In the opening scenes of the model new MTV actuality current “Made in Staten Island,” Karina Seabrook is confirmed chatting collectively together with her grandfather about her school plans, the local weather and frequently life in her residence borough.
It’s a normal family interaction — apart from that her grandfather is Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, the recently-paroled underboss of the Gambino crime family who spent higher than 17 years in jail on drug costs.
“We talk weekly,” Seabrook, 19, instructed The Post. “It’s nice to be able to call him since I had so much time away from him.”
“Made in Staten Island,” which premieres Monday, follows Seabrook and a dozen completely different native children and early-20-somethings grappling with whether or not or not they will completely escape their households’ authorized backgrounds as they enter maturity. Seabrook, for her half, is confronted with the prospect of going away to varsity and leaving tight-knit Staten Island, which she finds steeped in mob custom — people all the time ask about her grandfather and his connections.
“But to me, he’s just my grandfather,” she talked about. “Nothing else matters.”
The brunette is conscious of what a distinction a change in environment may make. She was really born and raised in Arizona, the place her father is from, and moved to Staten Island in 2014 to be nearer to her mother’s family. Seabrook met lots of her now-fellow cast members, such as a result of the outspoken Kayla and fun-loving Dennie, at Tottenville HS.
She acquired to know quite a lot of the others by way of their households, which she talked about displays the excellence between a spot like Arizona — “where everyone’s just kind of doing their own thing” — and Staten Island, “the place all people is conscious of each other’s enterprise.
“There’s a household really feel right here,” added Seabrook, who lives at residence collectively together with her mother in the Old Town neighborhood. “Like one big Sunday dinner.”
While drama ensures to flow into freely by way of the gathering, Seabrook has the restrained information of a second-generation actuality star. Her mother, Karen Gravano, appeared on the VH1 current “Mob Wives,” which was in regards to the spouses and daughters of mob-affiliated males. The women have been sometimes seen turning in the direction of one another in heated shouting matches. But whereas Karen, who break up up with Karina’s father when their solely daughter was 10 years outdated, is known as a table-flipping hothead, Karina is further prone to icy glances than getting bodily.
“I did see that [the cast of ‘Mob Wives’] started off as friends, and that there was a lot of drama,” Seabrook talked about. “So I know to watch my back. I don’t like to be dramatic.”
Despite their apparent on-screen variations in temperament, Seabrook is close to her mother, every personally and professionally — Karen is the supervisor producer of “Made in Staten Island.” And whereas Karen instructed The Post that she has to take off her “mom hat” all through filming and “let Karina be her own individual,” she’s been honest collectively together with her daughter off-screen in regards to the unglamorous penalties of organized crime — a theme she believes the current portrays fairly.
“I grew up with the pros of the [Mafia],” Karen talked about. “The fast cars, the jewelry, the restaurants.”
Seabrook, in the meantime, observed the cons. “All my memories [of my grandfather] were of going to visit him in jail. It was hard for me,” she talked about.
A petition, launched on Change.org on Jan. 5, objectives to have the model new MTV assortment canceled, or not lower than for the title “Staten Island” to be away from the title. More than 7,000 people have signed it thus far. According to the petition, many from the borough take umbrage with its illustration as a “cesspool of gangsters, meatheads and low lives.” Even Mayor de Blasio chimed in on the outrage, tweeting that “MTV is peddling stereotypes in a shameless ratings grab.”
Several Staten Island consuming locations and completely different firms declined to let The Post Karina at their venues.
Still, Seabrook talked about she doesn’t consider the backlash an extreme quantity of: “The petition means nothing to me. It’s crazy how people can judge a book by its cover.”
She moreover believes in change. When Seabrook was 15, she met her now-boyfriend, Paulie Fusco — one different key decide on the current — whereas he was a busboy at Angelina’s, a Tottenville restaurant her family frequents. Fusco was arrested as a teenager for aggravated assault on a police officer, nonetheless Seabrook says he’s now bettering himself with a job on Wall Street.
“I could see that he had a go-getter personality,” she talked about of Fusco, who she appeared with on an episode of MTV’s “Promposal” in 2017.
Seabrook, who hopes to in the longer term open a medspa (an aesthetic clinic specializing in Botox, laser hair elimination, and so forth.), wouldn’t say whether or not or not school is part of her speedy future. But she and Fusco are planning for his or her future collectively.
“I’ll go get my money, and he’ll go get his money, and together we’ll build an empire,” she talked about.
And she hopes that if the haters really watch the current, they’ll see progress away from the outdated Mafia clichés — a correctly as a glimpse of what life is like for kids, like her, with refined backgrounds.
“We’re trying to grow up and get away from that lifestyle,” Seabrook talked about. “We have a choice, and we know where that life gets you.”
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