Snooki convinced her kids that she’s an actress and ‘Jersey Shore’ isn’t real

Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi on the red carpet for the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards in Los Angeles, California.
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi says she’s told her kids she’s only acting on ‘Jersey Shore.’ Kevin Mazur/2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS
  • Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi says she told her kids she’s acting on “Jersey Shore” and none of it’s real.
  • Polizzi is best known for her partying, larger-than-life persona on the popular MTV reality show.
  • She said she’ll tell her kids that she had “some crazy years” when “they’re 16-17.”
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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi made a splash thanks to her colorful personality, partying, and entertaining antics when “Jersey Shore” debuted over a decade ago.

But her kids think she played a character on the popular MTV reality show and that she didn’t actually do any of those things.

The mom of three opened up about telling her two oldest children (Lorenzo, 8, and Giovanna, 6) that “Jersey Shore” “isn’t real” in an Us Weekly interview published on Tuesday.

“Both my kids think I’m an actress,” Polizzi told the publication. “So I tell them that it’s not real and I’m just, like, acting. I’m playing a role.”

“I feel like once they’re 16-17 and they kind of get it,” she continued. “I’ll be like, ‘Listen, mommy and had some crazy years before she was a mommy. You know she let loose.'”

Polizzi added that when her kids are older and know the truth about “Jersey Shore,” she’ll simply advise them to “do the opposite” of what she did “back then” on the show.

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In addition to Lorenzo and Giovanna, the “Jersey Shore” star also shares 2-year-old son Angelo with her husband, Jionni LaValle. LaValle made several appearances on the reality show as Snooki’s love interest in the beginning of their relationship.

“Jersey Shore” originally aired for six seasons on MTV between 2009 and 2012. It followed a group of young people living together in a vacation house, first in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, and then in Florida and Italy in later seasons.

Polizzi, who was one of the most popular castmembers, also starred in a spinoff show, titled “Snooki & Jwoww,” after the original show wrapped. The spinoff, which aired for four seasons between 2012 and 2015, focused more closely on Polizzi and her friend and “Jersey Shore” costar, Jennifer “Jwoww” Farley.

The “Jersey Shore” crew reunited in Florida for “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” in 2018. Polizzi “retired” from the series starting December 2019 but returned to the reboot in early June for part two of the fourth season.

“I truly missed everyone and the show,” Polizzi wrote in a Twitter statement in May announcing her return to the series. “I don’t regret leaving, because I truly needed a break for my soul and to just be a mom but coming back has shown me how much I love this show, and my besties.”