He talks about his incredible journey from “Ross the Intern” on “The Tonight Show” to creating his own show — Persistence should be his middle name — which recently was renewed for a second season. He’s also up for a People’s Choice Award on Wednesday (Jan. 8) as Best New Talk Show Host.
Mathews and his life partner, Salvador Camarena, who grew up in Indio, also recently bought a second house in Palm Springs. Both say the desert community has become more of a home than a quick getaway.
“The first time I pulled into Palm Springs, I thought ‘Where have I been? This is home to me,’” Mathews says. “Because Palm Springs has become so chic and the epicenter of design right now, it’s cool that the rest of the world is recognizing it.”
Camarena agrees: “Moving way from Palm Springs and coming back, I appreciate it a lot more. I realize how chic it has become in architectural design, interior design and culinary skills. I get inspired by it. It’s really cool to be inspired by your hometown.”
Read the full interview in the new issue on stands Thursday (Jan. 9) at Hunters Nightclub, Gay Mart, both Koffis, The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, and many other sites across the Coachella Valley.