AceShowbiz - Melissa McCarthy was not only a Hollywood star, but also a thoughtful niece with a "hardcore" home renovation skills. Joining "Property Brothers" stars Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott in a new episode of "Celebrity IOU", the "Life of the Party" actress gave back to her aunt Connie and uncle Jim by surprising them with a remodeling of their Chicago house.
In the Monday, April 20 episode, the 49-year-old actress/comedienne could be seen getting help from her cousin, Jenna, who is the daughter of her aunt and uncle, as she got down and dirty. Together with the Scotts, they renovated the kitchen and created a space accessible for her uncle who is recovering from paralysis caused by an injury on the job.
The episode, which was aired on HGTV, also saw Melissa tearing down blinds, rolling carpets and accidentally pulling down a sink. Protected by glasses and a pair of gloves, she also smashed through walls and breaking outdated furniture. "I compulsively knock down houses," she gushed, while Drew exclaimed, "Melissa doesn't just play a badass in some of her movies. She was hardcore!"
On why she chose her aunt and uncle, Melissa reasoned that Connie and Jim were incredible police officers who deserved an updated home. "I have a feeling they're going to think 'we shouldn't have had this, this should go to someone else.' Which, to me, makes it all the better that it's going to them," she further explained.
Melissa additionally predicted how Connie and Jim will react to their house transformation when they return from a vacation to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. "I think they're going to be totally shocked, once they realize they've not been robbed," she shared, before joking, "I'm hoping they're not carrying their guns."
"Celebrity IOU" made its debut on HGTV last Monday on April 13 with Brad Pitt as its first guest. In the premiere episode, the "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" actor chose to transform close friend and long-time make-up artist Jean Black's garage into a guesthouse complete with bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.