Darren Criss surprised his manager and best friend Ricky Rollins with a home renovation on Monday’s episode of Celebrity IOU on HGTV.
‘I am so, so psyched that you guys are here,’ exclaimed the 34-year-old actor when he saw Property Brothers star Jonathan and Drew Scott, both 43, pull up at his manager’s house.
‘Ricky is easily one of the best things that has ever happened to me in my entire life,’ he told them.
Glee star: Darren Criss surprised his manager and best friend Ricky Rollins with a home renovation on Monday’s episode of Celebrity IOU on HGTV
Darren said Ricky was the first person that got him gigs.
‘Before I knew it I was playing my first show in Los Angeles at The Troubadour, which is like the holy grail of venues for a singer/songwriter,’ Darren said.
Darren said it was all because of Ricky and that having that other person who believes in you. He said that Ricky has devoted so much of his time to help him make his dreams come true.
‘I lucked out,’ said Darren, who wanted to help craft an amazing office for Ricky. ‘He’s never really had the space.’
Close bond: The 34-year-old actor surprised Ricky with a new backyard and renovated garage
Twin brothers: Jonathan and Drew Scott helped out Darren with the renovation
Ricky said they started as friends just jamming together. He said they always call each other now at every big life moment and have traveled the world together.
Darren wanted them to transform Ricky’s detached garage into a new office/in-law suite/jam space.
The Glee star was more than willing to get down to work with the brothers.
Giving credit: Darren credited Ricky for helping him get to where he is today
The first day of the garage renovation, he manned a jack hammer to help split up the concrete.
The jackhammer got stuck under the concrete and Jonathan had to step in to pull it out.
‘I was delightfully emasculated by my lack of demo experience,’ Darren told the camera.
Got stuck: The jackhammer got stuck under the concrete and Jonathan had to step in to pull it out for Darren
Little experience: ‘I was delightfully emasculated by my lack of demo experience,’ Darren told the camera
Darren made up by helping the brother’s tear up and clean out the garage. He was also hands on to help pick out tile colors for the flex space bathroom and kitchen and finishes for the room.
‘What do I know, I’m an actor,’ Darren said.
Darren also helped frame the new garage space . When Darren saw the collapsible window wall he said ‘if it is blowing my mind, how is Ricky going to react.’ Darren also helped the brothers with the final finishes of the room.
Three weeks: The brothers pulled off the project in just three weeks
The before: The garage before was just used for storage
The actor called Ricky and surprised him by telling him that he was at his house and that he chipped his gate. When Ricky pulled up, he was totally shocked and said, ‘What is this? …What’s happening?’
Darren told him ‘you have done way more great things for me than I could ever do for you…maybe it is the sun in my eyes but if I look you in the eye Rick I am going to start crying but this is a small token of all my appreciation for everything you have done.’
When Ricky saw the garage transformation with the outdoor kitchen, jacuzzi and completely remodeled garage, he was blown away.
The after: The renovated garage was turned into office and guest space
Before view: A part of the backyard was under utilized
After shot: The area was upgraded for outdoor entertaining
‘It’s just unbelievable,’ he said.
‘We are buddies, brothers, family, we are kind of ride or die at this point, whether we like it or not,’ Darren told him. ‘This is a token, a small token of my appreciation.’
Darren ended the show by performing a song with the Property Brothers and Ricky playing back up.
Celebrity IOU will return next Monday on HGTV with the season finale featuring Josh Groban, 40.
Small token: ‘We are buddies, brothers, family, we are kind of ride or die at this point, whether we like it or not,’ Darren told him. ‘This is a token, a small token of my appreciation’
Good times: Darren ended the show by performing a song with the Property Brothers and Ricky playing back up