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In the new issue of Rolling Stone – on stands and online in the digital archive on Friday (subscription required) – Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi opens up to contributing editor Erik Hedegaard about her transformation from an upstate New York party girl/budding veterinary assistant into a reality TV superstar with a best-selling book, a $20,000 personal appearance fee, a line of jewelry and a spin-off TV show in the works.
Polizzi says that she always watches Jersey Shore, but she rarely likes what she sees. "If I do something stupid, which is pretty much the whole time, I hate it," she says. "I just hate it. Obviously, they're only going to put the good stuff in, and the good stuff is us drunk, so all I'm seeing is me drunk and falling down. That's how I am when I party, but some of the stuff I do is, like, 'Really, Nicole?' I look like a freakin' alcoholic. I'm like, 'You're sweating, your makeup is running, you look gross.' I just look like shit."
Other highlights from the story:
• Polizzi has big plans for her future. "When Jersey Shore ends I'm going to do more spinoffs," she says. "If MTV doesn't want them, another network will be, like, 'What does Snooki do now?' or 'Snooki's getting married!' What I'd like is to turn out like Jessica Simpson, with her whole brand. She makes millions...I'm trying to build an empire, because after this I can't get a normal job. I mean, how do I go and sit behind a desk?"
• Being filmed 24/7 is incredibly stressful. "It messes with your head," Polizzi says. "That's why we go crazy. That's why we fight with each other. That's why we drink. We're living in a house for two months with that shit. We can't have cellphones, TV, radio or the Internet. If the president died, we'd have no idea. There's no normalcy. It's just like prison, with cameras."
• Despite the endless parade of men in her bed, Polizzi rarely goes all the way with her smush partners. "The only person I've had sex with on Jersey Shore is my boyfriend," she says. "The guys you see me bring home, we're only cuddling and making out like any other person would do, but we're on camera and the whole world's seeing it, and it does look like I'm having sex."