I was both of their friends. Jenn gave details on managing her close friendships with both Drita and Karen while being a producer on the reality show, as well, as behind-the-scenes secrets and stories about Big Ang, Love Majewski, Alicia DiMichele and more!
Who had relationships coming into the show? So, Carla and Renee were friends since Renee was 16 and Carla was They had a ton of mutual friends including some of the street guys and wise guys from that era that they all hung around with. Carla was dating one, Renee was dating one [and] they all hung out at the club where all the guys were. They really spent a lot of time growing up with each other and also within the world. Karen was actually my friend, Karen and Ramona, we grew up together since we were like 15 years old.
That was our crew. We were all born into this lifestyle. We were in it from the family perspective, but then the guys we were growing up with were sorta like mobsters in training. The guys were like their own clique. When we were about 19 or 20, Karen had met Drita and Drita was actually dating this guy that we all kinda knew.
So Karen and Drita used to double date. 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.
Throughout my entire life, anything to do with my aunt, Big Ang was there. Then she became close with my older sister Lana and she would start to come to our family parties. Her and my father were close too because Ang used to have bars and hang around with all the wise guys so she knew my father from the street life as well.
Ang became like part of our family. Who else was on? Natalie DiDonato and the girls from the final season Brittany and Marissa. Oh, yeah, I forgot about them. The other Natalie was actually really happenstance. She really was in Philly doing makeup and really came to us knowing Natalie Guercio and having a bone to pick with her. His first cousin was my first boyfriend, so then I would go eat over their house like everyday. 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.
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 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.
Me and Drita became super, super close. We used to go to the zoo together, everything. So me and Drita became close as well. So it became very difficult for me, when the two of them went into this all out war, so to speak. And at times, they have both accused me of taking one over the other. Even my sister Renee swears, for years [that] I favored Drita.
Then it was Big Ang. I guess they all at one point or another looked at me as favoring one over the other. So we had a huge falling out and then there were contract issues. What is the status of your friendship with Drita now that your professional relationship is done for now? I think she could have and should have handled things a lot differently, and better.
Over the years, women have come and gone on the show, who do you think was the biggest loss when they left the series?
The biggest loss to me was Karen, which is why she came back. Not only did Alicia have a history as a true mob wife but she had her own legal case going on which I thought brought a fresh dynamic. Like okay, not only do you suffer maybe emotionally or have to worry about sending your husband commissary but Alicia had to worry about somebody sending her commissary.
She had to worry about leaving her children. I think that was a fresh look at what could really happen if you really marry a guy like this. I liked the fact that Alicia was able to bring the drama without taking it too far. And she had a great sense of style, so, I think she added a lot to the show. I would have to say, the first thing that comes to mind is when my ex-brother-in-law turned himself in, and then the same day, my father was arrested. We learned along side the entire world that my ex-brother-in-law was wearing a wire, and ratting on my father.
I mean that was the hardest to watch, especially the downfall and the effect that it had on my sister, as well as my father obviously, and what happened to my family. That was the most difficult to live through while filming. In the wake of Big Ang death, do you feel like you have any insight into where the women stand?
Well, I think too much has transpired between Karen and Drita to ever feel any type of bond for each other. So Karen and Natalie definitely are in a better place. I think the only really heavy, irreparable relationship is Karen and Drita. I mean, what you saw on camera was the same as off camera.
When we were filming Miami Monkey, we all moved down to Florida for like three months together and you know she never lost a beat.
She was filming two shows at once. I put this in my Instagram [but] Monday through Thursday she was shooting Mob Wives then got on a plane to go down to film Miami Monkey. She never had a day where she went nuts on anyone because she was exhausted. She still fed the crew. Did she always want to avoid drama?
Their intentions are not to hurt us. What can you tell us? I have actually set up two scripted shows at major networks. I also have a couple of unscripted shows in development right now [and] one of them is being sought after by networks. I really do see myself doing another reality series but my goal and heart is gonna be in the scripted world.
Are your new projects about the lifestyle at all? I also have have something for Renee in development. Relive a full-circle moment from the final season of Mob Wives below.