Step aside! Renee Graziano of Mob Wives is in the house! She’s “crazy, sexy, cool” and she’s a pillar of diamond-studded strength. So, what can we learn about Renee that we haven’t seen on this past season of the new hit reality series? Well, even though most would think Patron to be her drink of choice, she’s a Grey Goose Bloody Mary chick all the way. She’s also an STK restaurant addict. So, if you’re in the NYC area, I bet if you camped outside the hot spot, you’d run into her at least once a week. You could also run into her at Annie Sez. She’s not a cheap woman, but she loves a good sale! Who doesn’t?!... Especially when it comes to shoes! So what can you pack your closet with to look like Miss Renee, Mafia Princess extraordinaire? Well, bust out a fur coat, some diamond earrings, a great pair of shoes, and an all-black ensemble and you’ve got it in the bag… but don’t forget to keep your shrink’s number on speed dial! It should be number two, right under your fabulous plastic surgeon! Renee definitely recommends hers! Stay tuned for some more of Renee’s must-haves and success secrets in season two of Mob Wives this coming fall. Here’s a little taste of what you’re in for…
Where did the initial idea for the show Mob Wives come from?
My sister Jennifer is actually both the creator and executive producer. She actually had planned on doing a scripted show a while back, but as reality TV became more popular, she realized, ‘I have these four girls right in front of me who are explosive to say the least.’ Well, I definitely am, and that’s how it came about.
How do you feel about how the first season went?
I’m lovin’ it. It’s become therapy for me. It’s rough at times, but, for the most part, I enjoy it because it really gives me a look into my life. Things that I didn’t know about myself I’m starting to realize.
So, is it tough living out certain moments of your life over and over again on TV?
I watched each show once. I see it when everyone else in America sees it. Usually right after, I didn’t talk to anybody for like a day because I’m either so flustered over the episode or this was done or that. To re-live it every Sunday, yea… I get a little bit bent out of shape.
How have your family, friends, and community responded to your being on the show?
For the most part, everyone has given me nothing but praise. There are some people still who are a little close-minded and like to dig here and there, but other than that, it’s been good.
Right. So, has life changed at all for you since the show first aired?
It’s funny. I’ve done the same things all of my life. I’ve been the same person all of my life. You know, I wasn’t very popular growing up in grammar school and those girls who used to pick on me… You know how people say how those things that have happened to you in the past stay with you? Those same girls want to be my friends now and I’m just like, ‘No. I don’t think so.’ So… I think the recognition is definitely overwhelming. I love it. I’m very approachable in spite of what people may see on TV.
That’s so refreshing to hear. I’m sure not everyone would feel the same way and it’s so nice that you take it all to heart.
Of course! If people want to take a picture with me, I’m like, ‘Absolutely.’ That, for me, is strange, but I love it. I embrace it all.
What can you tell new viewers about what they're in for next season when they tune in to Mob Wives?
They’re in for a roller-coaster. They’re in for the best ride of their life. They are definitely going to see sides of a lifestyle that was never to be spoken about, the strength that women can have when life falls apart, and how people can pick up the pieces and keep moving. That’s probably the biggest one for me. I was always relying on my ex-husband or my dad and my father’s been incarcerated, so I haven’t been able to rely on him. It’s about picking up the pieces, moving forward, and strength.
Absolutely. I mean, you really are such a strong woman, which is almost empowering for other women who watch the show. How do you cope and push through some of the curve balls life throws at you?
Thank you! I guess I’m a professional curve-ball “ducker”. (She laughs.) I mean, it’s been my life. I don’t know how I learned to do it. As much as I can be strong, I’m also very sensitive. I’ve been through my own personal struggles. With my 17 year old son, everything about me that’s out there or being publicized, that’s the only thing. Any curve ball, though, you learn to deal with it. If God throws it, there’s a reason he’s throwin’ it atcha. They don’t hit you. As long as you move, they don’t hit you. You just have to learn to figure out another way out. That’s what I’ve always done. I’ve learned how to figure another way out.
Okay. Let’s see… Do you get to see the other girls on the show much outside of taping?
To be honest, when I’m not working, I pretty much try to spend all my time with my son and a few dear friends who I don’t get to see very often.
I got ya. Well, your show is almost educational in mob history. Is this what was intended or what messages, if any, are you hoping to get across?
I definitely would like to get across that it’s not all about cat-fights even though you do see a lot of it and a lot of drama. Speaking for myself, I want women to definitely take away that you’re not weak. If you want to cry, cry. If you want to go to therapy, go to therapy. If you want to scream and yell, scream and yell. Whatever’s holding you back, just get it out of your way and move forward. Over the season, you definitely saw a change in Renee. I learned a lot about myself and what I needed to change.