What the 'Jersey Shore' cast looks like today

The hard-partying cast of MTV's Jersey Shore, who popularized the narcissistic dream life of GTL (gym, tan, laundry), and who were always DTF, may be gone from the airwaves, but most of them have managed to eek out far more than their 15 minutes of fame. From spin-off shows to brand-building to a federal courtroom, this wild bunch has continued to be a spectacle long after leaving Seaside Heights, NJ. Here's where the cast of Jersey Shore is today.

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino

Of all the Jersey Shore cast members, Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino seems to have been the most successful at turning his eponymous show image into a brand. Wasting no time cashing in on his reality TV stardom, Sorrentino landed endorsement deals with Devotion Vodka and GNC, as well as produced and starred in his own workout DVD, recorded a rap song, and partnered on the clothing line, Dilligaf (which stands for 'Does it look like I give a f**k?'), according to Gazette Review. He also made it a family affair, starring in a reality show, The Sorrentinos, with his mother, sister, and two brothers, who have since since parlayed their own fame into a Manhattan real estate business. Mike also brought his brother Marc in on some tanning salons, as well as the management of his various enterprises through the entities Situation Nation, MPS Entertainment, Situation Productions and GTL Management, according to NJ.com. Sounds great, right?

Except Mike and Marc were indicted in 2014 for tax fraud on the charge of "conspiring to defraud the U.S. and filing false tax returns for the years 2010 through 2012." Whoops. Mike characteristically shrugged it off by saying, "The situation will sort itself out." Only years later the case is not only ongoing as of this writing, but new charges have recently been added. Mike has been additionally charged with underreporting income by disguising payments, failing to file a personal 2011 tax return, and falsifying a return for the business, Situation Nation. Marc has been charged with falsifying business returns by "changing taxable payments to himself into non-taxable payments," according to the indictment. Looks like for The Situation, the "L" in GTL now stands for "lawyer up."

Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi

Snooki has come a long way from her days of hooking up with almost everyone in the shore house and drunkenly urinating on a nightclub dance floor. Since the show ended, she has maintained a more consistent television presence than any other cast member with appearances on Dancing With The Stars, The New Celebrity Apprentice, and Snooki & JWoww, the only successful Jersey Shore spinoff. She also married Jionni LaValle, her boyfriend from the show, had two kids, and even wrote a New York Times bestselling book, which while impressive, arguably should have been the end of the publishing of that list.

Anyway, the pint-sized reality starlet has once again teamed up with BFF and Jersey Shore co-alum, Jenni 'JWoww' Farley, for a web series called Moms With Attitude. It currently streams on Go90 Awestruck, as well as YouTube, and "gives viewers a peek into their new lives as moms," according to producing partner, Complex. In one episode, they make a bunch of homemade instruments they found on Pinterest and try to get their incredibly bored children to play with them, so expect to see an Emmy nod this year for sure.

Joking aside, Snooki's also made a significant impact on society. In March of 2017, New Jersey Assemblyman John DiMaio introduced legislation seeking "to cap spending of state money for speakers at public universities in New Jersey at $10,000." What does that have to do with Snooki? Oh, just that she was paid $32,000 by Rutgers University for a speech she gave in 2011 in which she encouraged students to "study hard but party harder." USA Today points out that incidentally, Snooki was paid $2000 more than Toni Morrison, a Nobel Prize winner, who gave the commencement address that year. And wow, that little factoid just made this whole thing way more depressing, huh?

Jenni 'JWoww' Farley

As we previously mentioned, Jenni 'JWoww' Farley is now the proud co-star of a web series with her tiny sidekick, Snooki, and their kids. And since there's apparently a market for just watching former reality stars doing things around their house, JWoww's got a whole other show with her husband, and former Jersey Shore flame, Roger Matthews. It's called Jenni & Roger: Domesticated, and it will follow the tanned and tattooed duo through their journeys in parenting their two kids, Meilani, 3, and Greyson, almost 1. The web series is also under the Awestruck umbrella, and as of this writing it has only aired it's premiere episode called "Mornings with the Matthews." In it, they showcase their morning routine during which JWoww declares, "Sometimes Meilani is a b***h," and Roger makes repeated references to how he wishes the couple had more sex. So, it's already going great is what we're trying to say.

