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- When “Jersey Shore” was in its prime, it was the most-watched show on MTV.
- MTV recently announced that the cast is going to reunite for “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.”
- The cast was known for their iconic tans, outfits, and hairstyles. And some of them haven’t changed much.
“Jersey Shore” was a phenomenon. People loved it, people hated it, people loved to hate it.
These nine guidos and guidettes were among the most recognizable people on the planet. And people have been so passionate about a reunion that MTV finally listened.
From the days of GTL, grenades, and smush rooms, to parenthood and marriage, the cast of Jersey Shore has grown up along with us. Let’s see how their lives have changed since the show premiered back in 2009.
Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki, became one of the breakout stars of the show.
When “Jersey Shore” first began, the housemates did not particularly like Snooki all that much. Of course, everything changed with the Punch Heard ‘Round The World, when an (ex)-gym teacher punched her in the face. The outrage was national, and turned this guy rightfully into a villain.
After this incident, the housemates and America both decided to love Snooki for who she is: a ridiculous, hilarious human being. Everything she said was instantly quotable; “Where’s the beach,” “It was like trying to fit a watermelon into a pinhole,” and “Meatball problems.”
She goes by Nicole now.
Now, Nicole is a wife and mother of two. She’s still close with her castmates, especially Jenni. In fact, the two of them had their own show “Snooki & Jwoww” which lasted for four seasons.
She also has her own podcast (“It’s Happening with Snooki and Joey“), clothing line (The Snooki Shop), Etsy store (Nicole’s Craft Room), and has written three books. She’s turned herself into a brand. Not bad for someone whose original claim to fame was getting punched in the face.
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino also shot to fame after the show premiered.
Mike’s antics got him into a lot of, for lack of a better word, situations. During his time on the show, he got in fights with every single other member of the cast. He actually put himself in a neck brace by ramming his own head into a wall before Ronnie could do it to him.
However, his personality and tendency to expose his abs all the time made him one of the most recognizable faces from the show. By season 6, The Situation was taking home $150,000 per episode.
Mike has been through a rough patch since the show ended.
Mike also announced on Snooki’s podcast that he’s been sober for 18 months, and also spoke about his addiction to painkillers, stating that he was high for most of his time on “Jersey Shore,” and it affected his relationships with the rest of the cast.
He’s engaged to his college sweetheart Lauren Pesce.
Jenni “Jwoww” Farley had a reputation for being a man-eater.
Jenni’s time on “Jersey Shore” was marked by two defining moments: one, when Pauly D showed her his penis piercing in the first episode and two, for her physical altercation with Sammi. The fight with Sammi stemmed from possibly the most famous moment in “Jersey Shore” history, when Snooki and Jenni decided to write Sammi an anonymous letter about Ronnie cheating on her at the club b.e.d.
While not as famous as some of the other cast members, Jenni’s genuine love and friendship for Snooki forged a relationship that can still be considered #bffgoals.
She’s calmed down quite a bit since her days on the shore.
In 2015, Jenni married her longtime boyfriend Roger, who made frequent appearances on the show. They have two children together: Meilani and Greyson. Like Snooki, Jenni is also a published writer and had her own clothing line, which ceased production in 2010.
Jenni has a very active YouTube presence — her channel has two very successful shows. The first, “Jenni & Roger | Domesticated” follows the trials and tribulations of the couple raising their two kids. The second is called “Snooki & JWOWW: Moms with Attitude” where the two of them get real about the struggles of motherhood.
Pauly Delvecchio, better known as DJ Pauly D, usually stayed out of the drama.
Pauly is shockingly the oldest member of the cast which makes his bromance with Vinny, the youngest, even more endearing. Throughout his time on the show, Pauly was responsible for some of the most popular catchphrases that emerged from the show. You can thank him for t-shirt time (and the catchy song), “CABS ARE HERE,” and “she’s too young for you bro.”
Probably the most beloved member by the cast, whenever Pauly was upset, that was when things were about to go down. For instance, when Angelina slapped Pauly in the face (creating one of the best reaction pictures of all time), it was her final nail in the coffin.
He’s still a DJ, but he has finally settled down.
After the show, Pauly continued to be a successful DJ. He actually opened up for Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale world tour. And he was the first cast member to receive his own spin-off: “The Pauly D Project,” which concluded after one season.
He then went on to appear in “Famously Single,” and dated his co-star Aubrey O’Day (a member of the now-disbanded group Danity Kane). They split up after dating for a year and a half. The good news is that this means Pauly will be one of three cast members that will be single for the reunion (Vinny and Ronnie being the other two).
Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola was half of the show’s most tumultuous relationship.
Sammi’s quote in the intro to the show was: “I’m the sweetest bitch you’ll ever meet.” It’s difficult to remember now if she was sweet or a bitch, because most of her screentime was devoted to her toxic relationship with Ronnie. If nothing else, she will always be tied to “Raaahn staaap,” her most uttered phrase.
The only other thing Sammi ever did on the show was fight Jenni, which was directly tied to Ronnie anyway. She became a cautionary tale: “Never fall in love at the Jersey Shore.”
Sammi is the only member of the cast not returning for “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.”
Sammi has a new boyfriend now that she calls “her soulmate.” Her relationship with Ronnie finally ended in 2014, after years of being off-and-on. It makes sense for her not to return; everytime she was on the show she’d promise to ignore Ronnie, and every single time she’d go back to him.
Besides the show, she created her own fragrance line and clothing line. And she’s currently hosting a podcast: “Just Sayin’.”
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was the other half of the show’s long-running love affair.
The ups and downs of Sam and Ron were this generation’s Ross and Rachel.
Outside of his relationship with Sammi, Ronnie was excluded from M.V.P. (Mikey, Pauly, Vinny), and the female castmembers again and again chose to side with Sammi during their arguments. It’s interesting that he’s chosen to return for “Family Vacation,” since he was conspicuously absent from the Burger King commercial they filmed this summer, and the E! reunion special.
Hopefully, Ronnie will have grown up since his first time down the shore.
Following in Pauly D’s footsteps, Ronnie most recently appeared on the second season of “Famously Single,” where he was involved in a tumultuous relationship with Malika Haqq (known for being Khloe Kardashian’s best friend). They broke up after two months of dating.
Other than “Famously Single” and an appearance in some ads, it’s been quiet for Ronnie since the show.
Deena Cortese was a late addition to the show who made a big impression.
Deena first appeared on the third season of the show, after infamous Angelina stormed out of the Miami house in season two. She was friends with Snooki before the show began, and actually auditioned for the first season but wasn’t cast.
Deena was a solid member of the cast. Her most interesting moment was when she brought a girl home and questioned her sexuality briefly. She was always down to have a good time, brought out an amusing side of Snooki, and didn’t get involved in drama. She had a difficult task, jumping into an established “family” two seasons in, but she fit right in with the rest of the guidos and guidettes.
Now she’s happily married.
Deena just got married in October 2017, and most of the cast reunited to celebrate her big day. She’s out of show business for the most part — she’s working as a dog trainer now. Before that, she appeared on “Couples Therapy” and a few episodes of “Snooki & Jwoww.”
She was also at Sammi’s 30th birthday party where she reunited with Jenni, Vinny, Snooki, and Jenni’s husband Roger.
Vinny Guadagnino was the youngest member of the cast, only 21 when filming began.
In the first episode ever, the only thing Vinny did was get pink eye from sticking his face into a women’s butt. But slowly, Vinny emerged as seemingly the most stable member of the house. He tried to do the right thing (usually) and had a genuinely lovely bromance with Pauly. When he left the house in the show’s fifth season, it put a spotlight on living with anxiety and feeling comfortable with asking for help — something rarely seen on reality television.
Now, Vinny’s branching out into other forms of entertainment.
Vinny’s been quite the busy bee since the show ended. He wrote a book “Control the Crazy” about avoiding drama and alleviating stress, and has become a vocal advocate for mental health awareness.
He had a small role on the “90210” reboot and “The Hard Times of RJ Berger,” after he took acting lessons. He also hosted a show on The Cooking Channel called “Vinny and Ma Eat America” where he traveled around the country with his mom trying new foods. Plus, his comedy career is taking off — he appears on MTV’s “Guy Code” and has been trying out stand-up.
Last, there’s Angelina Pivarnick.
Angelina started off the show on the wrong foot when she appeared and said that people call her either “Jolie,” because of Angelina Jolie, or “the Kim Kardashian of Staten Island.” It was all downhill after that. She ended up leaving in the middle of the first season, because she was fired from the Shore Store.
Then, she returned for the second season without telling any of the cast that she was coming back, started more drama, and eventually left again.
Angelina is still trying to break into the entertainment world.
Since the show, Angelina has largely been out of the spotlight. She released a song called “I’m Hot.” She also made her wrestling debut on “TNA iMPACT Wrestling” in 2011. Angelina also started a Kickstarter to fund a new series for her to star in called “The Comeback,” which actually made the $8,000 goal, but never happened.
And she’s an EMT for the city of the New York.
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