Jennifer Graziano On The Tricky Job Of Casting Mob Wives Chicago


Jennifer Graziano, pictured above with Karen Gravano, knew everyone in the cast of Mob Wives personally when she cast them for the show, which she’s the executive producer of. So when it came time to cast Mob Wives Chicago, Graziano has a more difficult job ahead, since she has fewer ties to Chicago than to New York.

The New York Post asked Graziano about her process for casting for the new show (for more information about the new cast, check out our post with all their bios), and she explained that it ended up being kind of like six degrees of separation. “I talked to a couple of family friends I had in Chicago and asked for some introductions. It turns out I did know a couple of the girls,” Graziano says. Like Nora Schweihs, whose father was in the same prison as Graziano’s. “We used to see [Nora] on visits. When my sister, Renee — she knows Nora well — and I used to visit she’d be there and my dad and her dad were friendly. We used to go to the [prison] yard with my father and wave and we didn’t realize we were also waving to Nora’s dad until this [casting] process. She said, ‘Don’t you remember me?’ It was really cool to realize that.” From there, the cast took shape through connections of Nora’s and beyond. Graziano explains that there’s a difficulty casting a show like this though. “This is definitely not the kind of show you can put a casting call out for. It’s a very quiet and selective process. It’s really based on relationships, and no one is going to trust a casting director walking into a city and saying, ‘Hey, we’re casting a mob show.’”

Mob Wives Chicago will premiere this spring.
[Photo: Getty Images]

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  1. BossQueen says:

    Girl they need to be more like me not trying to be a part of no one team I got friends and we are all bosses. Guess what girl just seen him last week she like that torquiose necklace in that picture. I know I am bad to the bone bbbbbb bad tell them broads who are talking mess down here to up there with some of them still stuck in high school days broads I said bbbbbb bad. While they trying begging on pledging to be a part of some team. I always been myself I don’t do a lot of constant drama them stuck in the past broads have no lives so they sit down with miserable people talking about miserable past things. I surround myself around positive, live in the present, and future people. Why you think they won’t come in my face and always send someone to say what they heard. You know why they know we would be locked up they won’t let us out. No they won’t let us out. We got kids and teens by now so we need to stay out so we can be there for them. I don’t do good with drama kinda of lose it so I make right choices when it comes to the company I keep. As a matter of fact been doing that 10 plus years now. Smart they are to bring people I don’t know in my face when they do I check that shi. So tell them I am still waiting for them lames to step. Other than that shut up or put them up and don’t pull no pistols out I got something for that to. Tell them I know they miss me. I am raising my daughters and all is well. Wither they called her .oe or not Ang . None of the people from my past can call me a .oe you know why when I was out doing my thang they were doing the same thang. I have been waiting for them to come in my face them punks won’t so I ignore them. They stalk my daughters and family. Stepping up they will not do. So let me keep living my happy go lucky life and I say ignore it what ever the drama may be. Im out.

  2. They know what it is says:

    What it really is they know if they come in my face it better be positive conversation no negative talking about what they heard since we last seen each other years ago. If you come in my face talking about everybody the first thing I am going to think you sure you are not the one with some hidden problems at home need to be solved. Sweep under your own rug. So the conversation has to be positive. It could get ugly if it is negative and since some did not hang around us then, then they can’t talk noway.

  3. xoxo says:

    These women are all daughters to mobsters, it should be called mob daughters! I am a girlfriend to a very famous Chicago gangster and its not all its cracked up to be!!

  4. Jennifer Graziano, Do you really think it’s a wise idea to do this reality show so soon after the FAMILY SECRETS TRIAL? Have you done your research on the trial and Frank Schweihs, John Fecarotta? I think there could be some ill feelings about the show. But hopefully you’ll becareful not to hit on some very very sensitive subjects like the Seifert hit in 1974. It would be a pleasure to hear from you on this subject…..

    Sincerely, Nicholas R. Seifert