HGTV's Jasmine Roth on Becoming a Brady

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In addition to her own series Hidden Potential, HGTV’s Jasmine Roth this year embarked on one of the biggest challenges of her career:  The mammoth task of helping to transform the iconic Brady Bunch house seen in the classic series into the fully functional Brady home, finished rooms of which are currently being revealed in stages on A Very Brady Renovation.  While it’s a project the talented builder and designer was delighted to partake in, Roth did have to leave the premise of Hidden Potential at the vintage front doors, as her mission on Potential of transforming basic houses into custom dream homes with features that stand out from the crowd didn’t really align with the retro features needed to replicate the iconic Brady house as it would have been in early ‘70s.  “I did get to see the house before the renovation,” Roth said during an exclusive interview with MediaVillage.  “With the Brady project, I really had to start fresh.  We basically kept the front of the house intact and everything past that is pretty much brand new.  We saved as much as possible and repurposed a lot, but at the end of the day, to make it what it needed to be, we really had to change things around.

“The Brady 'kids' wanted to be involved as they have the memories and that first-hand experience and perspective that none of us have,” she continued.  “But they needed people with experience, who could actually do the stuff!  I mean Eve (Plumb) had experience, as did some of the [other] Bradys like Mike (Lookinland), who's construction background was great.  They'd all done different things, [such as] home renovation for themselves or their kids.  Everyone had experience with something, even if it was just painting a room.  So, [learning] what their experiences had been was really interesting, but HGVT really did call in all the big guns!”

According to Roth, “If you were on the HGTV roster, it was a case of you being a part of the deal.”  Even though she was busy filming Hidden Potential, joining A Very Brady Renovation was a no-brainer.  “I was like, ‘yes, I'll do it!’  It sounded like an amazing opportunity and even if I weren't available, I would have dropped everything.  When I said ‘available’ that may have been a stretch, as I was filming Hidden Potential at the same time.

“Thankfully we shoot that in Huntington Beach, which isn't too far from the Brady house, so if I had a day off from filming my show, I'd get all my job sites lined up and run back at night to check on what was happening back there, so it all worked out,” she continued.  “It was a huge project, and something that none of us as individual hosts could have tackled.  It took the whole team and then some.  When you watch the show, you can see how much of a massive undertaking it really was.”

Roth told me that seeing the completed Brady home for the first time was, “just soooo cool!”  But for her, the experience was something more than just a renovation and reveal.  She got to share the experience like no one else, along with the beloved cast of the series.  “It was cool to see it through the Brady kid’s eyes,” she smiled.  “I got to take them through the spaces I’d worked on, which they’d also worked on, but I’d kick them out before they were completed so I could finish them.  Opening that front door ... [that] was such an incredible experience.  Viewers will get to experience it too, but [for me], that experience was so special.”

As was the title bestowed upon her by the surviving cast members of The Brady Bunch.  “It's official!” she shared.  “When the Brady kids tell you you are now the seventh Brady, it feels really good!”

With her new title and work now completed on the Brady home, Roth couldn’t wait to embark on another special experience.  She, along with Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones), Leanne Ford (Restored by the Fords) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) will square off in an all-new HGTV competition series Rock the Block, hosted by fellow Brady Renovation and Property Brothers star Drew Scott.  In the four-episode series, the hosts are each given $175,000 and identical Los Angeles suburban properties to be morphed into custom dream homes, with the design expert adding the most value to their home claiming victory and bragging rights.  (Pictured above, left to right: Starsiak Hawk, Victoria, Roth and Ford.) 

“We were all friends before, but in this show we are competitors,” Roth revealed.  “It was such a fun experience.  The show is crazy and a totally different experience from A Very Brady Renovation.  I'd never done a competition show before, so it was amazing.”

A Very Brady Renovationis currently telecast Mondays at 9 p.m. on HGTV.  Rock the Block will debut October 21 at 9 p.m. on the network.

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