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21 Fun Facts About Your Favorite HGTV Celebrities

From cameos in HBO dramas to singing in boy bands, these fun facts about your favorite HGTV stars are sure to surprise you!

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Jonathan and Drew Scott Were Underwear Models

HGTV’s Property Brothers had some experience in the entertainment industry prior to their current gig. Jonathan acted on an episode of The X-Files, while his twin brother, Drew, acted on an episode of Smallville. But perhaps the raciest thing the brothers did prior to their hit show was work as underwear models! After seeing these real-life home inspector photos (and picking your jaw up off of the floor), you’ll wonder what these homeowners were thinking!

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Hilary Farr had a role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Before starring on HGTV’s Love It or List It, Hilary Farr scored a gig in the cult favorite musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Thanks to her family living near Tim Curry, she landed the role of the bride at the wedding Brad and Janet attend at the beginning of the movie. But her acting career didn’t end there. She went on to receive a leading role in a Broadway production of Run For Your Wife. She was also an accomplished swimmer and diver prior to her HGTV career!

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Nicole Curtis Worked at Hooters

Rehab Addict‘s Nicole Curtis has lived a far from conventional lifestyle. From public battles with her exes to the city of Minneapolis suing her for breach of contract and even her mother filing a protective order against her, there’s been no lack of drama in her life! Before she rose to fame, Curtis was a high school graduate working at Hooters. She also cleaned houses before her shifts. These 10 tips will ensure a successful kitchen remodel.

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Scott McGillivray Was in a Boy Band

Prior to hosting HGTV’s Income Property, Scott McGillivray was a wannabe musician performing in a boy band called Next Element. Google images of the band, and the matching outfits and gelled hair will make you think of fan favorites like Backstreet Boys and NSYNC! Another fun fact, McGillivray owned 25 properties by the time he turned 25 years old! You’ll cringe when you see these 14 kitchen renovation fails.

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Jason Cameron Landed a Cameo on Sex and the City

HGTV’s star of Man Caves and Desperate Landscapes had a brief appearance in HBO’s Sex and the City. During the episode where Miranda is training for a marathon, Cameron can be seen running in the background. The best part is his title in the credits—he’s identified as “Man With Big Arms.” Save money during your remodel with these 32 tips.

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Chip Gaines Fell for Joanna Before Meeting Her

 

The King and Queen of HGTV met in 2001, but Chip Gaines knew he loved Joanna before he even met her. Chip frequented a Firestone tire shop that happened to be owned by Joanna’s dad. “Her dad made the mistake of putting a pic of the family behind the counter at his shop,” Chip said. He continued to return to the shop until he got to meet Joanna. Here are some surprising things Chip and Joanna Gaines don’t want you to know about their popular home improvement show.

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Tarek El Moussa Is a Pilot and Almost Crashed a Plane with Christina on Board

HGTV fans are well aware of the drama that has surrounded Flip or Flop stars and now exes Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa. But one fact most might not know is that El Moussa also flies planes. After getting his pilot license, the HGTV star took his then wife on a ride, but ascended too quickly and caused the sensory alarms to go off.

“I got her in like a 1950s plane and there was like a wind storm, but I told her everything will be OK,” he said. “We got up there and the guy told me to make a left turn. I pull (the yoke) and we went straight up. All of a sudden everything starts beeping and the plane is stalling because I was going up too steep.

“Yeah, I almost killed her.”

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David Bromstad Worked for Disney

Prior to earning big gigs for HGTV like My Lottery Dream Home, HGTV Design Star, Color Splash and Flipping the Block, David Bromstad had another rewarding job. He was creating theme park installations for Walt Disney World! Plan a successful remodel with these 20 tips.

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Genevieve Gorder Worked for Prince, Hosted an MTV Show and More!

As if it’s not cool enough to be an HGTV star, Genevieve Gorder has a list of intriguing gigs prior to her fame. For instance, she once worked at club owned by Prince. She also worked for MTV as a correspondent for their show Sex in the ’90s and served as Quantum Experience Advisor for new Royal Caribbean cruise ships, where she designed the interiors of the ships! Check out our top famous handymen/women.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines Named Their Company After Their First Date

The cute (and wildly successful) HGTV couple named their multi-faceted company, including Magnolia Homes and Magnolia Realty, after a pretty special moment. “You know what’s interesting about a magnolia tree?” Chip told his kids on an episode of Fixer Upper. “One of mama and I’s first dates I climbed up a magnolia tree and I pulled her off a magnolia bloom and I gave it to her.”

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Alexa Erickson
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer, currently working with Reader's Digest, Shape Magazine and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty and scientific news. Follow her traveling adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: [email protected] and check out her website: livingbylex.com