Halle Berry Surprises Her Fifth Grade Teacher and 40-Year Mentor With a Heartfelt Home Renovation in HGTV’s ‘Celebrity IOU’

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Academy Award® winning actor and director Halle Berry will express deep love and gratitude to her fifth grade teacher and 40-plus-year mentor, Yvonne, with a special home renovation in HGTV’s Celebrity IOU on Monday, June 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. During the episode, also available to stream on discovery+, Halle describes Yvonne as like a second mother, a guide and a bright light during difficult times in her youth. To give back to the woman Halle says helped shape who she is today, the SAG® Award and Emmy® Award winning actor, producer and director will work with real estate and renovation experts Drew and Jonathan Scott to preserve the historical charm of Yvonne’s 1920s Cleveland, Ohio, home while also elevating its style and function.

“Yvonne is just a ray of light and anybody who meets her is affected by her,” said Halle. “I’ve watched her pour not only all of herself into me but she’s poured into other students, her community, her own two beautiful daughters and her husband. There are some people in this world who are just here to give to others and she’s one of those people.”

After Halle tells Drew and Jonathan about her fond childhood memories spent with Yvonne, they’ll smash countertops, rip out cabinets and tear through walls to create an open flow on the main floor of her dear friend’s home. Next, Halle and the Brothers will incorporate modern yet cozy finishes to surprise Yvonne with a stunning, sophisticated overhaul to her kitchen, dining room and sitting room, which will feature custom storage to keep handwritten notes from her students.

“It was an absolute dream to be able to do something to express some of my love and appreciation for my mentor and lifeline friend, Yvonne,” added Halle. “She is the most special and cherished woman that I’ve been grateful to know for most of my years, and I hope this renovation lets her feel how very much she’s loved.”

Celebrity IOU spotlights Hollywood A-listers who wield sledgehammers and pick up power tools to help an extraordinary person in their lives get the renovation they need. The series features Drew and Jonathan and their celebrity friends as they inspire, entertain and bring fans to happy tears with deeply personal stories of gratitude. Working together with the Brothers, the celebs get their hands dirty to surprise their deserving friends and mentors with the stunning home overhauls. Celebrity IOU is produced by Scott Brothers Entertainment, with Drew and Jonathan as executive producers.

Fans are invited to visit HGTV’s digital platforms for additional fresh content from the new season of Celebrity IOU. Fans can connect with the series at and by following @HGTV and #CelebIOU on FacebookTwitterTikTok and Instagram for extra show content and updates. Drew and Jonathan also will share more from the new episodes on their social channels at @mrdrewscott (Instagram, Twitter) and @jonathanscott (Instagram, Twitter). In addition, viewers can watch the episodes on HGTV GO the same day and time as the TV premieres—Mondays at 9 p.m.