The New Jersey native, who originally auditioned for season one, has been pals with Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, for two years. When the chance to party on the boardwalk with her rowdy bestie presented itself, Cortese said she jumped at the opportunity.
"When [Snooki] invited me down I was just like, 'I'm down the shore anyway. This is what I do for a good time always,' " Cortese reasoned, adding that she has tons of experience living it up in Seaside Heights. "I lose jobs because I'm down the shore so much," she said. "So, I was like, 'You know what. I'm packing my bags, let's go.' "
She may be ready to party like her friend but unlike Snooki, Cortese isn't combing beachside bashes for a relationship.
"I snook for love and she snooks for a good time," Snooki said. Cortese concurred, adding that she's not looking for a gorilla to call her own anytime soon. "We're two peas in a pod but a little bit different," she said. Cortese plans to help her girl in her quest for seaside romance but insisted viewers won't catch the two scrapping over the same juicehead. "We won't step on each other's toes," Cortese said.
The 23-year-old is stepping into a house packed with colorful personalities, including Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Jenni "JWoww" Farley and Paul "DJ Pauly D" Del Vecchio. Cortese said her chill nature sets her apart from the crew.
"I'm different because I'm just a personable person. I don't take things to heart. People can make fun of me 'til the day I die and I will just take it in and be like, 'Yeah, you know what? Whatever,' " Cortese laughed. "I just don't care what people think and I think that's what everybody in the house loves about me. They can bust on me all the time and the next day I'll just be like, 'All right, get real.' "
Snooki said that Cortese fits right in with the "Shore" collective and that her transition into the cast has been drama-free.
"Not [just] anybody can survive in this house and the fact that the first 24 hours that I brought her in ... everything was cool, I was like, 'All right, this is gonna be a good summer,' " Snooki said.
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