The fans of VH1’s “Mob Wives” take to Twitter every Sunday when a new episode airs. Many tweet not that they love Drita D’Avanzo, but that they f***ing love her. And when I brought this up to her during a recent interview on “The Ralphie Radio Show,” it’s safe to say she f***ing loves it.
“There’s an extra ‘oomph’ to it,” a laughing D’Avanzo said. The TV star sat down for a chat before meeting some of those loyal fans inside Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes Barre, PA. “Just loving someone is kind of weak.”
All kidding aside, the soon-to-be ex-wife of the incarcerated Lee D’Avanzo feels that people connect with her because on some level, they can relate.
“Everybody has that side of them,” she said, referring to the no-nonsense, in-your-face persona people witness on the show. “I just keep it real, and I’m myself, and they feel comfortable being their self.”
But D’Avanzo revealed that her closest friends, including one that has known her for over 30 years, see the TV star in a much different light.
“She always tells everyone, ‘I never had an argument with her. She’s the easiest person to get along with,’” D’Avanzo said. “What you do see on the show is me, because I could never not be me. But, there is editing.”
Despite the personal wishes of cast members or the “influence” that family members may have in other areas, the final cut of “Mob Wives” is at the discretion of VH1.
“I would be like, ‘Hello? Take the fight out!’” D’Avanzo said if she had a say in what footage aired on TV. “[The network] is going to get the moments that capture entertainment.”
Of course if you watch the show, you know that “entertainment” primarily refers to conflict and controversy. While that might not paint the most flattering picture of some cast members, it has given way to a number of new opportunities for the single mother.
“That’s exactly why I chose to do [the show], because I want to focus on taking care of my kids,” she stated. “I’m moving forward.”
D’Avanzo is moving to a plethora of projects, including a cameo in a French Montana music video, a modeling gig with a swimwear label, her own cosmetic line, and a new fitness video. Meanwhile, “Mob Wives” is two seasons strong and will debut a new city, ala “Real Housewives” this spring with “Mob Wives Chicago.”
And to think, initially, the men and the women in these families weren’t looking for any extra public exposure.
“When [VH1] came forward, it wasn’t like, ‘Yes! We’re going on TV. Yes! It’s a reality show,’” D’Avanzo admitted. “But, at the same time, all of our men are already in books. There’s really nothing about them that you can’t Google.”
In this age of the Internet and social media, D’Avanzo makes a valid point. Still, you’d have to think that if the men in the family wanted anyone to “Google” anything, it’d be the word “Omertà.”