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21 Secret-ish Facts About HGTV Designers

True stuff about the designers on Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, and other shows that will make you say "whoooaaaa."

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2. Property Brother Drew Scott also had an uncredited role in a 2006 episode of Smallville as "Danny."

Did you know I was on an episode of @CW_Smallville? There's more fun facts over on my @IMDB page!

There are many scenes with extras, and I couldn't find one with him specifically, but you can watch it on Hulu yourself. (It's worth it just for the All-American Rejects performing at a costume ball at the end.)


3. In college, Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines majored in journalism and interned at CBS News in New York.

She worked on 48 Hours with Dan Rather. "It was during my time in this big city that my heart shifted and [I realized] I wanted to open a boutique like the ones I loved to go to in NY," she wrote in an Instagram caption.

4. Before becoming a renovation wonder, Chip Gaines wanted to be a pro baseball player, and then owned a laundry wash-and-fold service, and sold Scantrons to students at Baylor.

The laundry history is probably part of the reason why you'll see signs that say "wash and fold" at Magnolia Market. From here.

5. In 2013, a registered nurse watching a Flip or Flop marathon noticed a lump on Tarek El Moussa's thyroid, which turned out to be cancer.

You can read more in the People story that reported that news, and watch him thanking his fan here.

He was also fighting testicular cancer at the same time, and has been officially cancer-free only as of just recently (February 2017). See him talk more about it on The Doctors.


6. Christina El Moussa from Flip or Flop has her own prenatal power yoga DVD.

She also says she's a total fitness and nutrition buff — read more about how she balanced working out and eating healthy during her two pregnancies here.

You can get a copy of her DVD for $19.99 on Amazon.

9. Income Property's Scott McGillivray was once part of an '00s boy band, Next Element.


11. When Renovation Raiders' and Sweat Equity's Amy Matthews got her TV big break, she didn't have a contractor's license.

A4: I LOVE my @nest Learning thermostat. #ModernMonday

Read more on Bob Vila.


But she'd spent her teenage years repairing houses for families in need, so she had experience with home-reno DIYs from an early age.

13. OH RIGHT, there's a third Scott Brother, and his name's J.D.

He works as a TV producer and creative director.


15. He also once spent kind of a lot of money on a single boulder that doubles as a garden bench.

Chip Wade

"In any project, give your budget a buffer that lets you feel excited and motivated and helps you feel like it’s all worth it when you’re done," he told BuzzFeed DIY. "When I redid my yard, my splurge was paying extra for this one big boulder that I saw that I felt like I just had to have."

17. Scott McGillivray first learned about income properties while working on a college project.

18. Despite their divorce, Tarek and Christina El Moussa from Flip or Flop are still filming episodes together.

Instagram: @therealtarekelmoussa

And apparently getting along just fine.


19. Back in the day, the Property Brothers went through a ~Stranger Things~ period.

Instagram: @mrdrewscott

20. For the past 15 years, Chip Gaines has worn the same exact style and brand of jeans. / Via

They're the classic, standard-fit Gap 1969s. You can still see him in shorts on vacation, though, and around town.

21. The Property Brothers have a record deal and record country music that they write and sing themselves.

Back in 2016, they signed with SESAC, and since then they've released an EP with two songs on it, as well as performed on a variety of compilation albums. Wayyyy back in the day (aka a year ago) they'd planned to release an album, but that never really materialized.

Check out their YouTube channel here, and the main page for Scott Brothers Entertainment here.

Which means, naturally, they made a cover of Flo Rida's "My House," where Evan Bass and Carly Wadell from The Bachelor in Paradise make out and for some reason there's a mermaid.


What are your favorite facts about HGTV designers? Did we miss any good ones?