Ramona Rizzo certainly made a mark this season as a new castmember on Mob Wives. The tough girl who comes straight from an old school mob family is not someone to be messed with, but underneath her tough exterior, she’s just a mom of four who loves fashion (we covet her Gucci shoes from the reunion!) and family. When we chatted at the reunion, it was obvious that the Ramona you see on TV is the real Ramona, and she’s loyal to her “cousin” Karen till the end. See what she has to say about the whereabouts of her jewelry, and how she brushes off what she considers hollow threats of Drita and Carla, whom she calls “camera gangsters.”
How has life changed for you since the show started?
More than anything it’s different for my kids. When I go out, like the other day I went shopping, and people stopped and wanted autographs and my daughter was like “Come on, Mom.” Other than that, my life hasn’t changed. I’ll always be me, I’ll never change for the camera.
What’s up with your jewelry, are you still trying to get it back?
My jewelry is going to take past a minute. More people are getting added to my boyfriend’s case, so it will take a long time, probably a year from this August or later, for this to get resolved. I might even have to get Joe Pistone, who was Donnie Brasco, on this case because they took my grandfather’s medal. I’m not lying about any of this, these were all items that were given to me and it’s a substantial amount.
What’s your situation with your boyfriend?
I see him once a week, for one hour. We struggle with our own issues, of course I love him, but he’s such an unselfish person that he feels this is unfair to me so he contemplates breaking up because he says “I want better for you, I don’t want you to go through this,” so that’s our struggle.
It was really great to see the scene with your daughter going to visit him, your kids seem to have a great relationship with him.
Yeah, they’ve built their own relationship, that’s something I never forced, but he’s someone I’ve known since I was a child and it came easy to us. So I’d never force anyone to be a father figure to my own children, that’s something they did on their own. Sometimes I would be like, “Hey, what are you doing?” And he’d be like, “I’m going to the movies with Malina,” and I’m like, “Oh okay, I’ll just stay home then.” I just didn’t want her to have the same past that I did. When I went to go see my grandfather in jail, it was one of the most heart-wrenching things, but one of the most meaningful things. I remember going to visit him when I was maybe ten years old and hearing the big steel door close behind me and seeing my grandfather basically in shackles. I remember what I wore that day. It was something I didn’t want to make her go through, but it’s something she needed to go through to see that he’s okay.
Can you describe your relationship with each of the women now?
Well with Karen it’s a different situation, she’s in a different league. Renee, love her to pieces but she’ll always get a pass because she’s like the crazy cousin. And the other two b—hes, it is what it is.
How do you feel when you watch them talk about you on the show, especially since you guys are all saying some nasty stuff about each other at times.
You get frustrated, like you have this green-screen monster, this camera gangster sitting there saying she’s gonna do all this stuff to me, but what I say, I always back up, I don’t need to lie about anything. If you’re gonna talk about it, be about it. Drita should go to Hollywood ’cause all she’s doing is acting.
Do you think the spoofs of Mob Wives are funny? Like Karen’s Funny Or Die parody?
I thought it was funny, I loved how she looked dressed as a nun.
Karen: I think they’re funny, I like them.
Has being on the show changed your relationships?
With Karen, it’s just added another level of closeness, if that’s possible. Big Ang I’ve always known and I think she’s a great lady. Renee, my heart goes out to and I love her, she has a lot of imbalance in her life and I’m here to support her. And the other two, it is what it is. Karma’s a b—h. Remember where you came from, remember how you got there. That’s actually the reason she didn’t want me on the show.
Oh yeah, she fought tooth and nail not to get me on the show, I’m not lying. But like I said, you need to be responsible for your actions. Don’t hurt my friends or me, and nobody will bother you. We used to hang out, I have the pictures to prove it, but jealousy’s a bitch.
Is your own issue with Drita related to your loyalty to Karen, or do you have your own separate issues?
I’ll always have Karen’s back, and she’s trying to dictate that Karen shouldn’t put her or her husband in her book…when Karen went through that s— with her dad, her husband was part of that, so of course you’re going to write about that, that’s the person you were with for seven years. But as far as we are concerned, we were cool when I came back into the country, but then when they started asking me to be on the show, things went left because you really do have a mob girl here. I don’t say my s—. This girl is basically dropping bodies and saying what her husband’s doing, and where I come from, you never say that. She basically tried to use Karen trying to gain her fame.
I heard that the last scene you all shared together as a family dinner was really nice for everyone, what did you think of that?
It was bittersweet. I had a relationship with her children, I really like her children. So it really bothers me that I want to kill their mother.
Last year I asked Karen who she wanted to play her if there’s a movie version of Mob Daughter and she said Emily Blunt. You’re in the book, so who do you want playing you?
Looks-wise, it would be along the lines of Salma Hayek, but attitude-wise, I think maybe Gina Gershon. Or Leah Remini. I had a lot of friends growing up telling me she reminds them of me.