EXCLUSIVE: Chip and Joanna Gaines Talk 'Fixer Upper' Success: 'It's a Dream Come True'

by Raphael Chestang 2:54 PM PDT, May 24, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Chip and Joanna Gaines Talk 'Fixer Upper' Success: 'It's a Dream Come True'

ET went behind the scenes with Fixer Upper's down-home couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines!

"What you see on TV is censored," Joanna told ET. "He's 10 times crazier in real life, and I get to put up with it. I'm the lucky lady."

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On Fixer Upper, the husband and wife duo sometimes bicker and have disagreements like any other couple, but the laughs never stop, which is a major reason for their rising success on HGTV, and how they've turned Waco, Texas, into the renovation capital of the world.

"For me, it's a dream come true because at the end of the day, what we're passionate about is creating homes for families," Joanna said.

Joanna admitted that she never dreamed that they would be accomplishing their goals on a national scale and on television. Their company, Magnolia Homes, has remodeled well over 100 houses and counting with Joanna as lead designer and Chip executing his wife's vision by managing construction.

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Perhaps their greatest work is their own home, where they reside with their four children. The property is a 113-year-old farmhouse. The spacious estate sits on 40 acres and houses goats, chickens, horses, Texas longhorn cattle, and pretty much anything you can think of except a television. The family has to travel to see themselves on their own show.

"We will sit in the hotel room, and instead of exploring the amazing city, we're like, 'Oh my goodness! Look what's on TV!'" Joanna said. "And we'll just binge-watch."

Watch the video to see the couple bring ET along for one of their makeover jobs. Fixer Upper airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.