Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Mob Wives: Catching Up With Renee!
Renee with Stevie Ryan
The Stevie responsible for Lee's Grandmother's Ziti Parody!
We all know Renee has been out in LA having a great time. Some of it was work related, some of it was spent with family, but all of it good. I miss Renee when she is away, but I am so glad she got the opportunity to enjoy herself. Renee and I had a little chat to bring us up to date on what’s been going on and what we need to know.
Hi Renee, how was your trip to LA?
It was absolutely amazing! I got to spend time with my family and friends. My sister was out here with me. I did a big interview with Extra that will be airing in two weeks. I did a segment on The Doctors, with my new plastic surgeon, Dr. Fiorillo, and we discussed my surgery. I also did something with Stevie Ryan for the Stevie Ryan TV Show. I danced, I laughed and had a very good time while I was away.
AJ, Renee and Cameron
How is AJ doing?
AJ had a great time in LA. He met the son of a friend of mine, and they are going to work on a T-Shirt line. They even have a name picked out for it. He made some friends in California. He went on a shopping spree with his friend, Cameron, and spent all my money. But, it was worth every freakin’ penny. We had dinner at Frankie’s. There is also an episode coming up on the show about his father, and he is prepared for it.
Episode 10 “Fire Away” opened up a can of worms. Now that Ramona swore on her children’s lives, you don’t believe Drita. Will you confront Drita and ask her to swear on her children too, or just take it that she is lying?
Swearing on kids is an Italian thing, like swearing on someone’s eyes or on your mother. It means, "don't f*ck with me." For Ramona to swear on her children it means automatic belief. I’m not going to ask Drita to swear on her children, but there is going to be a meeting with her. You have to remember that this took place a while ago, prior to Junior cooperating, when I was on a lot of pain medication and not thinking clearly. I don’t necessarily see some things the same way today.
Of course Carla was going to tell Drita everything that happened in the Poconos, because her loyalty is to her. Will you confront her on the show about that and where do you stand now?
Yes, 100% I am confronting Carla about going to Drita. I am always one confront someone when I have an issue with them. I never make an issue sit. I want the truth, even if it hurts me to hear it. I need to know the truth for my own self respect and to know where I stand. I just want the person to give me what I want to know. Today, things are different. I’m like Switzerland and I don’t want to get involved in fighting, unless it concerns family.
We recently found a clip of you and Carla fighting after an interview, can you tell us what brought that on?
It happened in my house with the press there. Someone told me that Carla allegedly said something very untrue that could ruin my reputation with my family. At that point it didn’t matter if it was true or not. When it comes to my family there is nothing I wouldn’t do to protect them. But I wasn’t reacting to that in the clip. What made me extremely upset was when she said, “Go f*ck yourself” on her way out. That did it! All the anger I was holding back came out. I found it very disrespectful. Looking back on it, I admit I was dead wrong to raise my hands to her and I regret it tremendously. It will all be revealed in an upcoming episode.
What would you like fans to know that we haven’t gotten in previous interviews about you?
I just wants people to know that I am not always crying or a drama queen, the way it appears on the show. I might scream and yell and there are crazy moments, but my emotions are triggered by whatever is going on at the time. My relief is to cry, like Drita’s is to fight. But, I am a happy person, a great person, a great mother and a great role model to other teenagers. I’m not always crying, which is the impression people are getting from watching the show. I would like people to remember that I am fighting depression; I had major complications from my surgery in June; I suffered from a massive infection that almost killed me; I had to deal with Junior cooperating with the Feds; I had to cope with my father going back to prison and his being ill; and I still need major reconstructive surgery to fix what was done to me in my prior surgery. There is no tissue over the bone in my back, where the other surgery was performed. But, I am a strong individual. God helps me to be strong. I get up every time life knocks me down. My father gave me strength and power beyond belief.
Ok, now I have to run, it was great talking to you Chiara!
Same here Renee, take care!
I know when we are watching Mob Wives we might forget all that Renee has endured over the past year, but it’s been a lot. I don’t know if I could have coped with it all and still gone on with the show and all the appearances Renee has had to do. Maybe her behavior on the show has been erratic and emotional this season, but whose wouldn’t be? She not only has gone through a lot physically, emotionally and mentally, but she had to film at the same time and while taking a lot of prescribed pain medication. I admire Renee. I see her as a fighter who comes always back, no matter what life throws her.
And, by the way, while I am thinking of it, I want to add that Renee is beautiful in person; the television screen doesn’t do her justice at all. I have seen her two times and she is a radiant, has a beautiful smile and a life of the party personality.
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Picture Credit: Renee Graziano