‘Jersey Shore’ Rookie Deena Cortese: ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’

Spitfire Jersey girl makes a big impression on the reality-TV show, landing on MTV News' 11 for '11.

Deena Cortese came into the “Jersey Shore” house like a self-proclaimed “Energizer Bunny.” She’s left an impression after only one episode, so it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of Deena in 2011 — but hopefully not quite as much as the Situation saw on the Jersey girl’s first day in the house.

“You never know what you’re going to get. It’s great,” Deena told MTV News about her addition to the house. “I’m very kindhearted, and I’m like a kid at heart. That’s just me. I love life, and I show how much I love life. I’m just being myself.”

Deena seemed like a welcome addition to the house after the many ups and downs the cast had with former housemate Angelina. “Me and Angelina have no similarities at all,” Cortese explained. “We’re very different. We’re completely opposite, like oil and vinegar. I’m very positive. There are ups and downs in the house, but I don’t provoke things. I just like everything to be a good time. Positive energy is a blast.”

Then again, she did have that run-in with Sammi right off the bat that proves that Deena is the kind of reality-TV spitfire that 2011 needs. “I felt like, ‘You know, what? I’m not going anywhere, I’m not leaving early. I’m here to stay — get out of here!’ ” Deena recalled of the Sammi confrontation. “So that’s what I did. I just put my foot down and was like, ‘Don’t laugh at me. Get real!’ ”

At the end of the day, the “walking holiday,” as she likes to call herself, just wants everyone to get along. “We’re like brothers and sisters. You fight and then the next day you’re like, ‘Wait, what happened?’ ” she said. “We’re really like family.”

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