Teresa Giudice recreates her iconic RHONJ table flip with Danielle Staub 10 years later
When it comes to iconic scenes in the history of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise, it’s hard to beat Teresa Giudice’s table flip on the season 1 finale of The Real Housewives of New Jersey back in 2009.
The moment, which came up during a tense dinner with then-rival Danielle Staub, has inspired countless memes and parodies since. And now, 10 years later, Giudice and Staub are back again to recreate the scene for a hilarious new hidden camera prank in an exclusive PEOPLE premiere.
All comes in the name of the new thriller Greta, from director Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game), which stars Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert as a lonely widow who obsesses over an unsuspecting young girl (played by Chloë Grace Moretz).
One scene in the movie finds Greta causing a scene at the restaurant where Moretz works, getting so angry that she even flips a table.
That seemed like a perfect inspiration to get Giudice and Staub to stage their prank.
Reuniting at a sushi restaurant packed with unsuspecting diners in Los Angeles, the two former foes turned friends pretend to get into an argument with their waitress.
“We deserve better!” Giudice tells her waitress, throwing a glass of white wine on the ground.
“Oh god, I know where this is going…” Staub says.
Seconds later, Giudice’s table is overturned as the reality star and mother of four storms off. “Worst restaurant ever!” she shouts. “I am never coming back here again! I can’t believe this!”
Moretz — a Bravo superfan herself — was in the restaurant too, and later unites in the clip with Giudice and Staub to congratulate them and plug the film.
She was also on hand at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where the movie made its debut. Speaking to the audience after the screening, Moretz said she took the role so that she could work with Huppert.
“When I read the script, I knew that Isabelle was potentially attached to be Greta, and I knew it was an opportunity that I couldn’t really miss to be able to work with someone who in my eyes has always been such an inspiration to me as a young woman coming up in my career,” Moretz said. “She taught me to be formidable and not to be afraid to take chances and take risks in characters, so the opportunity to work opposite Isabelle was…. a dream come true.”
As for Huppert, what she loved most about the character of Greta was the fact that, “well, she’s a monster.”
“I loved it. I thought it was very funny, too,” Huppert said of the film, written by written by Jordan and Ray Wright. “There is nothing to [redeem] her, actually, and it is precisely what I like about her; [there’s] nothing to justify this monstrosity in her. Yes, as we were doing the movie Neil kept saying it could be out of loneliness or her being a ruthless person. Anything is possible…. but what’s interesting was exploring this very thin border between normality and abnormality and how you cross that border. Hopefully, very few people do it.”
Greta hits theaters March 1.