Are you a woman with a personality that pops and a connection to Boston’s criminal underworld?
Boston Mob Wives, a new reality show in production, could be your big break. The first casting call is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 22 at the Four Points Sheraton in Revere.
Henry “Nacho’’ Laun, Jenna DeRose, and Timothy Baker are looking to cast the new Boston-based reality show. Laun is a former member of Mark Wahlberg’s original real-life entourage. He has had bit parts in numerous Wahlberg films, including The Departed, The Fighter, Ted, and Ted 2. He plays himself on Wahlburgers.
DeRose is a mom of two who lives in Revere. Her husband, Timothy Baker, is also involved in the project.
The original Mob Wives series first aired on VH1 in 2011, but DeRose wasn’t a fan of the original.
“I was disgusted. They don’t act classy. The women I know from Boston who have ties to the mob act way classier than that,’’ she said.
So, what does it take to become a cast member of Boston Mob Wives?
You don’t need to have a current connection to organized crime in Boston, nor do you need to be a wife, DeRose told Boston.com.
“If their personality pops and they have mob ties from the past — their grandfather or great uncle — that works,’’ she said. “I don’t want anyone to think it’s about the mob that’s going on now. It’s about peoples stories from the past.’’
DeRose said the people she grew up with who were involved in organized crime were “good guys just trying to make a living.’’
“When you say ‘mafia’ to me I think of guys trying to protect their city,’’ DeRose said. “If they left the mafia alone, Boston would be a safer city.’’
DeRose made several claims to her mob pedigree.
“Whitey [Bulger] actually taught me how to ride a bike. I grew up around this,’’ she said.
Bulger was convicted in November 2013 for multiple murders, drug trafficking, racketeering and other charges.
DeRose also told Boston.com she’s the niece of Bernard “Bennie’’ Zinna, was involved in organized crime.
Zinna was charged in the 1966 gangland murder of boxer Rocco DiSeglio, but was later acquitted. In 1969, he died after being shot multiple times in his Cadillac. His body was found in Revere, just two miles from where the casting call is set to take place.
Would the producers be open to casting someone who is married to an individual who is currently active in organized crime?
The answer is yes, according to DeRose, who explained that if the “wife’’ was discussing a “current situation,’’ producers would have to shield the identity of the “husband.’’
“His name would have to be Joe Black or something.’’
Presumably Bitey Wulger could also work.