancing and their own isolating, so it reallyfelt meaningless to be spending a ton of money on rent in l a when I could,literally for the same price by a giant house in the woods that you know willbe a project for me I'll get to renovate it I'll get to make it into areally beautiful sort of like retreat for my whole family and then, whenthings go back to normally, I can go back to the city and have this as avacation house that I share with my family, so it just was kind of theright decision for me, I'm not. You know saying that I never want to be inthe city again, I'm just saying that, like it just F, it's ot like a time toget out now. Do you feel that you have beenable to kind of Invest Yourself? In the I mean this house is just for youthere's nobody else in your life that you have to make this decision with,but on the flipside there's. Also, nobody else. That's supporting you likein your abode. This is kind of a naked moment, so to speak. Um. You have to bevery okay with yourself, and I was just talking to somebody about this. Is Youknow I've gone through my breakups as well, and I used to be so co ependent.I couldn't go to the movies by myself. I couldn't go to the grocery store bymyself, but now, looking back, I do have this independent kind of nature,which I love and I'm able to embrace. No Do I think you would have been ableto make this big kind of choice in your life in this big move. If you haven'tgone, if you hadn't gone through all of that Um, you K ow you're living life,for just yourself, no yeah I mean probably not, but it's also just likeyeah my commetence level and my level of Um sort of understanding of my ownabilities and my ability to take care of myself and to figure things out hasreally increased in the last few years. So I definitely wouldn't be biting offthis huge project. If I didn't think that I were capable of it, and I don'tthink that I would have thought like that about myself just a few years ago, im feeling good about yourself andbeing confident. It's such an important theme H to build me up and, like I hadmentioned it was first called unspouse your house and build me up as like,more positive energy to it, Creativitaly acree creatively. I can'teven speak in quarantine Um. What did you? What did you want from season toof your show? What did you want audiences to feel um? That is a great question. I think morethan anything I wanted people to just enjoy, watching somebody do somethingnice for other people or in this time, where there's such a like animosity anda lack of empathy that, when you're watching emtothe happen on T v, it canjust feel really good and just rooting...

...for everyday stories of people goingthrough different things like whether they be huge life calamities like awoman who lost her husband to cancer or like little happy things like a womanwhose son went off to college like everyday stories matter, it doesn'thave to be some like big tragic thing. In order for it to be important, youknow, I think people sometimes feel a little bit self conscious about feelingbadly for themselves. If something happens, because they think there'sheres, so many other people suffering so much more and that's especially, youknow pressing him this year. If you think about people feeling, like youknow, my sister and her wife had a fortieth birthday and we were all goingto go to Hawaii and they were sad about not getting being able to go and theywere like. Well, other people, like Mr Weddings and you know, people losttheir grandmothers and they couldn't see them. There are so many othertragedies, but that doesn't mean that the things that you miss out on or thethings that your mourning aren't important as well, and I think our show,as you know, it was a really nice way ofjust being like all of these little stories about different people matterand caring about other people and their stories is a you know, a reallyimportant element of just being a human. You know and we got to see Familis F in so manydifferent ways. One of my favorite episodes was the mom that you helpedher. Kid went off to college, not only because she was like you know shewanted to be a party girl again. She wanted to to remember that, like sheloved her alcohol and knew the Alaring Oma new job by pumping out her her likekitchen window, became this bar for the outside area. It was such a smart, Umand and a unique way of using her space and also bringing back that party lineby literally one window change it it. It really changed the whole feelin the flow of the house. That was one of my favorite episodes. In anotherepisode I loved was was the son who had his mom living with him on his propertyand he totally red designed the space just for her, and it was so nice to seeyou know a son give that back to a mom and o see what our responsibilities arein taking care of each other as family, in any way that we can so many stories.Hase just really touched me and, like I said, I watch HD T v all the time, I'mupse it's it's my quaranting bench, it's always on in the background andwhat I love about Hdt v network. is they feature gay designers, gay clients,but it's not like okay. This is the gay show, or this is the gay client. It'sjust like here's a story and here's a host. There's not this pomp andcircumstance t en there's. Just not this heavy pressure and heavy hand ofhaving to be a gay show or inclusive it just as matter of th fact, which I loveso much. Did you ever think that growing up that your sexuality wasgoing to be such an easy part of your career? I don't know if I ever really thoughtabout it: an relationship to my career, so I was raised Um in a kind of liberal pocket, surroundedby very conservative areas like the one that I moved to Um, but I was kind ofraised to be pretty entitled about the fact that,like who I was was Oky. That doesn't mean that ID never feltlike. I couldn't be. You know fully open about myself or that I was alwayslike fully liberated but Um. I think, because I kind of like wentoff to you, know liberal schools and then only lived in New York in l a Inever really thought about my sexuality, impeding my career. Thatmuch yeah I mean, I guess in theentertainment industry. You know, because I am kind of like entertainment,adjacent like I' A designabut I' with somebody who's on T v. You do thinkabout like well, you know, think of all the shows that are really biable andthe shows that are popular and most of them are straight white couples. RM,and you know there is something to the universality of that experience thatcan sell more to for networks Um. So I guess I thought about it in that senseof, like you know, am I viable for certain audiences based on what my story iseven like? Being single versus being a...

