Sarita Williams, former assistant to Cheryl Hines: 5 quick facts

Cheryl Hines surprises her former assistant Sarita Williams on Celebrity IOU


Cheryl Hines surprises her former assistant Sarita Williams on Celebrity IOU.

Sarita Williams is the former assistant and nanny of Cheryl Hines. The actress has enlisted Drew and Jonathan Scott to surprise her former employee with a garage makeover in Celebrity IOU.

“Sarita has been such a big part of my life and now Jonathan, Drew and I get to work on her house and build something that she, Andrew and the girls will (hopefully) love,” Hines wrote on Instagram.

The series follows the “Property Brothers” stars as they team up with some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities to “express their deep gratitude” to their family, friends and mentors through surprising renovations. according to

This season’s other stars include Drew Barrymore, Kate Hudson, Idina Menzel, Cindy Crawford, Terry Crews, Leslie Jordan and Wilmer Valderrama.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Sarita Williams started working as an assistant to Cheryl Hines

Hines has known Williams for 20 years since he hired her as his assistant.

“I worked on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’ Ever heard of it? No it doesn’t matter and I needed an assistant,” Hines quipped on Celebrity IOU. “Someone said why don’t you meet up with Sarita, she’s actually from Tallahassee, which is where you’re from.”

As Williams explains later, she had no experience as an assistant.
“It wasn’t like a job,” she added in the episode. “It was, I happen to go to Cheryl’s house every morning.”

Williams went on to describe Hines as “cute,” “friendly,” and “funny.”

2. Sarita Williams helped raise Cheryl Hines’ daughter

Hines turned to Williams for help after discovering she was pregnant a year and a half into the collaboration, the actress explained in Celebrity IOU.

“I looked at her and said, ‘What do you know about babies?'” the 57-year-old explained. “Then she said, ‘Nothing,’ and I said, ‘Me neither.’ I said, ‘Maybe you want to try it together?’”

Hines welcomed their daughter Catherine in 2004. Williams helped raise Cat for the first eight years of her life and often took the girl to the set when Hines was working, the Waitress star added on the episode. As Hines explained, the duo were inseparable.

“Catherine means the world to me,” Williams said on the episode. “She was, she was my best friend. It’s crazy being best friends with a 0 month old to an 8 year old.”

Hines added, “As a parent, the only thing that really matters is that you raise your child to be the best person they can be and Sarita knows that and she knew it then. She taught Cat so much.”

3. Sarita Williams is married and has children

Williams is now a wife, married to her husband Andrew and mother of two girls.

“As Cat got a little older, Sarita decided to have her own baby,” Hines explained in a confessional. “I was there the day she was born and we’ve just been a part of each other’s lives ever since.”

4. Cheryl Hines transforms Sarita Williams’ detached garage

Hines teamed up with the Scotts to remodel Williams’ detached garage. As she explained on Celebrity IOU, Williams and her husband both work from home and don’t have enough space to accommodate Andrew’s mother when she visits.

With a tight schedule, they will transform the space “into a beautiful multifunctional personal retreat and guest suite complete with kitchenette, bathroom, built-in desk and Murphy bed,” HGTV explained in a press release.

5. Sarita Williams has a “light” she shines on everyone else

Twenty years later, Hines and Williams are still close. As Williams later explained, her children even refer to Hines as “Aunt Cheryl.”

After the reveal, the actress told her former assistant, “You have that light about you and you shine it on everyone around you and you’re the one that should shine.”

She added, “Sarita, you’ve made the biggest impact on my family than anyone I know.”

“Cheryl Hines Gifts a Garage Makeover” premieres on Monday, December 19, 2022 at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time on HGTV.

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