The ladies of Real Housewives of New Jersey have a new story to peddle this season – they're all getting along. Finally! In a new interview the entire cast sits down to discuss how they deal with the show, what's happened to bring peace, and remind us that there is still much, much more drama to come.
Oh they also talk cheatin' spouses…
"It's crazy when it comes on because there's a lot said that you don't see that's filmed, and then we've come so far from where we were in the beginning, so it's very hard to rewatch the beginning but you just have to remember it was before the makeup and before everything got better in all of our situations," Melissa Gorga tells the Associated Press.
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"We don't know what's gonna make it on the shows. We see it three days before you do," Caroline Manzo reminds viewers. Jacqueline Laurita concurs: "It's not always our full conversations. It might be a snippet of it."
"We've done so much work and the episode will air and it will be something that happened so long ago and our good feelings will get ripped apart by everybody making comments and you start to question your relationships again," explains Kathy Wakile. "You've got to be really confident and know in your heart that you did come to a good place."
Interestingly Jacqueline points out that the show really did help them this season as opposed to create more drama. "The show might be responsible for some of the fighting, but the show is also responsible for bringing us together because if it wasn't for the show and having us there, we would've probably gone separate ways and that would've been it."
"When you're fighting they don't like it and when you're getting along they're like, 'Boring!'," Melissa says of fickle fans.
Caroline points to social media for making things even harder to manage. "The assumption viewers make not really knowing what's going on, not really knowing how things played out and they're not very forgiving in what they have to say. For me it's all encompassing and we film for six months."
Teresa Giudice agrees that social media adds fuel to the fire. "Sometimes [fans] they twist it and make it worse than it is," Teresa asserts. "And it's crazy because I don't pay attention to it but it's such a huge part of what this show has become," Caroline acknowledges.
"It's like, 'You don't know the full story,'" Jacqueline says. "You may not know why we feel the way we feel," adds Kathy. "You may see some of what we're feeling but you don't know where it stems from."
Jacqueline explains that perspective is everything when fighting with co-stars. "When you're angry and you're in it, you don't see the light at the end," and that's what makes social media hard to manage. In addition, Caroline says that editing definitely skews the perception for viewers. "When you're watching it, you know (what's real and what's not). It's very obvious to us now. It's like a trained eye."
As for how the show has affected their personal relationships, including marriages, Melissa admits it's a challenge. "It's definitely pressure but only the strong survive. This whole season my marriage is under attack basically." Melissa is accused of cheating on Joe during the season.
Teresa claims the show has made her marriage stronger as they care less and less what people think. "It's made ours stronger, definitely, because people are trying to come after my marriage and say that my husband is cheating on me blah, blah, blah, and I'm like, 'All right, whatever. OK,' Teresa insists. Joe "he don't care. It doesn't really bother me because I know he's not cheating. I don't want my kids to hear."
As the season progresses, all the women are hopeful the positive relationships continue. And they vow to really work hard to keep things in a good place.
"We're hopeful but we don't know what lies ahead of us. We know how our last few weeks of filming was, we know what our final scene was, but we don't know if any of that's gonna make it on," Caroline muses. "We don't know the story that's gonna be told. So to say if we're gonna be in this same place four months from now, it's an impossible question to answer."
"We've come this far. It would be really sad to go backwards," says Melissa. "I never want to go backwards," Teresa agrees.
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