When we first met Alexia Echevarria during season one of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Miami”, we were introduced to the self-proclaimed “Cuban Barbie” and executive editor of Venue Magazine. She cut down her role for season two after her youngest son Frankie was hospitalized after a bad car accident. Her journey towards healing with both Frankie and her older son Peter, have been the focus of season three along with her struggles, both positive and negative, for the world to witness.
All that doesn’t leave her much time to partake in much of the drama that goes down between co-stars Marysol Patton, Joanna Krupa, Lea Black, Lisa Hochstein, and Adriana De Moura— and that suits her just fine.
We caught up with Alexia in Miami this week to talk about season three of the “Real Housewives of Miami.”
This season your focus has heavily been on family, which doesn’t leave you much time for drama. Do you feel left out?
“The way you see me on the show is pretty much how I am in real life. I prefer to remain neutral, as you’ve all seen for three seasons now. I have so much drama going on in my personal life that I really rather not have any extra with the ladies. Plus they aren’t really my battles to fight. This season in particular with everything that goes on between Lea and Adriana—I don’t feel like I should have to pick sides because I like both of them.”
Everyone on the cast has pretty big personalities. Do you ever find yourself feeling like you’ve had enough?
“Oh yeah! (laughs) The way I look at things is that, you can have disagreements and scream at each other but you have to know how and when to move on. I don’t want to say that my problems are more important or any bigger than anyone else’s but sometimes we just need to put things in perspective.
I don’t want to judge any of the ladies because I haven’t walked in their shoes. But sometimes I really wonder, ‘if you only knew what I’m worrying about.’ Sometimes they fight about really catty things and sometimes I wish that’s all I was worried about.”
In two weeks the episode where all the ladies head to Las Vegas to celebrate Joanna’s bachelorette will air. Give us a scoop!
“First of all, it was a lot of fun! I’d never really partied in Vegas in my life. So just the fact that I was able to travel with all the girls was great. It felt good to be able to be away with all of them for once. Even Adriana attended Joanna’s bachelorette. So as you can imagine, things got wild and crazy!
Since we were all together for 24 hours without sleeping or eating much, it was only a matter of time before we all started getting on each other’s nerves. During this trip, it was Lisa who got on mine. But that’s the beauty of this, now that we’re in a different place, we can laugh about the things that happened.”
Do you have any plans to come back for another season if you’re asked?
“This is a really tough question because part of me does and part of me doesn’t. I feel like I’ve had a really strong season since I’ve opened up and shared my life with the viewers. I feel a connection to them and in turn a responsibility to come back for them. I would love to return so everyone can see how Frankie and Peter are doing, to see where I’m at with the magazine, and all the things that I’m doing. But at the same time, there’s a part of me that says no because I’m scared. There’s a high price to pay when you’re a public figure. Also, my husband doesn’t love it and so that sometimes creates stress. My heart really wants to and it’s all because of the viewers and my fans.
The best part about doing a show like this is that I’ve had the opportunity to talk to other mothers and families that have gone through something like this. They contact me to give me advice, recommendations to doctors and treatments, and even just words of encouragement. Meeting all these incredible people who have a good heart and care about what I’m going through, is a beautiful thing. I feel really lucky.”
Tune in to an all new episode of “The Real Housewives of Miami” tonight at 10pm ET only on Bravo. Catch up with last weeks episode entitled, ‘The Black Sheep’ below.