Thom Filicia

Thom Filicia


5/17/1969, Syracuse, New York

Birth Name

Thomas L. Filicia Jr


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Thom Filicia was born and raised in the Sedgwick Farm neighborhood in Syracuse, the youngest of three brothers. Thom inherited his love of design from his real estate agent mother, Janet, who would take him to see the properties she was selling, and his electrical engineer father, also…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Thom is working on his own furniture and home collections, and a how-to book on interiors (as of February 2007).

    • In 2004 Thom was nominated for an Emmy for his design work on the Christmas episode of Queer Eye. It is his only award nomination for Queer Eye not to be shared with the rest of the cast.

    • Thom is allergic to cats, so whenever Queer Eye makes over a cat owner, the cat has to stay elsewhere for the duration.

    • Thom designed the United States pavilion for the 2005 World's Fair in Aichi, Japan.

    • In 2005, Thom was hired by Jennifer Lopez to decorate her new Long Island home.

    • Thom landed his role on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy after he met and befriended the casting director of the show. They met when they became trapped together in the elevator of Thom's office building.

    • Before setting up his own company, Thom worked for three high-end New York interior design companies: Parish Hadley Associates (who hired Thom in his final year of university), Robert Metzger Interiors, and Jeffrey Bilhuber.

    • Thom attended Syracuse University from 1990-1993, studying for a BA in Interior Design. He completed all his design courses, but left one or two science credits short of graduating, after being offered a job with a top design company.

    • Thom's constant companion is his beloved dog, a former stray named Paco, who is a Greyhound/Beagle mix. Thom found Paco hiding under a car during a rainstorm, and adopted him. Paco has been featured on Thom's TV show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

    • Thom has been with his partner, publicist Greg Calejo, since 2004.

    • Thom owns an apartment in New York's SoHo and a lake house in the Hudson Valley.

    • Thom has owned his own high end interior design company, Thom Filicia Inc., since 1998.

    • In 2004 Thom was hired as a spokesman for Pier 1 Imports, but the company declined to renew his contract at the end of the first year due to disappointing sales.

  • Quotes

    • Thom (on deciding to take the Queer Eye job): When they offered me the position on the show, I said to them, 'Well, I can't promise you what my relationship with the camera will be and how I'm going to come off. But I know I'll be able to do really great things with the products and the interiors. That's something I'm very confident about because it's something I'm very passionate about.'

    • Thom (on audience reaction to Queer Eye): It's really about the audience and what they're capable and willing. Right now, for some reason America is really reacting positively. And they're ready for it. Who knows why? But they're reacting well to it and that's the most powerful part of this whole situation. People are watching it and responding to it in a positive way.

    • Thom (on his early interest in design): As a designer, since I was a young kid, I was constantly absorbing those things. Going to my friend's parents' house. Traveling with my family and going visiting. Old movies like Casablanca. It wasn't really just the interiors. It was more the lifestyle. And understanding demographics. I almost had a panic attack when I went to Vizcaya the first time it was so good. So I was just very much into all of it from boats to campers to houses. Just living environment, space, interiors, I was into it.

    • Thom (on coming out as gay): All through high school and college, I dated women. I had been in New York for a year and my parents were coming to visit, and I knew I had to tell them. I am the youngest of three boys and my parents had wanted a girl, so when I sat them down, I said, 'Mom, Dad, I've got good news and bad news.' It was one of the most stressful days of my life, but my mom was great and my father was really cool. They were always close to me. And it was a really amazing experience, I was really lucky that my parents were just cool with it from the beginning.