Karen Gravano has said on a few occasions that she’s the nicest castmember on Mob Wives, and when you hang out in person, she’s not lying. Gravano is a funny and sweet woman as long as you’re not threatening her or the people she loves. (I mean, aren’t we all?)
At the reunion this season, I spoke to her just before she took to the stage to see if she was at peace with the way this season played out and what her relationship with the rest of the cast was like now that peace has been achieved…for the most part. She told me that as far as Drita is concerned, “we called a truce, [but] we’ll never be friends,” and just hopes that no one talks out their face (to use a Mob Wives term). Because if you talk smack about her family, she won’t take that lying down.
Do you feel any different today as you’re preparing for this reunion, compared to last season at this time?
I feel good!
I feel like it’s less dramatic this year now that you’ve worked some issues out.
I don’t even think it’s dramatic because some people are just acting, you know what I mean. I’m very calm, cool, and collected, and I’m done with acting.
What’s life like as a New York Times bestselling author?
Life is good! I’m actually optioning the life rights of the book to a movie now and possibly working on a second book, so it’s going really well. Everything’s positive.
And how’s the new spa?
The spa is doing really well, it looks phenomenal, it’s really beautiful. It’s just great to be back in the skin care industry, that’s what I love to do.
Are you actually working there regularly now?
I will be, I haven’t had the time because of the show and going back and forth, here to Arizona lately. But once this dies down, I’m going back there. I’ll probably be the fall back aesthetician working under the lead aestheticians there just because of my schedule but I’ll definitely be in there. I love being in a spa, there’s something about being in a spa that makes me feel good. Dr. Fiorello is honestly such a great doctor that it’s a privilege to be able to work with him.
What’s your current situation with Dave?
It’s complicated. But we’re in a really good place, we’ve realized we’re parents to Karina first and everything else comes second. He is my family, and we work very hard to keep our relationship as parents but…every so often we throw some spice in it. But first and foremost, after being in prison for such a long time and coming out, it’s more important for him to become reacclimated into society before worrying about relationships. Our foundation is there but for him right now the better choice is to stay in Arizona because he’s got a great job and he has a lot of positive going on for him there and I have a lot going on for myself here, and we have to figure out how to work that,
Was it weird for you to do —
I was going to say kissing scenes, but close enough.
No, it was good doing him. No, I’m a very expressive person and I don’t have a problem talking about it, but kissing in front of the camera is always weird, and everyone is always looking at you ’cause they’re watching you film and you’re making out and that’s awkward, but there’s nothing awkward about us being together.
Will Karina be here this summer?
She will be here. I don’t think people see it, but we’re back and forth all the time, so we spend a lot more time together than it appears. She’s going to come here for the summer and she kind of doesn’t want to come because she’s so attached to my mother, but we’re going to make it work as parents. I chose to keep her out of New York which was the best decision for me because I did get a lot of negativity with the book, and I wanted to shield her from that, she doesn’t understand this life and I don’t ever want to her be a part of it, but I want her to understand it from a distance.
Does she watch the show?
She does. All of her friends watch it. But sometimes she’s not even interested, to be honest with you. She’s like, just tell me when I’m on, mom.
Did Renee’s situation this season make you two closer?
Yeah, I mean, we were already close, and I was always there for her in my heart. If somebody goes through something, just because that particular situation happened to hit home for me it didn’t make it so that I was closer to her, I’m just close to her, regardless. But I love her to death and she’s family to me.
What’s your relationship like with the others?
I have no relationship with Carla or Drita. I would say we’re cordial, but I wouldn’t even use the word relationship and us in the same sentence. I’m over all the drama. I had to say what I had to say and I had to let her know how I felt even though she thinks I keep repeating myself, but the problem is, she’s fake and her and I are over it, we called a truce, we’ll never be friends and after just watching those clips about what she said about Ramona and chewing her face off, if she continues to talk about her like that, we’ll become enemies all over again, because I can’t have someone I love get threatened, and to me, she’s giving threats to someone I care about. She can continue to be fake on camera but if her threats start to leak over there’s going to be a problem all over again.
Do you have a favorite moment this season?
I liked the scene from the finale when all the kids were sitting at the table and everyone was smiling. Because to me, no matter what anyone goes through on this show, family is what’s important and kids are innocent, that was the whole thing with my book too, kids shouldn’t be held accountable for their parents’ decisions. Because of the situations we’re all in, we’ll be connected forever because our loved ones are in prison and we want our children pushed in a different direction. So to see all of them smiling and to be able to sit down and women, no matter what our feelings are, and be cordial, that was my favorite scene.