Laila Ali – who visitor stars within the March 22 episode – reveals why she felt a direct reference to a father-of-three featured on the present.
Laila Ali, 42, is a big fan of the patriarch of the newest household to be featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The retired boxer – who visitor stars within the March 22 episode – says that she felt a reference to Pedro Jauregui, his spouse Phyllis and their three kids throughout filming. The former F18 fighter jet plane mechanic has devoted his publish military life to serving to homeless vets discover housing, all whereas his family squeezed right into a dilapidated two-bedroom house in Pomona, Calif. And it’s this selfless devotion that reminded Laila of her boxing legend dad, Muhammad Ali.
“I love the Jauregui family’s commitment to giving back to their community and to the world,” Laila, who seems in a sneak peek of the episode above, tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “They’re special in that way. They have a home that needs a lot of help, that was in a situation that’s been dangerous for them, but they weren’t complaining.” She provides, “Mr. Jauregui really reminded me of my father in the way that he is selfless and gives back to others… So, I just kind of had that connection there with him.”
Laila’s father – who died in 2016 on the age of 74 – wasn’t only a legendary athlete, he was additionally a humanitarian, who beloved individuals. “I learned a lot from my father, just watching him from a young child,” she says. “I remember being with him and anywhere we went there would be crowds around him.” When she was younger Laila admits that she discovered it irritating when her dad would spend two to 3 hours stopping and speaking to everybody, doing magic tips to maintain his followers entertained. But, when she obtained older she says he “started to understand.” “He would tell me, ‘Look at the smiles on these people’s faces,’” she says, remembering that he’d take the time to talk to everybody, be they the “janitor or the housekeeper or the waitress.” She says that Muhammad, who was a United Nations Peace Messenger, consciously “used his fame as a platform to give back to others.”
Cut to the Juaregui household. Pedro, his spouse, their youngsters Cheyanne and Andrew and little toddler have been all crammed right into a craftsman home with 100-year-old electrical wiring, bug infestation and a yard that was too harmful to take pleasure in. Laila, who hosts the DIY sequence Home Made Simple on OWN, took specific pleasure in serving to to refurbish the again backyard, turning it right into a play space that their toddler Evangeline might take pleasure in. “They had a regular little backyard that we made into an oasis,” Laila says, “but she had her own little area that’s gated off. There was a combination of…sand, dirt, grass and she had a playhouse – like an actual wooden playhouse that was custom built for her.”
Fans of the present can discover out the opposite ways in which the Jauregui’s craftsman house was remodeled by tuning into Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on HGTV on March 22 at 8pm/7pm Central. Derek Hough additionally visitor stars within the episode that’s hosted by Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson. “It was so fun,” Laila says. “I’ve been a fan of the series for a long time, but to actually have a hand in it was amazing.”