Real Housewives' Alexis Bellino Talks Press Backlash & Royal Wedding Fever!
Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino is no stranger to living a lavish lifestyle, so it should come as no surprise that she's excited for the Royal Wedding!
Celebuzz chatted with the 34-year-old reality star turned fashion designer about everything from how she deals with negativity in the press, growing a "thick skin" during her second season of the Bravo show and the current relationship standings with all the other housewives:
The Royal Wedding is coming up – are you preparing anything or doing anything fun? I’m not preparing anything, but I’m really excited about it. I’m going to drag my husband to watch it. [laughs]
What are you most excited about for the wedding? I love everything about it. It’s so formal and elegant, and I love seeing the parade. I love the different presentations for it. I can’t wait to see her dress. It’s just all so exciting!
Do you remember anything from when Princess Diana's wedding was going on? I was pretty young during that time so I don’t really remember it.
On the show, you have the Alexis Couture fashion line. How is that going? It’s going great! The episode you guys get to see it on has the photo shoot for it, so you’ll get to see the different styles. I also wear stuff on the show. I followed something that I was passion about and got someone on board with me, so I made it happen.
Is a lot of your personal style reflected in the collection? A lot of it is. I got out of my box a little bit for some of it because I do have a partner that I’m working with. We incorporated a few pieces that aren’t my fashion but that I still love. The goal was to make it so that we have at least two pieces that every woman can wear.
What three words would you use to describe your own personal style? Trendy, edgy, and girly. Very Sex & the City.
You’ve been on the show now for a couple of years. It what ways has your life changed since starting the show? It’s changed a lot in the fact that when I first came on the show I was kind of naïve and thought I was going to be friends with everybody. After a season of seeing everyone’s true colors and seeing how reality television works, it put a bit of a twist for the second year. You second guess yourself more because you think about how other people will perceive it. I’ve also just decided that I need to take more risks. I was very timid and scared to be confrontational during the first year. I was worried about what America would think, but I realized people are going to have different opinions.
What is your relationship with the rest of the housewives like right now? It’s sad because I thought with Peggy coming on we would be able to survive and get back to the friendship. We’re not really on good terms as of right now, but I’m still hopeful that something might change or that we can have a discussion and start over. I miss my friend. With Tamra, I’m just shocked at what comes out of her mouth. I was hopeful that Vicki and I could start again, but I’m hurt. I hope we can put the past behind us.
How do you deal with the negativity in the press? I don’t even read what is in the press. I stay out of it because I know that no matter what, people are going to say negative things. If someone tells me they read something, I’m hurt at first, but I think my skin is a lot thicker this year.
Do you watch any of the other Real Housewives franchises or seasons? Yes, I do. I watch all of the other franchises. I’m addicted. I’m not able to see everything every single week, but whenever I try to flip through them all when I have a free moment. I find it fascinating. I see why it’s popular. It’s like a soap opera.
Is there any other housewife from a different franchise that you identify with? I don’t know if I identify with them, but there are definitely other ‘housewives’ I like. The group is kind of like a sorority. I like Kyle from Beverly Hills a lot because I think she is real. I think I can relate to her.
A lot of people would describe the show as a guilty pleasure. What is your guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure is any peanut butter ice cream. I have my own milkshake flavor coming out for Millions of Milkshakes and that’s exciting. I also love to watch Dancing with the Stars because I love to dance. I'd love to do go on that show, my husband and I always joke that we should both go on, but I think I could kick his butt!
Now that you’ve been going to different events, is there anyone who you’ve gotten starstruck with? I just met Joan Rivers. She’s such an icon and that was pretty amazing. I’d get starstruck by Oprah if I was in a room with her.
You already have three children, so are you planning on having any more kids anytime soon? You know, I’d love to have another little boy. My husband is absolutely done, though. I’m hopeful maybe in a couple of years he’d like to adopt.