Lifestyle Home Allison Janney Surprises Assistant of 20 Years with Home Reno — Thanks to the Property Brothers "Give me a sledgehammer and I will bust some s--- up," Allison Janney says in an exclusive clip from her upcoming episode of Celebrity IOU By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE. A '90s teen and horror film connoisseur, she started at the brand in 2016, after a decade of working as a technical writer and then moonlighting as a journalist beginning in 2013. Originally from New Orleans, Jen grew up both in NOLA and Florida and eventually attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando (still her home base!), where she earned a bachelor's in English/technical communication, with a minor in magazine journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 18, 2020 05:33 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Allison Janney isn't afraid to leverage some muscle when the job calls for it. The Oscar-winning actress stars in an upcoming episode of Celebrity IOU, where she works alongside Property Brothers stars Drew and Jonathan Scott to renovate the kitchen, dining room and living area of her assistant and close friend of 20 years, Ilana. "She has become more like family to me than anything else and she's given a lot to me over the years," Janney, 61, says in a release. "I feel like this is a wonderful opportunity for me to do something lovely for her. She's just a giver and it's hard to make her receive." In an exclusive clip from the show, Janney says during a confessional, "I'm not skittish or shy about tearing things apart. I love breaking things up. It's so much fun." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Allison Janney on Celebrity IOU. hgtv Allison Janney on Celebrity IOU. hgtv Allison Janney with Drew and Jonathan Scott on Celebrity IOU. hgtv WATCH: Brad Pitt, Melissa McCarthy and More Stars Make Over Loved Ones' Homes on New HGTV Show She then gets to work as the Scott twins, 42, cheer her on. "Honey, I'm home!" Janney hilariously calls out at one point, channeling Jack Nicholson in The Shining after kicking through a wall. "Already, it feels so much better and bigger," she says of the space as the trio take in what will become the kitchen. "It's really exciting. It's gonna change their lives." As for how the space will get "dirtier" before it reaches its full potential, the Bombshell star quips to the brothers, "I'll let you do that." Allison Janney with Drew and Jonathan Scott on Celebrity IOU. hgtv RELATED VIDEO: Property Brothers Prepare to Meet Brad Pitt on Celebrity IOU And even though acting is her primary passion, viewers might see Janney getting her hands dirty with home renovations in the future. "Give me a sledgehammer and I will bust some s--- up," she says. Celebrity IOU, which debuted last April, gives A-listers a chance to show their gratitude for someone who helped shape their lives or careers by giving their living space a complete HGTV-approved redesign, courtesy of the Scotts. Season 1 brought stars such as Brad Pitt, Viola Davis and Melissa McCarthy. In addition to Janney, the second season also features Jonathan's girlfriend, actress Zooey Deschanel, as well as actors Justin Hartley and Rainn Wilson. Allison Janney's episode of Celebrity IOU airs Monday, December 21, at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV.