Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent on the Importance of Being 'Two Gay Dads' on Home Makeover TV: 'We Believe in Opening Up the Doors'
The designers talk about the underlying message of their new home makeover show: 'Love is love'
“Design is the one thing that we always agree on,” Nate Berkus says of his husband and fellow interior designer Jeremiah Brent.
“I’d say that we always end up agreeing,” clarifies Brent.
In their new TLC show, Nate & Jeremiah By Design, premiering April 8, the husbands save desperate homeowners from renovations gone wrong, design inspiring interiors, and bicker like a not-so-old married couple . . . and that’s sort of the point.
In the show’s first trailer, Brent, 32 quips that Berkus should turn up his hearing aid (the couple have a 13 year age difference). Berkus, for his part, reports that Brent is “a complete cry baby,” telling PEOPLE, “I can promise you that he cries almost every episode, whether or not the cameras were rolling.”
The series, a long-awaited return to TV for Oprah-alum Berkus, 45, gives the typical makeover show formula a reality TV twist. In addition to tailing the designers as they reinvent disastrous spaces for families who’ve found themselves trapped by a “money pit” renovation — the homeowners in the first episode are living out of their garage with two boys under 10 — the show follows Brent and Berkus home to give a peek into their family life and their new L.A. house.
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“It’s a renovation show, but you’re also getting to come into the lives of two gay dads and their family, so that’s a great thing in and of itself,” says Brent, who welcomed daughter Poppy, 2, with Berkus in March 2015.
“You can see that we’re just like you,” Brent says. “We both believe in opening up the doors and letting people know that we love the way you love. We eat dinner the way you eat dinner. Everything about us is the same, and as cliche as the saying is, love is love. That’s exactly what the show is about.”
Nate and Jeremiah By Design premieres Saturday, April 8 at 9/8c on TLC.