Season 8 of The Real Housewives of Orange County was a tough one for all the Housewives, as friendships shifted back-and-forth and there was no shortage of drama. For Alexis Bellino, her relationship with longtime frenemy Tamra Barney was finally resolved and she seemed to grow closer to veteran housewife Vicki Gunvalson.

Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Alexis and her husband Jim at the Brent Shapiro Foundation Summer Spectacular on September 7. The couple dished about life without the cameras, Alexis’ “solid friendship” with Vicki, and their thoughts about controversial Housewife Gretchen Rossi.

Check out the interview and then hit the comments and let us know what you think about what Alexis and Jim have to say!

Wetpaint Entertainment: Have you been to Bob Shapiro's event before?

Alexis Bellino: We haven't been before. We were supposed to be here last year but something came up. I'm just a big supporter because drug and alcohol abuse happens everywhere. It needs to be addressed and we need to support it.

What's been going on?

Alexis: Well, we got back from a week cruise and another week in Florida. So we had a two week vacation, a very fun past couple weeks for us.
Jim Bellino: Family time.

Do you miss the cameras when not filming?

Alexis: It's weird, surreal almost. Because now the years seem to go much longer. When we first started filming five years ago, filming was a lot shorter. We shot for two or three months. It feels a lot longer, and it feels good to have the downtime.

How are your relationships with the girls?

Alexis: This was an easier season for me, not to say that it would be if I were to do it again next year. Vicki and I have come up with a solid friendship and it's not just for the show. It's not best friends, we're not wearing friendship bracelets, it's just a really solid friendship. I don't really want to say the others are or aren't my friends. We're just acquaintances that work together.
Jim: Also, she's confident in who she is, and they know she's not going to take any crap. She speaks her mind.

Alexis: I've gotten a lot stronger in my opinions now. I've learned that.

Why are you and Vicky such good friends?

Alexis: Vicky and I have come to a place where we both realize we both have great hearts. We want the same out of life, we're family people. I love my husband, I love our kids. I think it's what it comes down to.
Jim: Most of the stress in the first season they were together, I think there was a return respect that you understand people's strengths, what you have in common and what you don't.
Alexis: We're definitely not alike, but...

When do you go back to Real Housewives of Orange County?

Alexis: Everything is still in the air. He and I haven't addressed it, we're just enjoying the time off. I don't even want to think about it. Right now I'm very undecided and I don't want to think about what we're doing. Supposedly, we only have a month, month and a half before everything starts up again. So it's not a very long hiatus. That's basically getting the kids ready for school. Halloween and that's it. That's the end of it.

Are you still friends with Gretchen?

Jim: Who's that?

You don't know Gretchen Rossi?

Jim: No.
Alexis: I don't think she really — we don't talk together.