Fans of The Real Housewives of New Jersey may find this hard to believe, but the ladies are getting along.
The show, which airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on Bravo has returned with new episodes, and as this fifth season progresses, viewers will see the five women and their families work on their relationships.
The road to peace wasn’t easy for Teresa Giudice, her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, cousin Kathy Wakile, and castmates Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita. They gathered at a New York City restaurant recently to talk to the Associated Press about the show.
Do you dread or look forward to a new season?
Wakile: Dread! (Laughs.)
Gorga: I think it’s a little of both. 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 . . . . you just have to remember it was before the makeup and before everything got better in all of our situations.
Manzo: There’s also the social media aspect. 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. . . . We don’t know what’s gonna make it on the shows. We see it three days before you do.
Laurita: It’s not always our full conversations. It might be a snippet of it.
Wakile: The whole conversation can’t possibly make 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.
What did it take for all of you to find peace?
Laurita: 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.
Gorga: That’s the truth, I believe that.
Laurita: Because you’re on a show together, you’re kind of forced to face it and get deep to the roots.
Do some viewers prefer to see you fighting?
Manzo: Oh, they love it.
Laurita: They do, but then when you fight they’re like, ‘Why can’t you guys get along?’
Wakile: It’s what makes us different than the other ( Real Housewives) shows because these are our lives and our families as well. You may not know why we feel the way we feel. You may see some of what we’re feeling, but you don’t know where it stems from.
By the time we see the reunion episode do you think you’ll all still be friends?
Manzo: 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. We don’t know the story that’s gonna be told.
Gorga: We’ve come this far. It would be really sad to go backwards.
Giudice: I never want to go backwards.
Teresa Giudice appears 8 p.m. Thursday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables and 6 p.m. Friday at the Museum of Art, 1 East Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale to talk about her book “Fabulicious on the Grill.”