AllAboutTRH had an exclusive interview with one of the most popular Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi and she didn’t hold back! Gretchen answers everything you want to know from who she is closest to now to where her friendship with Alexis is and more. Gretchen even explains that Alexis acts insecure and she doesn’t want friends like that plus tells us whats in store for her!
AllAboutTRH: How has your overall experience been since being on Real Housewives of Orange County?
Gretchen Rossi:That’s a loaded question! It’s over all been hard but very rewarding. I signed up for this show with a very clear vision of what I wanted to accomplish business wise and I have always stayed focused on that goal! I am doing exactly what I hoped for from day one within the beauty and fashion spaces with my Gretchen Christine Collection’s
Who are you now closest with from the show?
Currently I would say I am closest with Tamra and Heather, we hang out outside of filming, and talk weekly.
There have been several rumors recently that producers ask the Real Housewives how to act when taping. Is there any truth to that?
No acting on our show! The thing that is so great and different about our show, is that it truly is reality! However some days I wish it was acting because there are some very difficult things that we all go through on National Television and it would be easier if we could just walk away from that role at the end of the day.
Do you think the ladies act different when the cameras are rolling?
Sometimes. Only certain cast members really turn it on for the cameras. We all turn it up a bit because it’s hard not too in the heat of the moment, but when people pretend to be someone they are not or don’t give it to you straight is when it becomes frustrating to the other cast members who are being authentic to who they are (good, bad, or ugly) The good news is that the audience is sophisticated and can tell who’s being real and who is putting it on for the camera.
In your recent Bravo blog, you say you felt Alexis was acting competitive towards you regarding the Fox 5 gig. But then we see Alexis support you for the pussycat gig. Why do you think she’s being competitive if she supported you throughout something as huge as the pussycat doll gig?
Well first off Alexis was not asked to Perform with the Pussycat Dolls so why would there be competition there? However, when I told her that Fox Five asked me to do the same segments (I assumed good friends would be able to share something like this with each other) she became very competitive and immediately said “well they offered me my own segment” (my response was yes, I know. That’s exactly what they were trying to get me to do) that was Alexis being competitive in that moment, and the truth of the matter is that there was no competition to be had because I had turned the offer down due to my already full plate. The bottom line is that I found myself in a strange predicament and I felt as her friend I should tell her that the company she was now working with was still asking me to come in and do the same work she was doing for them. When Alexis claims in her blog that I was lying about being asked to do it, I was floored. Not only because I have the e-mails with the requests, but why would I lie about something like that, there would be no good reason what so ever. I felt that she took my good intentions and turned it into a competition, and then tried to make me look like a bad friend for being honest. Kind-of like what we saw happen between her and Peggy last season. I can understand better now where Peggy was coming from when she said it’s like Alexis always wanted to pick a fight or make everything a competition. Even with one of her best friends (me) she just assumed I had bad intentions. To me that is insecure and I really don’t want friends like that. All of my close friends would never question that with me. They know I am always honest and sometimes brutally honest, but never malicious. I am always uplifting and encouraging to all of my friends. I am sad Alexis was hurt by me being honest with her because that was never my intention, but I’m very saddened that my good friend would assume the worst in me, claim I lied, and that I could not be happy for her. I sincerely love and care for Alexis and always will, but at this stage in my life I’m choosing to have friends around me that don’t assume the worst in me.
Are you currently friends with Alexis?
I hope to always consider Alexis as a friend, but right now I think we have some things to work out.
How is yours and Tamra’s relationship right now?
Actually we are doing great. We text almost every day to check in with one another and we really seem to just get each other right now. It’s still so weird to say that sometimes but I am just relieved that we are no longer at each other’s throats. It’s been a lot of work to make this relationship work and a lot of learning to trust each other again, but we actually have a lot of fun together and are just very straight forward girls. There is no BS with us which is nice. She is in a much better place in her life which has been a huge reason why we can see eye to eye better now, and I am very happy for her! No matter what has happened with me and these girls I do always want the best for them all.
Do you think Vicki was trying to get close with Alexis to make Tamra mad?
