If you're loving The Real Housewives(and if you're not then why not!?), there's no doubt that Jo De La Rosa has made an impression on you. She's sexy, she's independent, and she's proud to call a man named Slade her fiance. Reality TV welcomes the addition of Jo to its ranks! We can't keep our eyes off her and she is calling in from Cali right now!
HEY JO - ARE YOU SIPPING CHAMPAGNE IN COTO RIGHT NOW?
Right at this minute I am driving to the mall. Actually, I'm being driven and reading about us in the Los Angeles Times.
Slade Smiley is driving me to the mall - he's my houseboy.
YOU AND SLADE ARE A PRETTY HOT COUPLE... WHAT WAS IT LIKE WATCHING YOURSELF GIVE HIM A STRIPTEASE THE OTHER NIGHT?
You know, I thought it was fun. I didn't think about how people would perceive me. I just did this show for love. Slade just came home one day and said: "We're on the show." I already knew I was going to expose myself to cameras every day. At first I hoped my mom wasn't watching but then I thought, "There's a little stripper inside everyone." All women used to stand in front of the mirror with a hairbrush, and I do believe that somewhere there's a stripper in everyone. This is what women want to do for a soon-to-be-husband. It was a poor choice of wardrobe and I was two glasses of wine under so I probably would've changed the wardrobe, that's about my only second thought.
WAS IT INTIMIDATING HAVING A CAMERA THERE FOR THAT AND EVERYTHING ELSE?
At first it was uncomfortable because I found myself thinking about everything I said for the first hour, and then you forget the cameras are there. Then you're free to be goofy and be yourself. It's liberating. And then you become friends with the crew, and then they become a friend who's following you around. YOU sound like you need a drink, by the way.
TO BE HONEST WITH YOU I HAD A GLASS OF WINE AT LUNCH.
I'm so jealous, give me another hour and I'll join you. There's a great martini bar at the Cheesecake factory. They have a strawberry martini there. I have two of those and I'm done! You have to have them! They knock you on your booty. Order extra strawberries!
OK! PEOPLE ARE ALL ATWITTER ABOUT YOU ON THE WEBSITES AND THE BOARDS. SAYING YOU LIED ABOUT YOUR AGE AND STUFF. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
I know! There's some guy that says he knows me from high school and I lied about my age and lied about graduating from school. He has it out for me! I keep reading about this guy and he's always got a mean comment about me. If he really knew me from high school, he would know I graduated youngest in my class and got a scholarship from cheerleading. I cheered for nine years! Me and my best friend Heather were on the softball team together. I said I was on the team, not that I got to play much.
WHAT'S IT LIKE READING PEOPLE'S MEAN COMMENTS ABOUT YOU?
It's kind of mean. I just try to be nice with everyone. There aren't a lot of people I truly hate. It bothers me a little but you take the good with the bad. Not everybody's gonna like you and I'm slowly getting tougher. Then I think to myself, "If this guy has to wake up early and I am the first person in his mind and he has to log onto bravotv.com and write about me first thing, then I'm flattered, I guess!"