Mob Wives‘ producer Jennifer Graziano is well-connected. She’s the sister of star Renee Graziano (pictured above, left), and the younger daughter of Anthony Graziano, who is incarcerated for his mafia-related crimes. She also helped create the show that brought Renee together with her co-stars, Karen Gravano, Drita D’Avanzo, and Carla Facciolo on the small screen.
In an interview with the L.A. Times, Graziano spoke candidly about the effects on mob life on her family. The article points out that while Renee enjoyed being a “mafia princess,” Jennifer was much more modest and wouldn’t take advantage of her family connections the way Renee did. (We assume this means she’s never said “Don’t you know who I am?” which has been Renee’s famous catchphrase this season.) For Jennifer’s answers on growing up in the life, how the show has effected her family, and her longtime friendship with Karen Gravano, read on.
On the mob bust that brought down her former brother-in-law Junior Pagan: “Renee called me 5 a.m. in the morning, hysterical, crying. I’m like, ‘Let me put you on hold,’ [then mimics dialing the phone] ‘Get the cameras to Renee’s house right now!’ I felt like such a bitch.”
On the down-side of mob life: “The stuff the movies are made about — the furs, the money, the parties, the respect — it’s all great, but then at any given time the other shoe could drop and you’re going on prison visits and having to pay commissary and living your life absent of your husband or father.”
On how the show has affected her relationship with her father: “He’s not happy at all with the show. We’re not on the best of terms right now.”
On her friendship with Karen Gravano, who she has known since she was 13: “Yes, my father taught us never to rat, but he also taught us loyalty. By having Karen on the show, in no way am I condoning anything [her father] did.”
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