What was your
nickname in high school?
Princess, of course. They just started calling me Princess because I
act like one or look like one. I’m flattered because I loved
Some call me Ton—which is short for Tony. Others call
Growing up, what posters
did you have on your bedroom wall?
had Paccino. I also had Goodfellas. Any DeNiro film. A lot of the
Rat Pack on my wall.
Of course, I had Madonna, like every other girl. I put up a
lot of the Cosmo cover girls because they were really inspirational
to me. I also had this collage of diamond ring ads that way when I
was going to get married I would already know what ring I wanted.
My mother died when she was four. My father runs a strip club so he
wasn’t around much. Mostly I’d see my grandmother, she
lives behind us in a trailer in the backyard. My dad is the enforcer;
he drinks a lot.
My mother was very bullheaded but don’t tell her I told you
that. My father, in front of my mother, would pretend to enforce
things but then he would really let me get away with almost
What was your first concert?
The first concert I ever attended was Madonna’s Blonde Ambition
tour. I went with all my girlfriends and my brother Joey because he
had to come to.
I actually saw Donny Dolce way back when he was first starting.
He was pretty good on College Street.
He’s going to be singing at our wedding.
What was the first job you've ever had?
Working at my dad’s strip club. I was real young just
bussing and hanging out.
My first job is the job that I have now. I’m a certified nail
technician at the massage salon.
Who was the first person you were sexually attracted
Tony: There was a girl in the club, her name
was April. I was young. I never had a mother around so she was sort
of a mother figure in a weird way.
Obviously it was Tony! Because Tony is so good looking.
old were you when you had your first kiss and what do you remember
Tina: My first kiss was in the 5th
grade—we were playing truth or dare. I had to kiss this
guy Carlos for fifteen seconds. It was o.k. because he wasn’t
butt ugly or anything.
It was some girl from the neighbourhood, I don’t remember
her name. We were behind some convenience store and she slipped me
do you remember about the first time getting drunk?
My dad forced me to smoke a pack of cigarettes. I threw up a lot the
next day. I have never smoked cigarettes since.
The first time I got drunk was over at my best friend Connie’s
house. She stole a vodka or gin from her mother. We drank the whole
thing together in her bedroom and then I puked all over her bathroom.
She told her mom I had the flu so that was o.k.
the hardest thing about being a woman/man?
The hardest thing is having to take care of yourself. You have to do
your nails, you have to pluck your eyebrows, and you have to shave
your legs. It takes a lot of work—sometimes it’s a full
The hardest thing about being a man is understanding women. I don’t
know if we’re both made to completely understand each other
but…chicks, man! They’re hard to understand
What did you want to be growing up?
A quarterback. Like Dan Marino and Joe Montana.
wanted to be married.
were your childhood heroes?
Tony: I liked George
Chuvalo a lot. Because he’s a Canadian boxer and he fought
Muhammad Ali at Maple Leaf Gardens. He should have won but he didn’t.
My dad. He was everything I thought a person should be. He was
responsible and charming and kind. And I really miss him.
did you realize that you'd grown up?
The first time I had my heart
broken. It was probably being my mother passing away. I had to; I
didn’t have much of a choice.
realized it in the 5th grade when I came to school the
first day and all the guys noticed me. I just remember how it made
me feel and I though ‘oh my God! I’m a woman.’
What did you
believe in at 18 that you wish that you'd believe in now?
I believed that I could change people and that my x-boyfriend would
get off drugs.
At 18, I thought I was immortal. Now I realize there is
responsibility and bills to pay. And a wife, which is important.
What is the best advice your parents ever give you?
My grandmother use to tell me ‘Happiness is a journey, not
a destination. Live for today because there’ll never be another
one like it.’ And my dad always says ‘Tony, take a good
look at her mother, kid. Because that’s what she’s going
to look like in 10 or 20 years.’
And my mother’s beautiful! My mother once told me ‘Know
what you want, know how to get it, and look good getting it.’
have you done that you will never do again?
When Tony and I first started going out, football season came around
and I watched every single game. Because I wanted to be able to talk
about it with him and I swear to God it was the most boring thing of
my life and I will never do that again.
My good friend Barry and I got in
a bit of trouble once and I just never wanted to do anything like
is the best lie you ever told?
The best lie I ever told—and still being told—is
telling my grandmother that her dog is still alive. And he’s
dead. He’s been dead for years and years.
don’t really lie. A couple time I had to improvise and tell
little white lies. My cousin Terry slept with Tony’s friend
Dominic who is also the guy who is going out with one of my best
friends, Donna. My mother wanted to know what was going on because
she came home one night and the next day she moved to a convent. I
had to lie to my mother and say I didn’t know why.
is the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
The night that my dad died. It was Christmas Eve and Joey was
supposed to be shoveling the snow. My mother was complaining all
night. So my father went out and did it and he died. My brother was
at some gay club dancing.
We had a big fight with some of the girls at the strip club. We
had a main act to go on and they got into a big fight in the back. We
didn’t think we were going to have an act. My dad was drunk and
we were trying to get them all settled down.
somebody made a movie about your life, whom would you want to
John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever. Even as a kid it was one of
my favourite movies. Maybe Al Paccino.
Hale Berry. Because she one Best Actress this year so I think she
would do a really good job.