Honestly I think that whole relationship was weird and out of left field. I’ve been told be a lot of people that work with this show that it seems very forced and awkward. With Tamra and me, I think it made a lot of sense to everyone because we actually are a lot more alike than not. Tamra and I had talked off season, buried the hatchet, and sincerely wanted to go into this season with a whole new outlook on our relationship. Neither of us knew if it would work or if it would last, however we ended up developing a sincere friendship out of those efforts. It didn’t seem to set well with Vicki and Alexis as we all see on the show this season. However I don’t want to make assumptions as to the reasons why they choose to become friends. I’ll leave that to the audience to decide.
Do you think the friendship you and Tamra developed caused you and Alexis to not be as close?
Unfortunately the second I started to become closer with Tamra I saw Alexis change towards me. I was so disappointed by it, but what could I do. I assured her that Tamra and my relationship had nothing to do with hers and mine, and that it was a work in process, but I started to see her become insecure about it. She started challenging me as a friend, my loyalty, and even my character. I don’t do that with friends, and after a while you just kind of give up trying to prove differently. She did the same thing with Peggy, so I am not sure why she does that. Maybe she was afraid Tamra would make me see something about her I didn’t see before, but I will always make my decisions based off my own experience not because of what someone else thinks. Alexis chose to befriend Tamra when I was having conflict with her. She never 100% had my back, she just tried to remain neutral and always said “Tamra has good points and you have good points” so I respected that. I never told her not to be friends with Tamra and I allowed her to have her own experience and then make a decision because that was always Alexis’s rule. It seems now that the shoe is on the other foot her same rules don’t apply to me. That’s not cool to me.
Slade and you are finally engaged! When do you two plan on getting married?
Your going to just have to watch and see what happens this season, and btw there has been no formal announcement of an engagement just speculation.
Is there any regrets since being on the show?
Regrets no, not now. I have stayed focused on my goals, created amazing collections within the beauty and fashion spaces and I have been so blessed to love what I do every day! However, the scrutiny is hard! People really want to see you fall and try to tear you down (including cast members) I don’t care how thick of skin you have, it’s hard when people challenge your character, your choices, your men, your friendship, your career choices. It’s not easy to live your life in the public eye and have everyone’s opinions about what you are doing swirling around you all the time. However I have learned how to walk through it all with my head held high and be “Unbreakable” despite all the lies and crap that is said about me. Thus the inspiration behind my new single “Unbreakable” ! I can’t wait for it to be released, it’s about facing and beating whatever struggles you have, no matter what life throws at you, no matter how many haters, or bullies or hurdles in life. I want everyone who is having a hard time with something to turn this song on, blast it, and sing along remembering they too are Unbreakable no matter what!
Aside from the Real Housewives of Orange County. Do you watch any Real Housewives series and which is your favorite?
I try to watch them all but because I travel so much I don’t always get the time too. Since Beverly Hills is so close to home and I hang out with a lot of the woman from that show I enjoy watching them, however I am friends with a lot of the woman from the different cites so it’s nice to always catch up on their lives.
Can you tell us what’s next for you?
Do you have 3 days J LOL. I am a mover and a shaker that’s for sure! I have my new handbag collections launching soon and another category within the Gretchen Christine Collection in the works that I am so thrilled about! The make-up line continues to expand and do well and I am so grateful for all my loyal customers! I just recently did my first acting gig on Telemundo for the new series Mia Mundo which is a bi-lingual series that I was honored to be a part of. My new single of course is coming out as discussed above and we will be having a great opportunity for my fans once that song is released. I travel almost every week for my hosting opportunities and appearances and am so blessed to meet the most amazing fans on the planet at these different venues! Life is great! I am content, in love, and achieving all my career goals!
I respect Gretchen for always being honest and not just saying what everyone wants to hear. Gretchen made some good points regarding her friendship with Alexis. I think the reunion is going to be extra interesting specifically with those two! Looks as if things are going extra well for Gretchen right now and AllAboutTRH wishes her the best of luck in the future. Are you surprised with what Gretchen had to say regarding her friendship with Alexis? How do you feel about Gretchen and Tamra’s relationship? Thoughts on the interview?