You’ve seen him all over HGTV on shows like “Property Brothers,” “Buying and Selling” and “Brother vs. Brother.” He’s on a syndicated, Canadian talk show and will soon be releasing his first book! Just when you thought he couldn’t do anymore, Jonathan Scott has now teamed up with Dove Mens + Care Hair for the “King of the Castle Home Upgrade.” Today ventwing.com had the opportunity to interview Jonathan. The hard-working twin tells us about his fans, growing up in Las Vegas, and some of his strangest experiences–all while maintaing his fabulous coif.
What’s the craziest thing that happened on “Property Brothers”?
We come across a lot of weird stuff. In one of the houses we were working on, the homeowner obviously got a sale on wallpaper because there was wallpaper everywhere! Inside of cabinets and drawers, even the tub-surround was all done in wallpaper–which surprisingly isn’t waterproof (sarcasm). There was massive rot underneath the tub when we lifted it and the beams and everything were rotting away so that was probably one of the worst projects we’ve come across. We called it the “Wallpaper Wonder”.
I noticed you guys like to give the homes funny nicknames.
We have a lot of laughs coming up with those names–and now we have created a master list so we never use the same name twice.
How do you deal with homeowner meltdowns?
Well we’re starting a new show in the fall called DIY Divorce…I’m kidding (he laughs). I’m just very patient and I understand that this is stressful for people and we’re dealing with the most expensive investment they’ll ever make. With all of the design decisions, my job is to guide them through that process and to make sure they’re not financially strapped afterwards. I want them to understand that there’s not just one right way to do things but that I can make anything look good; any style any color. I want to make sure every design is functional and it looks great because my philosophy is that at the end of the day your home should make your life easier. So if you look at a family that has a bunch of kids for example,maybe they spend half of their life doing laundry so it would be better spending more money on a laundry facility to free up the rest of their time and make the process more efficient. These are things that a lot of homeowners don’t know so I’m here to help them with that.
You filmed “Property Brothers” and “Buying and Selling” in Austin, TX and half in Vancouver, Canada, your hometown. What was it like working in both places?
It was a lot of fun. Austin was awesome-their slogan there is “Keep Austin Weird” so you can imagine. I love things that are splendidly bizarre and there was no shortage of that! Every house was different which I loved. There was one home we went into for “Buying and Selling” and he was having problems with his plumbing and electrical. Well it turned out he had a raccoon stuck in the walls at one point and his solution for it was to pull the paneling back and start firing off rounds with his hand gun into the walls! He pierced plumbing, he pierced cables–he did get the Raccoon but he didn’t get it out, so it started rotting inside the walls. It was a total mess. The lesson here is if you don’t know what you’re doing, call in a professional.
I loved working in Vancouver. I just did a lecture at a huge stadium there called VC Place, and it was a packed house. We have a huge following there and great fans. But everywhere we have passionate fans. We like to do live events (like lectures) where we can interact with the fans. My mom and dad drove out to see us too. Our shows give us the platform to educate the masses and are very interactive. I like to think that there’s great takeaway knowledge for everybody.
What are some upcoming projects for your Production company, Scott Brothers Entertainment?
We have a lot of projects in the works. Drew and I are both writing our first book. We’re getting ready to film a renovation show in our family home in Vegas so you’ll get to see what we would do to our own spaces. That’s a huge project including an outdoor living space (which are my favorite spaces to do). Someone challenged me not too long ago, they said “You already have three shows (Brother Vs. Brother, Buying and Selling and Property Brothers) the book and the TV special on the house in Vegas–you couldn’t possibly do anymore!” I just laughed and said, “Oh really?” So that’s some of what we’ve got going on. We also have a syndicated radio show that we do across Canada, and we’re hoping to bring that to the states as well. We talk about everything from travel, to food to sex and a little bit of home and design. It’s called “Off Topic with the Scott Brothers” and it features myself, Drew, and our third brother, J.D.
Tell us about the Dove Men+Care Hair partnership. How did that come about and what is it like working with them?
I’m really excited about it. I partnered with Dove, for the Dove Men+Care Hair “King of the Castle” home upgrade and we’re basically finding one man somewhere in America and I’m going to fly to his house and upgrade his ‘castle’. Obviously a castle has to have things like (prize options) a moat with a functioning drawbridge or the ultimate backyard treehouse or authentic British-looking royal guards to guard your home and twice a day we’ll do a “changing of the guards” ceremony! Nothing is off-limits! Even though the contest is for the man of the house, I firmly believe that a king is only as good as the queen standing beside him in his castle. So everyone in the family can get involved and enjoy the space.
You have great hair. Did the Dove partnership have anything to do with that?
(Laughs) Why thank you; they actually call me “the hair of the network” at HGTV. My brother Drew was so jealous when I got the call. He said “this isn’t fair, why did they ask you and not me?” and I was like “have you seen my hair?”
What inspired the use of Computer generated imagery (CGI) on your shows?
Well I have a graphic design background. When I walk into a place the first thing I see is walls changing, walls removed, carpet and flooring changing and so on, so the first thing I thought is-how can we paint this picture for people? This technology isn’t very cost-effective for the average resident but it’s great for this. I started working with a company that developed it and now some other shows are using it–but they say copying is flattery so I’m fine with that. Each show features a slightly different use of the technology. In the very beginning of season 1, we used to scan the homeowners and scan ourselves and we would put everyone involved into the 3D design to show functionality of the end result. Let me tell you, it was so realistic looking that the homeowners would say “I don’t remember filming this.” It got too creepy so we axed it.
I must confess though, sometimes I use the technology for evil (gives evil grin). When we do live lectures I’ll ask the audience if they like the 3D designs, they usually cheer and clap. Then I use that opportunity to insert Drew’s picture and his celebrity crush, Gwyneth to see what their kid would look like in front of the entire lecture. It’s pretty funny.
Being an eligible bachelor, what are some of the craziest things female fans have done to get your attention?
We’ve had people locate what hotel we’re staying in and wait in the lobby or by the elevator for us. Most of our fans are pretty respectful though, that’s what I like. I think some fans don’t realize when their being a bit overbearing. We’ve had people come up at a signing and drop full on blueprints and roll out plans on the table in front of us. They want us to design their house right then and there with a thousand people waiting to get autographs!
Reporting by Maya Cooper.