DS: We designed an entire outdoor space for Rebel Wilson’s episode, which, by the way, includes lifting a 6,500-pound prefabricated pool over our resident’s house. So that was a little stressful.
AD: Who is your dream guest?
DS: I think somebody like Oprah would be incredible. She’s basically the patron saint of doing nice things for people, so she would be amazing.
AD: Where did you get the idea for this show?
DS: Believe it or not, we started thinking about this idea five years ago. We were at the Emmys and Viola Davis came over to us and said that she is a big fan of our show Property Brothers. After a little chatting, we mentioned the idea for Celebrity IOU, and almost immediately she said she was in and she knew exactly who she wanted to help. That’s when we knew we had something, and the word spread from there.
AD: Since we’re all stuck at home for the time being, how have you both been passing the time?
DS: It does seem strange to be separated from Jonathan for this long. We typically have a very hectic production schedule, so this unexpected downtime has given us a break that we haven’t really had in the last decade. But we’re still staying connected over virtual game nights and video-chat dinners.
JS: Even though filming is shut down, we’re still operating the other parts of our business remotely. For Scott Living, we’re designing new furniture and home accessories, particularly to tackle storage solutions, home office setups, and new stylish household sanitary products for people who are stuck at home during the virus. Other than work, I’m learning piano; enjoying amazing meals care of my private chef, Zooey [Deschanel, his girlfriend]; and doing a lot of jigsaw puzzles.
AD: Do you watch HGTV yourselves? What are your favorite shows other than your own?
JS: Of course. Our production team, Scott Brothers Entertainment, not only produces our shows, but also many others, like Nate and Jeremiah By Design. I love Nate and Jeremiah. Not only are they incredibly talented, but just great guys.
DS: My wife, Linda, and I have been talking with several HGTV personalities, like Jasmine Roth, through our podcast, At Home With Linda and Drew Scott, so it has been fun to hear about new projects coming to life. Oh, and Home Town is also one of our faves. Ben and Erin [Napier] are amazing.