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The Celebrity Scene Near HGTV Smart Home 2019

The winner of HGTV Smart Home 2019 will join these A-list entertainers in calling Dallas, Texas, home.

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Jensen Ackles

Some may remember Dallas hometown heartthrob Jensen Ackles was an adult Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives—a role that earned him Daytime Emmy Awards nominations—but he is best known as Dean Winchester on the guilty-pleasure CW series Supernatural. It’s hard to follow the honor of Sexiest Ghostbuster (People magazine, 2005), but Ackles managed it when TV Guide named him one of TV’s Sexiest Men (2006). Still busting ghosts with on-screen brother Jared Padalecki (14 seasons and counting), Ackles and his real-life family live in Austin now, rooting for the Cowboys from their beautiful lakeside digs, recently profiled in Architectural Digest. They also co-own Family Business Beer Company—a brewery and taproom outside Austin. Superfans will recognize the name.

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Don Henley of The Eagles

Born in Gilmer, raised in Linden and now living in Dallas, Don Henley is all Texas, all the time (except when on tour). We met drummer/vocalist Henley first in the 1970s through the Grammy Award-winning hit dispenser, The Eagles. Henley wrote and recorded legends like "Life in the Fast Lane" and "Hotel California," making the Eagles one of the best-selling bands of all time. But the ’80s hits "Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" made Henley’s solo stint a success too. Recent years have been defined by philanthropic endeavors—including co-founding the East Texas conservation nonprofit Caddo Lake Institute—and reconstituted Eagles tours. The lineup includes originals Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, accompanied by Deacon Frey (son of the band’s guitarist Glenn Frey, deceased 2016) and country music legend in his own right, Vince Gill.

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Robin Wright

We refer to her now as Madam President for her award-winning role as the cunning Claire Underwood on the Netflix series House of Cards, but this Dallas-born actress strolled the runway before she dazzled onscreen. Robin Wright’s first big TV role was on Santa Barbara, which garnered her three Daytime Emmy nominations. Wright’s transition to film came with the slapstick Rob Reiner comedy The Princess Bride in 1987, as the imperiled Princess Buttercup. We also loved her as Jenny in Forrest Gump. Wright hasn’t lived in Dallas since her early years, but she keeps her inner Texan alive—both as the Honorary Spokesperson for The Gordie Foundation, a Dallas substance abuse prevention nonprofit (now The Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention), and as the owner of a couple of oil wells. Yep, Texan all right.

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Vanilla Ice

You can’t hear the name Vanilla Ice without his 1990s rap-pop hit "Ice Ice Baby" traipsing across your gray matter and lodging in your ear for the day. It was #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, winning young Vanilla (or Ice) an American Music Award and a People’s Choice Award. Though his original industry bio said he was born on the tough Miami streets, this star was actually born Robert Van Winkle in Carrollton, Texas, and spent at least part of his childhood in Dallas. It was here he got his moniker—ethnicity + signature breakdancing move—and in Dallas malls and clubs that his first band, The Vanilla Ice Posse, performed. He had a short stint as a competitive jet skier and had acting cameos on reality-TV shows and film, but the last couple of decades have given him a new and unexpected identity as Vanilla Ice: real estate mogul. An entire generation now knows him best as the host of the hit DIY Network show The Vanilla Ice Project, in which Rob and his team renovate and flip run-down Palm Beach palaces. We remember, though, don’t we? Alright stop, collaborate and listen...

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