GLEN ELLYN – Twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott have gained millions of fans through their HGTV show, "Property Brothers," which features the two brothers helping couples find fixer-uppers and turning them into their dream homes.
As part of The Scott Brothers' House Party nationwide tour, they will appear at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.
Tickets start at $59.75 (plus applicable service fees), and they can be purchased at atthemac.org, 630-942-4000 or The Mac’s box office.
Suburban Life reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to do an email interview with Jonathan and Drew Scott about their upcoming appearance at the McAninch Arts Center. The interview has been edited for length and style.
Schelkopf: You are coming to the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage as part of The Scott Brothers’ House Party nationwide tour. What should people who attend the show expect? What are you looking forward to the most on the tour?
Drew Scott: This is going to be a show like none [other]. Take all the fun our fans see in our shows and multiply it by 1,000! ... Music, exclusive behind the scenes videos and pics, magic, "Brother vs. Brother" and a lot of audience participation. But just as important, every person who attends the tour gets a free copy of our book! ... We are looking forward to the electric energy from the live audience. We always feed off of this energy, and it makes the evening even more enjoyable.
Schelkopf: Your memoir, "It Takes Two: Our Story," will be released Sept. 5. Was it just the right time to release it? Are you happy with how the book turned out? How did you go about choosing what to talk about in the book?
Drew Scott: "It Takes Two" is a memoir that pulls no punches and we couldn't be happier about the result. Our fans have been asking for a book that showcases our roots – what inspired us, who inspired us, what struggles did we have to go through. ... This book covers the good times and the hard times because we didn't want to hide a thing.
Schelkopf: Was it hard to determine what to include and what to leave out in the book? Do you think that what didn't make it into this book might make it into another book?
Jonathan Scott: This was actually the easiest decision, to put everything in the book – embarrassing moments, tragic events and of course, all the inspiring and hilarious stories too. This book will make you laugh, cry and pick up the phone to say “hi” to your family.
Schelkopf: Your new show, “Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House," will air in November. What has it been like working on that show, and how is the work on the house coming along? What has been the biggest challenge in working on the house?
Drew Scott: Renovating with my fiancée, Linda, is a dream. She has an architectural design degree and has been bringing amazing ideas to the project.
Jonathan: The biggest challenge has been Drew and his add-ons (like every homeowner on "Property Brothers"), yet somehow our construction timeline doesn't increase. LOL.
Schelkopf: There are many home improvement shows on the air today. How have you tried to make "Property Brothers" stand apart from other home improvement shows? What is the most satisfying thing about doing the show?
Drew Scott: On our shows, we are always trying to evolve. We also listen to our fans. ... When they message on social media about things they'd love to see in the show, we can incorporate that feedback into filming the very next day. ... At the end of the day, we love helping people – whether it's through buying, selling, renovating or our many charitable involvements – we feel that we are on this planet to give back.
Schelkopf: Do you have any dream projects?
Jonathan Scott: We were actually just in Scotland earlier this month, where our parents just renewed their vows after 51 years [of marriage]. We may have toured a few castles for sale, since we've always dreamed of renovating a castle!
If you go
What: The Scott Brothers' House Party nationwide tour
When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13
Where: McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
Cost: Tickets start at $59.75
Info: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000