So why is it that in so many episodes of the hit show ‘Mob Wives’, the ladies end up throwing punches? Stars Big Ang, Renee Graziano and Karen Gravano explain it all in the new HollywoodLife.com podcast.
You wouldn’t ever say that Mob Wives are afraid to express themselves and when the ladies feel disrespected, tempers flare and fists fly on the popular VH1 show.
‘Mob Wives’ Fighting — Big Ang, Renee & Karen Reveal Reasons Behind Brawls
I can tell you that for the record, the three were lovely and so much fun to have in our HollwoodLife.com offices. And we didn’t feel in any danger that we might take one on the chin at any moment.
“This sounds crazy because you see what you see [on the show], but we’re the nicest group of women…until you cross one of us. And then that’s it,” explains Renee. “As long as you do nothing wrong, you don’t got no problems. You will have the best time!”
Anyone who’s been watching the show knows that new castmember Natalie Guercio, 32, has repeatedly crossed some of the ladies and the fights have turned physical. “She goes and says something very stupid to me…I find it very disrespectful. She just was disrespectful to somebody I was with. One little word turned into a whole season of disaster,” Renee blasts. “Her mouth is more vicious than anyone’s mouth I have ever encountered!”
Karen is equally unapologetic about going for broke and brawling when it’s necessary. “We’re very passionate about our families and certain topics, and then you have someone coming in who’s going to keep disrespecting that and pushing to the limit,” says Karen. “On our show, there’s a lot of tension, you have a lot of strong-minded women, then you have instigators that want to come on and none of us are really gonna tolerate that.”
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Karen, Big Ang and Renee say that they hope Natalie, a Philadelphia native, stays there next season. “It’s unfortunate that you have to see women fist-fighting each other, but we love hard and we fight hard,” insists Karen. “I’m not proud of it, but if people attack the people I love, I have no problem taking the gloves off and swinging it out.”
So do the wives take boxing lessons? Or do they secretly wear padding under their furs when they go to one of their parties?
Nope. “I don’t train [to fight]…even though I’ve always been taught to stand up for myself,” Karen reveals. Adds Big Ang: “So don’t mess with her!”
Uh, we won’t.
Actually, after talking with Big Ang, Karen and Renee in our podcast studio, we just want to hang with them more and hear all about what it was like growing up in one of New York City’s infamous mob families. The wives explain that it was “normal” for them as children and teenagers.
“It’s hard when you explain it because you’ve seen the movies — Goodfellas, Casino — you’ve seen the murder, the ugly. We didn’t see that,” explains Renee.
“We just knew we had a lot of uncles and nice gifts,” Big Ang remembers.
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Karen’s dad is the infamous “Sammy the Bull”, AKA Sammy Gravano, the head of one of New York’s most powerful mob syndicates. He’s now serving 16 years of prison time for the 1980 murder of a NYPD detective.
But to Karen, he was a warm and loving dad. “My father ate dinner with us every night at 5:30, what he did outside the house I really didn’t know. I started to see things on the news–as a kid, you think about it for a minute, but you have someone loving you, taking care of you. You’re not thinking, is he a bad guy?”
Now, none of the wives — Karen, Big Ang or Renee — want their children to have the mob “lifestyle”, but that doesn’t make Karen love her dad any less. She’s relentlessly doing whatever she can to get him released from prison.
Now, to hear more — lots more — about the Mob Wives and their riveting lives, listen to our HollywoodLife.com podcast by clicking the button above or by going to iTunes.
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— Bonnie Fuller