Between trying to cope with the longstanding guilt associated with her father’s sentencing to making sure Dave wasn’t keeping her from her daughter, Karen Gravano didn’t have time to worry about what “these girls” were up to on Mob Wives Season Three. (Well, maybe just a little bit of time.)
After battling for two seasons, this time around Karen was ready to focus on her family. And that meant heading West. Number one on her to-do list was ensuring that daughter Karina was in the best care possible, followed by her work to clear Sammy The Bull’s name and giving “cousin” Ramona the best advice possible. It wasn’t easy, but all fighting was done in the name of love. VH1 got the scoop from Karen on an emotional season as well status updates onDave, Storm, Ramona, Becky Butana, and a girl group we may want to remember a year or two from now. Read on for her thoughts.
This season was more family focused…
So I take it you were pleased the show moved in that direction?
That’s why I chose to get involved in this show: I really wanted to show the struggles that the women go through, [and that] no matter what we go through with our families, we’re still united. I was glad that they were able to focus more on that as opposed to drama amongst the women. I mean, there’s always going to be drama, that’s just how we are. I think for me, I felt good to sit it out and watch everyone else fight.
Instead of fighting with the other women, we saw you dealing with issues in your immediate family. Did you have any reservations about featuring Karina and Dave?
It’s always difficult because I try to protect my family, and Dave is Karina’s father and I don’t want her to watch the show and be embarrassed that her mother and father are out there like War of the Roses. It’s just my everyday life; the way I choose to deal with him is the way I choose to deal with him because I have a child with him. At the end of the day, I think that he has the same respect and love for me and Karina and for our relationship and I think that we both said the truth. I think what you saw was real; we do have our differences but we care enough about each other to move forward.
At the end of your Arizona trip you two looked like the perfect example of successful co-parents.
Right, but you never know what’s gonna come out on TV. Sometimes you say something and you’re getting an hour of the conversation as opposed to what went on for the past three weeks, too, so I didn’t want it to come across like we just had this fight and then there was no resolution. I think this season did a really good job of being able to portray that everybody has their ups and downs, but at the end of the day you can still move on.
Was it enjoyable to see the way Ramona talked to Dave’s girlfriend (Rebecca)?
I did not know how she was talking [to her]. I know how Ramona can be–she’s very protective over me–but I know Ramona was setting the record straight. Because if God forbid something did happen to Karina, as a mother you need to know the other mother. I can’t blame the girl because maybe Dave told her something, and how did she know I didn’t just up and leave? We needed to let her know that Karina does have family and I love her more than anything; that’s my daughter. If you think I go crazy over other things, you can only imagine what I would do for Karina. So not knowing a woman that has my child and Dave making a decision that she can take her to the doctor and I don’t even know her? No, it just didn’t sit well with me, Ramona, or with anyone.
Is Karina moving to New York?
Yes, Karina is going to come to New York. That’s been a struggle with me because she was going to come this year but she wanted to graduate with all her friends. She is so grounded in school, she is such a good student, she has so much going on out there that I didn’t want to rock the boat. But she does have opportunities out here, you know, with the girl group that we’re developing. Since people have seen it on TV I’ve had multiple people–Grammy Award-winning songwriters–that want to work with them and really get involved with them from the get-go.