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Dolores Catania Reveals Why She Decided to Join RHONJ, Calls Teresa Giudice a “Survivor”

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We know that new Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dolores Catania has been friends with Teresa Giudice, Jaqueline Laurita and Dina Manzo for years and now she is dishing what it’s like to be part of the ladies’ inner circle in a brand new interview.

So what prompted Dolores to give Reality TV a try? “We were all the original crew and it just wasn’t the time for me when it had started and now I feel like I have a story. I have something to offer. You know, I’m 45, I’m reinventing myself, my kids our grown and things like that. I have to really find my way now,” she explained.”

How did her kids feel about her becoming a cast member on the show? “It’s so funny because it’s so surreal for them and the whole family,” she tells TooFab. “And at the same time, you know we already saw the first episode which was really amazing, but all the other stuff hasn’t hit yet, like the appearances and things like that. The kids haven’t been affected by it yet. They’re very proud though. They always tell me, ‘Mom we’re so proud of you.'”

Catania also shared what’s been the best part about opening up her life to the cameras. “The easiest part is just that it’s very organic and it’s just very natural for me. You know everyone so well. I know their back stories and I know where they grow up. I know their parents, I know their cousins, I know the schools they went too, so not so much Jacqueline, but I also know her from her making her life here in New Jersey. So the easiest part for me was just being around everybody and we had so much fun and so many good times. Siggy and me are just together, like the chemistry and the dynamic, it’s hysterical for everyone. This is real life for us. I was by Jacqueline’s house yesterday, she had some books to sign for me, so I hung out there. I raided her refrigerator and her closet. Then, I left there and I went out to eat with Teresa. Then, I was on the phone with Siggy last night and was exhausted, so this is all real for us.”

And the hardest. “The hardest part was that there were some emotional times and there were some things that have happened that you’ll see. Because this is real, this isn’t fake. This isn’t some women sitting around, drinking a cup of tea and saying some snarky remarks. This is as real as it gets, so to see that and to see anyone I care about hurt or upset, it’s upsetting to me and that’s the hardest thing.”

Does Dolores think prison changed Teresa? “Teresa, I always describe her as, she’s very tough. She’s a survivor and she just roles with the punches and she is handling it very well. I mean as long as she’s there with her children, that’s her strength. Her family is her strength, but I know that she misses [her husband] Joe tremendously. They’ve been together for 20 or so years now maybe, so that person becomes a part of you. That’s hard for her. I know she misses him being there and being there for her.”

When asked to tease any part of the upcoming season, Dolores shared, “You can look forward to me a Siggy Flicker because you have two women who were born 16 thousand miles apart that couldn’t be any more alike and we feed off each other and just make everyone laugh and that’s so much fun. We try to make light of things that happen.”

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