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!"
OK, SO WHAT PERCENTAGE OF COTO LADIES HAVE IMPLANTS? KIM QUOTES SOME ASTRONOMICAL AMOUNT.
She does say there are a lot. These five ladies are my extension of Coto. Most women in Coto actually don't have their boobs done -- I think it's a little inaccurate, but maybe I'm the wrong person to ask. Kim has been there longer. I don't hang out with women in Coto over the weekend. They're not who I go out with to get VIP tables to clubs in LA, those are my girlfriends I went to college with.
DID YOU REALLY NOT KNOW HOW MUCH YOUR GORGEOUS RING FROM SLADE IS WORTH?
I really didn't Andy! I've read blogs where people said I knew. I was 24 years old! How does a 24-year-old know about diamonds! I came from Peru! That's a third world country. I worked three jobs to support myself eating tuna and Caesar salads. I didn't know anything about diamonds. They cut the show to make it look like the ring is more than it was actually. I knew that my ring was hugely expensive because yellow diamonds are really expensive.
ANYTHING YOU'VE SEEN ON THE SHOW THAT YOU HAVEN'T LIKED?
As far as myself, I hope people will see a woman of substance and that I do have goals and dreams and am independent. I think I'm well spoken and I can hang with an older, sophisticated crowd. I can be with diverse people. I'm a chameleon and hang with a lot of different people -- that says a lot about someone's character. I'm not portrayed as smart and independent, as I know I really am. DO
YOU WATCH "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES"? PEOPLE ARE COMPARING YOU TO EVA LONGORIA...
It's my favorite show! I'm very flattered. I'm nowhere near as beautiful or amazing as she is. I see the comparison only because I'm Latin, she's Latin, and we both don't have kids. I see the parallel. Eva Longoria is amazing. I hope to be remotely as close to amazing as she is.
DID YOU KNOW THE OTHER HOUSEWIVES BEFORE YOU STARTED SHOOTING?
Not at all. Kimberly was indeed my first friend. They shot me meeting her.
I KNOW YOU AND SHANE MEET IN A FUTURE EPISODE -- HE SEEMS A LITTLE MORE AGE-APPROPRIATE FOR YOU.
He's 18, Andy! I'm 25! Not so age-appropriate! I can't even take him drinking. We had a blast. People wonder what's going on with us.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY?
I hope that people watch the whole show and draw a conclusion after they're over. I do think there are real-life issues that come up. People can relate to these issues if they stick around for the life behind the superficial stuff. People should stay tuned and watch. And don't forget about those strawberry martinis at Cheesecake Factory with extra strawberries!