Rebel Wilson Surprises Her Hairdresser With New Backyard Retreat in Upcoming ‘Celebrity IOU’ Episode
Rebel Wilson is giving back in a big way. The actress and comedian is a guest on the May 11 episode of Celebrity IOU, where she works with hosts Jonathan and Drew Scott to remake her friend Nicole’s lackluster backyard.
Nicole was Rebel Wilson’s first American friend
When Rebel first came to the U.S., Nicole was one of the first people she really got to know.
“I chose Nicole because she’s my first American friend ever,” Rebel says in the episode. “I just remember thinking ‘wow, this girl’s really nice, chill and normal.’ She saved up all her money to buy this house and has nothing left for the outside. To give back to her in this way is just incredible.”
“I was just always brought up being grateful and giving back to people,” she adds. “I’m so happy we can do this for Nicole and her family.”
For her part, Nicole calls Rebel “more family than a friend.”
Rebel gives her best friend a major backyard makeover
Nicole’s home has a large backyard, but with no landscaping, it’s just wasted space. So Rebel, Jonathan, and Drew team up to transform it into something “legendary” and “epic.”
The Bridesmaids star doesn’t just contribute design ideas for the yard transformation. She gets her hands dirty by using an excavator to tear up a large slab of cracked concrete.
“I can now put, what, general contractor on my resume, can I now, after this?” she says.
The four-week renovation includes making space for a pool, creating an outdoor living space, and adding a fire feature. The project has some nerve-wracking moments, including having to use a crane to lift a shipping container over the house so that it can be turned into a swim spa.
Rebel’s friend can’t believe the results. “It’s unreal,” Nicole says after getting a look at the front yard. And when she sees the back, it’s time for the waterworks. “I can’t believe this,” she says. “It’s better than I could have even imagined.”
‘Celebrity IOU’ has been renewed for season 2
Celebrity IOU premiered in mid-April, with an episode featuring Brad Pitt helping to renovate his friend and makeup artist’s garage. Subsequent episodes have featured Melissa McCarthy and Viola Davis. Michael Bublé will appear in an upcoming installment.
The show has been a hit for HGTV, attracting nearly 19 million viewers, which has already renewed it for a second season. Celebrity IOU Season 2 should premiere sometime in 2021 with a new group of celebs who want to give back.
“Since its premiere on April 13, Celebrity IOU has delivered a strong, consistent weekly performance among all demos,” Jane Latman, president, HGTV, said in a statement. “This series continues to break records and it delights viewers with feel-good stories about fan-favorite celebs and the people who love and support them off-camera. We have to make more.”
Celebrity IOU airs Monday, May 11 at 9/8c on HGTV.
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