Instinct Exclusive: An Interview With Daniel Rengering!
The Viral Hot Cop Talks LGBTQ Love, Man Crushes, And SO Much More!
I sat down with Gainesville #HotCop, Daniel Rengering, while he was in Los Angeles for his (future) appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Hot Cop might be the understatement of the century. Rengering is on fire. I was amazed at how humble he was, taking all of his new-found fame in stride, and genuinely was the nicest guy. It was a breath of fresh air to meet a man who always puts his money where his mouth is. Rengering has been a vocal supporter to the LGBTQ community, people of color, dozens of charity organizations and more. If you haven't had a moment to check him out, you're gonna want to get the jump on it. I know I definitely wanted to jump on it.
Mickey Keating: GURL, is-is hot in here? Whew, they weren't kidding…
Daniel Rengering: …temperature seems fine to me? What did they say?
Mickey: Never mind what they said. Lort, I am thirsty.
DR: Do you want my bottle of water, man?
Mickey: Uhhhh. That isn't going to be enough.
DR: I think I saw some vending machines in the lobby?
Mickey: I can't… What was it like to be in the presence of the queen herself, Ellen DeGeneres? Did you get to touch her? What did she smell like?
DR: I didn't get to touch her, but she was amazing. Definitely an icon. I honestly don't think I got a good whiff of her. I dunno. Is it normal to go around smelling people?
Mickey: Aren't you wearing Armani Black Code?
DR: Uhhhhh. Yeah. Okay. I guess that answers that question.
Mickey: Let's talk about what everyone wants to know. Nudes? You must have some? Where can we find them? What can you tell us about them?
DR: I don't, actually. Trust me. You don't want to see that.
Mickey: You must have some really disgusting feet, or something, because, like, you're perfect. Who wouldn't want to see that?
DR: Does Instinct cover eye insurance? I think you need new contacts. *laughs*
Mickey: When did you realize that you were the hottest cop, like ever?
DR: Who said that? I want to give them a hug.
Mickey: If you heard half of what I've said about you, you'd owe me a lot more than a hug.
DR: You can have a hug if you want?
Mickey: Oh, calm down. I'm working! Who's your current man-crush?
DR: Chris Pratt, all-day.
Mickey: We've been trying to get out of you, what's in your nightstand for months. What exactly is in it? Show me the receipts.
DR: I got my nightstand a few years ago, so I don't have the receipt for it anymore, but you'll have to check out my PopWrapped interview if you want to know what's in it. I know the final part of that interview is coming before the end of the year.
Mickey: If you had to choose between a twink, bear, otter, or wolf, which would you pick, and why?
DR: Are we going to the San Diego Zoo? I mean, I actually really like animals. I'm gonna go out on a limb, and say otter, because they come in pairs and make cute noises when they eat. I'm not sure if my bathtub is big enough to hold two of them though? I think we could probably make it fit.
Mickey: Two otters? I mean… Most people would settle for just one, but you are a big man. I could see how you'd need a couple.
DR: You don't think otters are cute?
Mickey: I never said that. What's your favorite season of RuPaul's Drag Race?
DR: I'm not sure about RuPaul specifically, but I do really like cars and drag racing? What's yours?
Mickey: What in gay hell? I can't even… Season 6. Milk was amazing, and Bianca Del Rio is the queen!
DR: I like milk too! Usually chocolate. Did we just become best friends!?
Mickey: How do you feel about gay marriage?
DR: Marriage is really cool, if that's what you're into. I really don't get the whole “gay marriage” thing, to be honest. Why does it have to be gay? Can't it just be marriage? It's the same thing, right? I never really understood why anyone would oppose it. I definitely don't. I think if two guys or two girls want to be as miserable as a guy and a girl, why not?!
Mickey: Interesting… So you're not interested in eloping… I mean, getting married? …to someone, I mean, not me. Sorry. What were we talking about again?
DR: *LAUGHING* I can't commit to breakfast.
Mickey: You started professionally modeling a few months ago, when this all started, and were just named CJC Photography's Top Model of 2017. What has that been like? You're on the cover of like, thirty books now, right?
DR: I am still pinching myself, that so many people would take time out of their day to support me, and show me so much love. When Christopher John told me I was his Top Model of 2017, I think I just kind of stared for a minute. I'm still getting used to all of the attention. I just got back from Montreal, Canada after shooting with Sara Eirew. That was surreal as well. She's placed over a thousand photos on best-selling books.
Mickey: How do you feel being fawned over by the LGBTQ community?
DR: I'm flattered that anyone would fawn over me. I guess I just look at people as people. The heart wants what it wants. The gay community has definitely been very kind to me. I'll never forget that.
Mickey: Did you just quote Selena Gomez?
DR: Selena Gomez is a babe. I should totally steal her from the Biebs.
Mickey: Oh, god. I could totally see that fight. [Justin] Bieber breaks into your house. You're sleeping in your underwear. A fight ensues. Bieber throws you in on the bed, with Selena.
Mickey: Bieber is putting up quite the fight, and everyone is starting to get sweaty. Bieber's junk is bouncing around in his gray sweatpants, clearly no match for Rengering's. Selena…
DR: I need an adult.
Mickey: I'm currently over the age of 18.
DR: I need another adult.
Mickey: Can I collect my hug now?
Thank you to Daniel Rengering for taking the time to chat with me, and for being such a gentleman. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and if you're wondering, I did get my hug.