‘Celebrity IOU’ Season 4 Part 2: Lights, Camera, Action! Idina Menzel channels her inner stuntwoman in Episode 2

Idina Menzel could perhaps act like she's in an action movie, the host Johnathan Scott suggested, to make the renovation process more entertaining

‘Celebrity IOU’ Season 4 Part 2: Lights, Camera, Action! Idina Menzel channels her inner stuntwoman in Episode 2
Idina Menzel and host Drew Scott on 'Celebrity IOU' Season 4 Part 2 (HGTV)
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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: The popular celerity renovation show ‘Celebrity IOU’ Season 4 Part 2 aired its second episode with none other than the sensational Broadway star Idina Menzel. Idina, who is known for her spectacular singing chops and for voicing Elsa in ‘Frozen’ and ‘Frozen 2’ decided to use the opportunity to thank her son’s basketball coach for his efforts with him.

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James Hunt, who practices with Idina’s 13-year-old son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, plays a big role in the teenager’s life. James is even like a family to Walker and Idina, so it was natural that the singer decided to show her gratitude toward him by renovating the basketball maestro’s home and garage to better accommodate him and his students training under him in the ‘Culture Run’ basketball camp.

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Idina Menzel and her friend and son's basketball coach James Hunt on 'Celebrity IOU' Season 4 Part 2 (HGTV)
Idina Menzel and her friend and son's basketball coach James Hunt on 'Celebrity IOU' Season 4 Part 2 (HGTV)

In the episode titled ‘Slam Dunk Reno', Idina got together with hosts Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott, and the trio planned the kind of look and feel they wanted to give to James’ home so that it would be a comfortable place for him and his students. From mulling over the kind of tiles they could use to picking hardwood floors and matching doors, Idina was involved in all of the minute details of the renovation. The actress/singer even consulted James’ wife, Nadine Hunt, for her approval and advice.

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But what struck a chord from the episode was surely Idina’s take on the heavy work of the construction. When the Scotts met up with the singer to start demolishing the garage, she was shocked by how much effort they put into it and how much help they wanted from her. She assumed their construction crews would do most of the work, but they involved her in every step, from demolition to choosing tile designs. “I would’ve worn more deodorant! You guys don’t phone it in!” she joked. To make the process more interesting for Idina, Johnathan suggested she act as if she is in an action movie and has a stunt double for the heavy work. Drew then stepped in as her stunt double, and when Idina was done throwing the table, he spun around to finish the scene. He then noted that the two seemed to have confused their parts and that she was his stuntwoman instead.

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Idina Menzel on 'Celebrity IOU' Season 4 Part 2 (HGTV)
Idina Menzel on 'Celebrity IOU' Season 4 Part 2 (HGTV)

After laughing over the incident, the trio got back to work as Idina continued with the idea of playing an action hero and concentrated on drilling, hammering, and punching while throwing kicks in the air. And her efforts were fruitful because James was extremely impressed by what Idina and the Scotts had done with the place once the trio had finished with the renovation. From a hangout spot for him and his players to a gorgeous seven-foot-tall shower, his new Culture Run headquarters was absolutely perfect.

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Catch new episodes of ‘Celebrity IOU’ Season 4 Part 2 airing Mondays at 9/8c on HGTV.

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