Jo De La Rosa is best known as the young and sexy housewife on Season 1 and 2 of the Real Housewives of Orange County, in which she starred alongside fiance Slade and his two sons. Although portrayed to be the fun loving and wild housewife, De La Rosa graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in English and Comparative Literature. Originally born Johanna De La Rosa in Lima, Peru, at the age of three, she and her family moved to Tustin, California before winning the lottery and moving to Mission Viejo, California where De La Rosa attended high school and studied drama and music. After college, De La Rosa pursued a career in the title insurance industry where she met and began to date Slade, who introduced her to the Coto lifestyle and social scene. There, she was cast as a housewife for the first season of the franchise, Real Housewives of Orange County.
During Season 1, Jo struggled to maintain her roles as a stay-at-home mom (as her fiance preferred) and as a young beauty adjusting to a wealthy and luxurious environment. She also had the challenge of building relationships with Slade's two sons, Gavin and Grayson. When Season 2 began, change was in full effect with Slade's youngest son absent from the cast and Jo's decision to move out of the Coto house to Beverly Hills, where she wanted to expand her career. Unfortunately, this decision led to the ultimate demise of Jo and Slade's engagement, as they amicably broke up during a relationship therapy session. However, Jo and Slade were able to salvage their friendship and Slade promised to be Jo's manager to assist her dream of pursuing a music career. By Season 3, Jo was no longer a current castmate although she made a cameo in the season finale and reunion show as well as making sporadic appearances in Season 4.
Since her departure from the Housewives, Jo and Slade starred in a spin-off dating reality show. The premise involves Jo exploring new love interests while Slade advises her along the way. Additionally, Jo De La Rosa permanently moved to Los Angeles where she debuted her first album, Unscripted, in August of 2008. She is currently working on her sophmore debut.