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What These HGTV Stars Looked Like Before The Fame

What These HGTV Stars Looked Like Before The Fame

If you’ve ever dreamed of HGTV stardom, you
may be thinking you need to live and breathe real estate. After all, those design stars must have been
rehabbing houses since childhood. Turns out the stars of HGTV have done every
type of work, and most of them didn’t even start with real estate. From underwear models to a Hooters waitress,
these stars prove that it’s never too late to change paths. Chip and Joanna Gaines Ahh, Chip and Joanna Gaines — the reality
couple that helps us believe in love again. Judging from their on screen fun and playfulness,
it’s easy to imagine them happy together whether they were rich or poor — and they’ve done
both. They weren’t always moguls running a hit show,
magazine, shop, and bakery. Before the HGTV fame they found with their
reality design show Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna were actually broke. Joanna told People, “I remember when we first
got married, the only money we had was what was in Chip’s pocket. He always had a wad of cash, but we were broke. If I needed to go grocery shopping it’s whatever
was in his pocket. That’s how we paid the bills.” Chip began flipping houses when the couple
got married, but that business didn’t pay the bills in the beginning. Chip Gaines revealed that during their first
two years of marriage, Joanna’s father kept asking him when he was going to get a “real
job.” In the end, he stuck with it, and look how
that worked out. Nicole Curtis Another HGTV rags to riches story comes by
way of Nicole Curtis. Curtis calls the shots in her show Rehab Addict,
but she wasn’t always the confident boss lady she is today. In college she couldn’t decide on a career
path. She actually attended school in three different
states: Georgia, Florida, and Michigan. She also changed her major from pre-law to
education. Rehabbing houses was never the plan. After college, Curtis paid the bills by waitressing
at restaurants like IHOP and Hooters. She also started cleaning houses before and
after her restaurant shifts after she became a single mom to her son Ethan. The only reason that Curtis started rehabbing
houses was sheer necessity. As she told Arizona Central, “I got interested
in rehabbing because I was poor. Nothing motivates you to learn how to do something
like not having the money to pay to have it done.” Once Curtis started getting into restoring
old houses, she earned her real estate license just around the time that the network was
looking for a blonde host for their new show. As she remembered in a chat with Minnesota
Monthly, “Coincidentally, there was this really horrific Glamour Shots photo of me on my website,
and when a production assistant at Magnetic Productions was scanning for blonde real-estate
agents for the show, they saw it.” And the rest was small screen history! Jonathan and Drew Scott After watching just one episode of Property
Brothers, it’s clear that Jonathan and Drew Scott are HGTV gold. Two handsome and funny brothers battle it
out amid gorgeous homes and incredible transformations. And it seems like they were always destined
for HGTV greatness. The two have a history in both real estate
and performing so they were made for this. Both Scott brothers had their hearts set on
acting since they were young. They both had roles on the Canadian series
Breaker High; and Jonathan even had a small role on The X-Files. They even tried their hands at underwear modeling
and worked as professional clowns in a former lifetime. Their real estate career began when they were
only teenagers after watching a late night infomercial. Jonathan told Forbes, “Drew and I were coming
out of high school and we didn’t want to be starving actors so we saw this infomercial
on how to make millions of dollars with no money down by Carlton Sheets. At 18 with $250 down we bought a $200,000
home right across from the University and after a little work sold it a year later for
a $50,000 profit and that’s when the light bulb went on.” With that combination of acting and real estate
experience, it was only a matter of time until a network snatched them up. And now they’re the hottest twins on TV today,
thanks in no small part to their excellent impersonation skills. “Hey, yo, Adrian! Yo, Adrian, I love you!” “Adrian!” Genevieve Gorder From Design Star to the award-winning series
HGTV White House Christmas, Genevieve Gorder has secured her place as HGTV royalty. So, it might be surprising to learn that HGTV
was actually the third network she worked for. Originally from Minneapolis, Gorder moved
out to Oregon to attend Lewis & Clark College after high school. After falling in love with her graphic design
class, she scored an internship with MTV in NYC. She then transferred to the School of Visual
Arts in Manhattan and graduated with her bachelors in fine arts. That MTV internship turned into a full-time
job, and Gorder ended up starring in the series Sex in the ’90s. Years later, Gorder was cast as one of the
star designers on TLC’s Trading Spaces. But she found her forever home, it seems,
on HGTV. Carter Oosterhouse There’s a reason why HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse
looks more like a model than carpenter — he was one! Oosterhouse was the youngest of four kids
raised in Michigan. As a kid he loved all sports, and actually
received a full ride scholarship to Central Michigan University for rugby. There, he studied nutrition and communication
before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his modeling and acting career. But building and real estate was always in
his blood. He told HGTV, “The town that I grew up in,
which is Traverse City, Michigan, is a big tourist town. So a lot of people are always remodeling and
building. For me it was just a summertime job, just
to make some money.” It wasn’t long before he discovered his carpentry
talent — and it seems to run in the family. Both of Oosterhouse’s brothers are carpenters,
and his sister is an interior designer. Tarek and Christina El Moussa The sad news of Tarek and Christina El Moussa’s
split hasn’t slowed these two down. They’re continuing to work on their hit show
Flip or Flop — which they had never planned to do in the first place. “Who’s flip and who’s flop?” “I’m flip.” “Are you wearing a shmedium? A belly shirt? “She’s flop ’cause she loses all the money.” The El Moussas were Orange County real estate
agents before their HGTV fame. When the housing bubble burst, the couple
needed to find a new way to make money. They moved out of their $6,000-per-month mortgage
home and found a roommate to share a $700-per-month apartment. They sold their cars and actually split Subway
sandwiches for dinner. They began buying rundown properties and fixing
them up themselves. They started flipping houses and reached out
to HGTV on a long-shot, and, Tarek told Country Living, “A year-and-a-half later, HGTV picked
us up for a pilot. Midway through season one, the show was almost
cancelled because someone high up at HGTV thought it would fail. It didn’t.” These stars only go to show that sometimes
opportunity knocks on the door, but when it doesn’t, maybe it’s time to bring out the
sledgehammer and clear your own path. “I have something I have to tell you about
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44 comments on “What These HGTV Stars Looked Like Before The Fame


