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by Whitney Ullman
Big Ang from VH1's Mob Wives recently hosted a party at Pro Bar inside Resorts Casino Hotel. She sat down with NJ.com and discussed everything from her shows popularity to advice about getting married. Let's check it out:
NJ.com: How do you like being in Atlantic City?
Big Ang: I was always a fan of Atlantic City; I love to gamble. My family has been coming here for years and my uncle was very big in the Golden Nugget years ago. You know Atlantic City was always a wise guy thing back in the day, and now they're not even allowed to come here. And that I know too, I witnessed it. But I love to gamble and have a good time when in Atlantic City. It's all in one: food, gambling and lots of fun!
When you gamble what do you like to play?
Big Ang: Oh, you're asking the wrong one. I LOVE blackjack, hands down. The lady queen one is my favorite. I love craps as of last night, and I'm always a fan of roulette. I don't know how to play baccarat and all of that, it's a little to complicated for me. Oh, and three-card poker is a goodie; your money can last.
When you're in Atlantic City do you have a specific place to go to or eat?
Big Ang: I love The Resorts and Capri.
You're on VH1's Mob Wives and now your own reality show, did you ever feel you would gain so much popularity?
Big Ang: 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 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?
Big Ang: 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?
Big Ang: 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?
Big Ang: 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?
Big Ang: No, 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?
Big Ang: 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?
Big Ang: 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?
Big Ang: 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?
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.
Whitney is an on-air multimedia personality, and works behind the scenes helping businesses gain extra exposure, through her WIN Promotions video production services.