By Damian Vaca
We’re already immersed in the lifestyles of Karen, Drita, Carla and Renee, but there is one new character of VH1’s “Mob Wives” that has completely stolen the show. Err … stolen may be a bad word, so let’s just she has become the breakout star of season two.
When Angela “Big Ang” Raiola first entered our lives, she was playing mediator in the never-ending feud between Drita and Karen. From her first moment on screen, viewers were immediately drawn to her unique voice and larger-than-life character – she was both endearing and outrageously unbelievable. Of her newfound fame Big Ang told MTV NEWS, “I think it’s amazing. It’s really blown up tremendously and I’m really having fun with it. I’m amazed. I can’t even believe what’s happening. I’ve been getting gifts, constantly getting great gifts [from fans]. I thank everybody who has been giving me good things. That pocket book that I’m carrying right there, great bag. All kinds of organic baskets of lotions. Roses, candy, earrings, everything.”
With a growing fan base, it’s no wonder her life has changed when she steps out of the door. “Now, it’s totally, ‘Where am I going? Don’t tell no body, we gotta hide!’ I just came from Disney with my grandson. I was stalked all over Epcot and Magic Kingdom. I can’t even tell you what it was like. I’m telling you, it was crazy.
I was actually doing an interview on the phone … and the people are just taking my pictures. [The fans say] ‘Please, please, please! I love you, could we take a picture?’ I’m like, ‘I can’t right now, I’m on the phone.’ ‘We don’t care, we’ll just take your picture!’ I’m like, ‘Okay,’ as I’m talking, as I’m talking I’m just posing with the phone in my hand, they’re taking the picture,” said Big Ang.
Big Ang tells MTV she turns to music to get away from it all. “I listen to everything. Right now, my favorite song is Kelly Clarkson’s ’Mr. Know-it-All.” I love that song,” she said.
For more of Big Ang and the rest of the “Mob Wives,” be sure to turn into VH1 on Sunday at 8PM EST.