...married Gayguy with kids like how helpwas that, because what you're selling, when you're kind of like a hybrid, youknow, personality slash, you know somebody who does a trade who's adesigner Um is: is your personality in Your Life Um? So yeah I mean it's not fullybearly about my sexuality,its more more about, like, I guess, my marative. That goes along with thepersonality that is presented on T v for sure and what I really love is like.I said we get to see all of you and we get to see. You know your sty lyself,like I don't think I've ever seen. You wear the same outfit and wearingslimfit tapered leg Chinos, while you're demo, you know demoing somethingand we get to see that kind of duality of yes. You know you can be thischarismatic kind of host of the house if you will, but then you get down anddirty and you're literally, you know, knocking down walls, there's Tis, notthis idea of like okay. I have to be more of the feminine or masculine ideto this this. This is who I am, and it does encompass so many differentaspects of of your personality. Odo there's an Ioland. By the way I do allof it. I have no fancy siles or anything. I wish I did. Those outfits grow, I'm like! Yes, weare Cinderig a we look good gardening yeah. I I love color. I mean because Iused to do production design. Ie worked an entertainment for a while. I Iusually understand that I want there to be some color on the screen, which iswhy I normally am wearing such bright. Clothes 'cause, like oftentimes you'll,show up to a job side, and it's like almost like the background right nowwhere it's like the walls are all white. The floor has been pulled out, so it'sjust concrete and you need some color. You need some life there. Otherwise theshow itself wouldn't be very vibrant. So usually I bring thatin with my clothes 'cause. I know that. That's one way that I'm going to addsome some sort of saturation to the camera. Well, I love that you add the color andI love that you add a touch of alcohol. Do a lot of the empisodes too. Beforewe get started, you know I watring. I've got am a love Um so being at home and quarancin whatwhat are some easy ways that we can kind of spruce up our own space, I'msick of looking up my furniture, I'm sick, I've been home all the time, buta lot of us are on a restricted budget now, because we don't know when thenext paycheck's coming in what are some easy fixes that we can do to spruce upour quarantines space. So the number one I always say to people is paintbecause paint costs like thirty dollars for a gallon, and you can literallytransform an entire room and it's also an excellent workout, which we all meandrink quarranting because of work impossible. Onthe. Other thing that Ilike to tell people is that, like small things like textiles, these are like.You know whether it be like a teetowel for your kitchen or you know, bathhowlsor new bed linens. Those are things you notice and that, like really make, youfeel good about your space because you're touching them and you're usingthem, Um- and then you know, art is- is a hugething like just you. Can make the home with the cheapest ugliest furniture?Look amazing if you have really beautiful cool art and there's a ton ofresources online for inexpensive reproductions for things that can beprinted. You know large format like at a local print shop and just frame verysimply that'll make your house look so much better. Go have to tell you. I have found somegreat kitche art that had so much live even from from thrift stores, UgustiHan trift store in like West Hollywood or Palm Springs. You find the mostinteresting kind of art that by itself is not the most beautiful, but you additto a space and it's alive. I love those throft stores and Palm sprigs.They all eve Wa, all the Hollywood. People go thereto die, and so they have these estates. Full of wonderful got, that's so awfulto say, but now with a successful career, your own t v show now a newhouse. You are so to speak, set. That being said, when you look back how do y?U, what's your view on love and dating...

