Dolores Catania may be one of two new cast members on The Real Housewives of New Jersey this season, but she's hardly a rookie when it comes to Garden State drama. As a longtime friend of Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita, Dolores has popped up on RHONJ in the past. Melissa Gorga and Caroline Manzo have also sung their praises for the new Housewife.
Still, you've got to wonder what Dolores' children, 20-year-old Gabrielle and 17-year-old Frankie, think about seeing their mom in the spotlight like never before on RHONJ. "It's so funny because it's so surreal for them and the whole family," Dolores recently told tooFab. "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.'"
Catanias are one big happy family that includes (from left) Gabrielle, Frankie, Dolores, and her ex-husband and business partner Frank.
And why shouldn't they be proud of their mama? She's being true to herself on RHONJ, after all. "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 [sic] too," Dolores said of opening her life up to the cameras. "So the easiest part for me was just being around everybody and we had so much fun and so many good times."
But it's not always easy to put yourself out there, as Dolores found out this season. "The hardest part was that there were some emotional times and there were some things that have happened that you’ll see," she explained. "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."
It's also been difficult for Dolores to watch Teresa and Jacqueline's friendship become strained. Hear her theory about why they just can't seem to get along, below.