10 Reasons We Love Scott McGillivray
10 Reasons We Love Scott McGillivray
Real estate investor, contractor and TV host Scott McGillivray is getting ready to debut his new series, Moving The McGillivrays on HGTV Canada. The show follows the family’s busy lives while they build the home of their dreams and help a family in need along the way. We caught up with the handsome host in Toronto to talk about the new show and it reminded us of all the reasons we love Scott McGillivray.
He has a great relationship with his wife
"Watching the dynamic of my wife and I on camera was pretty funny. I'm watching the rough cuts at home and I'm trying to edit and make notes and she was over my shoulder reading the notes and she was like, 'What the hell is all this? Why are you telling them to edit me to make me look like a better person?' I said, 'Babe, you're good but we can make you great. From then on she said, I'll want to see all the rough cuts. Basically I gave my wife a complex."
He's a cool dad
His daughters are on his new show. "They're excited. They think itís kind of fun. It's just coming to work with Dad, that's what they think of it as. Some people are starting to say to them at school, 'I see you on a show with your dad.' They've never known otherwise. They've always been part of what I've been doing."
He makes sure everyone in his house has a special room
"We needed work space. Sabrina and I both got an office. I got an office and she did a craft room. She's a bit of a DIYer. She does everything from giftwrapping to crafts with the kids to making things for everybody. Whenever we have a party or a function, sheís always making things. You canít walk away from an event without something that Sabrina has made. The room is dual purpose for her. The other thing we wanted was some outdoor space. We wanted privacy and we were looking for something with a bigger lot. We also wanted some entertaining space and a play room for the girls."
He gives back to the community
"I've been working with Habitat For Humanity for years. So I said, 'This is part of what we do, why don't we make it part of the show?' and that way we can have content and do something good at the same time and it works. We're building ourselves a home and we're building someone else a home. We picked one project that matched our timelines and the more we found out about it the more interesting it was and it became a big part of the show."
His Saturday morning routine is just like ours
"It's pretty typical around our home, there's a lot of wearing our pajamas. We've got dance on Saturday mornings so we start with ballet, followed by tap and jazz. Usually one of us will take the kids to dance and the other one will race around and get stuff for the house. Then we both stop by the new house because that's the only time we both have time to work on it."
He has a green thumb
"We did the garden in the old house this summer and weíll do the garden in the new house next summer. Watch for Moving the McGillivrays Season 2: In the Garden or Growing the McGillivrays."
He used to be in a boy band. Yes, you read that correctly
“There’s some boy band action in the show. We did some digging into the old home videos. [The producers] said we need some context about how you got to where you are. So I said, ‘Here are 30 home videos’ and they’re like, ‘So I really like this boy band stuff.’ I said no, but they found a way to work it in.”
He could be a weather man...
“If I wasn’t doing this I would possibly be a meteorologist. That was always fascinating for me, I love the weather. I’m a weather freak.”
He’s a joker…sometimes at his wife’s expense
“We’re just like everyone else. We get up at 5 a.m. Usually I have to wake up and wipe someone’s butt. It’s usually either Sabrina or the kids you never know. Kidding.”
He makes authentic TV shows
“[Moving The McGillivrays] is a really intimate show, more so than I thought it would be. We put together a great team and people we could trust because this is really my life. It was very vulnerable and interesting. Now that I’m seeing the final product, I’m happy. It’s like a long home video of this process. It’s the last year of my life. It’s balancing family and moving and work and the charitable stuff that we do. “
Watch the premiere of Moving The McGillivrays on Sunday, September 25 at 9pm ET on HGTV Canada.