...now, where you're at now, consideringeverything that you've kind of been through? That's a good question. You know Iactually like am in a mode right now, where I'm not actively seeking arelationship, and that feels really nice, I'm kind of in like a little personal development bubble. You know,like, I think that you know having to kind of like come out of the last jobthat I had in building my own company and Um just continuing to grow professionally.I've I've reached a little mode where I'mlike I kind of dislike a'm liking the relationships that I'm building with myfamily and my friends right now and I feel really good about not being in arelationship also, I mean when quarantine started, I was kind oflike on hinge and like tinder and grinder and whatever- and I started tobe like what is this or 'cause like I actually was like. I don't want to meetup with anybody like. I don't feel safe. Doing that I kind of was my whole sort of way ofprocessing. Covad has been oky th. It took me a minute because Ihad like my my travel plans for province down for the fourth of July. Ihad all these plans of like everything that I was going to do for the rest ofthat summer, and once I was kind of like Oh, this isn't going to be goneuntil, like the middle of twent Y, twenty one. If even that, then that waslike a morning process that kind of lasted for the first part of the summer,and then I was kind of like welllet's not try to make thintosomething that it's not and that's the thing. That's actually bothering methat I'm watching people who are still trying to cling to like making lifenormal like life, isn't normal. So what Canin e and for me it was a. It was achance to make a radical change. In my life, where I did something totallydifferent, and you know what I've decided for myself is that itdoesn't seem like dating, is a thing that can happen in a comfortable, safeway for me during Huarantine. So I'm trying to build other aspects of mylife, I'm trying to enrich my l, rimy relationship with my siblings and withmy parents. I'm trying to you know, really create meaningful relationshipswith my friends. W were kind of like part of my quarantine, pod, Um and just kind of be actively seeking adifferent life. Then we will have when things go back to normal 'cause whenthings go back to normal, like if that ever happens, I think it will, but Ithink, we'll kind of look back and be like well. That was a really missedopportunity if we don't grow and change in other ways. So my sort of m rightnow is just like: Do everything completely different? Donot be clinging to normalsy in any way and Um grow and change in ways that would notbe possible. Otherwise, I don't think I would be sitting in this house if itweren't for cope a ninet yeah. Well- and I love, I think, that's the bestadvice. I've ever heard about this whole experience and when you do enterthe dating market again, you're going to be confident now exactly who you areand exactly what you want and you're not going to sail for less becauseyou've been through it, although when you're not looking, that's usually whensomebody pops up by the way yeah well, I'm sort of hoping that this, likemountain experience, turns into like a hallmark movie. where, like M, I godown to the little general store and I like drop my books and then somebodyelse shops. His books then might be bump hets on the way up, and then wefall in love, and then I find out that he's Santa Claus, Um ormy wiaatn s Royal Santa Claus, and then we moveinto the cabin and we name it the Christmas Mansion. Well, you know, halmark does have itsfirst Gaye film this next season, so not watching the everlauting love outof that yeah well and for our audience we have the exclusive which Aanbentitwho's starring and that so watch for that coming up. Okay, are you ready toplay off a little rapid fire? I am absolutely okay, what part of your homeliving? Would you be mortified for us to see like something? You don't eventake your own advice on like a dirty kitchen, a messy bathroom? What is it Iwould say mostly and that's actually not true right now, but usually likeclosets like i'mlike, everything is beautiful, and then you open like acloset and you're like w kind of animal. Are you...

I love that and I can that'stoermrushme meals, wer state ever worse day ever? Oh, myGod, I had so many basically like one where, like it was like this actormodel guy and I'mlike he really wanted to go on another date, and I I was actually busy 'cause.I was doing my show and finally he was like fine. I'm never seeing you everagain. anylike, basically like blocks me and turns into a PCYCLOPATH, butit's just like for some reason when you turn I'm thirty, eight Ande age overthirty, five, like basically like little twenty year old startbing likeHey, daddy and you're, like I'm, not even attracted to you like, can I havesomebody my own age, but I just had so many dates with people who are likethat age that are, like you, Gon a Dat with them, and they just like expectyou to pay, which is fine but like. I never would have done that when I wastwenty, I I was like really a young person, but anyway people may I once I care aboutday. Give me a call, because I it's like weird once you're over thirty five,nobody, your age, ants. To date, you only like its toe ber if youre likeyou're, like going on dates with people who are like what's a CD and you'relike Sh, get oof here obod in my own likely Te'r like well, you got aproblem with me: Yeah Youesping, I hate young people. A celebrity would love to work with andredesign their home ohum. That's a great question like toldus wimn. Maybe yes that is such a good mix of energy, and I can totally see itand you gut having like champagne cocktails and like painting likeflorals on the side of her Chimnney, like I seelike in glass, tube in acorner using an intercome to tell me what to do, and I wil it that made me Lok forail what war the title of your biography be:Um and all alone the Orlondo Soria. Storing untildhen well be typing it in theCORNR. Okay, final question: How long does it take for you to do your hairnotice? I Ha I did my soop like yours today. Oh It's cute! I like it. I not actually that long, probably likefive to seven minutes. Oh Gon, I hate you all. I tell everybody where you wantthem to find. You follow you and want you. Please love me Um! Please followme on Togram ATMISTER ORLANDROSTORIA BME checking my blog for updates,because I'm going to be blogging again very soon, as Orlondozoria dtcom. Whatelse I mean? That's basically it just Oh, also watch build me up on HGTV, goand also be on the lookout for a new hgtv digital series, where I make overthe home of extremely hot celebrity Olympian, skir US Kanworthy, which willbe out very very soon you're. Just telling me about thisright now, yeah. How short is he in real life? Is he like heeer short he'ssorer than me he's actually like also dating a friend of mine, and your do Iget her so hot and you're like. Why are you guys so cute? So you nowe, like areally big shower, that we did like photo like we shot his place like a fewmonths ago, and so we had to do like portraits of us together and I'm like.Why do do you look so good in every photo? 'cause you I just basically youlook like up old witch with, like murn crawling out of your favho nn, an I youlike. Don't even try. Look amazing in this boat of he's a sweetheart. I lovehim, and that was a really fun project. So I maxpited for people to see thephotos of it and I'm also excited for the Little Webseriesoh. I'm going to bewatching that and I'm going to be pressing pause a few times, I'm surenewched he's absolutely adorable and his place turned out so good. I love it well. Thank you for joinusthis has been Orlondo Storia. You can read my Indep interview with him andsome before and after photos op his work in our October November issue ofMetrosorus available nationally on new stands or go online, and that has beenour episode Ian. Your host Alexandar...

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