My #TBT with the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast

jersey-shore-throwbackJordi Lippe-McGraw

In honor of throwback Thursday I felt it was only appropriate to reminisce about the time I hung out with the original cast of the Jersey Shore.

As you can tell from the photo, this was one of their first photo shoots around the time the show premiered in 2009. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, DJ Pauly D, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, Ronnie Margo, and Vinny Guadagnino weren’t quite the mega stars we know them to be today, but were certainly on the way up.

I was there to interview them for an entertainment magazine and they happily spent hours divulging secrets of the show talking about the hookups, fights and drunken moments that became ongoing storylines through the final episode in 2012. And as you might notice, Angelina Pivarnick was not in the photo because she had already left the show, and Deena Cortese had not yet joined the cast.

#tbt to the time I was a Jersey Shore cast member for the day. #pastlife #notphotoshopped

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For all intents and purposes, the shoot went smoothly. Snooki had to stand on a wood box to be able to make the shot work, Vinny sat in the corner and read for while, JWOWW and Pauly chatted freely, Sammi and Ronnie cozied up and Mike, well, he was just how you remember “The Situation” to be in the early days.

Though it’s been nearly seven years this pic was snapped, it got a flurry of likes on Instagram when I posted it for #tbt last week from die-hard Jersey Shore fans who we’re sure would love to see the gang come back together again. Although Jersey Shore 2 might be less about booze and more about babies. Bottle service takes on a whole different meaning these days!