JWoww also recently spoke to ET about the constant bullying she's faced on the internet, as well as plastic surgery rumors that have plagued her since her MTV days. "This is how bad it can get, like at the VMAs, someone wrote, 'You're a drug addict and your kids should be taken away from you,'" she said, addressing how she recently discovered the joy of turning off the comments on her Instagram. And as far as the plastic surgery rumors go, she claims she's had no work done to her face, but she's open to "non-invasive surgeries and things like that to stay youthful," which is nowhere near as interesting as her calling her daughter a b***h, which we now realized we should have closed with. Moving on.

Paul 'DJ Pauly D' DelVecchio

Out of all of the castmates, DJ Pauly D was the one who already knew what his post-shore future had in store for him. With his signature Italian flag laptop in tow, the mushroom-coiffed gym rat had his eye on becoming a professional record-spinner. Toward the end of the show's run, Pauly D signed a record deal with rapper 50 Cent's G-Note record label, created his own line of headphones, launched a clothing line and tanning lotion brand, and was the first cast member to land a spinoff, The Pauly D Project, though the show only lasted one season. He ended up making over $11 million dollars in 2012, the year Jersey Shore ended, according to Forbes, and he's continued to be a mainstay at the hottest clubs ever since.

In 2016, Pauly D found himself on reality TV again on the show Famously Single, where he met his current girlfriend, Aubrey O'Day, a reality star and former singer in the girl group, Danity Kane. In an echo of Pauly D's classy past, O'Day spilled the beans in one episode about her man's "special piercing" and how it "triggers the right spots." The two are now reportedly recording their own reality show, because how do you not explore that kind of relationship further, right? According to TMZ, the couple will "be engaged by season's end," so if Pauly D is thinking about asking The Situation to be his best man, he might want to speed that up.

Vincent Guadagnino

Known as the nice guy of the group as well as an admitted "Momma's boy," it was no surprise that when it was Guadagnino's turn for a spin off in 2013, he chose to do it from his parents' Staten Island home, and invite basically his whole family onscreen with him. While the premise sounded charming, The Show with Vinny ultimately flopped, being described by Variety as feeling like "a week's sentence to hang in Staten Island, with no TV and all the cool clubs closed." Since then, Guadagnino hasn't been up to much, although he told Fox News, "Since Jersey Shore I always took improv classes and sketch comedy classes and I always do that underground and just educate myself. I'm a huge comedy nerd. I watch every comedy show and I would love to just do something in comedy one day, whatever that is."

Thus far, Guadagnino's comedy dreams have mostly manifested themselves on his Twitter feed, where he his greatest muse is The Bachelor. So while he's waiting for that to take off, he's gone back to the well with another family-centric show, Vinny & Ma Eat America. As the name denotes, the former fist-pumper travels across the U.S. with his naive Italian-born mother, Paola, and they sample cuisine like insect-filled tacos and rocky mountain oysters. "Everything is a surprise for my mom. She has never been off of Staten Island. She emigrated here when she was 10 years old from Sicily and she never left," he says of the show's premise. So, it's like Fear Factor crossed with Bizarre Foods starring the real-life cast of The Sopranos. Sounds great.

Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola

Stop us if this is starting to sound familiar. After the show, Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola launched a range of products, did a bunch of talk show and reality TV appearances, and continues to be a public figure via the mainstream-adjacent route taken by most reality TV stars. She now co-hosts a podcast called Just Sayin' with Clare Galterio that "features the type of honest and hilarious talk you're only used to getting from your closest friends."

