10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Joanna Gaines
After several seasons of hanging onto every Fixer Upper design detail, it’s safe to say we know a thing or two about Joanna Gaines (she loves shiplap and hates walls). In honor of the highly anticipated reboot, we’re setting the record straight on a few things Gaines mega fans might not know about Jo.
From her upbringing to her early design days, here are ten surprising facts about the Fixer Upper star.
1. She Didn't Grow Up in Waco, Texas
The design guru was actually born in Wichita, Kansas in 1978. Her family moved to Austin, Texas, when she was 12 years old, and they didn’t plant roots in Waco until her junior year of high school.
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2. She's Half-Korean
Joanna’s dad, Jerry, is half-Lebanese and half-German, and Joanna’s mom, Nan, is 100 percent Korean. They met in Seoul, Korea, while he was serving overseas during the Vietnam War. Three daughters and 47 years later, they’re still together, and, as Joanna wrote, they’re “an example of how to love, fight for, extend grace to, and honor each other amidst all their many differences.” *Sniffles*
3. SHE WENT TO THE SAME UNIVERSITY AS CHIP—BUT NEVER RAN INTO HIM
Jo graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree. Although you might think she graduated with a degree in design, she actually received one in communications. Her hubby, Chip, graduated from Baylor in 1998, but they never met while on campus. What are the chances?
4. Her First Job Was at an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
Joanna once revealed that she cut her teeth in the food industry while working at a buffet. Pros: always having mounds of food at your fingertips. Cons: always having mounds of food at your fingertips.
5. She Met Chip Thanks to Car Trouble
The couple met when then 27-year-old Chip came into Joanna’s dad’s automotive shop to get his brakes worked on. Joanna, then 23, just so happened to be working in the office that day. Chip asked her out and they married on May 31, 2003, in Waco’s Earle Harrison House.
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8. She Had to Audition for ‘Fixer Upper’
And she and Chip almost didn’t get the job…until he pulled a total Chip move and tried to move the family into a houseboat during renovations. Thankfully, Jo reeled him in, and the rest is HGTV history.
9. She always knew they'd reboot 'Fixer Upper'
Shortly after the couple announced the Fixer Upper reboot on Magnolia Network, Joanna confirmed that she always saw herself returning to reality TV.
“We knew we needed a break and a moment to catch our breath. But we also knew we weren’t done dreaming about ways to make old things new again,” she said.
10. She doesn't pay for renovations
And neither does HGTV. Instead, the couple (or person) on each episode of the show is responsible for paying for their own demolition and furniture. This means that everything from the rugs and the tables to the small trinkets Joanna uses to decorate the bathroom are removed after filming wraps.