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My fascination with "Jersey Shore" is no secret, so when I had the opportunity to interview Angelina Pivarnick, the show's outspoken, love-her-or-hate-her villain, I jumped at the chance. And guess what? The "Shore's" notorious beyotch turned out to be, well, kind of a grade-A sweetheart. While 6.1 million people tuned into MTV to watch the season finale of "Jersey Shore," which didn't include Pivarnik, we talked to the actress in the lobby of the North Little Rock Hilton, where she was killing time before an appearance at the Fox and Hound.
You've got a single in the works?
Yep! "I'm Hot." Because, you know, in the first season, I'm walking around the house, yelling at Mike, he's always trying to abuse my weight, the way I look, whatever, and I'm like, "Shuddup, Mike. I'm hot. I'm all-natural, I'm not fake like all these girls you like. I'm hot, I'm hot, I'm hot." That's my thing. I'm hot.
I met this guy, a songwriter and producer, I used to bartend with his wife, so he came up with, like, a really catchy song and in the beginning I'm singing, then in the middle I'm rapping, then I'm singing again. It's really cool.
You know, though, TV really does make me look a little heavier than I really am.
What'd you think about the South Park episode?
Oh my God. I was dying. My mom and I were rolling on the frickin' floor. You know, they showed pictures of all of us, then they stopped on mine. Cut my intro out. And I'm like, "Hmm, I should take it as a good thing. Didn't get abused."
But you're still part of the most successful reality show ever, though.
Yeah. But I think I was the victim of a bad edit.
I'm a straightforward girl. It's cool to know I was part of this phenomenon, but it's still like "God, why I couldn't be cool with them?" sometimes. Like, I cleaned that house. They didn't show it. They just showed me on the bad days, fighting with people. But hey, drama sells.
And there were happier moments in the middle of filming. But it was a roller coaster in the house. One day I'm cool with Mike, he's like "you're like my sister" and the next day me and Pauly get into a fight, then we're cool. Or Snookie and I would go to the liquor store and we'd get all drunk together and have fun. But after a while, I'd wake up and think, "OK, who's going to pick on me today?"
It just panned out the wrong way for me. It's kinda crappy that I got the short end of the stick for the show. I'm exceeding in other ways with my own career, but I kinda feel like I should've been in with them, not an outcast.
You know, me and Mike were the first two people casted for "Jersey Shore." They were basing the show around us, our lives. Then they got Pauly, then J-Woww, then they picked up Snookie because she was already on the "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" show on MTV. The last person they casted was Sammi.
What was a day in the life like before the show?
You know, I've always been a social girl out in bars and clubs in Staten Island, but I was a dental assistant working full-time for an endodontist, doing root canals, bartending on the weekend.
When I went back to general dentistry after I left the first season, it was kinda tough, working away while all the other kids are out making money, doing club appearances, I was like, "What did I do?"
Even though I walked off again this season, I think I made a pretty big impact.
Yeah. It got really tiresome watching Ronnie and Sammi lay around and bicker.
What are they gonna do without me in the show?
You were the firecracker in the powder keg.
And see how Mike's got no one to pick on now. Whatever. It is what it is.
What's going on now, after the show?
I'm working on my career. "Jersey Shore" was a stepping-stone and now I'm trying to branch off into bigger and better things. Like, I'm coming out with that song "I'm Hot," doing a lot of press, a lot of fashion shows, networking with celebrities, writing that book that I think is gonna be a big hit. Going to be in a movie with Jim Jones, the rapper.
What does the single sound like?
A lot of people say my voice is similar to Britney Spears'.
Do you like Britney?
Yeah, I'm a big fan. And I feel her pain. She gets treated like crap, everyone talks about her.
Describe your housemates in three words: Vinny.
Mama's boy. Troublemaker.
Self-centered. Manipulative. Trash-talker.
Nice guy. Problem-starter. He's cool, though. I think he's cool.
Bully. Trash-talker. She thinks she's Rocky, this girl.
Self-absorbed. Egotistic. Jealous?
Sammi's naive. Very naive. She's like a doormat. I tried to be friends with her, we were close, but she didn't listen.
Have you been recognized since you landed in town?
Yeah. Pictures today in the airport. In the mall. And a lot of guys who'll take pictures with me will get their phone out and start shaking! I'm like "Christ, relax!" Dudes get shaky around me. It's kind of a compliment.
Oh, I met Chris Brown the other night! Like, he took me into V.I.P., he walked around a lot of people to get to me. Really respectful guy, a nice guy. I can't speak for him in a relationship, but yeah, I was really starstruck. I'm more into white boys, but he's really good looking. Met Leonardo DiCaprio.
Hung out with Lindsey Lohan after the MTV Movie Awards. She's a cool chick. Got her phone number. She's really misunderstood, I feel her.
If we were to party in the Shore, how should we dress?
First of all, you don't have socks in those loafers. Get some sneakers. No dress shoes, but if you do wear them, make sure the jeans go over the foot.
So no skinnies?
No, no, no. No skinny jeans. No dudes in the Shore rock skinnies. Uh, a little more gel in your hair. Go tanning. Your hair looks good, though. And I like the sideburns. Oh, and these Shore kids are shaving lines in their hair.
Yeah, yeah. It's tight, though. That bad-boy look.
How important are muscles?
Me, I was super into muscles when I was, like, 20. Now I'm into good-looking, skinny guys.