Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi gained her fame as a wild party girl on MTV’s Jersey Shore; what you probably didn’t know is that back in here heyday she was, arguably, even more accomplished as a gymnast in upstate New York.
“I was really good at floor and vault,” Polizzi said matter-of-factly. “I actually made it to states once.”
Don’t be; I caught up with Polizzi to chop-it-up about everything from her athletic prowess to her clothing line LOVANNA to the possibility of the Jersey Shore crew hooking up for one last season to the circumstances in which she once kissed a cow.
Jason Jordan: I always like to gauge the sports backgrounds and experiences of all of my guests on the Celeb Chop-Up; I know you’re from Marlboro, New York; what sports did you try coming up?
Nicole Polizzi: I was actually a cheerleader and a gymnast.
JJ: Impressive. Give me your shining moment as a gymnast.
NP: I was really good at floor and vault and I actually made it to states once. I quit when I was 13 because it was just too much. States was a big memory for me. Then I took up cheerleading.
JJ: Back in 2012 a federal appeals court ruled that cheerleading wasn’t a sport.
NP: Wow, well I don’t think just cheering for your team is a sport, but competitive cheerleading, like Cheerleading Worlds, is something that you just can’t do unless you’re a trained athlete. You’re practicing five days a week, you’re doing flips and everything. That’s definitely a sport to me!
JJ: Can’t argue that! Perfect place to take it random in 3, 2, 1… What do yellow traffic lights mean to you?
NP: (Laughs) Honestly, it means speed up before I get caught by the light. I hate people that slow down!
JJ: What words of wisdom would you share with your high school-aged self?
NP: (Laughs)I’d tell her to stop drinking so much.
JJ: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
NP: I hate rude people that are just rude on purpose. That pisses me off.
JJ: What competition based reality show would you absolutely win?
NP: Not sure. I thought it was Dancing with the Stars that’s why I tried it, but, uh, no.
JJ: If you could be a fly on the wall for any past historic event which one would you choose?
NP: That’s a good question. Well, this isn’t historic, but I’d be a fly on the wall and I’d watch N’SYNC getting ready for their concert.
JJ: Who makes the greatest pizza on earth?
NP: There’s a place in my hometown called Pizza Town and they make the best Sicilian pizza and calzones! Oh my God it’s so good!
JJ: What was your worst pre-fame job?
NP: I never really had a bad job. I used to work at Filene’s and I’d have to work on a Sunday and it sucked because I was always hungover. I kinda got fired because I never really did anything.
JJ: Who would you never want to meet in a dark alley?
NP: (Laughs) Mike Tyson.
JJ: What’s the most overused slang word or phrase out right now?
NP: (Laughs) Oh wow, definitely “On fleek!” It’s so stupid!
JJ: Would you rather have the power to be invisible or the power to read minds?
NP: Probably read minds. If you’re invisible you’re probably just gonna be a creeper, but if you can read minds you can see what people really think of you and see if they’re there for the right reasons.
JJ: Everyone’s played Truth or Dare; what was the craziest dare you completed?
NP: (Laughs) When I was younger I had to make out with a cow.
JJ: What movie absolutely deserves a sequel?
NP: I think they’re making it, but Avatar! That’s my favorite movie.
JJ: You’ve unfortunately found yourself in the Witness Protection Program, what’s your cover name going to be?
NP: (Laughs) Umm… Hmm, I always liked the name Cleopatra. So it’d be Cleopatra Shardee. I’m different.
JJ: Worst childhood punishment?
NP: I never really got grounded. My parents were really nice. I think I may have been grounded for, like, two days. It was the worst!
JJ: Are you late, early or right on time?
NP: It depends on where I’m going. If it’s somewhere I’m excited about I’ll be early, but if I’m not that into it I’ll get there right on time.
JJ: If you would 100 percent get away with it which crime would you commit?
NP: (Laughs) I’d rob a bank. I mean why not!
JJ: What sitcom intro song do you know every word to?
NP: Fresh Prince, I think everybody knows that one.
JJ: Twitter or Instagram?
NP: Both. I mean how can you choose?
JJ: Blindfolded can you tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
NP: I actually gave up soda three years ago. It’s really good, but it’s really bad for you. But I used to drink Pepsi all the time and I could definitely tell the difference between that and Coke. I think Pepsi is a little sweeter.
JJ: OK, I know we’ve got an addition to your clothing line, talk about that and everything else fans can look forward to.
NP: Yes, the new part to the clothing line is called LOVANNA and it’ll be in my store soon at TheSnookiShop.com. It’s basically more of the Macy’s style. It’s just a little more elegant and classy. You can wear it when you go out and it’s something I’m really excited about. LOVANNA is named after my kids; it’s Giovanna and Lorenzo put together.
JJ: Very nice! I can’t let you go without asking if we’re going to get one last season of the infamous Jersey Shore?
NP: (Laughs) Well, I haven’t heard anything, but everybody grew up. We’re parents and we’re older and getting married and things like that. Don’t get me wrong it would be awesome if we could all get together and do something, but we haven’t heard anything. I would love to do some sort of reunion.
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