Mob Wives Drita D'Avanzo Dishes the Dirt, Chats About New Season and New Drama
Popular VH1 series ‘Mob Wives’ has been a hit since it premiered in 2011. Since then, we have come to love the stars of the show Drita D'Avanzo, Big Ang and Renee Graziano every Sunday night. With Mob Wives entering its fourth season tonight (December 5), it welcomes two new cast members Alicia DiMichelle Garofalo and Natalie Guercio, returns with a new night (Thursdays) and has a new title: ‘Mob Wives: New Blood’. Noticeably absent are cast members Karen Gravano, Carla Facciolo and Ramona Rizzo who are not returning for this season. Read ahead to check out what went down between Drita and Alicia, and don't forget to check out the season premiere Thursday at 10pm for new blood and new drama!
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Vibe Vixen: There was a big gap between last season’s filming and the new season. In between that time Big Ang went to Miami and filmed the Miami Monkey. Was there ever doubt that there wouldn’t be a season four?
Drita D’Avanzo: No, not at all. We just didn’t know when filming would start.
I noticed in the promos Carla, Karen and Ramona aren’t returning this season. Can you speak on that?
Yeah, absolutely. They just moved on.
Does Carla not returning have anything to do with the drama with Love last season?
No. Carla was never happy on the show so she just decided to go her own way and do her own thing.
That was a situation that I had to be really careful about and I tried to be careful about. A lot of people expected me to say something about what happened with Love and the fight but I wanted to be careful not to sound hypocritical. How would it look if I would have said something about the fight? I would be a hypocrite if I did that so I was careful to not speak about that. I will say that I thought it was unfair that she wasn’t at the reunion show and couldn’t speak for herself.
She wasn’t invited to the reunion show?
What can we expect in season four?
Drama! And new blood.
Who are you closest to within the cast?
Did you know each other before filming started for this season?
Alicia, was it hard to be the newcomer?
Yeah, well you know there’s five of us in total, two new and three old. So we all had to get to know each other and adjust. It was hard.
It’s been a definite change. For a while it was like a rollercoaster but we’re finally at a point where the rollercoaster is straight and it isn’t going up and down.
I know you’ve said in the past that Lee has no desire to be on the show. Does that affect your filming?
It’s hard because he doesn’t want to be on the show. Before when he would call from prison the cameras had to be around to catch that phone call, but now he’s around all the time and I’m always on the phone with him. He’s still on the show, you just don’t see his face.
How do your daughters feel about the fame?
Aleeyah has had some issues at school with bullying because of the show and you’ll see that this season.
Yeah, the popular girls see that she’s on TV and there are haters everywhere. She doesn’t care about the show and she’ll tell you that her mommy’s not cool, she’s strict! But if you ask Gizelle, her last name is Mob Wives. She says I’m ‘Gizelle from Mob Wives’ so they’re totally different. Aleeyah is like Lee with that about the show.
Mob wives glamorizes the Mob lifestyle. How do you stray your daughters away from that? Are you scared that that would influence them in any way?
Well, I don’t think Mob Wives glamorizes this lifestyle. It does the opposite. You see all of us with our issues and drama from it and my daughters don’t watch the show. They’re not allowed. I’ll edit it afterwards and make it so that it’s just their scenes and funny moments for them, but they’re not allowed to watch the show. If they do behind my back I don’t know about that but I’ve thought about this question and what I would say to my daughters when the times comes up. If Aleeyah tells me ‘what do you mean I can’t date that guy, you dated daddy” I’ll tell them that if you want to have your kids cry for six years then that’s on you because that’s what I went through.
I know that you have your own make up line but do you have any beauty secrets?
Yes, I do. I think what people want to know and are interested to know is how to do make-up in a short amount of time. So many people say to me ‘oh you look great with no make-up’ and I say ‘I do have make up on you just can’t notice it’. I’m actually going to put videos on my site to show how to do make-up and how to do in a short period of time because everybody has things to do.
Do you have a signature scent?
I’m actually really picky with that stuff. I used to run the cosmetics counter at Saks and mix different things together and people would try it and they loved it and they would wear it. So I wear my own thing.
So can we be on the lookout for a Drita perfume?