Her personality is larger than life…and so are her boobs! Big Ang has endeared herself to Mob Wives fans so much so that she was granted a VH1 spin-off last year. We've seen her be a loyal friend, a caring mother, and a wild and crazy party animal. Her hobbies include tanning, smoking, drinking, and enhancing body parts. What's not to love?
Ang has a hilarious relationship with her husband, and she supported her son as he faced jail and rehab. Among her friends she is often the only voice of reason, and she is never at a loss for words. Some may say that Ang can't keep her mouth shut…and it's not just because she has too much filler in her lips!
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In an interview with NJ.com, Ang talks about everything under the sun, including why it's important to marry rich (if you're going to marry at all) and why she can't quit smoking. She dishes on her future endeavors and her crazy, drama-feuled co-stars. Enjoy an excerpt below!
You're on VH1's Mob Wives and now your own reality show, did you ever feel you would gain so much popularity?
No! First of all I never thought I would be 50 years old on a TV show, hello. I was just bartending, running a bar, minding my own business, being a mother and grandmother, and then my friend, Jennifer Graziano came. she's the producer, and said would you like to try out on the show? See my best friend Celia is her aunt. So she says maybe try out like six episodes. I think, ok. Before you know it, I'm in 17 episodes with my own spinoff. I'm like, 'what happened here?' And now I'm on my second season of my own spinoff and the fourth season of Mob Wives.
On Mob Wives, who's your most and least favorite character?
Big Ang: Well, I really like all the girls; I don't have a favorite. I do not dislike any of them or favor any of them, I'm just equal. If I would have to say anybody I might have to say Renee [Graziano] because she's like family. It's my best friend's niece. I've known her since she's a little girl.
If you could be on another reality show, what would it be?
No, I wouldn't want to be, I want to stay on the Mob Wives.
Smoking is a big part of your life, do you ever plan on quitting?
I do it every year for like two months and then I go back. It's like $14.50 a pack and four packs becomes like $60; it's retarded. I don't want to smoke, but I just can't help it. Now, they give you this medicine and I don't like to take medicine. They want to give you this stuff – they say it gives you these crazy nightmares, I don't need that. I'll just smoke.
How is your business The Drunken Monkey doing?
The Drunken Monkey is amazing. I've owned it 7 years, I would say like maybe a few years ago I was thinking about just selling it and closing it. It's a neighborhood place and after awhile it gets played out. But now, you can't even lock 'em out. We open at 8am and people from all over – I mean, even Australia – come there to meet me.
Would you change anything about your life?
I love it. I wouldn't change one thing. Everything is going good and why change that.
What are three key pieces of advice you would give to someone getting married?
Don't do it, it's overrated. But, make sure the husband loves you a lot more than you love him. They must have money because without it, people tell me that money don't mean everything, well it [expletive] does, because without it your marriage is miserable, because you fight over the money. It’s always something about money whether it’s bills, or this or that, whatever it may be. So they say money talks, no it’s [expletive] screaming.
Your son was arrested last year, how is he doing now?
He's doing great. He was just released from his program he was in for the last 10 months. I am very proud of him; he took a step in the right direction and from now on it's going to be smooth sailing.
Do you get any fun fan mail?
Oh, you don't even know! I got to say they don't know where I live, thank g-d, but what I get to the bar, I even get mail for the girls. They will send it to me and say can you please give to them. They send everything to the bar; lots of gifts. Gifts after gifts – nice things – and I really want to thank all my fans because I don't have time to actually send personal thank yous, but I do appreciate it.
What can we expect in the future for Big Ang?
I have Big Ang's Secrets – that's my salon boutique on Highland Boulevard. They have great stuff. My book 'Bigger is Better' is in Barnes and Noble and online. It's really good and it's funny. And then also the Big Ang Secret website. I also look forward to everyone watching Big Ang season 2 that airs in September; it's going to be an amazing show.
Oh gracious! I would love to get a peek at some of Ang's fan mail, wouldn't you? I'll be looking forward to some more Big Ang this fall!
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