How did you come to be on The Real Housewives of New Jersey?
I was driving my car on a Friday afternoon and Bravo called me to see if I would interview with them and be on their show. Just to clear the air, I never contacted Bravo about being on the show, they came to me.
Is it true that Teresa didn’t want you and your husband to be on the show?
I think there is a pretty obvious answer about that. Teresa spoke very strongly about how this was her thing and didn’t want her brother and I to be on the show.
What was your relationship like with Teresa when you two first met?
I tried really hard with Teresa when I first met her. I made Joe Guidice the godfather of our first-born child Antonia, I made Teresa the godmother of our second child Gino. I tried really hard to please her and did everything I could to try to make her feel like we were sisters.
When did your relationship with Teresa change? and why?
My relationship with Teresa changed after the first year that Joe and I got married. Joe and I especially noticed it when Antonia was born. Things started to change and get a little too competitive.
Is it true that Teresa purposely tried to keep you and Joe out of any scenes during the first 2 seasons of the show?
Teresa invited us to all the children’s bday’s parties and her house-warming. If your asking did she try to do any special filming with her only brother, the answer is no but that was fine with us. We have never once said a word to her about it, fought with her about it or ever asked her to put us on the show, never once. It wasnt a big concern for us.
I think my kids are so young that they don’t completely understand whats going on right now. My oldest daughter is going in to first grade and she is just starting to understand now that she is on tv. She is young enough that it doesn’t affect her and she actually enjoys it.
My family and Joe’s family always got along really great. My sisters have always welcomed Teresa with open arms and included her in every party they have ever had, that’s just the way my family is. We love everyone and we welcome everyone. The 2 that are closest are my sister Lysa and my father in law. He calls Lysa his girlfriend.
That is 100% not true. Kathy is a big girl and would never stop talking to her cousin because of me and I would never in a million years ask her to do that. Kathy and I have always had a mutual respect for each other. It was always just easy for me and her. We just work.
Tell us about your singing career? How are things going now that the public has heard your beautiful voice?
Sometimes I have to pinch myself to believe this is all really happening. I can’t believe I have gotten as far with it that I have. I am recording my 5th song now and I can’t wait to share my first one with you, On Display will be out at the beginning of August.
Caroline seemed pretty cold to you and Kathy during filming, is that your impression?
No, not at all. I think Caroline like she said before, she doesn’t like you before she likes you. I think you will see on these upcoming episodes that she does get to know me and we end up liking each other very much.
How did you get along with Jacqueline during filming?
Jacqueline is a sweetheart. I love her to death. Believe it or not, I think we have a lot of similarities. We both like to make everyone smile. She has been great and I get along with her really well.
Lynn: Here I asked Melissa about the rumored feud between Teresa and Caroline, and the hints that Caroline has given recently that she’s on Team Melissa and has jumped ship on Team Teresa, Melissa declined to answer that question but did add this:
One thing that I learned about Caroline is that she is real. She calls it like she sees it and there is no denying that. Once she got to know me I think she saw that there is two sides to every story, especially in this case.
Yes I will and yes we have begun filming.
Some photos were released of you all filming on the Jersey Shore, was that for next season?
You and Joe are so close and loving, do you two get to spend any alone time together?
We try to spend as much alone time as we can. We are both so lucky to be head over heels in love with each other. Of course now it’s become a bigger challenge for us but we insist on not letting the reality world tear us apart.
Is Antonia still dancing? Does she enjoy it?
Yes Antonia is still dancing and she loves it. Its something that comes very naturally to her. Its one of my proudest moments watching her dance.
Yes, Antonia was in a couple commercials. She did baby modeling. It takes a lot of time to go back and forth in to the city so now that she is getting older, I don’t want it to interfere with her school work so we are doing it a little less.
Are you planning any business ventures like some of the other Housewives have done? A book? Jewelry line? etc?
Yes, we are coming out with a champagne. Its called Magnifico Giornata which stands for a magnificent day. It’s also has the MG logo that represents both Magnifico Giornata and Melissa Gorga. It’s a great tasting champagne that I am really excited about. I want it to be that every day is a magnificent day with champagne not just for special occassions.
End of Interview.
Thank you to Robyn of Illumination PR for all of your help and of course Thank you to Melissa for taking the time to talk with me!
I was hoping that Melissa would give us the scoop on the Caroline/Teresa feud and shed some light on Caroline’s recent comments about “getting it” when it comes to Melissa. Clearly Caroline isn’t blindly believing everything Teresa says and Jacqueline seems to enjoy Melissa’s company as well. I think that Melissa had an uphill battle joining the New Jersey Housewives, after three years together Caroline, Jacqueline and Teresa had built relationships, add to that Teresa’s negativity toward Melissa it must have been a bit intimidating.
I think that Melissa has a good heart, she may have some competitive tendencies with her husband’s sister but it doesn’t make her a bad person. Certainly Teresa is competitive but she’s also mean and vindictive. Teresa didn’t want her brother to be on the show even though he made it clear that he wanted to be on the show. Who does that? Teresa actually threatened to quit if Melissa was made a Housewife. (ala Jill Zarin threatening to quit if Alex remains a Housewife) Wouldn’t a typical person be happy to have their relatives on the show, they could have been automatic allies for Teresa if it was handled properly.
In the end Teresa continues to tell viewers that she doesn’t want her family feud to play out on television, so why is she letting it play out that way? Why didn’t she quit if she really didn’t want all this out there? Why didn’t Teresa have those conversations with her brother and sister-in-law off-screen before the cameras began to roll? Teresa is crying foul yet she is just as much to blame for all of this being on television as Melissa and Joey are, why does Teresa feel more entitled to be on the show than they are? Just because she was there first that doesn’t mean others can’t be on the show as well.
I used to like Teresa, during season one I found her to be funny and very down to earth but Teresa has changed. Teresa caught what I call “Season Two Disease”, she started to believe her own press and all of her adoring fans. When she teamed up with Jill Zarin, Teresa feel even deeper into the black hole but just like Jill Zarin the things that we learned about Teresa and her husband off-screen were substantially worse than anything she’s done on-screen. Joe Giudice is a criminal who has already spent time behind bars and will most likely spend more time there. Teresa’s “I didn’t know” act isn’t going to play well in the courtroom and I certainly don’t buy it either.
Unfortunately Cousin Kathy has yet to break into the group, I was disappointed that Jacqueline didn’t invite Kathy to her party that aired Sunday, I realize they didn’t know each other well but that’s what the Housewives do, they invite all the housewives to everything. If Tamra could invite Gretchen to her party, and Alex could invite Jill to her home, Jac certainly could have invited Kathy, right?