You Have to See Joanna Gaines Television Debut from 2008
Before Joanna Gaines was wowing us with her home renovations on HGTV, the Waco-native appeared in a considerably more modest television production: a commercial for her father’s tire shop.
That’s right, in 2008 the Fixer Upper star made her television debut as the face of Jerry Stevens Firestone. “At Jerry Stevens Firestone, we promise to care," the design queen reminds customers as she stands before a backdrop of tires in the recently-resurfaced ad (below).
That tire shop played a big role in the Gaines’ life—and not just because it’s where she got her taste for television. The auto care center also happens to be the very same place where she met her husband, and future co-star, Chip. In The Magnolia Story, Joanna writes about the first time they met, while she was working for her father in 2001:
“I looked up at him, and before I could even answer he asked, 'Wait, aren't you the girl from the commercials?' 'Yeah, that's me,' I said, still embarrassed. I was, in fact, the girl from the commercials. I had some interest in television news. I had even done an internship with CBS In New York City, working under Dan Rather in the news division, and because of that my dad had insisted I go on camera for the local TV ads he ran for his shop.”