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Celebrity IOU: Zooey Deschanel joins boyfriend Jonathan Scott to renovate her best friend’s home

Zooey Deschanel joined boyfriend Jonathan Scott for a gorgeous renovation of her best friend’s home on Monday’s season two premiere of Celebrity IOU.

The 40-year-old actress worked with Jonathan and his twin brother Drew Scott, both 42, to turn her BFF Sarah’s 900-square-foot home into an oasis.

The all made a good team, traveling around to get supplies for the house, which needed to be finished in three weeks.

Best friend: Zooey Deschanel joined boyfriend Jonathan Scott for a gorgeous renovation of her best friend’s home on Monday’s season two premiere of Celebrity IOU

‘Is it just me, or is this reminiscent of when we first met?’ Jonathan asked his girlfriend, whom he’d encountered in August 2019 while doing James Corden’s show Carpool Karaoke.

‘It is,’ she replied, smiling.

‘Was it my wit and charm that won you over, or my voice of an angel?’ Jonathan wondered, singing, as Drew hung his head and moaned, ‘Oh God.’

‘I’ll take the whole package,’ Zooey said, charmed.

Working together: The 40-year-old actress worked with boyfriend Jonathan and his twin brother Drew Scott, both 42, to turn her BFF Sarah's 900-square-foot home into an oasis

Working together: The 40-year-old actress worked with boyfriend Jonathan and his twin brother Drew Scott, both 42, to turn her BFF Sarah’s 900-square-foot home into an oasis

‘Are you willing to roll up your fancy sleeves, and get dirty and bust holes in walls and rip cabinets make this happen?’ Jonathan asked.

‘Mm-hmm. I’m ready,’ Zooey said.

‘This is a dynamic duo,’ Drew teased. ‘Jonathan builds, you design, I go on vacation.’

Triple threat: 'This is a dynamic duo,' Drew teased the couple. 'Jonathan builds, you design, I go on vacation'

Triple threat: ‘This is a dynamic duo,’ Drew teased the couple. ‘Jonathan builds, you design, I go on vacation’

Zooey told the Scotts about how important Sarah was to her life.

She’d known her since she was five, and said she was like a sister to her: They’d carpooled to kindergarten, gone trick-or-treating and done their first communion together.

When she surprised Sarah with the idea of renovating her home, her friend was shocked but not surprised that Zooey was doing something so nice for her.

Close bond: Zooey has known Sarah since she was five, and said she was like a sister to her

Close bond: Zooey has known Sarah since she was five, and said she was like a sister to her

‘We call each other ‘infinity best friend,’ Sarah said. ‘And that’s like, legit.’

Jonathan told Sarah that Zooey was ‘officially our new Property Sister,’ showing her how the actress even learned to pose like he and Drew did.

As they walked around Sarah’s house, the men learned that she had just had her second baby, and her home was busting at the seams, with small rooms and no space to properly cook or entertain.

Official pose: Jonathan told Sarah that Zooey was 'officially our new Property Sister,' showing her how the actress even learned to pose like he and Drew did

Official pose: Jonathan told Sarah that Zooey was ‘officially our new Property Sister,’ showing her how the actress even learned to pose like he and Drew did

After talking it through, Zooey and the Scotts decided to expand the kitchen, installing a big island and breakfast bar, and relocating a washer/dryer unit.

They also chose to get rid of the ‘aged shiplap’ in the home’s dining space, adding modern windows and medium-toned floors throughout the house.

There were challenges, especially when Zooey was asked to do heavy construction work.

Bigger kitchen: After talking it through, Zooey and the Scotts decided to expand the kitchen, installing a big island and breakfast bar, and relocating a washer/dryer unit

Bigger kitchen: After talking it through, Zooey and the Scotts decided to expand the kitchen, installing a big island and breakfast bar, and relocating a washer/dryer unit

‘Sarah’s my best friend, and I felt like it was important to be a part of the demo process,’ she told the cameras, as she and Jonathan used a lever to pry off the top of a kitchen cabinet.

‘This is the most romantic thing you and I have ever done,’ Jonathan told her.

‘The worst part for me is that it’s loud,’ Zooey went on, offering to ‘detail paint all day long’ instead.

Too loud: 'The worst part for me is that it's loud,' Zooey went on, offering to 'detail paint all day long' instead

Too loud: ‘The worst part for me is that it’s loud,’ Zooey went on, offering to ‘detail paint all day long’ instead

In private, she added, ‘I love spending time with Jonathan more than anything in the world, but I’d rather watch him do it from afar, like with headphones on.’

Jonathan said they worked well as a team but he didn’t like the fact that she made construction glasses look ‘way better’ than he did.

He and Zooey then chose the design elements for Sarah’s house, calling it ‘a no-brainer’ to collaborate. as they usually agreed on ‘just about everything.’

Good team: Jonathan said they worked well as a team but he didn't like the fact that Zooey made construction glasses look 'way better' than he did

Good team: Jonathan said they worked well as a team but he didn’t like the fact that Zooey made construction glasses look ‘way better’ than he did

Jonathan did admit he was more improvisational than the ‘meticulous’ Zooey, who seemed more interested in form while he focused on function.

‘Wanna work together more often?’ he asked Zooey, kissing her.

‘I’d like that,’ she said.

Tender moment: 'Wanna work together more often?' Jonathan asked Zooey, kissing her

Tender moment: ‘Wanna work together more often?’ Jonathan asked Zooey, kissing her

As the couple installed a window together, Drew gave a look of disgust.

‘These two are so adorable,’ he complained. ‘Makes me sick.’

Slowly the home came together, with Zooey choosing its art and having a chandelier made for their kitchen, under which she suggested they install a banquette.

Too much: As the couple installed a window together, Drew gave a playful look of disgust

Too much: As the couple installed a window together, Drew gave a playful look of disgust

When Sarah saw the gorgeously renovated space, she was overcome, instantly bursting into tears and saying, ‘My God!’ as she looked around.

She swooned over her new sink, fridge and stove, but said the banquette was her favorite part, marveling, ‘It felt like they made the house 10 times bigger.’

Sarah pictured her baby eating there, and was thrilled by the idea of be able to cook and hang out with her family at the same time.

Loved it: When Sarah saw the gorgeously renovated space, she was overcome, instantly bursting into tears and saying, 'My God!' as she looked around

Loved it: When Sarah saw the gorgeously renovated space, she was overcome, instantly bursting into tears and saying, ‘My God!’ as she looked around

‘It’s so beautiful!’ she told Zooey. ‘Thank you so much.’

Jonathan urged the old friends to sit at the banquette, where they talked about their kids, and their future.

‘Sarah’s actually known Zooey ten times longer than I’ve known Zooey,’ he observed. ‘I’d like to come back here in 30 years and celebrate another 30 years of great friendship.’

Celebrity IOU will return next week on HGTV.

Catching up: Jonathan urged the old friends to sit at the banquette, where they talked about their kids, and their future

Catching up: Jonathan urged the old friends to sit at the banquette, where they talked about their kids, and their future

Big toast: Everyone toasted after the project was completed

Big toast: Everyone toasted after the project was completed


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