Despite all the talk of the glamorous life that celebrities lead, twin brothers and HGTV hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott have a very another point of view.
They’ve seen Heidi Klum, Jay Leno, Glenn Close, siblings Derek and Julianne Hough and more get dirty during home renovations. All of these celebrities, along with Kristin Chenoweth, Emma Roberts, Taraji P. Henson and Kristin Davis, are part of the new season of their celebrity IOUin which renovation experts help stars transform a space for a loved one.
“I love that Heidi and all the different celebrities want to get their hands on it,” Drew told Yahoo Entertainment. “They don’t just want to say, ‘Go do this so I give back to somebody.’ They want to physically get their hands dirty.”
Notably, Leno did so at what turned out to be quite an awkward moment for him, following serious injuries in November and January.
“He had some problems,” says Jonathan. “He had his face burned in an accident, then he had a motorbike accident and he broke his collarbone, his ribs and he broke his knee. He was with us the same week that he had the accident, with all these broken parts, and he didn’t want to slow down because the family he was giving back to, they were about to have a baby in a few weeks, and he wanted it done. No painkillers, no complaints.
Drew adds, “I just can’t get over how down-to-earth and hard-working Jay Leno is. He’s like a little dirty guy. He’s amazing.”
In the season premiere, it is Klum who impresses during the redesign of the residence of Lucia, his 17-year-old governess. The model is present everywhere, even hammering and walking on the roof of the property.
“Heidi is a force,” says Drew. “What I don’t think people really realize is that she doesn’t have a whole team of people around…She wants to do it herself. She wants to do it right. So every project that we We told her too, she would figure out find the right way to do it, get back to it… talk about German efficiency. She wanted to make sure it was perfect. And she knocked it out of the park.
“She always has this fun energy in every one of her shows, in everything she does. But imagine her wielding a hammer with that energy,” he says. “It was almost like a child, when you see a child who has this wonder and dreamy look, it was her all the time, and she’s on the roof of the house fixing roof repairs. She was smashing that old kitchen.”
Somewhat surprisingly, eight-time Oscar nominee Close was quick to roll up her sleeves.
“Wait a second, let me pull out my to-do list,” Drew said. “Check, check! I didn’t even know that was on my to-do list. Who would think you’re going to work with an icon like Glenn Close? And not only that, I didn’t know much about her You know, she lives on a ranch…she takes care of the property and the animals a lot herself. She goes there and she’s like, ‘Get out of my way’. Jump on the excavator, smash that shed and she laughs. It was so funny…I think we’re going to break the internet with this footage.
Jonathan swears Close was so happy she could change careers.
“Our apologies to Hollywood if she’s giving up being the best actress in the world because she wants to start doing what we’re doing,” he says. “She loved scrapping. It can be addictive when you start breaking things. She was filming in Paris, and she was coming back to be part of it, in Maine, on the east coast. She gives back to the woman who runs her organization charity, and so I thought that was pretty amazing too. To see that kind of commitment.
THE Property Brothers The stars, who renovated more than 630 homes on their various shows, probably had the most fun all season working with another set of siblings: Derek and Julianne Hough.
“They were joking that everyone thinks they’re twins, but they’re not,” Drew said. “But you’d think they’re twins, because they finish each other’s sentences. They don’t just both talk. They express every word with their bodies… The way they are together and the way we’re together, you’re kind of seeing that sibling dynamic… it was so much fun. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much during demolition and construction in so long, but it was fun. And there were so many dance competitions.
Anyone who has seen celebrity IOU knows it’s about more than drywall, no matter who’s supervising the construction. The show is really about relationships and gratitude.
Jonathan notes that it gives audiences a chance to see “the human side” of people like Leno.
“For me, that’s the most interesting part,” he says. “Learning to see celebrities in a different light, in a different setting. You really see, I think, their real selves, as opposed to, you know, normally you’re doing interviews and you’re on a red carpet and you “I just see it pass. I like seeing people when they’re not there.”
The season premiere of celebrity IOU airs Monday, May 15 at 8 p.m. on HGTV.
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