A Look at the Property Brothers' Phenomenal Rise

Drew and Jonathan Scott talk to the 'New York Times'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2017 7:19 PM CDT
Property Brothers: We Don't 'Bathe in Champagne'
Jonathan Silver Scott, left, and Drew Scott arrive at the Producers Ball at the Royal Ontario Museum on Friday, September 11, 2015, in Toronto.   (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision for Producers Ball/AP Images)

Drew and Jonathan Scott started buying, renovating, and flipping houses at age 18, intending to use the profit to fund their showbiz careers. Instead, at 39, the twin brothers from Canada are still flipping houses—as they star in and produce some of the most popular shows on HGTV. "People think because you're a celebrity, because you're on TV, because you're People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, things like that, that we're bathing in champagne and taking limos door to door," Jonathan says in an extensive New York Times interview. "But we're literally the same guys, just with much busier schedules."

The twins, who performed as children, started their journey to international fame in 2009 with Property Brothers; it aired on Canadian cable in 2010 and 2011 before being picked up by HGTV, where it still airs. They're also about to launch the fifth season of Brother vs. Brother, a competition in which they each pick a house to flip. They star in other spin-offs, produce other shows, and have a number of "brand extensions," from patio furniture to wine fridges. They also dabble in other entertainment fields (they've released two country music songs, have a book coming out, have had cameo acting roles, and have written two screenplays) and have even embarked on a luxury home-building project in Las Vegas. Click for the full Times interview, which includes Drew's thoughts on the design of the Oval Office. (More HGTV stories.)

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