Dina Manzo famously gave up being a Real Housewife of New Jersey so she could stop having to interact with She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. But lucky for us, her charm and style reappeared on HGTV with Dina’s Party, where Manzo transforms client homes into opulent, memorable themed celebrations. Now filming her show’s second season, Dina Manzo—a warm and witty Pisces with Sagittarius moon and rising—gave us insight into her role as both mother and daughter. Here, she chats with astrologer Ophira Edut of The AstroTwins.
Ophi: So…astrology. Would you say you’re a follower, a skeptic, a believer, or a semi-believer?
Dina Manzo: I live by my horoscopes. I follow every horoscope I can possibly follow. Not that it dictates my day. I usually read them, ironically, at the end of the day, and they match up to how my day went. I’m a huge believer in astrology.
Ophi: You’re a Pisces. What’s your daughter’s sign?
Dina Manzo: Lexi’s an Aquarius.
Ophi: Did you have a sweet 16 party?
Dina Manzo: No. I’m turning 40 soon [ed. note: Dina turned 40 March 7th. Happy birthday, Dina!] and we are going to take a little mom-daughter trip to Italy in April.
Ophi: Perfect. Two milestone birthdays.
Dina Manzo: Yeah, we figured we would do something. We’re kind of immune to the party scene because that is what I do for a living. Lexi’s always either at the Brownstone [the banquet house owned by the Manzo family] or helping me set up.
Ophi: Right, a party isn’t really a party to you. It’s work.
Dina Manzo: Yeah it’s more like work. We figured we would do something special and celebrate our birthdays together.
Ophi: What would you say the dynamic between you two is? I know you get along really well.
Dina Manzo: For the most part we do. I have to say there is that sisterly dynamic, kind of like fighting one minute and best friends the next. She’s my only one, and I love our relationship. I think she respects the fine line between mother and friend. But, she’s a teenager so sometimes she needs to be reminded of that. For the most part, we are as close as a mother and daughter could possibly be. She’ll text me if she’s thirsty. I’m like, “Go get something to drink!” She just wants contact, even if she’s got to make up a reason for it. I like that.
“My mother has a phrase: You’re only as happy as your saddest child.”
Ophi: As a Pisces mom, you probably like the closeness. I know that a lot of Pisces moms can get overprotective at times. Has it been harder as Lexi becomes a teenager?