'Real Housewives' Alexis Bellino on Her 'Brutal' Season and the 'Buttoned Up' New Housewife (Video)

Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County returned with a new cast member, a budding alliance, and a fresh new romance for divorcing Vicki Gunvalson. And now a couple of the cast members are dishing on what more to expect on Season 7.

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NBCUniversal Direct spoke to cast members Alexis Bellino and Gretchen Rossi about the season’s twists and what men can do to up the romance quotient on Valentine’s day.

“It’s a really brutal season for me,” Alexis tells the site. “And a lot of friendships are changing and falling outs are happening.”

For Alexis, part of the changes may include competition from new cast member Heather Dubrow. But, Alexis takes the high road when describing the new housewife (or she tries to).

“Heather has a very likeable personality,” she says. “She’s also very, I say ‘buttoned up,’ because I don’t like to say use the word ‘snooty’ or ‘snobby,’ because that’s what everyone keeps trying to make you say… She carries herself a certain way, but then she lets her hair down, too.”

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Gretchen has an easier time of describing Heather’s personality saying, “She’s really great, really fun.”

Watch the video above for more from NBCUniversal Direct’s interviews in which the women talk about their plans for Valentine’s Day and dole out romantic advice to guys who need some help in the romance department.

The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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