Paige Hemmis on the Faith of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

TV carpenter Paige Hemmis from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” is revealing in an interview how faith plays a pivotal role in the success of the series.

On what makes “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” a good show for people of faith, Paige initially didn’t know how the show would fare in the mainstream world.

Paige states, “When we started, reality shows were really about voting people off the island and backstabbing, and there was drama. Here we were with a show that we were going to try to do good for people, and we didn’t know how the public would accept it.”

She added, “The biggest compliment that we get is when we’ve inspired people to do something in their own community. That’s a good testament to our show.”

According to Paige, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” also has a strong faith following from its participants.

Paige told CBN, “Every family that we’ve helped, everyone since we’ve started, has been very religious. A lot of times they’ve been a part of a prayer circle and praying for something to happen that we come and build them a house or give them the tools to help other people. It’s pretty amazing.”

Paige also explains why viewers do not necessarily see an active role of faith on the series. According to her, “We don’t highlight it very much on the show because it’s ABC, and we try to make everything mainstream.”

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” entered its ninth season this year. Paige Hemmis has been a carpenter with the series since its premiere in 2004. Ratings for the show have been stellar for ABC in the seven years since its inception.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” airs Sundays at 8/7 central.