You can take the crew out of Jersey, but you can’t take the Jersey out of the crew. Season 4 of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” is now in full swing, with the cast tearing up the streets of Florence, Italy. As usual, there’s plenty of drama, and castmate Vinny Guadagnino promises that it’s only just begun.
“It’s been pretty bananas so far [and] it’s gonna continue on like that,” he tells Metro. “We saw the big Mike and Ronnie fight — there are gonna be more of those, more fighting coming up. But at the same time you’re gonna see us connect with Italy more. You’re actually gonna see us like explore a little bit more. It’s gonna be cool.”
His fellow castmate Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, whose love life with bad boy Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has been a focal point of the entire series, is just glad to have less of a hand in this season’s commotion.
“All the drama’s gonna be primarily off me and with some other people you wouldn’t really expect to see drama,” she says. “Now everybody can see me in a different way.”
When these two aren’t stirring up drama, though, they’re keeping plenty busy on their side projects, and both strive to help their fans stay fresh to death: Vinny is the spokesman for Philips Norelco DIY Hair Clipper Pro, and Sammi has her own perfume, Dangerous, which she describes as “dangerously sweet — just like me.”
“I pick my brands like I pick my women: I like quality,” Vinny laughs, adding that he could get behind the clippers because he’s a big proponent of a fresh haircut — he hits the barber every five days!
“I have really thick Sicilian hair and if it grows in, it just turns into a big fro. I kinda look like a young Michael Jackson. It’s short so you have to always maintain it. People think if you have long hair you’ve gotta [maintain] it — no, if you have short hair, all you have is the fade, the design in your head, and once that grows in, you need a haircut already.”
With all this talk about grooming, we had to know: does Vinny manscape?
“You see the scruff on my face? Use your imagination,” he says.
Sammi, who says her perfume is “light and airy” and has notes of vanilla and almond, was hands-on with the production of the fragrance, noting that “it was something that I thought represented me and that’s why I put my name on it.”
But does her focus on her fragrance mean that things have cooled between she and Ronnie? Not in the least bit.
"Me and Ronnie, we’re actually doing great," she says. "We’re still together and everything's going really really well."
Words of wisdom
What was the best piece of travel advice you got before leaving for Italy?
Vinny: My Uncle Nino told me if the girls have hair underneath their arms then they’re over 18. I was always giving the armpit check.
Sammi: Just make sure you get the right plug to bring with you because in Italy the electricity is different and they don’t have normal plugs. I had an issue with doing my hair so just make sure you know what the outlets and electricity’s gonna be like when you travel. I love my straight hair and I’m obsessed with my hair straightener — without it, it’s like oh my god, a piece of me is missing.
Who’s the sloppiest roommate?
Vinny: Probably Mike. His sink in Italy looked like a swamp.
Sammi: Mike is disgusting. Nicole’s messy with her clothes, but Mike is just legit messy in general. Literally he clogs all the sinks drains because he just had so much face wash and crap everywhere that he just never cleaned up after himself.
Who cooks the best?
Vinny: You know, I would kind of have to give that to myself. Even though I’m not always the one cooking, when I make steaks and burgers or whatever — I know that’s not hard things — but they all taste good and they’re more quality.
Sammi: Vinny just grills food. Mike cooks alright. I think we all can cook in our own way.
Who uses the most gel?
Vinny: You know the answer to that.
Vinny: Yeah. He uses the most hair gel in America.
Who’s the biggest packrat?
Vinny: Mike. He had like 20 little bags with him to go to Italy, instead of like three big bags. He’s crazy.
Is he a diva?
Vinny: (Laughs) Yeah, but I think he’s always been like that. That’s what made him who he is.
Sammi: Mike and Nicole had like 20 bags with them in Italy [but] I think Mike takes the cake on that one.
Who brings home the most people to smoosh?
Vinny: That kinda changes. I’m not gonna lie, Season three me and Pauly were bringing home a lot of people. I kinda took a chill pill with that this season. That’s a hard question because it would probably be between me Mike and Pauly — it kinda changes. Why don’t you just include us as a whole right there: MVP takes home the most girls.
Sammi: Pauly and Vinny. Pauly definitely smooshes grenades every day.
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