Dolores Catania may be one of two new cast members on The Real Housewives of New Jersey this season, but she seems to have jumped right into all of the Garden State-sized drama. Maybe that's because she has been rolling in this social circle long before she appeared on RHONJ — and even before it became a series.
Original RHONJ cast member Caroline Manzo told The Daily Dish that when she does catch the show this season, she loves seeing Dolores, her good friend of more than 20 years who she first met through her husband Al Manzo. "She's a phenomenal human being," Caroline gushed. "She's crazy as crazy gets, but she's good as good gets too, so she's fun."
In fact, Caroline said she has long wanted Dolores, who has made cameos on past seasons of RHONJ, to be a part of the show. "I'm thrilled for her. I was her champion from day one," she said. "I wanted her to be a part of it. I kept throwing her name into the ring, filmed with her as much as I could, because I knew she'd be an awesome fit into the group."
In addition to Caroline, Dolores counts fellow Paterson, New Jersey native Teresa Giudice, who she's known for at least two decades, and Jacqueline Laurita as besties. "She knows everybody. She's got history with everybody, so it's good," Caroline said of Dolores, who also makes an appearance in this season's Manzo'd with Children supertease, joining the RHONJ cast. "I think it's a perfect match."
Below, Dolores describes just how long she's known Teresa Giudice.