But the big question, of course, is: What ever happened with her and Ronnie? The pair's tumultuous relationship on the show was basically the only plot outside of people getting drunk and having questionable sex, so when they announced they were moving in together during the show's finale, fans were left wanting to know if they'd go the distance. Though preferring to keep her relationship status private, Giancola finally addressed the issue on her podcast (via Inquisitr) in December of 2016, admitting that yes, she had gotten back together with Ronnie, but they had broken up again, for good, in May. "Everybody knows my relationship with Ron so we broke up, obviously in May, because things were not working out and I left. And I will always love Ron and we always had like, he was somebody I was with my whole 20's but it's just better off that we're not together cause it's really up and down and it was a crazy ride always. So I left and I'm happier now. I'm doing really well and dating, having a good time and I've been single since May so this is nothing new for me," she said. And how did Ronnie take that? Glad you asked.

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro

After Jersey Shore, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro basically walked away from the spotlight. Though he briefly dabbled in the personal branding game with his line of low-cal, pre-mixed adult beverages that was grossly named Smush Cocktails, Ortiz-Magro eventually returned to what he was doing pre-GTL days, real estate. "I have a real estate company back in New York. I flip houses and investment banking and stuff like that," he told TooFab.

But the lure of fame must have still had a pull on him, since he recently returned to reality TV for the second season of Famously Single. Yep, the same show where Pauly D met the love of his life. In fact, it was Pauly D who convinced him to do the show despite Ortiz-Magro's admission that he felt "traumatized" by Jersey Shore. In the course of filming, Ortiz-Magro fell for cast mate, Malika Haqq, who is famous for being Khloe Kardashian's best friend, which makes their union a cross-pollination of reality TV worlds we're not sure anyone was ready for. (Think Rob Kardashian with a blowout and rocking and Ed Hardy tee. No one wants that. No one.) Season two of Famously Single hasn't even aired yet, but Ortiz-Magro has already told E! News that he and Haaq are no longer together, so we'll consider that a bullet dodged. Unfortunately for Ortiz-Magro, it also means rumors that he's still secretly pining for Giancola have already begun. You were out, Ron, and you let them pull you back in. Why?!

Deena Nicole Cortese

While Ron and Sam had the most volatile relationship on the show, Deena Nicole Cortese, who joined the show after Angelina Pivarnick's season two exit, maintained a relationship with her boyfriend, Christopher Buckner, throughout the whole show. Soon after the end of Jersey Shore, the two appeared together on Couples Therapy, but must have overcome whatever issues they were having, because they recently got engaged.

Outside of a few appearances on Snooki & JWoww, Cortese hasn't done any other TV work. She's pretty active on Instagram, and even advertises a management company to contact "for bookings" in her Twitter profile, so we assume she's still getting paid to just show up at events. Not bad work if you can get it. Other than that, not much else is known about what Cortese is up to these days, but hopefully she and Bucker can continue to be the anti-SamRon.

Angelina Pivarnick

Though she was only on the show for two seasons, the self-described "Kim Kardashian of Staten Island" was certainly memorable. Angelina Pivarnick actually fled the shore twice, the second time for good after an argument between she and Snooki over hooking up with the same guys. Pivarnick then went on to a quasi-acting career including a brief stint as a TNA wrestler, and a single appearance on the ABC FBI drama, Quantico.

But it turns out Pivarnick's true passion was helping people, because in July of 2016 she graduated from the FDNY's EMT school. "All smiles today while I graduated and became part of one of the biggest families in the world. The FDNY. The last three months were hard but I did it!!!" she posted on her Instagram. She also had a pretty big month in September of 2016, during which she got engaged to her boyfriend, Louie Gero, and returned to catfighting with Snooki about lip injections. "It's funny how she goes and gets her lips done at the same exact place that I got mine done. Yeah, so now all the times on [Jersey Shore] she used to call me ugly, now she's trying to look like me," Pivarnick told inTouch Weekly. Maybe she's actually mad, because her fuller lips serve a practical purpose, like making CPR more effective, whereas Snooki's are purely for vanity? We know it's a stretch, but we're really trying to hang on to the concept that Pivarnick has become a good person here.