  2. omg, the twins didn't just work as clowns in a "former lifetime", they are clowns now and not funny to boot. I like their design style but can't stand how idiotic and juvenile they act so I skip their show every time.

  3. HGTV has become so fake, I miss the days of the original This Old House where they actually taught you something instead of a bunch of fake shows and fake themes. I seldom watch HGTV anymore, I spend more time at PBS.

  4. These pieces always leave out details that Nicole Curtis lived in Hollywood & was heavily involved with Dave Coulier, from Full House. Rags-to-riches via Hollywood.

  5. Property Brothers actually remodel with originality and are enjoyable to watch. I am so sick of gray and white anything. Thank goodness the trends are changing.

  6. A great example of For every No there's a Yes. Don't say If or When, say Now! Or you never will do that 1 thing that you fill you were born to do!

  7. Nicole was broke so she started rehabbing houses. That makes zero sense. How do you buy a house and fix it if you have no money? I think some people's version of broke is different from others.

  8. Christina El Moussa was naturally pretty before. Now she looks so fake and painted

  9. Hgtv is a rip off and i cant stand chip and joanna. They are the reason for all the gray and colorless houses.

  10. All the shows are so scripted and become so boring. I used to learn something from the shows. They are a bore now.

  11. Hgtv is NOTHING like it was. There are so few good shows of any real design or garden. They have a standard format that lacks variety. What is needed is competition. Then they just might improve.

  12. What's the point of posting christina ugly picture. It makes no sense, flip flop viewers followed this couple no longer wants to see her. Her ugly actions destroyed herself and her family. Just tell her to trout off into the sunset and give terek space.😎😎😎😎

  13. HGTV probably will find out that promoting christina on the coast will be a flop. Viewers comment shows they turned on her like the pledge. 😁😁😁😁

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