Carmella on Becoming the “Princess of Staten Island”

Jan 23, 2020 - by Steve Gerweck

In an interview with Yahoo, Carmella spoke about creating the ‘Princess of Staten Island’ nickname for her character and her original idea for a hometown. Here are highlights:

On Carmella being from Staten Island: “When I was first coming up with this Carmella character, I wanted her to be from Boston. However, Sasha Banks was from Boston, so we had to come up with something else. So [the Princess of Staten Island] was what we came up with. From that point on I was religiously watching ‘Mob Wives’ and ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey.’ Man, I just did so much character research — ‘The Sopranos,’ everything.”

On being praised for her character work: “It’s funny, the Impractical Jokers, Sal and [Brian ‘Q’ Quinn] and them, they’re from Staten Island, obviously. And they’re like ‘Oh my gosh, you do that so good!’ And that makes me feel good. I’m like cool, I can convince people from Staten Island that I’m from Staten Island.”

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