Rebel Wilson tears up after surprising best friend with kind deed

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Rebel Wilson has shown that she can not only bring the laughs but also the tears after treating her best friend and stylist to a well-deserved backyard renovation.

The Pitch Perfect star teamed up with celeb DIYers the ‘Property Brothers’ aka Drew and Jonathon Scott to transform Nicole Leal’s dismal space behind her Los Angeles home.

Rebel Wilson cries during her friend Nicole Leal's backyard transformation on HGTV's 'Celebrity IOU'
Rebel Wilson has broken down in tears after surprising her best friend with a much-needed backyard makeover. Photo: HGTV.

The incredible reno was captured in an episode of HGTV’s Celebrity IOU in which famous folks such as Rebel, Brad Pitt and Jeremy Renner give back to their friends, family or people they’ve worked with during their careers.

The epic end result —which was unveiled on US TV back in May but aired in Australia on Monday night — left both the Aussie actor and her pal sobbing.

Rebel and Nicole became firm friends after meeting when Nicole was brought on to style Rebel’s hair on films such as Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids.

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Rebel Wilson and the 'Property Brothers,' Drew and Jonathon Scott, unveil Nicole Leal's backyard transformation on HGTV's 'Celebrity IOU'
Rebel and the 'Property Brothers,' Drew and Jonathon Scott, unveil Nicole's backyard transformation. Photo: HGTV.

According to Rebel, Nicole was her ‘first American friend’ and is ‘really chill’ unlike the ‘crazies’ she tends to meet in Hollywood.

Nicole also had nice things to say about Rebel, who she now considers as part of her family.

“Even with as much stardom that she’s gone through over the years, she’s still the same person,” Nicole said.

Rebel Wilson operates a bobcat during friend Nicole Leal's backyard transformation on HGTV's 'Celebrity IOU'
The Pitch Perfect star even lent a hand with the reno. Photo: HGTV.
A 'before' shot of Nicole Leal's backyard before it was transformed by Rebel Wilson on HGTV's 'Celebrity IOU'
BEFORE: the backyard was a little lacklustre. Photo: HGTV.

Rebel explained the motivation behind her kind deed was all about ‘giving back’ to her friend.

“She saved up all her money to buy this house and has nothing left for the outside. To give back to her in this way is just incredible,” she said.

The 40-year-old was prepared to get down and dirty during the reno, picking up a jackhammer and even jumping into a Bobcat to do some excavation work.

When it was time to unveil Nicole’s new backyard — which featured a paved outdoor BBQ and dining area as well as a fireplace and TV — Rebel was overcome with emotion and openly broke down.

“I am so grateful and appreciative, I can't even find the words, it means a lot,” an equally teary Nicole added.

An 'after' shot of Nicole Leal's backyard before it was transformed by Rebel Wilson on HGTV's 'Celebrity IOU'
AFTER: Nicole's new backyard is sleek, stylish and all kitted out for family BBQs. Photo: HGTV.

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