Marissa’s boyfriend actually went to kindergarten with me and lives up the block from me.
[Over the years] I’m doing my absolute best to remain neutral on both levels.
And at times, they have both accused me of taking one over the other.
You and Karen have remained real-life friends throughout the years? Has it been hard maintaining your friendship with her and wearing a hat as producer with all the drama that she and Drita have had on the show? So it became very difficult for me, when the two of them went into this all out war, so to speak.
So after Karen brought Drita into the fold, I then became super close with Drita and when Karen moved to Arizona, she and I remained friends, but Drita was here every day. We used to take her daughter and my son, I have pictures of them when they were one years old of my son kissing her daughter’s face. You have to understand, I was both the producer while we’re filming but then when we’re not, I was both of their friends.
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Can you explain how the women are actually connected in real life? Jenn Graziano: So, Carla and Renee were friends since Renee was 16 and Carla was 19.
She really was in Philly doing makeup and really came to us knowing Natalie Guercio and having a bone to pick with her.
She came on and we interviewed her to see if she would fit in but she wasn’t deeply entrenched with any of us at the time.
His older cousins were- my older sister babysat for him and his older cousin. Did it become harder over the years to find people that were organically connected? It started to become harder towards the end because although there were a boatload of women that we could have picked from, not everyone was allowed to do it, not everyone wanted to do it.
So in that sense, yes, but if this was an open forum, I could’ve cast Mob Wives for days.
So, me, Karen, Ramona, and Ramona’s sister [Roxeanne] who you don’t see on the show, [were friends]. A lot of them wanted to be close to us and our friends because of who our fathers were and so we all formed this kind of clique, and that included Drita’s husband Lee and a few other guys, my boyfriend, Ramona’s boyfriend at the time. When we were about 19 or 20, Karen had met Drita and Drita was actually dating this guy that we all kinda knew. Karen was with Lee and Drita was with this other guy and Karen and Drita became really close, and then through her, Drita started hanging around with our little girl crew.